Friday, May 23, 2008


Okay, I'll admit it, I'm hooked. I just finished reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight and can't wait to read the next in the series. It's been on my list of things to read for a while now but I just hadn't gotten around to it. Though it received great reviews, is wildly popular, and is soon to be a major motion picture, I don't typically get excited about vampire books. This one, however, is very different. Bella Swann decides to go and live with her dad in the tiny town of Forks, Washington, where everyone knows everyone and it's always raining. She becomes interested in a Edward Cullen, her exceptionally handsom but rather distant lab partner. The attraction is mutual and she eventaully learns that he and his family are vampires, though not at all like the vampires of legend. Though Edward and his family have vowed not to hunt humans, most others of their kind have not and Bella's relationship with Edward puts her in mortal danger. My brief description can't do the story justice so check it out for yourself! If you have read it (and the others) what did you think?


Rosemary Le said...

I couldnt agree with you more! Describing it totally does not do it justice! I remember trying to explain it to my cousins before they read it: “It‘s about a girl ... who falls in love with a vampire ... except he‘s not a real vampire ... well, he is, but not in that way... Anyways, he loves her back ... excep he‘s also crazy for her blood ... so it‘s really romantic and exciting ...“

The 2nd and 3rd books, I thought, were just as good as the first one, but in a different way. I can‘t wait until the 4th book and the movie!

Megan Lafayette said...

I just got a copy of the book this week. I can't wait to start reading it!

Anonymous said...

My god you are stupid. You read that idiotic, pointless, poorly written drivel? I mean come on, the characters are both massive cliches, creepy ones at that. He watches her sleep for 'weeks' before they even speak, and oils her bedroom window's hinges to do it. Come on, how god awful an english teacher can you be to live this garbage?

Anonymous said...

Number of Pages in the Book: 498
The First Hint of a Plot that Is Not Bella and Edward's Romance: page 328
When the Plot Actually Arrives: page 372

Boys that Totally Love Bella (Including Edward Cullen): 5

Approximate Amount of Time Bella and Edward are Romantically Involved Before Bella Is Begging Edward to Turn Her into a Vampire so They Can Be Together Forever: Like, two weeks. Maybe three. The timeline's a bit fuzzy.

References to Edward's Beauty: 165

Broken Down into the following categories -

* Face: 24 (Favorite adjectives: glorious, heavenly, seraphic)
* Voice: 20 (The voice of an archangel, donchaknow.)
* Eyes: 17
* Movement: 11
* Smile: 10
* Teeth: 8
* Muscles: 7
* Skin: 7 (Note: This only contains accounts of Edward's skin being beautiful. I didn't count references to it as "pale," "cold," or "white." If I had, this number would be about ten times larger.)
* Iron Strength or Limbs: 5
* Scent: 4
* Laughter: 3
* Handwriting: 2
* Chest: 2
* Driving Skills: 1

Mrs. Young said...

Wow, that's a little harsh but I've decided to post it anyway. I agree that the characters are cliche and even creepy (particularly Edward). I certainly wouldn't want someone watching me sleep and I don't believe any relationship should be so consuming. That said, I see nothing wrong with reading something purely for entertainment/escapism. Some books that I read challenge me to think, and stay with me and keep me thinking and questioning, long after I have read them. This is not one of those books but I did enjoy it while I was reading it and went through it very quickly. I have read books that I have not found at all entertaining, and while someone else might disagree and love the same book, I would never base my opinion of that person's intelligence on a book that he/she enjoyed. For example, I really disliked Jodi Picoult's Tenth Circle. Though I liked the Dante references and the Eskimo history, I disliked all of the characters (with the exception of the father) and found there was no one to route for/side with, and there was no possible way for things to end well for the father. Others would disagree - that's what makes the world an interesting place.

Catrina said...

Man, I just gotta say that any opinion of Jodi Picoult's writing should take into account how utterly atrocious her Wonder Woman run was. Honestly, she was coming off of Heinberg--who didn't even have half his issues out yet on account of how glacially slow he was--and she made me long for late books and missed deadlines. Seriously, Wonder Woman knows how to work a gas pump.

You could try and say she was just unused to the medium, but there's no excuse for how painfully obvious it was that she didn't have the slightest understanding of the character and she paid no attention to the years of much more skilled writing that came before her. "LOL SIXTY YEARS OF CANON PFFT I WRITE ~*REAL*~ BOOKS SCREW THAT". Not to mention how her haphazard retcons and nonsensical additions left future writers to struggle out from under her pile of crap--which they're still doing, thanks a lot for hobbling us with the bloated Nemesis romance, Jodi.

Seriously. It was bad.