After seeing so many recommendations for the Twilight series, I finally picked it up one random day at the bookstore. From the first few chapters, I w...moreAfter seeing so many recommendations for the Twilight series, I finally picked it up one random day at the bookstore. From the first few chapters, I was able to accept that the author had good diction. That is one of the most important things I look for when I read a book.
In my own personal, limited experiences reading Vampire romance stories (many in which I've forgotten because they were either too long ago, fan fictions, written by other people behind computer screens, too erotic-based, too bondage-styled or so bland I'd forgotten), the Twilight series seems to have the best effect on me. I think though, that it has to do with the fact that I love how Edward contradicts himself because of his strong desires. One example is Edward knowing he could lose control and kill Bella for the blood that sings and lures her to him and because of that, he both wants her to be with him yet also wants her to save both of them by staying away from him.
What I really love most about the series is the fact that the Vampires in it are not the kind of Vampires I've read in so many other stories. It's nice to actually have a variety of Vampires so they don't always look like bats (Dracula) or just fanged-humans, etc. They're more civil than the average civilians (although there are those who aren't) and well, pleasant.
One reason I can think of why so many people love the series if probably the idea that the Edward character is completely desireable in all ways yet at the same time, completely desires Bella. I think many girls like the idea of that kind of man desiring them and at the same time, desiring that kind of man.
I do find the series very anti-climatic except for the last hundred pages but I enjoy the warm feelings of romance between the two main characters. I've read many reviewers did not find their relationship to be a romantic one but I did. I based that on my own feelings - whether or not I felt the romantic feelings between two people or if I felt more lust. Occassionally, there was lust tossed in (mentioned by Edward as "teenage hormones" or something to that matter) but I won't dig in any deeper but regardless, I accept everyone's thoughts about it.
What I don't find attractive, is Edward's over analytic personality. I find that in reality, people who over analyze whatever falls into their hands, are very bitter people because in the end, they only end up thinking about themself. I also find the over descriptive thoughts of Bella's toward Edward over-cooked but I can live with that - thinking the author just wanted us to see and feel what Bella feels. On the other hand, I also find Bella's dependancy on Edward and her lack of consideration for her future a little disturbing. I don't find this to be something that girls would end up expecting for their lives or to follow in, but I think there should've been more motivation on her part and at the same time, more from Edward as well. But then again, I don't want to go ahead and analyze everything or there would be no books I like (or no humans I'd like either).
I would definately recommend this series (and I have done so) to anyone interested. Even those who have no interest in Vampire-related stories. I like hearing what people have to say about the books I like after they've read them and from their positive or negative views, I can better understand or see from different perspectives. Books are great.(less)
New Moon was the one I liked least in the series so far. I liked the first few chapters and the angst that followed. I liked the friendship that built...moreNew Moon was the one I liked least in the series so far. I liked the first few chapters and the angst that followed. I liked the friendship that built up between Bella and Jacob. In fact, I started liking Jacob so much more than Edward (and I believe I really do but he can be a bit of a problem sometimes). But... the middle of the book was long...
...and it took a lot effort on my part to get through it all.
The reunion was not as touching as I would've liked it to be. I don't want it to be so sappy I could cry but I expected a much more heart felt back-together feel.
As mentioned earlier by another reader, I think the only part in the book that gave me a reaction was the ending with Jacob. I really thought that par...moreAs mentioned earlier by another reader, I think the only part in the book that gave me a reaction was the ending with Jacob. I really thought that part was interesting and I reacted to it. Though it was short, it felt more powerful than anything else that has happened so far. I felt sorry for Jacob.
Off topic-wise, I think Jacob deserves a better person than Bella. I don't dislike Bella, I just think Bella is the wrong person for Jacob.
Surprising myself, I actually like this story more than the Twilight series. There are some tidbits I wish I could change in the story but unfortunate...moreSurprising myself, I actually like this story more than the Twilight series. There are some tidbits I wish I could change in the story but unfortunately, I can't and being that it obviously is not my work, I have to accept it the way it's done.
*spoiler alert ahead*
I really liked the fact that Wanderer ended up with Ian in the end. It would've pissed me off if she ended up fawning over the other guy (I forgot his name... sorry) with Melanie. I wasn't very fond of the way Ian introduced himself but at least he was not truly an enemy.
And what I don't like the most is the whole 'reincarnation' or rebirth thing at the very end. I was content with the way the story ended without the epilogue because it left me with so much more feelings than after reading the actual ending.(less)
This was a fairly short and predictable read. I finished it in a matter of hours but that's just the way I go about reading any book I start. Unless I...moreThis was a fairly short and predictable read. I finished it in a matter of hours but that's just the way I go about reading any book I start. Unless I must put the book down, I'd rather try my best to keep reading (keep the movie reel spinning).
I enjoyed the book for the idea behind it but I felt it lacked a lot of development and the style of writing felt very... I don't know, junior high-ish? I don't find that to be a big factor in my thoughts of the story however I do find that not enough descriptions and attention to details were present. There were too many chapters because most of the chapters were about two pages long. I understand that usually it signifies a change of setting, etc., however, combined with the large print, that just makes the book so much more shorter than it could have been.
As this being my personal review, I felt the author(s) could have done much more justice to the story than what had been done. Unlike some authors and/or readers out there, I'd rather there be too much details than not enough details. The relationships could have been developed better as well. I could not find myself feeling anything for Jane or Micheal or Vivienne or even Hugh. I did not feel any strong emotions for the relationship between Jane and Micheal in their relationship as "imaginary friends" or as adults.
So to sum it up: it's an okay story with not enough pages to get the readers to feel anything for any of the characters. (less)
Similarly, I cannot wait to read the final book to the Twilight series. There are so many speculations on how the book will end and yadi-yada. Persona...moreSimilarly, I cannot wait to read the final book to the Twilight series. There are so many speculations on how the book will end and yadi-yada. Personally, I think Bella will stay mortal and I think she should.
I have not read (yet) about anyone's thoughts on the cover of Breaking Dawn but I must comment on how attractive it looks with my favorite colors as well. Why the white Queen? White for purity? Why the little red pawn? Edward becomes a pawn? Hm...
Well, on a very uneducated guess, I'd say that the white Queen symbolizes Bella remaining mortal and at the same time, being the most important person to Edward (therefore being the Queen) and Edward as the pawn, who is tainted and feels insignificant and undeserving of the still-human girl's love.
Anyway, the book will be here by the time I know it. (less)