The second you stop enjoying a book/series STOP READING IT! Life is way too short to waste your time reading books you don't like. Sorry, but you're aThe second you stop enjoying a book/series STOP READING IT! Life is way too short to waste your time reading books you don't like. Sorry, but you're a straight-up dumbass if you read the other three books, didn't like them and then went on to this one. That's why I recommended it to people who've already read and liked the first three. Twilight: it almost feels like Meyer was just warming up with the first book. It was more of a long introduction, none-the-less I did enjoy it. New Moon: kind of hinted at real plot, but never quite got there. Still alright. Eclipse: finally made me think that all of this might be growing into a real story. Breaking Dawn: is a bit like the payoff. The most rewarding bit is Edward and Bella's relationship finally reaching its intended depth. Meaning Edward became sort of useless and Bella started doing things.
I'm a bit primitive biologically, so I'm not nearly as disturbed by how lopsided the power-play between the two of them is, as I should be. For three books Edward has had all the power; on every level he dominates Bella. It might bother me if I didn't understand the whole 'find-the-strongest-meanest-male-in-the-tribe-with-which-to create-healthy-strong-children-with-greatest-chance-of-survival' instinct so well. I think these kinds of couples have certain application and glamour when done properly. In fiction I mean. In real life, it’s typically just a disaster. Think about all us girls who would have run away with the Phantom in Christine’s place… or the girlies who really truly believe that Sarah eventually returned to the Labyrinth and lived happily every after with her sadistic Goblin King Jareth. Since Dark Knight came out, I found myself thinking a lot about The Joker and his Harley Quinn. But those two are kind of like an extreme example of this dynamic, while I’d place Edward and Bella on the ‘really-quite-tame’ end of the spectrum.
Point is (if a point is there) Edward and Bella make an incredibly twisted match because of how strong he is compared to how weak she is. In this book we FINALLY see the switch. Bella becomes dominant over Edward in every. single. way. It's very entertaining. Edward spends most of the book overwhelmed or wrong or just a basket-case of uselessness and despair.
It’s AWESOME! So, I've been accused of not enjoying the books for the 'right' reasons... maybe they have a point. Really, the above uselessness of Edward made me giggle throughout and was probably the main reason I enjoyed the book.
Edward is obnoxious.
He kind of goes back and forth between being clinically depressed and suicidal.
In this book his whole world has, and he doesn’t adjust gracefully. He kind of resigns himself to the background and lets the more capable characters take charge.
Meanwhile, Bella finally grows up and reaches her character's logical supernatural conclusion.
Lazy critics will write off her transformation as a typical 'Mary-Sue' development into power and bedazzlement.
You can't just throw the term Mary-Sue at every strong/pretty female character and have it stick. There are definitely some hints at such a theme, but I'd argue that her personality is not a deviation from the world in which she resides and that the character itself is complex enough. Also her growth is pretty gradual. It feels fairly natural and like Meyer purposely took four books to move it along to make the transformation realistic.
I always thought of Jacob as a whiny little bitch who needed to grow the hell up. In this book, Jacob finally becomes a man. I wouldn’t exactly call the means unexpected, but even if you see it coming, it’s still really nicely executed. Anyway, I like Jacob now. I take back some of the hilarious/angry things I said about him.
Overall, if you've already managed to get over the weak points in the series and enjoyed things thus far, you might as well finish, since this is the first point in this series in which it actually feels like there might be a plot of some kind. It's a fun read. Meyer's narrative is nice. If you don't like the story... why bother? Don't torture yourself, it's just more of the same....more
One of Orson Scott Card's earlier novels, this reads like an early novel. It has some inherit structural problems with plot and character development.One of Orson Scott Card's earlier novels, this reads like an early novel. It has some inherit structural problems with plot and character development. It lacks a lot as a story, but non-the-less it shows real potential and creativity that is simply undeniable in a few sections. Probably not worth reading unless you want to study how Mr. Card’s ideas and style evolved over time, or if you don’t mind wading through some worthless writing to find a couple of incredibly unique ideas. The fantasy world and all that encompasses the magic in the story is quite brilliant. DO NOT READ THIS AS YOUR FIRST ORSON SCOTT CARD NOVEL! -Caps to lend importance! Mwah....more
This intense classic is woefully misrepresented in popular culture, as anyone whose read the book should realise in about five pages. It’s a lovely, dThis intense classic is woefully misrepresented in popular culture, as anyone whose read the book should realise in about five pages. It’s a lovely, dark story that deeply explores some of the more basic and feared tendencies and traditions in human nature. It is clear to me why it is still a staple in literary classrooms and on the shelves of great thinkers and readers. Not only does it provide the reader with insight through an unforgiving and wretchedly honest narrative, but the story and themes break my heart every time....more
It kills me every time I think of this book, because the parallels between Dorian Gray and Oscar Wilde are really quite tragic and morbidly fascinatinIt kills me every time I think of this book, because the parallels between Dorian Gray and Oscar Wilde are really quite tragic and morbidly fascinating. I know there have been books written on this very subject, but I can’t bring myself to read them. It’s too painful. There is a lot about delusion and beauty and self loathing. It was a hard book for me to read, just because it’s all so sad, but on the other foot, I couldn’t put the thing down to save my life. It’s positively spellbinding. The language is overwhelming, flowery and very intense. The book itself is like a vivid painting to read, the images and experiences are permanently painted over the inside of your eyelids. Do read it....more