This book is almost like deja-vu, Harry Potter mixed with Twilight and some sort of teenage American Pie. It's just odd and considering I loved HarryThis book is almost like deja-vu, Harry Potter mixed with Twilight and some sort of teenage American Pie. It's just odd and considering I loved Harry Potter (up until the book 7 non-sense at least), I love the driving passion behind Twilight and I had a good laugh or two with American Pie, I don't know how I feel so bland about this book. It just didn't connect with me in a satisfactory emotional way. I'm not sure I'll bother with the rest of the series....more
So, after much resistance, I finally started reading Twilight! I caved in between studying the diseases of the pericardium and cardiomyopathies - themSo, after much resistance, I finally started reading Twilight! I caved in between studying the diseases of the pericardium and cardiomyopathies - themes quite good at sleep inducing. And the book was strategically positioned right next to where I was studying...
For starters and as a disclaimer, I must say that my guilty pleasure are fantasy books that come in multiple tomes, I always love them, even when I don't *cough*Golden Compass*cough* I finish them just because I need to know the ending, so I'm bound to like this no matter what.
So, my first thoughts: the prologue things is really good. I don't know anything about the story (besides that the male lead is a vampire and will be played by gorgeous Robert Pattinson in the movie), and this girl seems really mature, strong and confident in the uttermost stressful situation. This may be very good.
Next, first chapter, and omg! where has my female hero gone? I'm sorry but right now Bella is just plain boring. With a boring family and a boring story to tell.
Amidst all the sleep-inducing bits, I started to like Bella a little more, because I have something of her - or the opposite, seeing I'm a real person and she's a fictional character - I'm too pale for the country I live in, our sense of humor is similar, I'm clumsy and unaware of the space around me, with a tendency to clash my hips, knees or knuckles against furniture, I'm not a people person (most of the time, I can try really hard and fake quite well). So I can relate.
And then we meet Edward. At this point, and it's a feeling that goes on for the next chapters, I'd want nothing more than to read this story by his point of view. Because he's fascinating from the beginning and more captivating as time passes. And he's mysterious and I'm a curious girl, and I'd really want to know his thoughts, what's his opinion on Bella, on everything... so many questions without answers.
The Edward in my imagination is more athletic, has stronger features, a broader chin, a mischievous smile on his lips most of the time and smiling eyes - when they're golden, that is. How can you cast someone for a role when the physical description goes about as inhumanly beautiful? It's not like we aren't all humans or we can go out there seeking for an alien which fits said description... But Rob is a good choice, perhaps the best choice within his age range ;)
From this point on the story really picks up for me. For one tiny insignificant reason. Because with the life I have, all the time I spend with my nose stuck in a book, (and I regret none of it... if everything turns out ok, next January I have a job waiting for me instead of the unemployment line that plagues many people my age), the thing I miss the most are my high school years with my best friends, best male friend, and all the fun, the flirt, the little things, the little moments we shared together. They're my fondest memories and I get all giggly and giddy inside when I remember them, and this book is forcing me to remember.
Then the fantastic things start to happen as Edward's powers come into play, Bella shows a little of her nerve and starts to ask the questions we, as readers, want to see answered, and she's now more alike the girl we met on the prologue. I guess there's a long way to get there, but she's on the right track, and that's important. ...more