**spoiler alert** I didn't loathe this book, I was able to get through it fine because I entered with positive expectations. However, the more I think...more**spoiler alert** I didn't loathe this book, I was able to get through it fine because I entered with positive expectations. However, the more I think about it, the worse it seems. (I can't believe my book-lover friends regard this as their favourite series!)
My biggest problem: Bella. Why is Edward in love with her? Because he can't read her mind and she's so special? No. There are so many problems with her. She leaves her mother so she can be happy? What kind of message is that? She trips over everything and actually faints when he kisses her? What? Is that cute or something? The girl can't even dance on her own! So much for feminism. So basically the whole story is about how she stays there in gloomy Forks and loves Edward. Then, suddenly, Meyer realizes that she doesn't have a proper plot and throws one in after hundreds of pages of Edward-is-so-gorgeous. The whole thing is pretty stupid and I could easily see through it, but Bella obviously doesn't and nearly dies. Drama!
I get why so many girls like this book. I would like a boyfriend too with pretty eyes and who plays songs on the piano. Also, it's better reading it on paper than making it up in your head. But the book is not good. The writing is mediocre and Edward is flawless and Bella is obsessed with nothing else. Vampires sparkle and her hair smells like strawberries. The main plot is way too rushed and I find the whole thing kind of stupid.
From the summaries I have read the rest of the books are much worse, but I won't get started on them. In the end, it was worth reading this book though, right? I mean, I have now read the finest of modern literature!
P.S.: This may just be the only book where the movie is better than the original. And the movie wasn't very good.