I watched the Twilight movie first, and although I personally prefer it to the novel, but I quite liked the book too. I was actually surprised at how...moreI watched the Twilight movie first, and although I personally prefer it to the novel, but I quite liked the book too. I was actually surprised at how much humor was in it. I guess it wasn't possible to put a lot of it into the movie. The writing style felt a bit descriptive, especially in the first half of the book (I'm not sure if this is due to the first person's point of view in the story or due to this being a debut novel), but it improved in the next books, as I've expected.
If you liked the movie, you'll probably enjoy the novel too, and you'll learn more about the other vampires in Edward's family, because there were a lot of things left out that couldn't be used for the big screen.
If you haven't seen the movie yet, then keep in mind that this novel is primarily a YA romance with a touch of paranormal, and it's mainly for female readers. So, if YA romance or a diary-like tale of a 17-year-old girl in love is not your cup of tea, then you shouldn't expect much of this book.
Alternatively, if you feel like you'd like to know what 'Twilight' is all about, but you'd prefer to read more about blood-lust rather than just love-lust, then you'd better be off with 'Midnight Sun' which is the essentially the same story, only told from Edward's perspective. It's available in a rough draft form as a free PDF download from Stephenie Meyer's official website. Although you should keep in mind that 'Midnight Sun' is supposed to be read after 'Breaking Dawn', because it contains quite a lot details that were revealed gradually during the series, so you'll spoil yourself the series if you read it first.(less)
Even if you didn't like Twilight Saga, you should give this book a chance because it's got nothing to do with vampires and it's really worth it. The f...moreEven if you didn't like Twilight Saga, you should give this book a chance because it's got nothing to do with vampires and it's really worth it. The first person narrative was perfect here. If you ever wandered what it would be like being of two minds, literally, you'll find out after reading 'The Host'.
This novel is also going to be made into a movie, and I'm really curious how it will turn out, as a lot of the book is going on just in one mind, this is not an action thiller.(less)
If you haven't read the book yet, then don't watch the Breaking Dawn movie or its trailer, unless you want to be spoiled! Badly! Believe me, you don't...moreIf you haven't read the book yet, then don't watch the Breaking Dawn movie or its trailer, unless you want to be spoiled! Badly! Believe me, you don't want to be.
Before I continue, I just want to make sure that you've read the three previous books in the Twilight Saga series. If you haven't yet, then this review will contain spoilers for you, and anyway, I'd strongly advise reading this series in the proper order.
Now, if you've read all the previous books and remember how Alice told Edward in 'Twilight' and also showed her vision to Aro in 'New Moon' that Bella will one day become a vampire, and if you also remember how strongly Bella wants to be with Edward forever, then it really shouldn't be a surprise to you that in 'Breaking Dawn' Bella gets her wish fulfilled, even if it doesn't happen quite the way she's planned.
'Breaking Dawn' is divided into three parts - 'books' - titled 'Bella', 'Jacob' and again 'Bella' (the titles indicate the character from whose point of view the story is told). The first two 'books' tell about the events leading up to Bella's change, and the third 'book' continues with Bella as a vampire. I can see why it was decided to split 'Breaking Dawn' into two movies - there's just so much happening in the novel that one movie couldn't possibly do it justice. The first Breaking Dawn movie consists of the events in the first two 'books' and a little bit of the third, and it follows the event of the novel very closely, although a lot of nonessential details have been left out or were in the movie, but you'll notice them only if you've read the novel.
I loved the first two 'books', especially Jacob's - starting with humorous and romantic, the novel became more and more intense and emotional, and also quite impossible to put down. I'd easily give 5 stars for this part of 'Breaking Dawn', and I'd have actually preferred it if the series ended there. I could have done without the rest of it, because what for me is the Twilight Saga - the story of a fragile human girl who has to choose between her love and life - ends with the Jacob's 'book'.
As for the rest of the story... Maybe it's because I'm not personally that much interested into 'being-a-vampire' kind of stories, or because now all the main characters are strong paranormal beings leaving me no one to feel similar to except Charlie, or maybe it's because what's made the first two 'books' and the whole series so appealing to me is now gone, that the final part of the story was not very impressive to me - I'd give it 3 stars only. That's why I rated the whole book as 4 stars, although it should more correctly be about 3.5.
So, this is it for the Twilight Saga, although I'd really love it if someday Stephenie would write a short story or a novella set about six-and-a-half years after the end of 'Breaking Dawn', especially if it were told by Jacob ;D(less)
Before I go on, I'll assume that you've already read the previous two books in this series, 'Twilight' and 'New Moon', because if you haven't yet, the...moreBefore I go on, I'll assume that you've already read the previous two books in this series, 'Twilight' and 'New Moon', because if you haven't yet, then go and read them before you read any further.
If you've seen and liked the Eclipse movie, then you should definitely read the book too. It's much more intense and you'll miss out a lot great moments if you don't. The movie has longer action scenes, while the book focuses more about the emotional part of the story.
If you've only read the first two novels, then you'd probably want to know that 'Eclipse' is not a happy teen romance like 'Twilight', or a thrill ride like 'New Moon'. The danger for Bella's life is present throughout it and comes to some action towards its end, but this is not some paranormal action thriller. Eclipse is all about Bella's heartbreaking choice between Edward and Jacob, while it's impossible for her to have both, and choosing one will surely hurt another.
I should probably also warn you not to read 'Eclipse' in public, because I must admit that for the first half of the book I couldn't stop laughing or chuckling at all the wry humor and situations, and the rest of it had me crying almost in every chapter.
I really can't wait to read 'Breaking Dawn' now.(less)
A bit dated in appearance, but otherwise an excellent tale. I personally think a new Robin was completely unnecessary to the story, and it would have...moreA bit dated in appearance, but otherwise an excellent tale. I personally think a new Robin was completely unnecessary to the story, and it would have been better if an aged Batman would be left fighting completely alone, but that's just me. Not to be missed, especially if you liked Nolan's Batman movies. (less)