Twilight is one of those series that could have been a good thing but the rampant media blitz killed any and all appeal it held. I read Twilight befor...moreTwilight is one of those series that could have been a good thing but the rampant media blitz killed any and all appeal it held. I read Twilight before it was insanely popular and in fact many had never heard of it. I liked the story well enough on the first go. With the release of the fourth book my opinion completely changed from interest to revulsion. The fourth book, Breaking Dawn, was so bad that it served as an eye opener for me.
This is truly an awful, poorly written, contrived series. The writing is horrible, the over use of foreshadowing ruins any suspense that the plot could have provided and the main characters are not even likable. For a long time I pondered what it was that irritated me so much about this series once I had finished it and finally it dawned on me (no pun intended). I hate Bella Swan. In the world of fiction there is a term for heroines who are so over the top ridiculous that you want to strangle them. The term, often shortened to TSTL is 'too stupid to live'. This is Bella in a nutshell.
I would never consider this series young adult fiction for two reasons. The first reason being the writing is just unforgivable. The sentences often don't make sense, the characters are too perfect, the scenes are too predicatable.
I will be quite honest and say again that when I started the series I quite enjoyed it until I picked it up for a second time and was embarrassed that I ever found it appealing in any way. Breaking Dawn proved that the series is nothing but over glorified fan fiction. Which brings me to another reason that I really dislike this series.
Absolute fangirl-ism. Yes, I made that term up. Seeing the impact this series has had not only on young girls but also on adult women is nauseating. If a middle aged man oogled over a young girl the way some women are obsessed with Edward we would all be horrified at his perversion but yet it's acceptable when the tables are turned. This disturbs me. Teenagers dressing like vampires and wanting to find their Edward horrify me. Edward is not an example of the kind of man you want in your life. He is controlling, unapologetic and well.. he is a stalker. A person who sneaks into your room to watch you sleep, prevents you from making your own decisions and controls your every move is dangerous and unhealthy. We would call that psychological abuse.
I think I've made my points well enough. I could go on for days on this series and how I feel that it has destroyed the YA genre. It's disheartening to try and find a decent book for a young teen to read when almost every book out there is an imitation of Twilight. I am certainly not against young adults reading books with intense subject matter and in fact books surrounding dystopian societies are usually my favorites. If you are looking for YA books that are well written and actually suspenseful look for Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series, Lois Lowry's The Giver or Neil Shusterman's Unwind.(less)