Stephenie Meyer has created characters that I care about and enjoy spending time with. I've read the books several times.
If you're looking for a typiStephenie Meyer has created characters that I care about and enjoy spending time with. I've read the books several times.
If you're looking for a typical action-packed vampire story then look elsewhere (not that there isn't action and suspense in the story).The Twilight series is essentially a love story that yes, involves vampires. It is the element of the "vampire" in the story that makes it so heart-wrenching. I found the story compelling because of the feelings it evoked in me - Twilight: the intense emotions of falling in love for the very first time; New Moon: the pain that can come with loving someone; Eclipse: the complexity of emotions that come with self-awareness, realizing mistakes and making difficult choices, knowing the consequences. I laughed, cried and sometimes even forgot to breathe (I felt so much)!
The Twilight saga seems to incite love or hate. I was surprised by the 1-star reviews, but then saw a pattern: criticism of the writing style, the dialogue, the alleged wrong messages to YA, the superficiality of Bella's and Edward's love, and dislike for the characters (cries of either "too perfect" or "too flawed" to be likable). And as I read those reviews, I thought to myself: "Did we read the same book/s? Are these the same characters we are talking about?"
I think a person's enjoyment of the books will depend on one's perceptions (how you see things) which is influenced by one's preconceptions (ideas or views of the world based on experiences and beliefs). And perhaps the hype around the books has only served to antagonize, dare I say it, the more cynical or critical amongst us. I admit to being a romantic. I enjoyed the dialogue and interaction between the characters (yes, even the cheesy bits). I found it real and believable despite the supernatural subject matter, but mostly I could relate to the characters and empathize with them. I have come to love the characters of Bella and Edward (and the secondary characters) and am captivated by their love for each other, even if it happened quickly.
For me, Bella is an independent girl, overwhelmed by an attraction to the enigmatic vampire Edward, who struggles for inter-dependency (this is evident later in the series). Yes, Bella is dazzled by Edward's looks, but her love for him is not superficial. Bella realizes her feelings for Edward AFTER she finds out he is a vampire. Quote from Twilight: Bella: "I can't explain it right...he is even more unbelievable BEHIND the face. The vampire who wants to be good - who ran around saving people's lives so he wouldn't be a monster."
And how could one not love Edward? He is such a gentleman, a good, moral character with unimaginable self-restraint. Edward painfully struggles with his natural instincts as a vampire to drink Bella's blood because he cares for Bella and could not bear hurting her. He struggles with doing what is right and what he wants. Bella fascinates Edward because she is not afraid of him. Bella sees through the mask he wears amongst humans and is not afraid to argue with him. Isn't that what we all want? To be yourself and be loved despite your flaws; to be able to communicate freely.
Can love work between a human and a vampire? What is it that draws one person to another? When can we say we have fallen in love - years, months or days? Is it when you have seen to the heart of the person and want to be with them despite obstacles/flaws? Perhaps you can fall in love quickly, but staying in love over time is the true test.
The message isn't "you are nothing without a man" but that one can love so deeply that it hurts to be without them... that love makes you vulnerable. When you love someone you give them the power to make you happy, but also the power to hurt you. What would you sacrifice to be with the one you loved? Bella considers the implications in the sequels.
My advice: Enjoy it for the fiction/fantasy that it is! And if you have concerns about "wrong" messages your kids might get from it then by all means use it as a platform for discussion and to develop their critical thinking skills to help them make choices in life. ...more
I know I'm rehashing a lot of what others have said, but I wanted to add my voice to the growing list of those who feel this series has lost it's way.I know I'm rehashing a lot of what others have said, but I wanted to add my voice to the growing list of those who feel this series has lost it's way. I began reading these books before the fifth book, "Hunted" was released. I thought they were interesting and had a good plot going. Now, the books have almost become caricatures of themselves. The way the authors present the conversations between the characters was always something that annoyed me, but it's beyond ridiculous now. I'm not a teenager now but I remember being 17 and trust me, that is not how your average 17 year old talks. At all. It's made even more annoying when you have Zoey saying "bullpoopie" in one sentence and in the very next Aphrodite is using the f-word. Let's drop the cutesy language and be real. Also, the revolving door of men(boys) in Zoey's life is more than a little disturbing. It seems as if they're trying to mask what is essentially promiscuity with vampire "traditions" and mythology. Mostly what annoys me is that what began as a great series has become annoying and hard to trudge through. The fact that there are going to be 12 books in this series is unfathomable. This series should be over, in my opinion. Make the books that you have slightly longer and tie up loose ends quicker instead of having pages and pages of filler and leave the reader satisfied with a story well told. I'm not even sure that I'm interested enough at this point to wait four more books to see how this plays out. The unnecessary deaths, rehashing of "Neferet is good, now she's evil, maybe she's good, nope she's definitely evil but no one believes us even though she's doing this in plain sight", and the whole Heath thing...It's become too much to handle. Basically, if you've enjoyed the series tremendously and you're looking for more of the same, you're going to love this. If you're like me, and you started out loving the series but over the last few books you've come to feel like this story is never going to reach it's conclusion, you may want to save your money....more