ok, I think everyone I talk to already knows how I feel about Stephanie Meyers writing abilities, but just in case you're interested:
I felt I needed to read it to be able to evaluate it better. I couldn't be expected to have validity without actually trudging through.
She has a captivating story, at least with the other books, it kept one reading. This last one is a stretch, its so. . . sitcom like. There is all this tension building up and then nothing really happens, life is wonderful and they will live in love forever. Kind of gaggy sweet with no pop. However, I will give it to those who love her stories, that it is an interesting, creative story, I just wonder where her editor is! She actually has in print double contractions! I would imagine that she was trying to give Jacob his voice with it, but it really grated on me. I noticed several more mistakes in who was speaking, like on page 612, last paragraph she mistakenly calls Zafrina, Carlisle. Her scientific research needs updated. Drift wood does not burn blue and green from the salt! It would burn yellow.
I suppose I am being hard on her writing ability, some have asked where my works are, before I criticize others. My point is that I would like to see something so celebrated, arriving in a better form. She has the capabilities to do a better job and I feel that I'm being sold a mediocre effort. If it is being marketed to the youth, don't they deserve something better to guide them in their efforts? I still am amazed that this has such a phenomenal following. Its is good that it is fairly clean and with standards of admirable note, I know there is a shortage of that in the world of literature, I just want it to be better! I would like a C.S. Lewis subtlety with the truth, a less guessable plot like an Agatha Christie, some more finesse, I suppose. Sorry to all those who are so thrilled with her efforts, I can't in good conscience give my applause.