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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
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Jun 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: books-in-a-series, fantasy-science-fiction, vampires, books-into-film
Read on August 10, 2008 — I own a copy , read count: 2

Oh, this is a good and silly vampire love story. I first picked up this book in 2007. It had been misplaced on the Borders 3-for-2 table, and after finding two books that I was excited for, I rushedly grabbed this trade paperback, intrigued by the beauty of its cover. I skimmed the back description, saw that it had something to do with vampires, and figured, well it’s free, who knows? The store clerk hadn’t wanted to include it in the deal, but when I showed her that two other copies were on the table, she relented. A month or so later, I picked it out of my shelf and started reading it. A few pages in, I stopped - shocked that I had mistakenly picked up a young adult book. And though the language is simple, once the story got going, the book became shockingly engaging. The characters - as silly as sparkling vampires are - do come to life, and the love-triangle is well done. I plan on seeing just where this series goes. It’s a fast and fun read that is totally age-appropriate to the YA market.
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message 1: by Jane (new) - rated it 1 star

Jane Great blast from the past - what do you think now that Twilight has hordes of screaming fans? I didn't read it until it had been hyped to the max, which, I'm sure, affected my view of the book.

Victoria Jane wrote: "Great blast from the past - what do you think now that Twilight has hordes of screaming fans? I didn't read it until it had been hyped to the max, which, I'm sure, affected my view of the book."

I read the first two books before the hype. When I bought the third book, the craze had really gotten underway, and so I admit to being a bit embarrassed at Borders when I bought my copy (it had some kind of movie poster promotion tie in, or something like that). But, ultimately, Meyer hooked me - I wanted to know what happened in the end! The movies were recently on OnDemand, so my husband and I watched them. I didn't care for the last book (way too soap-opera-esque)but once the final movie makes it to OnDemand, I suppose we will watch that, too...

As for the screaming fans, they don't bother me too much. I love to see anyone get into reading, and all the more when they are young people! I do agree with many of the books critics - I do think that Bella makes for a shoddy role model, and while she is stronger in the books than the films, I think that the main romance between her and Edward is disturbing. But it does make for entertaining fiction. When I read them the first time around (yes, I have even re-read them right before the fourth book's release), that stuff really didn't bother me. I just genuinely wanted to know how it would all end. But the second time around led to a lot more eye-rolling... hahaha.

message 3: by Jane (new) - rated it 1 star

Jane I never read the subsequent novels. I found that the drug-like effect of the sexual tension wore off pretty quickly and I remembered the silliness...but my kids have both re-read the series more than once. I would say it's that I'm older and more jaded but then I think of all the middle-aged women who are nuts over Twilight and I shake my head.

Victoria I haven't revisited them since 2008, and considering my disappointment with the fourth book, I don't know that I ever will. The books really caught me up in that "I just wanna know what happens"-fervor, but finding out was a let-down to me, unfortunately...

I'm not sure about any of the crazed fans (though they seem to be more in love with the movie than the book, which I think is more troubling...), but again, it is really nice to see a book as the center of a craze. I just wish that the movie versions didn't always seem to overshadow the books in these fads!

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