Holy cow. HOLY COW!!!
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer is all that it’s cracked up to be. It’s daring. It’s adventurous. It’s sensual, yet elegantly innocent in relational theme. I wasn’t expecting the book to be as devouring as it was due to who was Meyer’s intended audience, but now that I’ve read it, I can see why it is completely appealing to women of all ages.
I loved the characters. Bella and Edward are as irresistable as two opposites who can’t help but be attracted to each other, though it will be to each others’ demise. Their banters are witty, and Meyer created a number of comical circumstances under which they could flourish. I really enjoyed the other vampires in Alice, Carlisle, Jasper and Esme. The humans aren’t so bad either – just not as interesting. :)
Edward… one can’t help but fall a little bit for his heart. He’s honest to a fault and quick to come to Bella’s aid time and time again. A modern day knight in white armor, at least that’s what I picture with his lack of skin tone. (Lucky for me that I’ve got the perfect Mr. Right in my real life. Compared to Mr. Right, Edward, in all his modelesque chivalry and heart-throbbing tendencies, pales in comparison. Emily, don’t give up hope!)
The only critical aspects I can give about the book is that it is pretty repetitive when it comes to describing Bella’s and Edward’s feelings. Though they are written with differing phraseology, it all led to the same intent: they really liked each other. However, knowing that the book is written for Young Adult females, it makes perfect sense that Meyer would capitalize on the way that their minds work. It’s romantic. It’s enchanting. It’s going to compel these readers to read it time and time again.
I read it because The Girl has shown interest in reading the series. Being the overprotective parent that I am, I asked her to let me read it to make sure it would be okay for her precious, impressionable, 12-year-old mind. I don’t think all that is written for that age group is as encouraging or as pure as I think they should be. Kids have enough negative influence thrown at them as it is.
For the record, I’ve left it on her desk so that she can start on it tonight, and I have a feeling that I will be venturing to the bookstore in hopes of starting the next one soon – well, after I finish the rest of my list anyway…