Title: Twilight (Twilight #1)[audiobook]
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
Where to begin on this book… I have always had a love hate relationship with Twilight, and I think now that I’ve read this years later, I might love it just a little bit more- not a lot- than I did when I first read it. The thing is, as I read this in middle school, I was not a big fan mainly because everyone was reading it and loving it. I was that one kid who didn’t wanna do anything everyone else was doing, which is probably for good reason, but I eventually gave in.
So, to start this review off, this section is about the things that I did like:
A small town setting because I don’t think we ever really get to see us setting such as this one
Edward’s entire family is literally the best thing that is ever graced a book. Ever (The Bennetts from P&P are still better though.)
Bella’s character was actually somewhat relatable. She was quiet, awkward, clumsy, and she liked reading. She has emotions. Bella is an unsure teenager still figuring out everything in her life, and I don’t think we see a lot of that in YA novels. Like John Green’s books, the teenagers have wisdom, and philosophical thoughts, and advice to give. Honestly, while some teenagers are like that, not a lot are.
While I did not like some things-a lot-that Edward did, I think his protectiveness was very chivalrous. And I liked that he was constantly laughing- he made lots of fun at Bella’s wannabe boyfriends. He wasn’t a jealous type either, only when it came to other vampires wanting to eat her.
The things I didn’t like:
Edwards behavior was…disgusting. Now, I can’t remember if he’s from the 1920s or the early 1900s, but I will admit that is probably where his behavior is rooted from. Obviously the times back then were completely different from today, so the way he treats Bella is how he would’ve treated a woman back then. That doesn’t make what he does okay because he has lived since then, he should know how to handle women now as a norm, but he clearly doesn’t. I also recognize that he is a manipulator. It was stated many times that he was older, wiser, and he constantly was putting her down for not being older and wiser. At one point, it was also stated that she was young, but had an old feel about her. What’s that supposed to mean?
The fact that Stephanie Meyers rewrote a tribe’s history astounds me. I don’t even know what else to say to this besides the fact that I cannot believe she even thought of doing that. I get it’s for a story’s plot, but it’s kind of rude. Actually it’s a lot rude. And after this whole Thanksgiving debacle, it’s brought my light and my attention to the matter.
Bella’s entire life since moving to Forks had revolved around Edward. She brushes off her friends, she brushes off school, family. It’s literally centered around him. and I think the fact that she actually only fell in love with him because his beauty and his impossible existence is another negative for me. She also has this 50’s housewife kind of feel. She talked about her father like he was her husband, she talked about her mom as if she were a child. And she even gave her own advice as if her mom was giving it to her.
The relationship was insta love. I’m not a big fan of that. Also, it was just sad. Their relationship wasn’t even a real relationship. The way he treats her and the way she claims falling in love with him is not how an actual relationship would’ve worked. But this is fantasy so…idk.
I thought the book was poorly written. For example, there were conversations that just went on, and, on and, on. I kept thinking to myself, when was it going to end? Why is this even still being discussed? And the constant usage of the word “smirked” was just too much for me. Is there no other way to smile?
(Okay, I admit this smile is downright adorable, but not at all how I pictured it when reading the book)Overlooking the negatives in this book, I think Twilight is an easy read with a generic heroine who honestly makes girls feel like they’re enough. I mean, she’s an ordinary girl who gets the GQ boyfriend. When does that ever happen? Besides in the movies. And to be quite frank, I would rather prefer a plain Jane over a glorious heroine. Not to mention Twilight also introduced me into reading more classics. I was in middle school, and no one ever read a classic book. But this opened me up to Wuthering Heights (I bought the Twilight cover edition lol,) and all of Jane Austen’s work, et cetera.
Honestly, if you overlook the negatives of this book, Twilight is more about escaping from reality, and just to have fun. It’s meant for a younger generation, not for someone in their 20s like me. I am talking tweens. I mean, that’s how old we were when the book first came out. Most kids that age aren’t going to recognize the negatives in this book unless they’re parents took the time to teach them otherwise. They’re most likely just reading to escape from school.So, in my opinion, if you’re reading this not to just bash on the book, but to have fun then I recommend picking it up. It’s not a totally terrible book, but I wouldn’t go out and buy it as a gift.