I was basically Maggie Smith from this scene in Downton Abbey throughout New Moon. All I can say is that I typically catch Sequel Blues when I-obviously-read sequels. Bella is basically in a stupor throughout the book and traces all kinds of danger just to see a hallucination of her ex. If you ask me, that is super extra, and Charlie should have had her checked out, but seeing as she was already 18, I suppose that’s a pointless idea.
So I don’t know how this review will turn out, whether I’ll be calm or dive into a rant. Let’s find out together.
To be honest, this is a good series only if you want to not have to use your brain for a while….I hope I put that mildly. Obviously this isn’t a favorite series of me, I simply put up with it because there are a slew of others including my own mother who enjoy the books and movies.
I’ve always thought the middle of this book was probably the better part of the story. The beginning and end are both lacking and equally slow. However, I did find the blank pages that represent her months of depression as brilliant.
So, here’s my overall problem with this book: the plot.
But I’ll get to that in a second.
The book basically starts out with Bella and Edward learning about Romeo and Juliet. Aren’t they seniors now? At least juniors if not. Why the hell are they just now learning about this play? R+J was literally one of the first things I learned about in my FRESHMAN English class.
Other than that, just looking at the play-if you know anything about it-as a reader we all know where this plot is going. It’s so obvious and Meyer gives us not foreshadowing. She just gives away her plot right then and there. And it’s just sad that she basically has her main characters admiring this tragic teenagers who are not only hormonal but are also suicidal.
My whole point is that both of these stories are centered around star-crossed lovers, the impossible love. And the problem with impossible love? There’s no end, there’s no where really for the story to go, for the lovers to go. I mean, let look another human/vamp relationship, Buffy and Angel. They never get back together. And why? Because either way, Buffy would have to become a vampire, or the vampire would have to become human again (which rarely if ever happens in a situation like this one.) So, naturally make Buffy a vampire right? The problem would be solved.
But that brings up another problem. Turning Bella into a vampire is Edward’s turn off. And besides it would be suicide, which thus entices the beauty of Shakespeare’s tragedy, R+J. We also catch Bella reading lots of Jane Austen books. How could someone who would consider suicide for love enjoy those books?
Obviously Jane Austen’s books on the top surface are about love. But lets take a look at a past read of mine, Sense and Sensibility. If any of you have read that book, Austen’s point in that book is that love is so much more complex than lust. Looking at R+J, it’s lust then die. Which is all Twilight has ever been. Imo, neither Bella or Edward have really cared or been interested in one another’s personality.
So I guess my real problem with this book is that Meyer has set this book up to be a tragedy which not a lot of people want. We all want a happy ending because we naturally live wit tragedy everyday.
And this review really went nowhere…just me ranting about R+J and vampires becoming humans, lol!
Overall, the book is okay. I wouldn’t recommend it on its own if I could. And honestly, I wouldn’t recommend the series unless you want to listen to something in the background or just want to have a good time with a MEH series (have at it then, no judgment from me over here because that’s what I’m doing!)
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