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I starting reading the books after i saw the first film. it was good but not one of the best i had seen. however now i have grown to love the books and films. the books are better they go into more debth with each character in the story and you learn so much more about them all. and where they came from. each book gets better and better each one you learn new things. the storys run into each other and it works well. Its great because its a complete set. i read all books within a couple of months and now i cant stop reading. it wasent something i did before. Since i loved them so much i kept telling everyone about them they were not sure at first but once they started they could not stop reading. so i highly, very highly recommend this to EVERyONE!!! young, adult, old. We would all love our very own EDWARD! So if you want to sit back and get lost in a book make it these.
In this review, I won't exactly be weighing out the pros and cons of these books, trying to keep up the suspense before you hear my overall testimony; there is probably no point in that, as you can probably guess by my generous rating of 1 star (Dooyoo would not let me rate any lower) that I am no fan of Meyer's books. I will try not to give away too much of a spoiler, just in case you have been lucky enough not to read the saga, so I will try to cover some general points; however, I may just let slip of a few details, for the sole reason of illustrating and backing up my points with evidence. Just to add, if you don't want to read through all of my complaints about the utter awfulness of the Twilight Saga, then I have included a quick 'Short Review' summary which you can just scroll down to, so you can make a quick decision as to whether you should go to the trouble of buying or reading these books at all. The answer is no, by the way.
Don't be fooled by the gorgeous dramatic gothic book covers for these books, all covered in deep shades of midnight black and scarlet red (which I must admit was what attracted me most to these books in the first place- I was imagining how pretty they would look on my bookcase). If even the most beautiful book has an ugly content within it (like Twilight), it still classifies it as what I would call A Rubbish Book, which only stresses the fact that you should never ever judge a book by its cover.
A brief summary of Twilight. A girl called Bella with, surprise surprise, pale white skin, oh my gosh so pretty features and a completely cliched life story overall (so she is practically a vampire already, will you believe it?!) meets the "dashing" and "beautiful" Edward Cullen, who, surprise surprise, is a vampire. Oh, the suspense is killing me. (By the way, that does not technically count as a spoiler, as it states that on the blurb of the book- so much for letting the reader find out the so-called mystery for themselves.) And then, because Bella is just so magically gifted that darling Edward cannot read her mind (which is, of course, his power), they are swept off their feet in a spiral of dark romance. Add in a few dashes of Jacob Black the werewolf who also loves Bella- yet again, surprise surprise- and some evil vampires, and there you go. That is the oh so brilliant oh so popular vampire romance that Meyer has mixed up to earn herself millions of dollars.
The thing that I dislike, perhaps the most, is the way that the characters seem to bent around to what Meyer's fantasy would be; the best stories are those which are meant to be told, almost spinning themselves instead of being manipulated to be a happily ever after cliche. Isn't imperfection what ultimately brings perfection in the end? Take the main character, our lovely charming Bella Swan, with hardly a blemish on her perfect face. Why is it that she, with no reason at all, can oppose the mysterious powers of vampires; there is not an explanation for it at all, it does not even mention halfway through the book that Bella is actually a half vampire or something. And why is it that it is the same Bella Swan that Edward Cullen and just about everyone loves. On top of this, Bella also believes in self sacrifice, etc. etc. because she is such a nice, selfless person. Of course, main characters have to have a little something to them to make them main character role worthy, but it just seems too much like Meyer is bending and molding the main character into her ideal person. Every main character's faults are those of which are, in a way, the best faults to have, which just deepens the fact that they are being twisted into the so-called perfect figure.
Also: Edward Cullen and his gorgeous Cullen family. This part is played over the top, in my opinion. For one, the Cullens are, to your astonishment, a lovely civilised vegetarian vampire family. The father figure goes around saving lives and he is describes to be so gorgeous that probably Bella had a crush on him before turning to our dear Edward. I am not looking down upon the idea of lovely vampires, I mean, each story has its very own twist, right? But they seem so manipulated, yet again to Meyer's purpose, and this makes the "saga" seem even less believable than it already is.
The lesson of this story is probably intended to be about the power of love and being a good little vampire; however, for the adolescent audience it is aimed at, the message that is being given out is not very helpful in life. When Edward leaves her "for her own good" (as he is being a stereotypical gallant person), let's see what Bella does and what that teaches us about letting go of people when you have to. Oh yes. She does nothing but mope, grieve and at its very extreme, she hurls herself off a cliff. When a loved one leaves you, what are you meant to do? Remember them, yes, but also move on as it is what they would have wanted you to do. What does Bella do? She nearly commits suicide because she wants to hear Edward dearest's voice again. Not a good thing to be advising teenagers with bad judgement to do. Also, it teaches us that if we are pretty, we will get the oh so handsome vampire figure; and to those insecure about there looks, this could just set them back even further.
The language of this book is... not very well utilised. See, I have no problem with long words and Shakespearean like language, but only if it is used well and effectively. Meyer does not; sometimes simple ideas need to be described with simple words, and to me it seems like Meyer wrote this saga with a thesaurus in front of her. Consider that it is meant to be in the Young Adult section, and the fact that the main characters are 17 and I have never seen real 17 year olds talking in the way of which is described, which annoys me the most.
Nowadays, you cannot walk into a bookshop without seeing vampire romance novels stacked up all across the shelves. I am not trying to say I dislike the whole genre of vampire romance, but the originality of them seems to have run out, and I only pick up a vampire romance novel and read it reluctantly now. The popularity of Twilight, I presume, comes from the perfection of the plot and characters- they feel whisked off their feet by the romance and sentimental value. I, however, do not find it to my taste at all; it is a shame because the Twilight saga, with its great publicity, could have been much improved, if a LOT of the aspects of the books are changed. However, in its state right now, I would definitely not recommend them.
The Twilight Saga, I find, is a book that seems like the characters are too much twisted to the author's purpose, the speech irregular and its storyline stereotypical and cliched. If, however, you decide to read it, then I will not beg you not to- however, I recommend that you borrow it from the library or from someone you know as buying it would be a big waste of money.