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A very average book. Sorry if you don't agree!
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
Member Name: Lulzaroonie
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
Advantages: Good to lose yourself in
Disadvantages: Paying money to read about how it's fine to let a man rule your life
If you have female friends or a daughter, you will no doubt have heard of the Twilight Saga. You have have seen posters of a young good looking pouffy haired guy on bedroom walls, on bus stop advertisements and on the sides of buses. It's inescapable.
But what started this 'mania' is this book, Twilight, book one of the Twilight Saga.
Now don't get me wrong, I used to be one of those women braying at the top of my lungs about how Twilight and the various characters are perfect, but I can see I was wrong wrong wrong.
It is very easy to lose yourself in a romance, where you can easily position yourself in the main character, and have two good looking young men fighting over you, but when you really get down to it, it's not as magical once you strip it all down.
The descriptions of Bella are ambiguous at best, making it very easy to imagine yourself in her shoes. The fact is, she is a very average looking girl, shadowed by her peers, yet for some reason, she is exactly what the mysterious vampiric love God, Edward has been waiting for for almost a whole century. She is vapid, obsessive, shallow and needy. She shuns other boys her age because they're not as beautiful or as perfect as Edward. She meets him once and he is in her thoughts constantly ever since. She can't seem to be comfortable in her own skin without Edward constantly being by her side. And by God, is she boring?! When she is not with Edward, what is she doing? Talking to parents, or doing house chores or home work. She has no hobbies to speak of, and no social life outside of school.
And Edward. Edward is selfish, over-protective/over-bearing, he has an uncontrollable temper, has some pretty extreme jealousy issues, poor self-esteem and is controlling. Not such the dream boat now is he? People can argue that these are endearing traits to have in a man whom you adore, that they can be overlooked, and it just shows that he cares, and I just cannot agree!
Now I'm done with my scathing character analysis, let me being on the story itself.
While I can appreciate this is a modern twist on very old mythological being/folk lore, I feel that this entire Saga has emasculated an entire genre. Where Anne Rice would have you gasping, and Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis would have you swooning in your seats, Gary Oldman would have you trembling and fanning yourself as Dracula, sparkling vampires is about as manly as a pink meringue.
There are some examples of pretty terrible grammar in this book, as well as very forced and rushed dialogue. There are lots of unnecessary descriptions and filler. We don't care that Bella did her laundry, and then began cooking dinner.
There is also a lot of female oppression in the books as a whole.
Bella has no aspirations, no goals, no desire to do anything other than be with Edward for the rest of her life. Any time Bella tries to put her foot down, she is threatened in a very subtle way to dissuade her from leaving, and very often, when one of them disagrees, despite having agreed to be together forever, one or the other gets sulky and immature.
Yes, it's a fine book to pick up and lose yourself in when you don't want to think or concentrate on anything in particular and just get washed away in the noise of the story, but beneath it all is a very powerful tool which is potentially teaching young people to never aspire to be anything, only worry about how to keep your boyfriend, and to expect to be rescued any time you run into trouble.
I'm sorry if you disagree with me, and you might vote this down because of my opinions, but look at it objectively, look at it through the eyes of someone who has experienced some of the trauma Bella is put through throughout her relationship with Edward, and you will see that the story is not something to be glorified.
It's a wishy-washy fantasy, with very little substance, but it's fine to read if you don't want to think about it.
Summary: Buy it second hand if you're gonna get it at all...