Twilight by Stephanie Meyer | Review

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: October 5th, 2005

Dates Read: January 3rd – January 8th, 2019

Pages: 498

Publisher: Little, Brown Company

Genre: young adult, urban fantasy, romance

Goodreads blurb:

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.

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R E V I E W

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer is a book that really stuck with me when I first read it. My mum had recently got with a man who had three sons and didn’t like the idea of a child reading – I know, literally the opposite of what parents dream of. I stumbled across Twilight purely by chance. I was 10 and taking solace in my local library which was close to my house and picked it up because I thought I was mature enough to read young adult. I hadn’t heard of the movie and I hadn’t even known what a franchise it would become. I just knew that I couldn’t put it down. It was that way for the whole series. I was obsessed. One summer I wasn’t allowed to go to the library and I only owned the Twilight series. That meant I read that series over and over for 6 weeks. I needed to read and this book series took its place in my heart. Now, almost twelve years later I can see what a mess this series is. It plays into some massive tropes and now that I know that Stephanie Meyer is Mormon it is so clear to see it in the text.

However, I had the most fun re-reading this series through the audiobook. We’ll just focus on Twilight though. It is so easy to criticise and hate, because yes it is bad, but this is the book that introduced many others around my age to the world of young adult fiction. This book has so many cringe-worthy parts and the characters truly are flat. However, this book is hilarious. I know it isn’t meant to be hilarious, but oh my gosh it truly is. This book had me stifling laughter on a bus and hiding smiles behind my hand. Listening to this book had me unwinding after an eight-hour shift at work. It had me letting go of all the stress and anger I feel during the day during my reception job – people are exhausting.

I think the main thing I should be discussing Twilight is romance. It is the main factor in all four books and the literal plotline of each point. Bella moves to small-town Forks on the basis that she wants to allow her mum to travel with her rookie league baseball player boyfriend more – literally the strangest reason to move. Bella constantly talks about her mother in a negative tone. Bella truly acts as if her mother – and later her father – would combust without her. That they are incompetent and almost as if they didn’t survive for years before she was born. This move for Bella is basically the worst thing she has ever done – which makes you even more curious as to why the heck she decided to do it. She never even creates a relationship with her father Charlie besides making him dinner – which feels gross and feeds into stereotypes?

Not only that but Charlie is a straight up bad parent. Like, damn, he is a mess. Billy Black cares about Bella so much more, despite not doing things exactly right. He was worried about her and Bella was a dumbass teenage girl interested in vampire dick – just saying. Willing to die for some vampire dick is messy as fuck, but I mean I do get it. People seem to think the relationship between Bella and Charlie is good and I mean, no. If your 17-year-old daughter is doing all your housework it seems slightly iffy.

Bella’s whole mentality in this book is a mess. She complains frequently that no one liked her back in Arizona and as soon as people want to be her friend in Forks she is judging them. She compares people who want to help her to golden retrievers and is honestly just a straight up annoying bitch.

Not only that, but the first person who doesn’t instantly want to kiss her ass is Edward. Which, obviously has to be the love interest because he is the only one who isn’t ready to kiss her feet at the moment she walks into the school. It seems as if Bella’s feelings develop incredibly

Even when she finds out Edward is a vampire she is like ‘okay, I’ll get a coke and ravioli and bitch about Amber the waitress’ like um, the boy could rip your throat out? You seem way too relaxed that he can read minds and way too worried that he can’t read yours. It drives me absolutely wild. Bella is the definition of a fool.

One thing that Twilight does have is amazing side characters. I absolutely adore the Cullen family and if this book purely focused on them and eliminated Bella I think it would be much better. The Cullen family has actually developed characters and their stories make you actually feel – something I don’t think Bella actually does.

The conflict I also a straight up mess. I mean, you get a love story for around about 80% of the book and the throw in a conflict when the book is almost done at a bloody baseball game (still the coolest scene in cinematic history).

Overall, Twilight is a straight up mess. However, it truly did pioneer the young adult world. It brought so many of us to love reading which is incredible. I also find myself still enjoying the story, I’m not sure if its simply because the narrator was fabulous or because this story still comforts me all these years later. It isn’t something I would recommend but it is something that makes me happy.

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Happy reading everyone!

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