“Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved. Noble, even. That ought to count for something.”Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, p 1
As per request, I’ve started to reread the Twilight series and I’ve always enjoyed the series but I haven’t actually read books since they came out years ago. In my younger age of reading I guess I never paid as much attention to how well the story is written as long as it held my interest and when I had first read the books I had sucked them up like a pixie stick, quickly and wanting more. Now that I have started to read them once again, I’ve come to find it more difficult to get through them as they’re really not that well written. At least for the first book in the series; I haven’t started on the others as of yet.
I have a crazy obsession with vampires and that’s one reason why I enjoyed the books and movies so much. I will always enjoy the book more than the movie, at least in most cases, because the book always includes more detail than the movies ever do. However, I really wish this series had better editing done. It doesn’t read as easy as it should, especially with it being a young adult book, and I know that first-person characterization is supposed to help the reader see themselves as the narrator a bit more than second- or third-person does, but I’ve never been a fan of first-person. I suppose if the story had a better structure to it I would have enjoyed it more than I did the second time around, but since that’s not the case it took me longer than usual to get through reading Twilight, especially with it being the second time reading it.
I understand that Stephenie Meyer wanted to put a new spin on the traditional vampire which seems to have resulted in sparkly vampires that don’t actually have the fangs and instead of feeding their prey their blood in order to turn them, all they had to do was bite them and their venom would course through their bodies. I’m always up for new ways of things, however, some of these are just too much of a stretch in my opinion. I can tolerate the situation where they could go out into the sunlight, however, I wish there was a reason as to how that came to be like there is in Vampire Diaries. The biggest parts I have trouble wrapping my head around though is how they sparkle and they don’t have any fangs. Ok, if you bite someone you can draw blood, but most of the time you have to bite someone pretty damn hard for that to happen and that’s one reason for the fangs as they can easily pierce the skin to get the blood to flow. I also understand that their skin was hard as stone in this story, but do they really need to sparkle as if they had rolled in glitter?
Like most book to movie adaptions there are quite a few differences as movies are never as long as they should be so they can cover all the important parts of the books, but I really wish that the movies followed along with the books better than they did. I get into a lot of differences in my book vs. movie post however, I favor (no surprise) how the characters are more in the book. Bella is seen as the clumsy one in both the book and the movie but it’s not nearly as bad in the movie as it is in the book. Edward doesn’t come across as charming as he is in the movie like he is in the book, as he was always getting what he wanted in the book…well, most of the time that is.
I really believe that this could have been a great series if only there were a few changes with the characters and plot, not to mention the sentence structure.
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks, Washington and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she’s putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back, but she can’t seem to stop herself from having feelings for him.
A list of Stephenie Meyer’s books can be found on her site here – Book List