Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Date Started: December 17, 2008 Date Finished: December 19, 2008
Summary: Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to be with her father after her mother remarries. Bella meets Edward Cullen, a vampire who is fighting the temptation to suck her blood.
Likes: I like the premise. The idea of normal human beings falling in love with supernatural creatures is definitely one that has been explored numerous times. The prose, though overblown at times, is accessible for it's age group. When this book came out, I was around sixteen or seventeen years old. Given the point I was in my life, I might have enjoyed this book more had I read it then. Meyer's story serves as inspiration for those who wish to publish their own stories. (although J.K. was more inspiring)
Dislikes: Meyer's writing isn't horrible it just isn't a style that I enjoy reading. Adverbs are overused and the dialogue is too oddly written to be enjoyed. The characterization is pretty much none existent. Bella complains too much about the little things. Her character doesn't seem realistic and it's hard to find a reason to care for her predicament. Edward was all right to me at first, but then he started getting cocky and it was really beginning to grate on my nerves. The plot was non-existent as well. The first twelve or so chapters are just about a relationship that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The development wasn't subtle, it was more in-your-face "Edward's hot", "Edward's so cute", "Edward is beautiful." Bella's character is one of those ugly-pretty girls. She always states how "plain" or "ugly" she is because it seems that she enjoys people (mostly Edward) telling her that's she pretty. Bella's character doesn't seem to grow at all from page one to the end of the book. Meyer's back story and character development needs some work. A part of me wishes that she would have let the story sit for a while and let her writing grow before she published her story.
Overall: Great premise, horrible execution. I or anyone who reads these books would be better off writing their own supernatural romance.