This has been an obnoxiously long time coming.
I managed to avoid the Twilight renaissance, and I thank God every day for it. This is not to say that if you were or are a “Twihard,” that you are wrong. I am just thrilled I waited until the hype died down, and I am out of any young reader phase so I can be more objective in analyzing the book for what it is.
Okay. Here goes nothing.
For anyone who has been living under a rock for the last 15ish years, Twilight follows our main character, Bella Swan, as she moves from Pheonix, AZ to Forks, OR to live with her dad. Bella’s main goal is to just blend in and survive high school. On her very first day, she becomes fixated on the broody boy in the corner, Edward Cullen. His whole family is beautiful and mysterious and murderous. Wait. What? Yikes, wrong vampire story. The Cullens have a strict rule: no human blood. Even so, Edward finds it difficult to control himself near Bella. Bella, unaware of Edward’s true identity, became determined to win him over.
Blah. Blah. Blah. I’m sure you know where this is going.
Here’s the thing. The storyline was pretty okay, I guess. I mean, it was the same premise as the movie (as expected). There were definite and clear problems, of course.
Plot-wise? Ya know, it was a basic supernatural romance. That’s about all I got. It was pretty basic.
Character-wise? Ooohhh here’s where I can really get into it.
Bella- OH MY LANTA. THIS GIRL. First off, why is she considered a “strong female character”??? She never stood up for herself or for what she believed in (that I caught). Bella did, however, have more of a personality in the book than was shown in the movie which was refreshing. I’m not saying that she was well-developed or anything of the sort, but she did have interests aside from Edward in the book which I greatly appreciate.
Edward- I can’t decide if I actually like him or not…? I thoroughly am confused. I know, logically, that he is controlling and vaguely manipulative (in the first book), and all, but I still somehow come out of it liking him. He is controlling, yes. But, he does tell Bella so many times how bad he is for her and how she should stay away from him. He is too weak to stay away himself. I get that. I really do. No hate there. I just hate that he will tell Bella all these things and then instantly be like “oh I can’t live without you so.” Dude. Make up your mind.
Alice- Adorable. Love this girl. I didn’t even realize she had such a deep backstory. Love it and her.
Rosalie- This girl oh my god she’s the smartest of all the Cullens. WHY WOULD SHE ACCEPT BELLA? I WOULDN’T!
I can’t speak on the other characters because none of them really did much of anything aside from those 4. Sooooooo moving on!
World-building? I will give Meyer this: her world building (so far) is pretty solid. Having Jacob explain the backstory of the Cullens and the tribe was clever. I did enjoy that she didn’t leave me wondering about really anything regarding the vampirism so far (like I said, it’s only the first book).
Writing style? Okay. I was expecting world-class trash. I was wholeheartedly expecting to want to light this book on fire. It was a pleasant surprise in that aspect. There were, of course, no shortage of trashy lines. My favorite one:
“I love you.”
“You are my life now.”
Who. The. Fuck.
Okay. So, overall, it was alright. The book was almost 500 pages and it felt like 200-300. Super easy, super fast, entertaining enough. I’m going to continue with the series because I have that goal; however, if I didn’t already decide I would read the entire series, I would decide to continue based off of this novel.