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Book review: <i>Twilight</i> by Stephanie Meyer


the cover of the book

What if Joss Whedon wrote like an 8 yr old, Buffy was a petulant, crying moron and Angel was her self flagellating bitch? Stephanie Meyer would be $70 million poorer, that’s what.

Story (or: Vampire love is the best kind of love, but not the safest)

So essentially every love story is the same- Person A meets Person B, stuff happens, they are meant to be, live happily ever after, yada yada yada. Add in some vampires and that’s pretty much the general gist of this “novel”.

Bella Swan moves herself to the tiny town of Forks to live with her father, despite the fact that she hates everything about the town. Although she seems to instantly fit in at her new high school, she seems to draw the immediate hatred of local outcast Edward Cullen. And there our romance begins. Let the swooning commence.

The good (or: I’m overrun with hormones so you can probably skip this part)

All forthcoming bitchiness aside, there are actually some good points to this book. Maybe the correct word would be “few”, but they’re there. My hands just cramped up, ooh, maybe they can tell I’m reaching.

For starters, and for all you romantics out there, the love story is almost quite lovely. Almost. I’m biased completely as Edward is my dream man put down on paper. Very basically put down on paper. In crayon.

Ak, I can’t do it, lets move on.

The bad (or: I have to write this before I see the film and my loin burning lust for Robert Pattinson clouds my judgment)

Oh lordy, this could be long. This section could be its own book. They could sell it alongside “Twilight” in the bookstores. They could have a deal, “Twilight” and “101 Reasons To Avoid This Book Like the Freakin’ Plague” for $19.95. But I’ll cut to the chase.

Meyer may have created some interesting characters, she may have even created a beautiful romance, but she’s managed to do it with what seems like a very limited ability to actually write. Much like if you were to ask child to draw a picture of a house, you know what they’d draw- square, triangle roof, square windows, rectangle door. It sure looks like a house, you can’t fault them that, but put it next to an experienced painters idea of a house and it becomes glaringly obvious that the child has a heck of a lot to learn. Not that I’m blaming the child for their lack of drawing ability, they’re only a child, but Meyer went and got this thing published, and wrote more; she obviously refuses to learn.

There are brief hints that maybe she may have some grasp on the English language however, and you think this would make the book more readable. It doesn’t. Instead her insertions of fluffy, florid prose here and there are just jarring to the story. It’s like the child has suddenly picked up a paintbrush and started oil panting over their previous drawing. Or that the editor has read the paragraph and insisted that some actual writing be used.

The writing may almost be excusable had the characters (some obvious exceptions, sigh) been in any way shape or form likeable. Bella comes across as petulant, difficult, controlling and thick as not just two, but several short planks held together with some more planks. Seriously, the girl must have some form of deficiency. I have a feeling that if Edward had walked up to her on day one with a big sign saying “VAMPIRE” and an arrow pointing straight at him, leaned over and said “Hi, I’m a vampire. I live off the blood of living things”, and had his siblings pop up and say “Yep, it’s true, we’re vampires too” it would still take another 14 weeks for it to occur to her that he may possibly be a vampire.

There’s so much more that I could write about, like how we’ve heard this story a million times before, or how the main characters only ever seem to scowl or throw “unreadable looks” at each other almost rendering the idea that they’re meant for each other pointless, there’s not enough of the romance that makes it barely readable, characters aren’t fleshed out enough and that all of the motivation behind anything that happens is implied and left hanging (and wont really be understood until Meyer releases her version of Twilight from Edward’s perspective- yes, it’s happening people). But I think there’s a bandwidth limit I have to keep in mind, so this will have to do for now.

What I learnt (or: A monkey holding a pencil doth not a writer make)

Hmm. Maybe I learnt that true love can overcome all odds, even the never ceasing desire to rip your “one’s” throat out and feast away. But, you know, I have a feeling that any of Bella’s lovers would have the same desire, well, the throat ripping part anyway. Completely understandable.

Let’s face the fact. This book isn’t going to teach you a goddamn solitary thing. Patience, maybe, if you manage to get through to the end (and to be honest, I’ve read the rest and I’d just leave it at this one- the torture really isn’t worth it- this is as good as it gets), but that’s it. It isn’t an earth shattering, mind altering book. It’s frustrating. It’s clumsy. It’s, well, read the above section.

At least it leaves hope for everyone out there short of cash that they can scratch out a somewhat legible story and make crap loads of money.

Rating (or: Ok, I’ll admit it, I would have Edward 17 ways from Sunday, but I’m weak and hormonal and would probably have your babies too if you batted your eyelids enough)

Ok, I’m going to have to give this two separate rating. I’d personally take the first with a smaller grain of salt than I’d take the second. Unless your body is being slowly over-run with hormones like a 14 girl as mine are, then I’d go with the second.

Rating for those who actually enjoy reading and have a slight grasp on the English Language: 1.5/10

Rating for the hopelessly romantical person who doesn’t really care about losing brain cells whilst reading: 6/10

In short

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Standard edition
ISBN: 0316015849
Year published: 2006
Pages: 544
Genre(s): Fantasy
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Comments

So obviously my opinion is based upon what I just saw in the theater, I loved it, I'm excited to read the books. Perhaps reading the books is based in the imagination of the reader therefore I feel like based on your rating you must not have much of one. Fantasy books are thus that fantasy, everyone wants the same story written a different way, its what the mind takes it to beyond that, that makes for a good read. So since you claim she's such a terrible writer I'm quite sure that where her writing abilities lack my imagination is going to soar.

Well, I just saw the film too and if you ACTUALLY enjoyed it then you'll absolutely love the books. You may marry them in fact. Next to the film the book is Shakespeare.
- Phoebe

Pheobe, wow you sound like a really unhappy and sour lady which is ashame as it looks like you have literary talent.
Suprisingly to me I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole Twilight series. I wasn't going to read it because, like you Pheobe, I was prejudiced but after seeing the movie I decided to give it a go as I found the story a refreshing outlook on Vampires, love and human vulnrability. The books superceeded my expectations and I was amazed at the feelings (positive ones Pheobe) that this delightfull story incited in me.
To all of you out there, don't read Pheobe's review seriously as she admits that she is hormonal and obviously suffers badly from PMT.
Good on you Stephanie for bringing a breath of fresh air into the literary world.

you can't spell for shit! Bahaha. Maybe you're American though. But pretty sure that "vulnrability" is spelt vulnerability.... and if you're a woman, is PMS.
haha i'm a year 11 and i'm picking up on your errors.
I'm only reading these for english :D

looks like the person who replied to this post is suffering from a lil too much PMS to be such a B**** to someone like that. nice one, you made yourself sound extremely smart by fixing someones typos. I'm sure you reading these has improved your English so much that you will never make a spelling mistake for the rest of your life!!!

PreMenstrualTension is what she meant. PMT. See? Look before you leap. PreMenstrualSyndrome is really just another way of putting it. HAHA I'm in year 9 and I know more about - well, for lack of a better word, 'sexual' matters than you do. Then again, one cannot be a genius at everything, can one? And remember, boasting is an undesirable quality in a woman. Or a man, for that matter. Whoops, bit of hypocrisy there. But I am younger than you. I ought not to know better.

i Like both the book and the movie

I have read the books including midnight sun (or whatever it is called, from edwards perspective) among many others not written in crayon and I personally loved every second. I have little tolerance for writers who have flowery language that takes ten paragraphs to describe someone's hair or eyes etc. I like Meyer's economic writing style, and I agree that it does allow for your imagination (if you have one) to fill in some details. I can certainly picture the scene and characters, I can sympathise with how they feel and I care what happens to them in the story. That is good writing to me. To each their own.

Wow, so I guess in your opinion the writer of a book doesn't have much of a responsibility to actually write well? It sounds like you're saying that it's up to the reader to do all the hard work - filling in the gaps left by the author by using one's imagination.

Bad writing is bad writing regardless of how much imagination you have. The point of a book is to share an idea. It needs to describe things fluently and eloquently to the reader so that the reader can imagine things clearly and be totally immersed in that imagined world created by the author. If the reader is the one making everything up as they go, then the author has failed, since it's ended up with the reader doing the writer's job.

I love all the Twilight books and would marry every character.
I have to wait till the 19th December to see the film but I can't wait. I will marry Jasper Hale.

Your review was entertaining, and I laughed hard at your “Ak, I can’t do it, let’s move on.” However, I don’t understand why so many people judge Meyer's writing style so harshly. Maybe “literary genius” needs to be redefined to include “writing that captivates readers so much that they can’t put the book down.” After all, isn’t writing all about achieving desired effects? I majored in English (all A’s from an Ivy League university), and I agree that Meyer’s style is not in the same category as the literary giants, but as one who was forced to read hundreds of pages of Charles Dickens per night, I confess that I never once stayed up until 4 AM because I couldn’t put down Oliver Twist or Tale of Two Cities. (Sorry Charles, but Stephanie beats you, hands down.) And it’s true: Meyers does not observe certain grammar rules (pronouns, fragments, run-ons), but what literary giant ever has? Meyers breaks rules on purpose to achieve effects. Furthermore, she writes economically, a method that instills fear in her readers that they might miss something if they’re not paying careful attention. In addition, it is not only Meyer’s ideas but also her vulnerable, honest, and economical writing style that we should praise. Not once while reading Dickens or Shakespeare or Steinbeck or Hemingway was I at all sad that the books ended. Yet now that I’ve read all four in Meyer’s Twilight series, I’m sad that the saga is over. Had Dickens the restraint to deliver a story concisely, the heart to delve into the depths of first love, the creativity to take an old idea (vampires), infuse it with freshness (a sparkly-skinned, selfless, madly-in-love, vegetarian vampire), spin the tale into 1700 pages of can’t-put-it-down fiction, and then amass a devoted following of readers around the world, then I say she deserves our respect. Or perhaps we need to sit down and revisit our criteria for “literary genius.” But that's just my opinion, and obviously I hate Dickens.

"All A's from an Ivy League university" clearly does not instill in one a love of language and it's expert construction. Your comparison of Stephenie Meyer's adolescent fantasy to Dickens and Shakespeare is laughable! Perhaps you should have majored in pure maths instead.

I loved this book, it was so juicey I thought it was really hard to stop reading it ,this book was amazing, my ranking for it would be 10 out of 10 and ,I thought it was better then the movie

Sincerely: Ana Margret

Perhaps you could learn a little something from her in that respect...

Hang on a sec, I'm just trying to envisage a realm where Meyer and Dickens could be debated on the same level.

Now I may not go to an ivy league school (I'm not sure why you thought that putting up your resume was relevant to the discussion) but even I know that Charles Dickens wasn't writing to satisfy a gap in popular culture. His work was a scathing critique of the world around him. If you're going to compare authors, try for someone more contemporary to build a worthwhile comparison.

Let's try Anne Rice - contemporary author of vampyric fiction and just as verbose as Dickens. Perfect.

I picked up Interview with a Vampire as a teenager and enjoyed it. The next two after that weren't too bad. After that it was more like Rice like the sound of her own voice. I stuck with her series till the bitter end wanting to rip my eyes out for what she did to the characters and the story as a whole - but the woman can write. To that I take my hat off.

You argue that Meyer (also a English grad) broke the rules of writing for good reason, to help make her writing economical. In that regard, breaking the rules only works if you can do it properly. Her writing does not indicate a deliberate attempt at manipulating the mechanics of writing, only the obvious mistakes of an amateur.

As to the economy of the book: I didn't realise the global financial crisis found it's way into how we approach writing books. When you hear readers (some of them fans) complain that she didn't flesh the plot or the characters out enough, it indicates that economy in writing isn't always a good thing. In approx 2000 pages across 4 books she couldn't find room to make it plausible and the characters believable? I fail to see the economy in that.

I have heard both teenagers and grown women swoon over this series and the one thing I see in common is that most of them that enjoy it, have never known a real relationship (sorry to all the teenage girls out there) or they have and the romance died a long time ago. Therefore she catered to a specific market, a good business decision.

It's no coincidence that this has popped up after Buffy wrapped up and all of her fans are at least in their 20's now. There was a gap in the market and this filled it. End of story.

Now while you may have enjoyed it, and that's fine - more power to you, forgive those of us that found it lacking for venting our frustration.

Indeed breaking grammatical rules in favour of artistic style can only be used if the author is conscious of the decision.
The way i see it, there is no such thing as economy in prose, economy is reserved for styles like poetry!

I had to link this just to give you an idea of what one of the world's best selling authors thinks of Meyer.

http://blogs.usaweekend.com/whos_news/2009/02/exclusive-steph.html

I read them...purely cos everyone else was..and for a book that's targeted at young girls... I have to say, please can there be a warning that any boyfriend who is as possessive and controlling and emotionally manipulative as Edward..is NOT a good boyfriend. He's a control freak and she's just that stupid pathetic person who does what he wants and has to see her mate Jacob behind his back and sneak about to do it. I went and saw the film, thinking it may have potential due to the box office ratings....hope the next one has a better director!

This review needs to be complimentary with every book she ever writes.

i read them because my bestfriend was and i LOVE them so much it has to be the best book in history! i love edward he is so cute and i think him and bella are the most cutest couple...... i reallllly want to meet edward but i would end up passing out:P

You... want to meet Edward? As in Edward Cullen the vampire, right?
I'm sorry - but he's not actually real.

Haha you are awesome. I loved reading this :)

"Rating for those who actually enjoy reading and have a slight grasp on the English Language: 1.5/10"

I think everyone has a right to their own opinion so I am not bashing you for how you feel about this book, but I do actually enjoy reading, I have more then a slight grasp on the English Language, and I am not a teenager either...I am 31 years old...and I LOVED this book and the rest of the books in this series. I don't think these fours books would have placed 1, 2, 3 & 4 on the 2008 best seller list according to USA Today if the majority of people agreed with your assessment of this book.

And FYI...the movie did not do this book justice if you have only seen the movie. They had a very small budget on the film and it showed. I have hopes that the New Moon movie will be better because they are giving it a bigger budget and got a new director, but the book is definitely much better then the movie was.

Groan.

Nice one Phoebe - please keep doing book reviews for the site! And tell Bridget to update the freakin' site more often!

Sorry man, I'm slack. I'll try! :-)

Thank you Phoebe - couldn't have said it better myself. Being a hopeless romantic I stuck it through to the end - and - yes, saw the movie too. Now I'm halfway through the second one thinking how sick it makes me feel that someone who writes so..badly...(if I read the words 'beautiful voice' again I'm going to hurt myself) can be published over and over again. It's not the writing that sells, is it? It's the idea! Good luck to her (said with much bitterness and envy as I trudge off to yet another creative writing course...)

Kate

Have you read "The Host"????

This woman CAN write!
If you haven't yet, read it, and then tell everyone on here that she's a terrible author. I guarantee you wont be able to do it.

No, Twilight isn't the greatest book in history but it isn't written for intellectual adults, it's written for a teen, and young adult, audience.
"The Host" shows that when not trying to connect with teens she is actually an amazing author.

wow. last time i looked at the best seller list in an Australian paper stephanie meyer had the top six bestsellers. So she must be a terrible writter! Twilight is actually written for a teenage audience not students studying literature at Harvard. Anyone who can actually keep the attention of today's youth for that long desevers praise. If you ask me I think someone has a case of the green eyed monster because Stephanie Meyer has sold a massive amount of books while you make what $50 000 a year if that?

As a fellow Aussie I felt compelled to respond, Im way past teenager and did not initially embrace the whole Twilight "thing" until my daughter in law became senseless for several days while reading the saga and seeing the film twice. I finally gave in and read the 1st book. Im now sorry I didnt see the movie and wait less than patiently, for the DVD release.........................I leave my bedroom window open hoping Edward visits or at least opens a school for Aussie men, in need of lessons in romance, and read the entire series in just over a week. While I appreciate Stephanie is no literary genius, she has achieved for the young adult market, what Harry Potter did for the younger ones. I have nothing but praise for her, anyone who can get a hormone infested teenager to read is a blessing. Her books are refreshing and I enjoy her style of writing, its pure escapism and requires no thought on my part to get to the next chapter. Do stop bagging, she has done us parents a favour and I dont mind admitting that Im secretly in love with Edward........................maybe not such a secret now

I completely agree! While Shakespeare may have been a better writer, sadly, the majority of today's readers don't want to read him and don't understand him when they are forced to. To sell books, you have to write what your audience understands.
PS: I'm working on my doctorate, and therefore have a "fairly good" grasp of the English language, and I loved the whole series :)

I had the Luxury of seeing the movie first, without knowing a damn thing about it (it was the only thing playing at the time slot i wanted to be there)

i fell in love, the only way to describe the movie is "Romantically Beautiful"
The book on the other hand was boring and hard to get into, but saying that i adapted and ended up totally engrosed in it.

Lisa (Twilight Saga Fan)

I watched the movie first aswell, i loved it so much that i went and brought 'New Moon' that very day. I got halfway through that book in one day and was to scared to finish it and not have 'Eclipse' when i finished it so i went out and purchased it right away. It then became a habbit and i am now on my second way through these books and im still intrigued by this love story. I think it's an excellent story for teenagers, but this has also captivated a whole range of target audiences.

I dont think the movie was that bad, in fact had the movie not come out, i probably wouldnt even know about this book, so i am truely gratefull :)

I think Stephenie Meyer should have a spin off book about Jacob's Renesmee's relationship.

I was sooo sad when it all finished, I was slightly dissapointed at the end of breaking dawn when everything was wrapped up so neatly. It would be interesting to see what the offspring of a half human-vampire and werewolf is. I think midnight sun will be a bit repetitive (considering its the same story). But a spin off of jacob and renesmee should definatly be the next step for stephenie meyer.

I love the whole Twilight saga. I was hooked from chapter 1 of Twilight to the last chapter of Breaking Dawn. I would love for there to be more. I also really enjoyed the Host. Stephaine Meyer has a way of ending a chapter making it almost impossibe to not at least peek at the next chapter. I look forward to what ever Stephaine brings next.

I am most certainly not a literary genius. However, I have read my share of fiction novels. Those who are critical of Meyer's writing ability - Who are you? Are you so accomplished and successful? I doubt it. Clearly you have forgotten for a writer to be successful then they must have an interested reader. Gee, I think she may be onto something there!! I am no teenager, I am a 32 year old mother of two and I couldn't put them down. I must say when I am reading a book, its story line is a little more important to me than whether it will win an award for literary genius. But then I have a life and for some of you I am not so sure. You are haning on way too tight and appear to have an over inflated sense of self importance. Feel free to critique my English skills. I could care less. Ego Maniacs with tall poppy syndrome sounds about right to me.

So according to you, people aren't allowed to have opinions on the internet? Only "successful" people can ever critically analyze creative works and the like? Do you even listen to yourself? What utter nonsense.

Financial success doesn't make something good, and lack of success doesn't make something bad. Edgar Allan Poe is a prime example; he was a shunned and depressed alcoholic who died in a gutter. But there's a reason his writing is taught in schools, and it's certainly not because it was a tale of a non-vampire falling in love with the posterchild for mary sues.

The fact of the matter is that S. Meyer's books don't have a real storyline. The plot is shallow at best, and has been redone countless times. Its popularity just proves the level of ineptitude in people nowadays.

And for the record, Stephen King even said S. Meyer is a bad writer, which makes your defensive argument of "Well you can't criticize because you're not successful" totally moot.

Phoebe,

I completely agree with your review, I only began reading Twilight after watching what I believed to be an average film, seeing how many novels tend to be better than their film adaptations I convinced myself into reading Twilight.

Unfortunately it was a complete waste of time, yes I agree everyone does fall in love with Edward, however when I was 10 I enjoyed reading books that were poorly written, though now that is not the case. It took me just over a month to read it, as the mundane depth the book actually takes you to makes it unbelievably difficult to turn each page.

Fantasy is meant to take you somewhere, yes, however that fantasy is meant to take you on an imaginative journey where you follow the storyline as the characters go through joy and pain and experience it with them. Twilight touches on these elements of fantasy yet can't take you deeper, you often wonder just when is it going to climax and when is all hell going to break loose? Meyer doesn't really produce those defining moments such as: "like vs. love" and "good vs. evil."

In some cases, her writing seems quite distinguished although I must side with her for the moment with her writing as it is suited for the target audience (Tweens & Young adults) however I wouldn't go as far as saying her writing is worthy of being compared to Shakespeares', even if she does quote Romeo & Juliet, and I would hope for the most part Twilight is not made a prescribed text for Highschool and/or University students.

Twilight is quite a good read if you haven't read a myriad of different texts, from exceptional authors of fantasy, who create a world that you can relate to, follow, imagine and dream of being in.

Ok, i've read a fair amount of reviews of Twilight, and I've got to say this is the worst I've come across. I'm positive that anyone who has not read the book that reads this review will know nothing significant about the plot, the characters, of style of writing other than the fact that you think it sucks.
I'm all for constructive criticism, but this was not that. This was "The book sucks, the writing sucks, the author sucks, let's whine about it and see how many people listen."

I am a Twilight fan, a fact that does not make me stupid. It simply means that I have a liking to something your have a disliking to. Liking something different does not make me unintelligent, simply different.

Oh, and for future refrence, insulting your audience isn't a good way to attract readers.

I don't quite understand how so many people haven't considered how the twiliht books cover such a large number of social subjects such as classism.change.divorse.fear.jeolosy and the list goes on. I really loved the books not so much the movie but it did make me want to read the books and when I did I was like many and couldn't put them down. I thought that Meyer did a really good job of disguising a book about real life in a fantasy about Vampires who would read it if she'd used real people to touch on the subjects which most try to ignore for fear of being mushy!

On the contrary, insults draw me out. I love a good fight. Debate. Argument. Quarrel. Whatever you care to call it. For myself, I do not like the books AT ALL. They're badly written, more's the pity. I like the movies though.

Is it me, or are only women defending this thing they call a novel?
Mainly tweens and mothers?

And I refuse to defend these misogynistic books. Just because something is fiction and fantasy gives it no excuse to defy reality if it is reality-based. Plotholes are still plotholes. Poor writing and bad characterization still makes a bad book. I think the concept of the story had potential but the writer destroyed any chances of it happening.

Just want to say that I enjoy reading your review about this book, and totally agree with what you've written.
I am not a native English speaker, so it's kind of difficult for me to read in English. But these books? I found myself yawning for each and every page I read... It's a 'homebrand' series with generic story, if you understand what I'm saying...

Maybe Meyer could write a saucy little novel about how she doesn't believe that gay people deserve equal rights.
Yeah! That's be AWESOME! :o)

You are one gifted pillar of uncontrollable hormones, woman. I fully agree with your feelings on the twilight saga. I got hormones too. Haven't we all? Mine tend more to disliking poor, unsuspecting people beyond belief. Anyway, I hate the whole schmoozle with a passion that is hardly human and I wish I had the stamina to write a scathing review. Unfortunately, the most I can do is sit at my desk and think,"-blank-". You should feel gratified that I could drag my weary fingers across the keyboard to write you an encouraging comment. The end.

I'll admit, the Twilight Saga (sounds so dramatic, doesn't it?!) is one of my favourite series of books. I'm fairly well read, and intellectually I know a small child could probably have written it more competently, but I'm also a complete slushy romantic - so obviously I loved it.

Normally a review this bad would turn me into a defensive moron, so intent on leaving comments basically calling you a poop head or something equally mature. However, I actually nearly cried reading this. I was laughing so hard I'm surprised there's no snot bubbles. Everything you said was pretty much on the nose. Funny, honest, and just bitchy enough to really appeal to my nasty streak. Thanks for the great read!

I have to say that I love vampire stories. I'm familiar with the myths, the different cultures that believed in them, and the early stories and movies that incorporated them into our society. That being said, I promised that I would never read a Twilight book after reading an interview with Meyer in which she says that she has never read "Dracula", from Bram Stocker, that her favorite vampire story is "The Vampire Lestat" becase it's the only book about the subject she's ever read, and that she has never seen a vampire movie because they're scary; she has only seen bits of some of Lugosi's performances. It seemed to me that the only research she did was to google "vampire" and read the first website that came to mind.

That being said, one of my best friends and a twilight fan said that I was being stupid, that the book was amazing and that the romance between Bella and Edward was the literary highlight of the century. She doesn't read much (at all, really) so I figured that a book that could capture her attention for this long should be a gem, and decided to put my reservations aside and read it. The experience was.... well.... interesting.

It's definitely not a vampire book. Meyer disregarded the parts of commom or historic vampire folkore that didn't fit in her high school romance, mantaining only the thirst for blood and even there she took many liberties. "But still", I thought, "if the book is good, why should I care?" The problem is that I felt, while reading the rest of the book, that I was witnessing some lonely 40 year old woman's masturbatory fantasy. The ordinary girl who one day found herself admired by the entire male population of a school and the love of a 100 year old gorgeous vampire that glitters under sunlight, is incredibly possesive and will rather kill himself than cause any harm to his love. the most precious and nice-smelling girl on earth.

I guess that I was expecting to see a strong woman in Bella, and failed to see even a remotely reasonable person instead. Is not that she doesn't care that Edward is a vampire, that I can understand, but the fact that she seems to have no other purpose in life that to ogle him is what gets on my nerves. Her "friends" and her family are just tools to pass time while his boyfriend is away... I don't know. Edward bosses her around and Bella agrees because he's "flawless" and "perfect". Nevermind that he stalks her (sweet right? women like nothing more than to have men come to their houses at night to watch them while they sleep) every night, and that he is moodier than a girl with PMS.

I know that many twilight fans will hate me for this review. I'm sorry. I love romances; some of my favorite books fall under that genre (Pride and Prejudice, Love in the times of Cholera) but I like to read them over and over because there is so much more in them than just the relationship between 2 people. The main characters (Lizzie Bennet, for example) are strong, independent, and don't fall on their knees over the first pretty face they see. I might have no imagination, or be "green with envy" (although if I were, it would be of J.K. Rowling and a saga that I actually enjoyed very much and has made a lot more money: Harry Potter) or, well, whatever, but I can't say that I will read the rest of these books.

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