Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Review TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer

by Stephenie Meyer
Published September 6th 2006 (first published 2005) by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover, 498 pages

Placement in the Pile: Top Picks

Summary: (Does anyone even need this?)
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife—between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

After having read this book several times (okay too many for my own sanity) I have to say it is still one of my favorite stories -- and one of my favorite in the series.

I am a hopeless romantic, and there is nothing more romantic in my book than someone who is willing to do anything it takes to be with you and keep you safe. I am a HUGE Edward fan. Jacob is annoying.

As usual, I can tell you the general complaints about this book...there is too much repetition, Stephenie's writing isn't as polished as it should be, Bella is annoying (this one I whole heartedly agree with), but in the end you have to agree, it is a good story. I bet if you take any author's first books and pick them apart there will be writing issues as well. And add that this is the first book Stephenie EVER wrote. I give props to her on that.

One thing that is dissapointing is the movie rendition fell a little short. I still enjoy the movie. I can enjoy a bad movie, with some bad acting (Kristin Stewart is perhaps the most annoying person on the planet...what is with all that scoffing??? And why does she have to do it in the next movie too!!!! -- see the full birthday scene link on the previous post), and not enough money to make the special effects what they should be, but in the end, it like the book does what it should. It tells you a good story.

So yeah, the book isn't perfect, but it's still at the top of my pile because it is the perfect escape from real life, romantic book. Which is what I crave!


Larissa said...

Hey Aubrey! I love Twilight, too! :)

I totally agree about Kristen Stewart. I just do not see her as the Bella I know from the books. That was one of the first things I said when I saw the movie - that and the same thing about Robert Pattinson.

I think the third book is my favorite, though.

Carolyn V. said...

Stephanie Meyers is still on the top 10 for ya. I am impressed. I do love the books. =) That's why I started writing seriously.

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

Larissa, I do enjoy the third book. I think if I could ever get my husband to read them it would be his favorite.

As we won't be getting to book 3 and 4 in this week, I can say that four was my favorite. I know that is a really odd comment. I guess being a new mom when it came out had a lot to do with that. I just related so completely to the feelings and things going on with Bella and her baby.

It again, I know is not a perfect book, but I found it interesting in that Oprah link that Stephenie said that she envisioned the series longer, and knows what happens to them after breaking dawn! Now I'm dying to know!

Carrie said...

I agree that Kristen is not a good Bella. It sounds like we had some of the same thoughts through the movie too. Especially with Jacob. I just keep seeing the pointy teeth that he had in Shark Boy and Lava Girl. That and he looked way too goofy and eager to be in another movie. I am curious to see what they do with New Moon also. The previews look good, and there are no lame spider monkey references ;)