Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
Bella 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, Bella'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 Bella, the person Edward
holds most dear. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures
the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a
love story with bite.
From one review at Amazon
There are so many things that bother me about this book, it's hard to know where
to start, but I suppose the characterization is one of my biggest gripes. Let's
start with the narrator, Bella Swann. I mean her name! It basically translates into
"Beautiful Swan" fer Chrissakes! What kind of name is that for a teenage protagonist?
Then there's the fact that we're obviously supposed to believe that she's special
and wonderful and that she lives her life by putting others ahead of her--or at
least that's what the author says. But if you look at the Bella of the novel and
her disdain for her fellow classmates, her blatant manipulation of Jacob, and her
barely-there relationship with her father--well I call BS on that account. ...
And Edward! The most boring character in existence. Yes, he's supposed to be gorgeous,
yet I have no picture of him in my head. Also, he doesn't have one interesting,
charming, or funny thing to say. His dialogue can be divided into three categories:
1.) "Bella, you are my moon, my stars, my sun, my pearl among swine, my angel amongst
the unwashed masses...You are marvelous, you are amazing, I adore you...of course,
I don't know you at all, because I just met you two weeks ago, but I love you very,
very much. Oh and I'm perfect." 2.) "Bella, you silly, silly girl. Who told you
that you get to think and state your opinions? I'm the vampire, I'm the one who
knows everything, I get to make all the decisions...remember, I'm perfect." 3.)
"Behold my [pick one] beauty, strength, power, speed, marvelous, endearingly quirky
sense of humor, my amazing family...have I mentioned that I'm perfect?" ...
If there was ever a book that deserved the medal for Worst Messages of All Time to
Send to your Teenage Audience, then this is the one. Girls, life is not worth living
unless you have your man. It's okay to have no dreams, ambitions, hobbies, interests,
goals, ideas, friends, etc... as long as you have your man. It's okay, and in fact
desirable that you stay with a man forever, even though he may very likely kill
you, or at least injure you, in the future. Growing into mature adulthood and eventually
old age is a fate worse than death. True Love is based on appearances and physical
aspects. And the list goes on.
Hey vampires are awesome, but not so much
when they're turned into superhero supermodels who wear way too much glitter body
lotion. More, at Amazon.com...