With million copies of the Twilight Saga sold worldwide, this addictive love story between a teenage girl and a vampire redefined romance for a generation. Overlong but engrossing popular vampire romance. Read Common Sense Media's Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1 review, age rating, and parents guide . Twilight (stylized as twilight) is a young adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is the first book in the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old The novel was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of The film .. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide.
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Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author The books have been adapted into The Twilight Saga series of motion . for Children's Chapter Books, and in its second week rose to the #1 position. In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cul About three things I was. Book 1: Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer. Keeping in mind the target audience and not expecting great literary depth, I highly enjoyed .
Okay, the plot gets it's own category because it pissed me off so much. I mean, seriously It was nothing but sappy, gag worthy fluff between Edward and Bella until page or so, when something finally happened.
And, even then It seemed to me that Meyer just threw it in there, and it was only put there in the first place, so that she could point at it and say, "Look, there's a plot right there. But that's not a plot!! The plot should not take pages to start! And no the whole "romance" between Bella and Edward is not the plot! This is especially the case since we knew from the beginning I mean And the "children" never graduated and went on to college.
I mean, if they've been there for more than four years, than I'm assuming that someone would have noticed! I mean, the town could not be full of that many morons! I've been told several times that Cullens have only been living in Forks for about two years I guess all the purple prose distracted me from reading and remembering that little detail Speaking of school, why in the world would they willingly choose to take high school over and over again?
Especially since they all have several college degrees which leads me to wonder why, since they are so "human loving" they can't do something useful with their education like Carlisle, instead of sitting on their butts all day and just being useless I know they need to "fit in", but seriously..
Since that's how the Cullens fit into society, that means they have to move every four or five years to avoid suspicion, right? However, they wouldn't have to do that if they didn't put the younger ones in school since if they were in the workforce and being useful to society then they could stay for a lot longer before people started wondering why they don't age.
But, I think I know why Edward and his "siblings" tortured themselves day after day by going to high school Stephenie Meyer wasn't creative enough to come up with any other way for Edward and Bella to meet. It would have made more sense for them to have been neighbors or something.
I can come up with several nice ideas about how that would have turned out and it would have been much better. I've been told that there are more, but those are the two that really bugged me. Though, I love the fans response to the mention of any plot hole the rabid ones, not the sane ones, of course.
It usually goes like this: Just because it's a book with vampires doesn't mean it's exempt from having to be realistic and not having glaring plot holes. I've also been told that there are even more in later books, but I'm not about to torture myself by reading the rest of the series just to find them and list them I have better things to do with my time Vampires Like I said before, I'm a big vampire fan. But, this book is an embarrassment to vampire fiction.
The vampires are pathetic, sweet, innocent, almost "misunderstood" creatures. I know that Meyer has every right to create her own idea about vampires. And, to be honest, I was okay with her idea about vampires until they started sparkling. To have them sparkle takes away the evilness of the myth of the creatures since, they are creatures of the devil Evil creatures do not sparkle, the idea's laughable at best. Most normal people are not scared of something that sparkles in the sun.
I mean, I know if I saw someone sparkling; I would not immediately think "vampire" and run. Not only because I don't associate sparkling with vampires, but also because how the hell is sparkling evil or scary?!
By the way, the whole sparkling vampire idea just seemed to be there because Meyer wanted a reason as to why the vampires could even walk around in the daylight to begin with. The idea was just a convenient way for her to write the vampires. Since, she's incapable of coming up with a better, much more creative idea. I don't mind the fact that they could come out during the day since that's not unheard of in vampire fiction nowadays , but I wish that Meyer had come up with a better idea that didn't make me laugh uncontrollably at the thought.
All the other myths about vampires are nonexistent. Holy water and garlic won't bother them just like the sun , stake through the heart won't kill them either, even beheading them won't get rid of them.
She made her vampires practically invincible which is annoying. The only way to really kill one of her vampires is to rip it apart and burn the pieces or to blow it up. Two things that a human would have a hard time doing Especially since from my knowledge most vampires don't live like the Cullens, they could careless about humans.
If most other vampires were so cruel, why don't they come out to humanity and take over? It makes a lot more sense since a mere human would have a very difficult time killing just one vampire. The fact that they had no weaknesses annoyed the crap out of me. Along with being almost invincible, they all had these special "powers", but they didn't have the bad side effects with them, only the good.
All in all, her vampires were perfect. I don't like my vampires to be blood thirsty monsters that kill everything in sight. But, I also don't want them to be so pathetic and innocent either. The only two vampiric qualities that are there are the ones that are well known among everyone: Otherwise, the Cullens are disgustingly human like.
There's this saying in regards to writing: A good author always does their research whether it's fiction or non-fiction is irrelevant. This doesn't mean that she needed to go by the other myths, it just means that she should have done a little research to see what she was getting herself into. If she had done this, I would have been able to respect her ideas more because at least then she would have done her research. Messages I am somewhat appalled at the messages that this book sends out..
It's perfectly okay to have no goals or aspirations or even an education, just get yourself a man and he'll take care of you. All Bella wants is to be with Edward, some aspirations, huh? It's also perfectly okay to like someone because of their physical features They have nothing in common! He likes her because she smells nice and she likes him because he's hot. Bella goes on and on and on about how hot some part of Edward is every other page 3.
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When you have several guys fawning over you pick the hottest one of them all because looks are so very important. Mike and Eric pretty much say the same thing to Bella on her first day of school, but she's nicer to Mike than Eric because the latter wasn't very attractive. Also, she picks Edward because of his looks as well 4. It's okay if the guy you love sneaks into your bedroom and watches you sleep at night before you even know him all that well It's completely disgusting to hear girls talk about this.
They swoon and gush about how romantic it is It is perfectly okay to become completely obsessed with your boyfriend and depend on him for everything. Bella's obsession and dependence on Edward sets feminism back a couple hundred years or so 6. Bella wants to become a vampire and leave her family and friends to be with Edward.
Your life is not complete until you find a man. This is nothing but a LIE. Girls do not need a man to be complete Like with the plot holes, I've been told that there are many more terrible messages in later books and once again, I'm not about to go out and read the books.
However, I will say this The Obsession: Well, this gets its own category, mostly because I just don't understand what all the obsession is over I run across girls all the time arguing over who Edward "belongs" to He's a book character I also hate the fact that I can't go into the book store now without being bombarded with a huge display dedicated to this crappy series This was obviously a fulfillment story that I would expect a preteen to write on her livejournal.
This is not a book I would expect a thirty something year old woman with a college education to write and actually attempt and then succeed in getting published. And, it was a degree in English Meyer could have made this book great, but no Honestly, I've read better over on fictionpress. Maybe, if Meyer had posted this up there first, it would have been a much better story because the good writers over there would have set her straight.
Maybe then, I would have been able to get through the novel, because it might have actually been good! And, oh just for the record I say that not only because JK Rowling actually has talent, but also because they are in completely different genres and can't really be compared. Though, it does make me sick to see Harry Potter even mentioned in the same sentence as this piece of crap I found this site, and thought I should share with everyone: The creator of the above site has scanned copies of the Twilight books on to her computer and has taken it upon herself to point out the many issues that the books have these are mostly grammatical in nature.
If you are a fangirl who believes that Twilight is perfect and has no flaws then you should really take a look at this. View all comments. Kindly answer me pls. May 16, Please see end of review for what I recommend. Recommended to Steph by: Myself I had a moment of insanity. Actual rating: Believe it or not, there are actually a few books that are worse than Twilight.
Ok, funny story. I was sitting on my couch with my husband last night finishing up Twilight. I slammed the book shut and began rubbing my temples. Then, my husband goes, "So you finally finished, huh? I can't believe I used to like this book," I said.
Yeah, I remember you were on Twilight's balls hard.
There isn't a single book on my shelf that has fluctuat Actual rating: There isn't a single book on my shelf that has fluctuated between all ratings besides Twilight. No, your eyes do not deceive you.
I actually have read Twilight 4 times. I used to hail from Shelfari.
After I made the switch to GoodReads, I decided to give it 4 stars instead. So, recently I was browsing my GoodReads shelf I often do that to clean up ratings , I noticed Twilight was sitting pretty at 4 stars and was on my "favorites" shelf.
At the time I thought, "Wow, that's not accurate at all. Maybe it deserves 3 stars? I'll just do a fun little project and re-read the series and give them all better ratings. If your curious about the details of the project, stop on over here: And hey, if you like what you see, won't you subscribe? The coolest thing about re-reading Twilight is that it has caused me to create really cool new shelves such as: Bella is dull as a doorknob. And the first few chapters of the book are essentially a 'Bitch, Moan, Complain' session.
So, we have Bella moving to Forks, WA because she wants her mother to be happy more on that later. And she's all like, "Ohhhh, I hate this place. It's green. Ewww, it's wet. Fuck my life. She cooks Charlie dinner.
No, I don't have an issue with a female character enjoying cooking, but it is practically thrown in my face that Charlie can't fend for himself; Bella has to cook.
Well, what the hell was he doing before she arrived?! Oh, ya, did anyone else realize that despite the fact that she says she is not allowed to call Charlie by his first name; she almost always calls him Charlie?
Bella goes to school and during lunch she first cast her eyes on the Cullen family. And she's like, "WTF. Do I smell? His reaction is so off-putting that she cries when she gets back to her truck. All because Eddie doesn't like her. Who the hell cares, Bella? Conceded much? Get over yourself. But no, she just obsesses with it.
Everyday, I watched anxiously until the rest of the Cullens had entered the cafeteria without him. Speaking of the beach trip, here is something the editors should have picked up on.
When the beach trip is first brought up it's supposed to be happening in two weeks. But, as Bella goes on and on about nothing in particular, a few pages later she mentions " Anyone notice something?
Six weeks have passed and the beach trip is where? Not only that, but the girl's choice dance was also two weeks away and here six weeks have passed Some random shit happens causing Edward to swoop in and save danger prone Bella. The worst thing about Twilight is how incredibly dependent Bella is on Edward. When she's not with him, she is always thinking about him.
She barely knows him. They've had like two or three conversations and she has thoughts like: Besides, since I'd come to Forks, it really seemed like my life was about him. You're the only thing it would hurt me to lose. That's what proves me right.
I care the most because if I can do itif leaving is the right thing to do, then I'll hurt myself to keep from hurting you, to keep you safe. This is not love. But how could it be, with Edward torn between eating her and making out with her? Edward is a controlling creepy creeper.
He had been watching her sleep for weeks before they started talking! Meyer are you condoning stalkish behavior?! I once read that Stephenie Meyer had a dream and that is how Twilight was born. She says she actually started writing from chapter 13 The Meadow to the ending.
It totally shows. While it's true the entire book is a shit storm in action, the second half is noticeably worse. The first half can easily be summed up as "Bella's Bitch Fest meets Creep-ward" and believe me when I say, it's really not as bad as the second half.
How is that even possible? I have no idea, but Meyer pulls that shit off flawlessly. And ya know? I have a theory on that. Because Meyer had a dream about Bella and Edward and their 'true love' and she went to work on the second half before the first, there is all this raw emotions, strange pet names, and banter that's supposed to be romantic but fails miserably.
I just felt terribly uncomfortable reading it. And to top it all off, it was so bad , like, eye bleeding bad! It made me so angry I actually pulled out a pen and started marking this damn book up. Don't believe me? LMAO, seriously folks, I took notes. Feast your eyes on my personal copy of Toilette Twilight view spoiler [That's French for toilet, stolen from Haleema. But I think the French word works pretty well. Hey, if you say it fast enough it sounds dangerously like Twilight.
Just saying. I've also noticed a trend with Meyer. She doesn't write fight scenes. There was a huge build up for a fight with James and we see nothing of the fight. Bella is informed of what happened after the fact.
Good job, Stephenie. You totally ripped off your readers there. But first, Carlisle has a little conversation about Bella's mom and she somehow finds the will to mention to Alice what she knows about James. Like, really? Go to sleep Bella. You talk too much. I won't bore you with the details of the ending. I'm sure you already know. But I do want to say that Bella's mother is the most selfish character next to Bella, of course. First she ships her off to Forks so she could be with her new husband.
And no, do not tell me Bella chose to do that. Then, when Bella is in the hospital after the fight with James, she acts like she can't be bothered to stay with Bella.
Then she sighed and glaced guiltily over her shoulder at the big, round clock on the wall. I didn't know you were going to wake up Really, Renee?! Your daughter almost died and you are seriously acting like this? Oh, but this shit gets better: I've been sleeping here, you know," she announced, proud of herself. Do you want a cookie for that? It's your job! Edward will be with me. And what does she think Edward and Bella are going to do? She has a broken leg, broken ribs, and cracks in her skull.
C'mon now! Then Edward takes Bella to prom, he kisses her neck. The fucking end. Would I recommend this? You're shitting me, right? I'm about to go do this to my bookshelf: But I'll tell you what I recommend. I recommend we all do this to our copies of Toilette.
Continue on with the madness with my review of Midnight Sun and New Moon. They are so much fun! Have you seen the Twilight parody by The Hillywood Show?
Go watch now!! New Moon: I personally love the Eclipse one. More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Jul 06, James rated it liked it Shelves: It turns out we don't need Dr.
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John Gray to tell us that men are from Transylvania and women are from Venus. We just need to read Stephenie Meyer books. For example, from this book we learn that the millions of women who have wolfed down the Twilight series pun intended want men who: Talk about their feelings. Either Meyer's husband is the single-most communicative male on the planet and she doesn't realize how unusual he is, or she, like most of her female readers, is using her fiction to i It turns out we don't need Dr.
Either Meyer's husband is the single-most communicative male on the planet and she doesn't realize how unusual he is, or she, like most of her female readers, is using her fiction to imagine a world where men not only have deep emotions but want to admit to having them and talk about them over and over, articulating even the most subtle of their internal dramas.
Make them flutter. But just being a sensitive new-age kind of guy doesn't cut it. A man has to be hard-bodied, chiseled, dashing, and have eyes that pierce the soul, if not the skin even as they never look at your chest. This book suggests that a real man makes you constantly stumble over your words, bite your lip to refrain from exclaiming adulations, and lose yourself in the sweet smell of his breath.
Are fiercely devoted. That a girl of no spectacular beauty, who lacks any trace of conversation skills -- whose only virtue is that she smells really yummy -- can inspire an immortal creature of godlike power and grace to alter his entire existence to serve and protect her, watching over her by night more on that in 4.
This is a woman's ultimate fantasy -- to have the perfect man, perfectly devoted, for no good reason at all. Want them so bad that they won't take them. This, alas, is the most transparent aspect of this book's appeal. It speaks volumes about the differences between men and women to have so many women toss their bodice-ripping romances aside in order to read how a feral man with otherworldly physical desires can contain his passion and lust out of his pure and perfect love for his beloved.
It says that women really do wish they could have it both ways, to be an object of lust and devotion at once, to fulfill a man's desire without actually slaking his thirst for her. To have a man watch you sleep and not want to have even a little peek under the covers -- now that's hot fantasy for today's woman who is otherwise told on a regular basis that to be her best self she has to enage in casual and risky sexual behavior.
To see just what an indulgent fantasy this book is, just imagine the male-centric version of Twilight, in which a troubled teen boy moves to a small town to find the hottest girl in town is a vampiress. Such a book would be about pages long all the unnecessary internal dialogue would be removed. No one would talk except to comment on the awesome size of, um, one's videogame library. The vampiress would be simple: She wouldn't hold herself back from trying to bite her intended, but would get so distracted with his bedroom technique that she would never get around to it.
We would laugh at such a book in fact, we know it would never be a book since men don't read; it would be a movie, and it would be a smash summer hit called American Vam-Pie-er, I'll start the screenplay right away.
Somehow, when this story is told in a similarly indulgent female-centric vein, we don't reject it, but sympathize with it. I believe this is because women get to indulge in their fantasies so rarely outside of Jane Austen novels while men are surrounded with theirs.
So far I have yet see spam email inviting one to "read hot things devoted husbands would say to their wives" or "see pictures of hunks promising not to get nasty out of respect for their women" or "download this purple pill so you can stay up late and share your feelings -- seven times in one night!. Jun 07, Nicola rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I really enjoy lively details. There's nothing better than knowing an author has really thought about her characters and situations, and come up with some surprising and delightful detail that makes the whole reading experience fuller.
Lively details, you understand -- pointless details are a nightmare to read. I don't need to know that Bella ate a granola bar for breakfast. Notice that I remembered the granola bar.
I think this is partly because I was fervently hoping it would I really enjoy lively details. I think this is partly because I was fervently hoping it would have significance. Like, she would spectacularly choke on her oatmeal the next day and think, "AH, I should have had a granola bar like yesterday!
There's a little thing called summary narrative. It's beautiful; it facilitates plot progression without having to follow your narrator through fucking-hours of a day I've seen this novel accused of Mary Sue-ism and um, yeah , any character named Isabella Swan seems destined to be a Mary Sue. But honestly, I wouldn't begrudge a semi-autobiographical story if it actually had any of the realism of autobiography. That's not what being seventeen is like!
Twilight reads like Bella has all the emotional maturity of a year-old and that's just not remotely believable.
Meyer is not a bad writer. She has the ability to string words together. Unfortunately, she lacks any kind of flair. There was no original description; no truly evocative language. Twilight reads like Meyer has read a lot of mediocre novels and regurgitated the same kind of language onto the page. There is just nothing exciting to the language. The dialogue is awful: There's no difference in speech patterns to the characters; no awareness of personal tics.
The characterization is wafer-thin see above, re: Mary Sue. The plotting is terrible: This is such a profoundly antifeminist novel. And it's funny, because I think Meyer has no idea that it's antifeminist. I mean, she has a female heroine!
A heroine who reads Austen and writes essays about misogyny in Shakespeare! Surely she's kicking butt for all womankind. She cooks, she cleans, she looks after the man in her life! She needs male characters to protect her from the big, bad, scary world! She falls headfirst into a disturbingly dysfunctional relationship with a man 90 years her senior without the slightest amount of worry! What's that all about?
I don't get the attraction. He has her in his thrall. She is, let me quote, "unconditionally and irrevocably" in love with him -- and after, like, a week. I just think it's a bit sick, really.
You know what I find romantic? Human warmth. Not sweeping, dramatic statements of everlasting and overarching love. Little, sweet moments of connection that ring true. That's something Twilight 's apparently epic love story is sorely lacking in. Did I say Bella has the emotional maturity of a year-old?
Well, except when it comes to Edward. There she has the emotional maturity of a dumb dog. Apr 29, Clare Richardson rated it did not like it Shelves: I hate this book. I will probably end up reading the rest of them, because if I don't, people that love this thing will think they can convert me if I just keep reading. ETA Jan. Never even remotely bothered to finish the series.
In short: The dialogue is stilted and absolutely wretched. The characterization is bad-- loose, jumpy, and the progression is occasionally senseless. The main characters themselves are not compelling: I can't express my disgust for the relationship between Edward and Bella.
It's not romance, it's not passion, it's not love. It's selfish idiocy at best. Bella as a character is insufferable: It's hormones.
It's a bad, bad example for the teenage girls who read it.
Bella's whole life is tied up in her boyfriend. She has no goals, passions, ambitions, or dreams besides wanting to be with Edward, who could kill her. Edward's element of danger is occasionally compelling, but it's totally overshadowed by the fact that Bella is completely oblivious to it.
She doesn't fear him at all, and that doesn't come off like love: What can I say about Edward.
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Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn't done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight. With encouragement from her older sister the only other person who knew she had written a book , Meyer submitted her manuscript to various literary agencies.
Twilight was picked out of a slush pile at Writer's House and eventually made its way to the publishing company Little Brown where everyone fell immediately in love with the gripping, star-crossed lovers. Twilight was one of 's most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at 5 on The New York Times bestseller list.
The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September , and spent more than 25 weeks at the 1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. In , Eclipse literally landed around the world and fans made the Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon! With midnight parties and vampire-themed proms the enthusiasm for the series continued to grow.
The Host still remains a staple on the bestseller lists more than a year after its debut. Stephenie made another appearance on "Good Morning America" and was featured in many national media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, People Magazine and Variety.
Breaking Dawn sold 1. Stephenie lives in Arizona with her husband and three sons. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join.
Twilight The Twilight Saga: Book 1 By: Stephenie Meyer. Write a review. Add to Wishlist. Ships in 7 to 10 business days.Bella and Edward are reunited, and she and the Cullens return to Forks. Then, when Bella is in the hospital after the fight with James, she acts like she can't be bothered to stay with Bella. Edward saves Bella, stopping the van with only his hand. Review 3, by My Inner Feminist 1 Star: Maybe it deserves 3 stars? The Broodening Twilight 2: She's not very good.
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