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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Title: Twilight
Publication: October 5th, 2005
Publisher: Little, Brown and Co
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3 out 5

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: Yes, I’m going to be the person to review Twilight. I read this book when it first came out in 2005. I was 15 years old and hated books. My friend recommended it to me, so I thought “meh, why not?” After reading I was hooked, everything was about Twilight. I tried to get my friends to read it, I couldn’t wait for the next book to come out, yadda yadda yadda.

I just picked up the book last week to re-read it and my view altered. I thought to myself “what changed? I loved this book!” Bella is whiney while Edward is conflicted and it goes on for more than half the book. The reason why most adults don’t like Twilight is because of the target audience. It still baffles me how I can change from loving a book to not want it in my hands again. Then again, I did re-read the fourth book and liked it. So let’s not get too hasty. I also saw every Twilight movie on its midnight release. Hey, it was a tween favorite of mine. *Shrugs*

The reason why I’m writing this review is to be on both sides. Twilight is a good read for girls that are into drama and conflicted love, and women who like to kill time. No, it doesn’t have the best writing. No, it doesn’t have strong characters. Yes, some of Bellas actions are extremely confusing. Yes, the vampires sparkle. This being said: if you’re iffy about reading the book, I think you should watch the movie first because it goes by the plot line. If you like what you saw then read it.

This review is all opinion based so if you disagree with what I’m saying write a comment rebutting your answer. I’d like to hear your side. What appeals Twilight to adults and children? What doesn’t? 


  1. I must agree with you for this. I was 15 when I first read this story and I was amazed. It was different and new to me. Now after all these years and books I see a lot of things that I don't like. I guess that's how it's meant to be. :)

  2. I agree with you. I devoured them when I was younger, but thinking back on the books...they were just simply okay. They passed the time. I HATE the movies. I will say the second one was better than the first one. I have not seen the latest ones nor do I plan to really. I still have them all in hardback. Two of the books were gifts and the other two I had bought when they first came out. I'm not interested in keeping them anymore, and I keep seeing more and more copies come into used book stores.

  3. Believe it or not, I have never read Twilight. I have heard horrible things about it.

  4. I haven't really read Twilight either...but from what I here, I might stay away anyway

  5. I liked the first book the most. I had such a hard time getting through the fourth book. I didn't like it at all--it was so boring! Bella lies down on a couch while Jacob and his pack are guarding the periments for what seemed like 95% of the book, lol. I wasn't a huge fan of the movies, either. I think the story (except for the fourth book) is good, but the writing itself is pretty mediocre. I just happened to pick up the first book at a garage sale for $1, and that was before I knew there were going to be movies or anything. I had never heard of it before.

  6. I went crazy for the series when it came out due to my girlfriends who recommended it to me. I actually finished the series in a week! But, I completely agree with you about the character Bella. Why, oh why would ANYONE find her remotely attractive with all the whining and indecision? Thanks for your review. It's always great to return to books again and see how you respond to them a second time.

  7. I agree with a lot of what you said. I loved the books when I first read them. I think they were one of the first I had read in the YA paranormal genre. My aunt had recommended them to me long before the movie, saying they were like Harry Potter but with vampires. I disagree. I say if you want that, try House of Night or Vampire Academy (at least you get boarding school and some magic), but that's another story. Now years later, I still enjoy them, I just see their flaws. While the movies are far from award worthy (except maybe MTV), they are fun and it's tradition to go to the midnight releases or see them the first day.

  8. I am always curious to see what people thought of Twilight. It is amazing the amount of high reviews and the amount of low reviews. Ho many hate it, and how many love it. I am actually one of the lovers of Twilight. Yes, yes I know. It has tons of issues. But I just love it. It is nothing more for me than a fun read that puts me in a great mood. Thanks for your review!