Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Vampire
Series: The Twilight Saga
Published On: September 6th 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
My Rating: 4 Stars
About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
I never wanted to get into Twilight. The Twilight series was one of the most popular books/movies during my middle school career. For that reason alone, I refused to go near any of them. That didn’t last long.
After Breaking Dawn Part One was released in theaters, I decided to give them all a shot. My thoughts were jumbled. I was uncomfortable with Edward and Bella’s relationship, but I loved them anyways. They are honestly, to this day, one my favorite ships (and I hate myself for it). They’re just so awkwardly cute and I. LOVE. IT.
Flash forward to the present in which I have just finished reading the first book. Not-so-spoiler alert: the book is SO much better than the movie! There were so many little scenes that weren’t in the movie that made me ship them so much more. Their relationship was still awkward, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was in the movie. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson portray their characters awkwardly. It isn’t necessarily a poor portrayal, but not the greatest (I didn’t even picture them when I was reading the book). Along with it being awkward, it’s freakin’ cheesy! I can’t even handle how cheesy Twilight is, but I love it. How many times have I said that I loved this? How many more times will there be? (Let’s make it a drinking game; every time I say I love something, take a shot!)
This book is so cheesy. I mean seriously…
“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”- Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
THE CHEESE! I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE IT! I understand the cheesiness (I know I use this word a million times, but I need to for it to really sink in) that this novel undoubtedly conveys, but wait for it…I love it.
I feel like I can’t even formulate words to express how much I love the book better than the movie. Other than the plethora of shippable moments that weren’t portrayed well in the movie, if portrayed at all, there were key elements that were missing from the movie. Like the fact that Bella can’t even handle the smell of blood. She gets unbelievably nauseous and nearly passes out just from the smell. That’s quite an interesting fact considering the series is about vampires. Another thing that was left out would be her initial distaste for the cold. She was so depressed after moving to Forks because she couldn’t stand the weather. She missed her hot, sunny days in Arizona. It was clear in the movie that she didn’t like “any cold, wet thing”, but I didn’t know how much she loathed it until I read the book.
Also, JASPER’S ABILITIES WERE SO DOWNPLAYED IN THE MOVIE! Thinking back, I don’t even remember if they showed that he had an ability. In the book, his powers are pretty significant. They might not have been the most crucial element to the story. However, they are still pretty ‘dope’ (am I cool yet?). Who the hell wouldn’t want to be able to manipulate people’s emotions?! It’s such a cool and interesting power, and it gets so underrepresented in the films. It was quite annoying.
One thing I will say that seriously bothered me was Edward’s incessant need to tell Bella that he’s wrong for her. It felt as though every other page he would say something similar to “I’m so wrong for you, but I can’t help myself”. It was honestly one of the most pestering things about this book. Clearly they both craved each other. I understand that he just wanted to protect her by half-trying to ‘scare her off’, but I just needed it to stop.
I can tell why the book wouldn’t be considered good by most readers, because believe me, I know that it isn’t really a good book. The book is pretty cliché…it doesn’t have much to it. The concept of a vampire romance is not unheard of. It can be considered quite unoriginal. However, it doesn’t matter if others think a book is good if you still enjoy reading it. (I thoroughly enjoyed reading the novel, so I’m entirely okay with it. You could even say I love the book! ;D) I learned what purple prose is by reading a negative review on the book, and boy does this book have a bunch of that crap. Purple prose is when the author uses too many extravagant, descriptive words that aren’t necessary to the text (here’s an example). It can get a little unnerving, but I deal with it because I can’t help the fact that I’m a total hoe for romance.
Anyways, I give the book a million stars (actually just four) because I thoroughly enjoyed it and all of its flaws. I can’t wait to start reading New Moon! I can’t wait to get passed New Moon because it was my least favorite movie and I just want to relive the series in paperback form. Cheers!