Review: “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer

For the love of books

The plot of Twilight, the first volume in the Twilight series, is almost common knowledge in modern society.  17 year-old Bella Swan moves to Forks in Washington to live with her father.  On her first day at school, she has her fateful encounter with beautiful Edward Cullen, who is as mysterious as he appears to be unearthly.  Bella immediately develops a strong physical attraction to Edward, and she also becomes curious about the truth behind the Cullens’ secret.  She discovers soon that Edward and his entire family are vampires who have chosen to not hunt humans.  Of course, this revelation causes a lot of life-threatening problems for Bella, and she is forced to choose between a dangerous relationship or a broken heart.

Stephenie Meyer is eloquent and descriptive in her writing and her variations on “accepted” myths about vampires and their characteristics are surprisingly original.  Bella is not a typical heroine, but she is an intelligent, contemplative, and very well-read character.  She also brings very perceptive observations about her environment to the reader’s attention.  Bella’s first-person narration transforms Twilight from a lifeless novel into a personal journal by Meyer herself.  Edward’s eclectic vampire family and the residents of La Push Reservation are worthy additions that accentuate the novel’s interesting features.

However, the simple storyline is burdened by a very complex and tedious expansion of Bella’s ambiguous feelings about Edward.  The transitions between chapters pass slowly, and this colossus seems to be much longer than necessary to convey the author’s story.  Bella is bright, but she loses all her goals and her ambitions in life—if she ever had any—when she falls in love with Edward.  Bella starts to be a much less interesting character the moment when she begins to be focused only on being with Edward and nothing else.  Moreover, Edward’s perfect looks and charming personality sometimes are irritating instead of complimentary.  Nevertheless, Meyer’s love story is laudable due to her beliefs that love should be unselfish and last forever.

Original review: The novel that single-handedly began the best-selling ‘Twilight’ series, Examiner.com

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