Twilight (Twilight Series, Book 1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

My review

rating: 1 of 5 stars
I gave it a try as a favor although fantasy is just not my thing, I like to feel a connection to the characters in a real way and I felt nothing for these.

Characters –
One dimensional and unlikable. Bella is ordinary but beautiful. Edward is charming but abusive. Nothing new seems to ever come out of anything they have to say or feel, I’m never surprised. I kept waiting for something real, which never came.

Story – It was exactly the same all the way through just in different locations. It didn’t pull me along or move me or make me feel anything. I didn’t care what happened next.

Writing – The writing was the worst part of it all. She used every single adjective that exists, several times. Everything was beautiful and god-like and gorgeous or whatever. The word “murmur” was used so many times I at one point started counting it and that was when I started to enjoy it, just waiting for the next use of the word. Oh and “pursed” because everyone purses their lips.

It’s a good thing I was listening to the audiobook because otherwise I would have taken a red marker to it with all the changes I would have made. Maybe the story could have been sweet, if someone else had written it.

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I also need to say I am a hopeless romantic, so that is not the issue.  Nobody is more of a sap than I am.  I require regular doses of romance every single day just to survive.  However, my romance needs substance.  I’m just sayin 😉

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆

  1. bluepaintred

    September 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    First of all, thank god you posted this here! I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment at that other place, even after I joined!

    I don’t want this comment to be a me against you sort of thing, but I do have a few questions. I found your view point interesting by the way.

    In what way do you see Edward as abusive? Dose that stem from his iron clad possessiveness of Bella?

    I also want to point out that you state “Nothing new seems to ever come out of anything they have to say or feel, I’m never surprised. I kept waiting for something real, which never came.”

    The four Twilight books are a series. They continue on from each other without so much as a seconds gap. If you had continued reading the books, not only would something real have come of their feelings, but OMG, something REAL came from their feelings.

    I do not think that you can expect one book in a series to close all the loose threads that the first book has unraveled. IMO, one of the things that makes a good series is to throw little things here and there, but most of them don’t get tied up or explained right until the very end!

    I did feel however that twilight had a satisfactory ending, even though it was not the ending I would have chosen. The books DO get better as you go through them. Twilight was great, but Breaking Dawn was amazing!

  2. bluepaintred

    September 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    (ignore me while I check the subscribe to comments box!)

  3. Robin

    September 14, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Leave it to you to require me to answer questions, alright…

    1. Definitely the possessiveness, nothing romantic about that to me. One needs freedom to truly feel love. If you love something, set it free…right?

    2. If the story gets better through the rest I’ll have to take your word for it but it doesn’t make this actual story any better. A novel should be able to stand on it’s own and not require a series.

    In the end though it was the writing more than anything that drove me over the edge. I can see how the story could be appreciated because to me the movie looks intriguing, maybe if someone else with some experience had written it. That’s all I’m saying 😀

  4. bluepaintred

    September 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    @ Edward – TRUE. possessiveness is a sign of abuse. BUT the book states, more than once, WHY he is so possessive! Edward is very old, and indestructible. he has waited years and years and years to find Bella, and to him she is SOSOSO fragile, he is terrified he will lose her. In later books, Edward grows to accept that Bella has to have freedom and she is able to go to play with her little werewolf fried – the vampires greatest enemy – without issues. I myself would be pissed at Micah should he treat me as Edward did Bella, but for the story, if he had acted in any way other than how he did, it would have made it a lot less believable for me.

    @series – I agree, a book in a series should be able to stand alone, and most do. Twilight does to a certain extent. there is a beginning, middle and end – but the “end” is just to the main conflict within the first book. To get the final “end” of the story,m you have to read the whole story, and this is true with any series. If the story does not continue on in later books, it is no longer a series, ya know?

    I also agree about the experience issue. I am not sure if twilight was her first book, but as the series goes on, they do get much more involved, there is a lot more action and it’s just…smoother(?) in terms of reading reading.

    I wish there were more people who have read Twilight in here commenting. I’m loving the different view points!

  5. Robin

    September 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Well I love discussing things like this, I feel both ends usually come out knowing more than they came in with and with more respect…as long as both are mature and willing to listen. You make good points, I am curious though if you noticed the quality of the writing? I’ve noticed nobody who enjoyed the book seemed to notice it but those who didn’t like the book all saw exactly the same problems.

  6. bluepaintred

    September 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I did notice issues with her writing style, and in particular, the first few chapters of the book. I got the books emailed to me in PDF format and honestly assumed that the first few chapters of the book had not been sent – i believed this up until I bought the books yesterday afternoon- The story simply starts, there is no back ground, nothing, you are just dumped into the middle of the book, or so it seems. In later parts of the story, you are brought up to speed, but I did feel the intro could have been better done.

    Hubs will not be reading this series simply becuase the first book drags. I told him honestly, that while the series is great, he will have trouble getting into it at first due to the slowness.

    I first heard of twilight online, over night it seemed that everyone was talking about it – mostly great things, but a few “I don’t like the book, its juvenile” comments were there too. When I started reading twilight I was in the same boat as you, I was not enjoying it. I did not start enjoying it til close to the end of the book, at that point, I was excited to read the second book, and that’s when I really got hooked on the series.

    I can understand how you are not willing to read the rest of the series, becuase if you cannot “get into” the first book, there is no guarantee you will like the rest of them!

    (I actually forced myself to continue reading Twilight after the first few chapters just so that I could bash twilight on BPR. That backfired on me, obviously!! LOL)

  7. gemini

    September 14, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Well I am glad that you at least tried it…

    I think that you are 100% entitled to your opinion of the book… and the writing. 🙂

    I am glad that although I know you didn’t want to you read it for me. Thanks 🙂

    I still loved every minute of it… being swept away in love the way that Bella was in the book(s)… sigh… all that she went through to get to the end. I guess that BPR is right you really don’t get the closure unless you get to BD.

    But in the interest of not causing you to think that I may be mad (which I am not 🙂 at all) this will be the extent of my comment…

    HUG :hug:

  8. Robin

    September 15, 2008 at 7:54 am

    BPR – I’m so glad you can at least see the writing issues, that is my main problem and I know it’s there and even if you liked the story more than the writing style I am glad you saw it. It’s funny you read it to prove people wrong, I suppose I could have been proven wrong. So far I’ve been right about Twilight and Harry Potter.

    Gemini – We are all entitled to our opinions, unless it’s a negative one about Kevin Spacey…or Ewan.

  9. Gemini

    September 15, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Wait? when did you read Harry Potter? :confused:

  10. Robin

    September 15, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Gemini – I saw the movie.

  11. B

    September 15, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I don’t get the hype about these books. Granted, I’ve never read them but I have no desire too.

  12. Robin

    September 15, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Run, don’t look back and just run. Run for your life!

  13. bluepaintred

    September 15, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Uh oh. Now you’ve gone and Did it :

    :pissed: :pissed: FAIL! :pissed: :pissed:

    “So far I’ve been right about Twilight and Harry Potter.”
    “Gemini – I saw the movie. “

    You absolutely CANNOT say that you were “right” about HP when you have not read the books. Watching a movie does NOT NOT NOT! qualify you to say whether or not a BOOK is any good!

  14. Robin

    September 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to confuse things. Gemini kept saying how great both HP and LOTR were so one day I saw Harry Potter and was like, eh…kinda boring. I’ve been telling her for a while I just don’t do fantasy stuff and the more I try the more I realize it’s true. So therefore I realized I in fact really don’t like the fantasy stuff. I didn’t mean to link it in with the book, I do agree…the books are always better.

  15. Avitable

    September 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Well, clearly, you’re wrong, but that’s okay. :avi:

    I think it’s because you listened to the audiobook. Every time I’ve listened to the audio version of a book that everyone loves, I’ve hated it.

  16. H.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Okay. I loved Twilight. I hated the second because it was so sad and depressing. I liked the third. I am having a very difficult time finishing Breaking Dawn because I just don’t like it. (But, I simply can’t NOT finish the book because it would drive my OCD nuts!)

    I have to say that if the movies are done right, this is one series where the movies may actually be better than the books.

    As for HP (heh, that’s my initials too) you really can’t judge them on the movies because the books are so much better and you miss so much information from just watching the movies.

  17. Robin

    September 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    @Avitable – I do most of my books via audiobook because I can’t seem to make the time to read as much as I want to. You really honestly think it would make a difference? I mean it might not be quite as bad but I doubt I’d reverse my feelings.

    @H. – I’m not really judging HP, I didn’t say it was bad, just not a story that does anything for me. It was the story, not the acting or anything else. So therefore I really doubt the book would change my feelings.

  18. Jessica

    October 8, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Robin, I found I especially agree with your comment on waiting for something real to happen in the first book. I distinctly remember realizing with a shock that I made it past the halfway mark, and thinking, “When, exactly, is this book supposed to get into it’s groove?” I honestly felt like that entire issue of Bella being hunted by the rogue vampire was so disconnected and out of place that it was simply thrown in there so that there could even BE an ‘ending’ to the first book in the ‘saga’ (snort).

    And by the end it was painfully obvious that there absolutely *had* to be another book. Which in turn made me feel robbed and resentful towards Meyer, because it felt like a deliberate attempt to profit off of the trend Rowling started and milk me of all of my disposable income, not provide me with the pleasure of reading a good book. Twilight felt more like a gimmick than an actual book to me. And the short amount of time she took to churn out all of those other books kiiind of backs up that feeling.

    I also agree that there were no surprises, I could see the Werewolf/Vampire/Human love triangle coming from the first book. I think the only reason I read past the first book was that I was daring Stephanie Meyer to do it. You know, turn the Native American into a werewolf. In that sense, she didn’t disappoint, I guess.

  19. Robin

    October 9, 2008 at 8:00 am

    @Jessica – It really is nice to see that others could see what I saw when so many people I would normally discuss a book with saw it all completely different than I did. In fact, people that I always considered way above my reading level (those who seem to read better quality books and read more than I do) were so enthralled with this book. But then again, I often end up not liking things that the mass loves, that’s ok…I march to the beat of my own drummer. I’m glad I didn’t read the other books. Thanks for commenting.

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