For my birthday last month, Guitar Hero’s girlfriend gave me a Chapters gift certificate (Chapters is the Canadian version of a Borders or Barnes and Noble for my US friends.) As I was picking up a few other books, I decided to give Stephenie Meyer’s, Twilight, a try. But it took me to this week to actually find time to read it. It was one of those books that I had to stay up til the wee small hours of the morning to finish. And the next day I had to go out and buy the rest of the series: New Moon, Eclipse and the recently released Breaking Dawn, which I finished this morning. Twilight and New Moon are the best of the four, Eclipse was mainly backstory, and Breaking Dawn was … well, disappointing, but they’ll remain on my keeper shelf.
The book is marketed as a Young Adult, but I enjoyed it – perhaps because I remembered it was written as a YA story, not an adult fantasy. (Who can’t identify with being the new kid in school in a town you don’t like?)
I like the heroine, Isabella – often referred to as Bella or Bells – though I find her clumsiness a little tiresome after a while. Others have called it angsty, but yeah, she’s a teenager — what teenage girl do you know who isn’t angsty? However, – don’t shoot me all you Edward lovers – I’m not as thrilled with the love of her life, Edward. He just seems a little too controlling. Hard for a 100 something year old vampire not too — ooops, guess I shouldn’t give away too many spoilers. Especially after New Moon, I really found myself rooting for Jacob.
They’re making a movie out of Twilight which I”m looking forward to and for those of you who are bummed that they’re moving the next Harry Potter movie to next summer, it’s going to be a bonus for the Twilight fan because, according to Stephenie’s website Twilight will be released three weeks earlier than originally announced and will now be released November 21st. I’ll be there.
“Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands.
“Be very still,” he whispered, as if I wasn’t already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat. ”
As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because–he”s a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward’s sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer’s writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. (Ages 12 and up)