I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.
Recently the 10th anniversary edition of Twilight came out, with an almost new story included, Life & Death: Twilight Reimagined. This reminded me I wanted to do a review on this series with which I have a love-hate relationship. I hope you were fans too.
Book Review: Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Title & Author: Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 6 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer is a much discussed series, with a lot of people having different opinions about it. You can divide the people in basically three groups: the Haters, the Lovers and the people who either like one of the two mediums, not the other. I am someone who belongs to the last group. I loved the books, but did not like the movies. They were very disappointing and overly dramatic. But we’ll discuss that in a later moment in time.
I got the first book, Twilight for my birthday, a year before the movie came out. I already had the second book in my possession but by parents wanted to give the first one as a present. So I finally read it the night of my birthday, and finished it the same night. I fell in love with the characters, even though later on I found Bella a bit whiny and suicidal. And of course the biggest wrong of them all. They are no real vampires! Well maybe they are, but for me vampires burn up in the sun and not sparkle like a freaking disco ball! But all that aside. I like most of the characters and the story for the first book is fine.
But since I already had the second book, New Moon, I could just read on after a few hours of sleep. New Moon was not the best, in my eyes. I did not like the whole shift in the Bella-Edward relationship and wondered why Edward never did anything before, if Jasper was such a danger to Bella. The only thing I liked were the Volturi. With that Stephenie introduces the more harsh and real world vampire to the readers and I think they are an interesting bunch.
In the third book, Eclipse, something weird happened for me. In New Moon I had a lot of troubles with the introduction of the werewolfs, because it was another breed of fantasy character, not really suited for this story – more reasons to commit suicide for Bella. But in this book it did not feel as an intrusion but something that belonged. Also the addition of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner helped with understanding the story more.
With the last book, Breaking Dawn, I have a love-hate relationship. I love the last half of the book, but hate the first have. I do not care a lot for love stories – like I have said many times before – and in this book it was just too much for me. The last half of it was more real and the story connected back everything. The wolfs, the Volturi, everything. I just loved the series again when I finished this one.
My most beloved character in the series has to be Carlisle. And I am jealous not the have him as my dad. He has compassion, love, great doctor and smart. Esme was also nice, but she was not as prominent in the books as I would have liked. Alice is also a great characters, but I just like Carlisle better.
I am very sad some one published this manuscript on the internet. I would have loved to read the whole series from a new perspective and see what Edward things of certain things – for example Bellas suicidal tendencies. But I have accepted it will never be published. I just thought I should mention it to you guys and see what you think about this situation.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Even though this is a short, I really liked it. I liked the character and this book just added to the completion of this character.
Life & Death: Twilight Reimagined
I honestly have not had the time to read it! I am looking forward to it. I am quite sure it will be just as smooth as the other books of the series. And having the rolls switch will be awesome. So I will write a review as soon as I have read it.
Oh my, what do I have to say about the movies. I was excited when the news came out for the movies. I wanted to go and see them. Due to a great release date, I did not see the movie until it was almost too late. The rest of them I did see in the release week. And even for the last movie I went to the marathon in the cinema. But did not think it was worth the money – I am one of those idiots that still go to the movies. They were too dramatic for my taste and to be honest, I completely did not like the prank the producers pulled on the readers! I was so angry afterwards, my sister had to keep talking to me to keep me from hitting something.
Overall I think Kristen Stewart just ruined it mostly for me. The fact that from New Moon on Taylor Lautner keeps taking his shirt off, it got old very fast. I am not against naked men or anything, but the amount of time Taylor spent without is shirt is ridiculous! Especially in a room full of teenagers.
Let me know what you thought of this books and/or the movies!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.
For now, let books enrich your life!