I don’t read books like this often. Twilight was definitely worse then the Shopholic books I became “involved in” while in Korea. But here it goes: I am almost done reading the fourth and last book of the Twilight Saga, written by the lusty, voluptuous and RICH Stephenie Meyers.
This is teenaged smut (possibly at its best). The plot is lame, the characters are flat and annoying. The main character Bella Swan, is mostly unlikeable, but somewhat endearingly stupid.
Bella moves from Phoenix to Washington State to live with her father. At her new highschool, she meets Edward the vampire. He is godlike in appearance and utterly perfect.
He belongs to a coven of vampires, the Cullens, who do not drink blood from people. Due to high morals they choose to drink the blood of local animals they hunt. Bella and Edward fall into deep and nauseating love.
The rest of the books are about Bella and Edward resisting their raging lust until she can also become a vampire. I swear. There are some subplots, that include werewolves from a nearby Native Reserve, and a mafia-like vampire family that wants to destroy the peace-loving Cullens. Vampire babies are also involved. Bella gets to live in a world where money means nothing and fashionable clothes are given to her. The vampires live sexy, dangerous existences.
The entire thing doesn’t seem all that believable (of course Elisha, it’s about vampires). But there is something magical and wholly believable about some fantasy such as Harry Potter ( I gasp that some people have compared the two series) . The magic of Harry Potter could make you wish, and almost believe, that such a thing could be possible.
Instead, the Twilight Saga feels fake. Fake in a way that is disappointing because it might be more magical if Meyer didn’t use so many melodramatic french kissing vampire scenes, or just took more care with the characters.
The pull of the books are strong, because there is something about them. Something very irresistible and almost addictive. I am at the stage where I am only interested in seeing how it ends, but it’s turned into a struggle. A few less unrealistic descriptions of vampire sex scenes. Please.
Quite frankly, who wouldn’t want to be a vampire? Especially if you are a hormonal, lonely and angst filled teenager. These books are successful for a reason. It’s about an unpopular girl who gets two hot boyfriends, wealth, immortality, and super powers.
I was sort of excited that the book might have a tragic ending wherein she stays with the better “man”, but alas, it does not appear that Edward will be “dying” anytime soon (I have learned such useful facts as: vampires live forever and have sex ALL night long because they don’t sleep). Anyways. Meyer sort of lost me sometime between the second and third book.