Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Review by Guest Author: ddfreestone
by Stephenie Meyer
Pros: The writing is well done, obsessive teen love artfully depicted
Cons: It’s an obsessive teen love story.
Bella moves to a new town and meets an unusual family that no-one else befriends. She falls for Edward. But Edward seems unlike anyone she has ever met, with paranormal powers, and he seems to be avoiding Bella. Finally Bella discovers that Edward is a vampire and then their relationship begins.
This is the first in a series of three.
Let me preface this by saying I don’t like vampires. I don’t do goth in any form. I also want to say that this is written for a teenage audience. This isn’t an adult romance novel. I also don’t read a lot of romance novels, so I have nothing to compare this with.
That being said, this book was amazingly well written. It very accurately portrays teenage obsessive love. Whenever I had to put it down, I almost felt physical pain having to tear myself out of Bella’s world.
I found this book a very sensual book, although nothing actually happens. (The fact that nothing happens is actually very central to the book.) The sexual tension between Bella and Edward is palpable.
If I were a feminist with nothing better to do than to read this book, I would be irritated at the fact that Bella is completely incapable of taking care of herself. She is only alive because of Edward. I also wonder why Edward and Bella like each other, aside from the physical attraction aspect.
All in all, this was a good fun, easy read, but again, not how I would want my daughter to act.