Review: Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) by Stephenie Meyer - .Red Wine & Books

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Review: Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) by Stephenie Meyer


Print Length: 501 pages
Publisher: Little Brown & Company (September 6, 2006)

From Goodreads.com:  About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.



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My Rating: 1 star out of 5

It has been several years since I've read the Twilight Saga. But I figured since I'm currently out of ARCS that sound appealing, I would do a re-read. 

Has Bella always been this.... obsessively stupid? I mean I get she's a teenager (if I remember correctly she's a Sophomore in Twilight? Since she graduates in Eclipse), and teenagers are stupid, but this girl takes the cake. She becomes obsessed with Edward for no discernible reason to the point that her moods are negatively affected by not seeing him? Is her obsession due to the fact that he's supposedly incredibly good-looking or is it because the first time they meet he seems to hate her unlike the rest of the male population of her high school?

Then she hears some silly legend from a teenage boy, decides its fact, and without even thinking about how absolutely stupid it sounds decides then and there the Cullen's are vampires? I mean she happens to be right, but I honestly can't follow her logic. Nor can I follow the logic of Edward just admitting to her that she's right. Perhaps that last part is because I have read the stories already, so I know about the Volturi, but then again, so does he. But he doesn't seem to care about potentially putting her in the crosshairs by telling her the truth. 

Upon hearing that Edward is a vampire, her obsession turns to love? Ummm how? Sure, she's attracted to him, and sure at the moment, he's being nice to her, but that does not equal love. Even Edward's extreme mood swings and personality changes towards her don't seem to phase her at all. If anything, it only makes her want him more. In fact, her only goal in life now seems to be become a vampire and live with Edward forever. But until then, be so absolutely dependent upon him that you can't exist independently anymore. 

Of course, it's possible that she is the way she is because of who her parents are. Good old Renee and Charlie. Divorced, of course. Renee is quite possibly a bigger idiot that Bella is, which is saying a lot. Bella even says that she was more of the adult than Renee was (and honestly whose mother can't remember her blouse is at the dry cleaners)? And Charlie? Who hasn't seen his daughter but for two weeks every summer in years, leaves her alone every weekend to go fishing? And even when he tells her he knows he's doing it, does nothing to change his behaviors or spend more time with (or hell even take much of an interest in) his only daughter? 

Fun fact. My entire review up until now is based on only reading Chapters 1-11. Good lord, why did I decide to do this to myself again? *ahem*

Chapter 12. The one in which Bella, knowing she is going to spend the entirety of the following day with Edward becomes depressed because she finds out Edward is leaving after lunch so she won't get to see him in Biology or get a ride home from school with him. If I roll my eyes any harder, I'm going to lose them. 

Alright, is it just me or is Rosalie the only sensible Cullen? The others seem to take to Bella immediately with varying degrees of warmth, with Rosalie being the only one who sees all of the reasons why having Bella around is a bad idea. In fact, I'm surprised she didn't scream I-told-you-so from the rooftops when it turns out that Bella is in danger from another vampire, and now so is Rosalie's family because obviously, they have to protect the human. 

Wait... the author doesn't even show the fight with James? Damn... I mean I've seen the movies of course, what faithful ex-diehard fan hasn't? And I remember the battle with James quite clearly, but apparently, in the book, the author didn't even think her readers, who have diligently read every cringe-worthy page up until now, deserved to see what happened. No, instead we have to hear about it as Edward tells Bella what happened later when she finally wakes up in the hospital. 

Speaking of Bella in the hospital and her deadbeat mother, who definitely won't be winning mom of the year anytime soon.... what kind of mother doesn't want to stay with her daughter who has just woken up from being sedated for days? Her daughter who has cracks in her skull, a broken leg, broken ribs, and who needed a blood transfusion. No, Renee needs to leave because she's expecting a phone call from her new husband. Oh but don't worry. Mom of the year warns both Bella and Edward that she'll be back later. Because you expect them to do doing what exactly? 

And finally, the scene in which Edward, knowing how much Bella doesn't want to go, takes her to prom anyway. Because you know, she needs "all the human experiences". Did I check off the overbearing tyrant who cares nothing for the feelings of the girl he supposedly loves box yet? 

I survived my Twilight re-read. Barely. I'm already not looking forward to my re-read of New Moon because out of the four, it has always been my least favorite. I can only imagine how this re-read is going to go.


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                                       Twilight is available from Amazon.com

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