I’ve missed the last couple of TBR Challenges, but was inspired by Beth’s SBD about Twilight to pick it up for the challenge this month. First I had to find my copy of the book — I bought it back in 2005 when the book was originally published, but never got around to reading it. So it had only been sitting on a shelf for ~4 years. Which isn’t that bad, comparatively speaking; there are some books on that shelf that were on it, packed to move into this house more than six years ago, and then unpacked right back onto the shelf.
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impententrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
What Bella doesn’t realizes is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…
Holy crap. What a monumental Mary Sue. Stalker boyfriend who is totally telegraphing future abuse, beginning with the isolation and the faux warning away. And the writing? Ugh. 100 pages could’ve been chopped without damaging the story at all — a lot of sloppy, amateurish writing. I’m hoping (guessing?) the later books were more polished. There was a lot of telegraphing and predictable conflict set up in Twilight for future books; even without having been seriously spoiled, I’m guessing that Jacob is going to be a rival; Rosalie is going to be a problem; and so on.
Having said that, I totally get why a 15 year old would LOVE Edward and Bella. It’s the total teen fantasy of being suddenly transformed, of having a dangerous boyfriend who would never in a billion years hurt you but instead struggles constantly with his own nature.
It’s like crack for teens. And non-teens, I guess. Rather like the BDB in that sense. Except I’ve just weened myself off the BDB and am not interested in getting hooked on something else. So as a gateway drug, Twilight has failed.
I do like the pic
I saw the other day, of Kiefer Sutherland’s sneering vampire, captioned that vampires do not sparkle. [I saw in on a reader blog, but cannot for the life of me remember which one; otherwise I would give credit.]