(Book image from Wikipedia).
First of all, I want to make it clear that nothing I say here is meant in any way to knock Ms. Meyer or Twilight fans. I have done my share of being a fan of various books, T.V. shows and/or movies and I figure the author must have done something right for her book to sell so well and be made into a movie.
Admittedly I got around to reading Twilight late in the game, eight years after it was published. For the most part, I enjoyed it, but my take is that it’s overrated. Again, I don’t say that to criticize anyone. I think that’s probably the case with the majority of the “best sellers”; however, that’s a topic for another post.
What I like about the book: I have a weakness for love stories, and I think the underlying love story is appealing. The author has a good understanding of the alienation many young people deal with. The idea that vampires can be caring and have consciences is an interesting one.
What I have issues with: Bella is essentially going “oh, this guy is dangerous and might kill me, but I just love him so much anyway and I’ll go ahead and die.” That doesn’t strike me as a good message. Bella and Edward also spend a little more time rolling their eyes and focusing on how good they smell to each other than I think is necessary.
It was a fun read, but it’s not something I’d go out of my way to read again, and I likely won’t read the rest of the books in the series.