Thursday, January 8, 2009

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

Title: Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Published: 2005-----Made into a movie: 2008
Pages:500, plus 30 additional pages for a sneak peek of the sequel, New Moon
Chapters: 25, excluding the preview chapter of New Moon
Pages per Chapter (on average): 20 (not including New Moon)
Date Started: Jan. 4-----Date Finished: Jan. 8
My Reading Speed: 100 pages a day, or 5 chapters a day.
The Main Characters: Isabella, or Bella, Swan, a 17 year old girl who reminds me a lot of myself, and Edward Cullen, a vampire boy who sounds absolutly dreamy (sorry for my girliness)
My Brief Synopsis: Bella moves to Washington to live with her dad and in school is aquainted with the strangest and most perfect boy she's ever seen. Just being around him muddles her thinking. Turns out he's not even human. They go through a shaky relationship because he, Edward, doesn't want to risk harming Bella if they get to close.
The Conflicts: There are some who would keep these 2 foolish young lovers apart, like Billy Black, a friend of Bella's father, and a trio of hunter vampires who nearly kill her in the end.
My General Comments: I hardly know where on earth to start. This is probably the first book I've read in a while about characters that are actually my age. I absolutely love Bella. I can relate to her very easily. Of course I'm not so morbid, like she was in the beginning, I don't think of myself as clumsy (I can climb trees like no one's business), and I'm certainly not pale-skinned (I go to the beach nearly every weekend), but the rest of her I can live with. She allows me to pretend I'm the one in the story, having an utterly romantic love affair with a vampire. Also, from the preview of New Moon I read at the end of the book (I can't wait to read the rest of it!) I discovered that her birthday is Sept. 13, and mine is on the 7th. So cool!
My Favorite Part: I'd have to say my favorite part was actually a whole chunk of chapters merged together. I enjoyed everything between the event of Bella having dinner with Edward for the first time and when they're in the meadow together, freely enjoying each other's company.
My Favorite Things About the Book: It's got a very sneaky brand of humor. You have to read very carefully (or if you read it aloud, you have to perk your ears) to catch the little sarcastic jokes that pass between characters. That's my favorite kind, dry humor. And I've heard some reviewers say that the book had too many adjectives or something, but I think the story couldn't have been the same without all the little descriptions. I think it's been said that perfection doesn't come when you can't add anything more to something, but when you can't take anything away from it.
A Personal Shout Out to Stephenie Meyer: Your books are utterly breath-taking. You will be priveleged to know that this was my first romantic novel, and I loved it. Bella and Edward are amazing. I want so much to have a boyfriend like Edward Cullen (though he need not be a vampire or anything dangerous like that!) I look forward to reading your other books in the near future very much.
Here's the link to Twilight's Wikipedia Article.
And this is for the Twiligh Saga website:
Below is Stephenie Meyer's own website:
Below is a trailer video for the Twilight movie, in case you're interested. I can't wait to see it in the theater myself.

What is your favorite part? If you haven't read this book, sorry for all the spoilers, but you can comment and say if this book review was helpful. If you have read this book, please give me a comment or email me so we can discuss it. This would be the closest I've ever gotten to a book club, you know.


Brian said...

I was forced to read it by my Twilight-obsessed friend, Kathryn. (She still hasn't read Eragon, like I wanted her to. It's not boring if you get past the first 30 pages.) It was OK, but was a little mushy for me. I also read New Moon, but it really, really sucked.

J.N. Future Author said...

my favorite parts? um...

i would say the humor in it all! ^.^ it was very pretty funny in places.

but yeah, twilight it a pretty fun read!

Magenta said...

That's too bad Brian. (I've read the entire Inheritance series, you know.)

Yeah, it sure was funny. All the sneaky sarcasm. I'm counting on the rest of the Twilight books to be just as funny and cool. Is it okay if I ask how many Twilight books you've read?

Kaza Kingsley, said...

I like to see what book bloggers are talking about, and I've read the Twilight series which led me to your post!

I was reading this when I noticed that your birthday is September 7th -- like mine is.

So I had to say hi.

Glad to see Erec Rex on your to read list!

Kaza Kingsley
Erec Rex author

Magenta said...

Wow! Do you see that, guys? I share a birthday with a famous author! How cool is that?

Q said...

Twilight is my favorite in the series, but it kind of goes downhill from there. Breaking Dawn was kind of ridiculous, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.