Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
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.
Not since the Harry Potter books have I been so excited about a fictional set of books…. well, I still rank Harry above Twilight… but it is a good fantasy second…
So let me back up… way up. I first seen this book about a year ago in a suitcase of a fellow traveler while I was in Honduras. Being a Bookie (always) I looked closely at the book and at the mention of vampires, had no interest whatsoever. However, I did mention it to my son, Justin who also enjoys reading, thinking it may be more to his liking… he declined.
As 2008 rolled on, the word started to spread about Twilight and the follow up books. At a garage sale this past summer I found a copy and put it on my book shelf as a possible some day I may read… maybe.
Then I heard about the movie… hmmmm…. and friends who read (the FWR -ha ha) started mentioning that while Twilight would not have been something they thought they would enjoy – they actually did. “It ranks up there with the Harry Potter Books” I heard. Well, they had my attention.
“I never thought I could read about vampires but really, the way it is written it is not a gorey vampire book… its really a love story.” another said. Still listening.
So I picked it up. And I opened it. And…
I really, really liked it. Not a fan of romance stories, it wasn’t a strong love story in the sense that you wanted to gag. No – it was more sweet, young love. A teenage boy totally head over heels in love with Bella and yet so afraid that he may hurt her with his nature. Bella – totally falling for Edward… the gorgeous boy…. to the point that she wants to be with him no matter what.
Maybe aimed for a younger reader? Yes… sort of. But I would argue this for Harry Potter as well when I say that if you enjoy good writing, have a vivid imagination, and firm grasp of reality, all at the same time… you may surprise yourself with this book.
Currently I am now on book 2… New Moon. I am enjoying the pace, the familiarity of the characters I have come to know and love. But hey, that’s another review.
A high 5 rating. This is a great discussion book and the authors story of how the book came to be is quite interesting as well.
(Oh and as for Justin…. he read Twilight before I had even picked it up – LOVED IT and is ahead of me on book 2…)