"Twilight Saga--Twilight" By Stephenie Meyer

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This is an honest and critical book review of Twilight Saga's first installment Twilight.

Before I go ahead with my review; those who read, of course do not have to share my opinions, but I do however expect you to respect my opinions as I respect yours. I am an individual who believes in free thinking and in the freedom of speech. Exercise your rights and expand your minds. You might think Twilight is the best, or the worst book ever written and as long as you can provide that logically and through literal measurements, your argument is valid. However, do not try to argue with me that MY OPINION is wrong. Hence it is my opinion, it cannot be wrong—its an opinion. You do not have to agree to it, but please no bashing. If you'd like to counter argue against my points, please do so intelligently, with literal information as your background guide rather than your emotions.

Literature is meant to be criticized. Those who publish books do so in preparedness that their work will be held under scope and each line will be analyzed. Those who cannot dare to be scrutinized do not publish books. It's rather simple. If you are a fan and think that you are doing Stephenie Meyer a favor by defending her book against those who criticize it, actually its quite the contrary. No body encourages, nor wants fans who are unable to handle negative feedback. Authors are meant to take negative feedback and use it as a way to improve their writing. You are actually damaging her as an author by your radical behavior. (Those who are, not all obviously.) Believe me, with all the money she has made she doesn't need you doing her any favors.

Also just because a book is published does not always mean that it is of good quality. Half the time, getting published is sending the right e-mail to the right person. There are great talents out there that have never been published and they write one of the most authentic and original stories to be ever told.

Because I am able to criticize Meyer's work does not mean I am jealous of her writing, Nor does that insinuate that I wish to be her, or the notion I secretly admire her. Those are false allegations. Especially comparing against the great writers of American Literature classics. I much rather be compared to writers such as Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Bronte, Nathaniel Hawthorne and T.S. Elliot. Of course, I do not compare against them either, but if I was to admire an author, they would be my admirations—not Stephenie Meyer. She is rather pale and dull in comparison. I of course cannot speak regarding her personality as I have never meet her, or any of the classical writers as they are all dead by now. That also would be an ad hominem logical fallacy. This is strictly literary. You cannot judge a book by the greatness of it's author's personality. That will be biased and unfair to culture and intellectual progress. There is nothing admirable about the way she writes, or the plots of her writing. Just because a book makes it into a best seller also does not qualify a book to be a “great book”. It just means that it sells a lot. Quality and quantity are different measurements.

“You read her book, because you actually liked” is also a false allegation. I read all kinds of books as it is one of my passions and a way to educate one's self. I read all kinds of genres, from different literary movements, styles, authors, to containing all sorts of literary themes, allusions, and messages. You need to read lots of bad books in order to realize the greatness of well written books.

Submitted: December 16, 2009

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The whole book takes place from first person narrative, Isabella (or as she prefers Bella) Marie Swan our main character's perspective. The story takes place mainly in Forks, Washington. I guess the time table would be somewhere around 2003-2004. I am not exactly sure when the books came out as I have only read them recently in August 2009.


The writing of the book is rather simplistic that includes a lot of imagery, overtly repetitious descriptions and unnecessary information and details that does not add to the book, but only prolong the page count. There are no complex sentence structures, no variety, and I am ashamed to say this but no fantasy. I think she is still trying to discover her way or writing (style) and her voice within her books. The reader would not really leave the book down with any concrete theme, message, or a statement to think about, or without any new words to add to vocabulary list. There were quite a few grammar errors as well. I am not sure of it escaped the editor's eyes or what. However, a lot of her sentences were unclear, did not lead the reader, the transition from one sentence another was rough. The paragraphs could have been better transitioned. The fluidity of her writing was poor to average. I would say it scores average as far as fluidness and smoothness. I've read worse, and I've read better and much better ones.


I've finished the book in about three hours or so as it was an easy read, with no mind boggling questions, no hard to grasp ideas, no main concept, no shockers. It wasn't a great page turner, but it held a steady pace. But it did include a few logical fallacies.


As far as the plot goes I think it was the best out of the whole saga. There was at least some sort of action happening. There were the least amount of logical errors and things that did not add up in this book.


The plot unravels as Bella is leaving Phoenix, her mother Renee and her new husband Phil behind to live with her dad, Charlie. We're not sure why this is so until further chapters. Bella is not looking forward to the dreary, rainy, and sunless world of Forks, or living with Charlie as she dreads it but she finds no other solution to her problem. As her parents were separated when she was young she was forced to spend summers with her dad until her early teens. She has stopped visiting when she hit the eligibility where she could refuse to go and visit Charlie. She loves the sun, the beach but however feels she is unable to fit in with the rest of the Phoenix crowd as she is extremely pale, nonathletic with horrible hand-eye coordination. She is described as someone really plain that does not attract much attention, mellow and laid back.


At her arrival, her father gives her an old Chevy as a gift which she loves. She says it's got personality. It should be noted that Bella and her family have little money, her room is old, cramped with things from her childhood still lingering about, and all of her belongings fit into two luggages she brought with her from her mother's house. Bella has an ancient computer which she uses to keep in touch with her mother Renee--inserting that the two were close. However, Bella visibly attaches strong feelings of responsibilities and bond for Charlie throughout the book rather than her mother.


Bella is first introduced as a smart girl who was in advanced classes back in Phoenix who had a passion for books as she always seemed to read a book, and also as she comments on how the library in Forks is so small that she wouldn't need to actually check out any books from the library. She is able to cook for Charlie. Bella is continues to be introduced as kind, odd, feminist, independent girl. Her clumsiness becomes a plot device throughout the whole book. As the book progresses this slowly and subtly but severely changes into polar opposites. She is meant to be plain as Meyer first begins her introduction of Bella, with a mahogany brown hair, full upper lip and really pale skin.


Her first day at school is hectic and eventful. As everything begins neatly, feeling alienated and some what anxious, she is extremely rude to people. She also starts by looking down on the Forks folk. However, everyone is rather intrigued and interested in the new girl, the daughter of Chief Deputy of Forks. Not only does everyone take notice of Bella and chase her around like this super star and falling heads over heels with her, although she thinks horribly of them she continues to further their friendship. She basically uses them to make herself feel better about her personality. If she was this plain girl as initially suggested, why does everyone take notice of someone new? The smaller the school the harder it is to fit in. People tend to be tighter in smaller communities. Sure, she would be spotted as new immediately but most people would not of welcomed her so easily. And what about the boys, all falling in love with her? Eric, Mike, Edward, Jacob. I mean come on! Give the girl some difficult bridges to walk on. Everyone welcomes her and tries to make her feel at home, while she continues to hate everything regarding Forks.


As she first sees Edward and his kin at the lunch table Bella becomes intrigued and begins asking questions regarding the Cullens in her table. Edward is the one that she immediately becomes interested in and starts observing him. Of course, he is the only single one in the bunch. Their beauty and the obscure similarities, but rather different features grab her attention—she wonders about them and is curious to no end. Then in biology as the fan blows over and Bella's sweet scent fills the room Edward grips the desk hard. Bella ends up having to sit right next to Edward in Biology and both are partnered. Both Edward and Bella are incredibly uncomfortable and Edward steers his chair and body away from Bella. He is repulsed by her, or seems to be so. Bella wonders if she stinks and then concludes she does not. Edward flies out of class as the bell rings. At the end of the day Bella and Edward run into each other in the Main office. As Bella enters the office wind carries her extremely potent scent (once again) and as Edward is trying to switch out of his biology class and as her scent hits his super human nostrils he leaves promptly. It might seem weird at the moment why Edward was behaving the way he was, although later it makes perfect sense. He is a vampire and we find out Bella's scent is potent to him. He leaves right after although we have no idea why and he doesn't show up for a whole week. For those of us who read the whole series and “Midnight Sun” find out why. I really don't blame Edward for acting the way he has. He is a vampire after all, he is not meant to be an angel. However if someone treats you like that in real life, most of us probably would give him our two cents regarding the matter. I would expected of a character portrayed as Bella to do so as well. How about a murmuring something and a evil glare?


Bella continually dreams about Edward and wonders his where abouts. He appears out of no where after a week and which he tries to make amends. Then I wondered, so he fell inlove with her, at her absence over a week? He keeps going back and forth telling her to stay away from her but at the same time continues to ask her certain personal questions and try to get to know her better. This causes an uproar at school as Edward Cullen has finally become interested in someone—non other than our Bella Swan.


They have lunch together, a few more talks, and Bella becomes more intrigued about Edward after each contact. The spring dance is approaching and she is approached by both Eric and Mike within the same day. I think a third person also asked her to the spring dance. Bella, in order to turn down her admirers she comes up with the excuse that she is going out of town that weekend to Seattle. Edward hears this with his super human abilities and does not want her to make the journey on her own with her car—as the poor Chevy is a day away from it's malfunction. He offers her a ride. The two become friends quickly and Bella is in love at the beginning of their new found friendship.


Honestly, I have forgotten which happens first, whether the car incident or not, but I am going to assume it is as that would be the most logical proceeding of events. Shortly after that Edward saves Bella from a fatal accident in the school parking lot which causes a strain on their relationship. Bella suspects a lot from Edward and his divinely chiseled family and this accident comes down to break it. It lights all sorts of bulbs in Bella's mind and grows suspicious and starts to wonder about Edward's true personality, identity and origins. Edward puts distance between her and himself, as he becomes afraid their secret will seep out, as Bella is a human girl, obviously someone smart, with an imagination and a teenager nonetheless. If their secret as a clan became public, it would mean a lot of obstacles for the vegetarian vampire folk. To solve the problem before it starts Edward decides observing Bella to make sure she heeds his warnings. Edward pleads Bella at the hospital right after the incident to not say anything to anyone. Edward carefully listens to the minds of those in school to see if she has said anything about the accident to anyone in school. When Bella proves she hasn't, things move forward. Edward breaks the rules to be with Bella.


Bella is invited by Mike to La Push, the beach for a hang out on a Saturday. She invites Edward along but he declines saying he is not allowed to go there. This peaks Bella's interest further. Enter Jacob Black. Jacob is Billie's son, Charlie's good friend. She doesn't remember him but through Jacob's walk down the memory aisle jump starts her memories. A friend of Bella asks if the Cullens are coming and Bella replies no. Someone from the Quilettes (Jacob and his tribe of Native Americans) says they are not allowed on the land decided by treaty precedence. Bella flirts with Jacob to get the answer out of him, learning about the treaty and “Cold Ones” (Vampires) and their true identity. Jacob does not believe the legends himself but Bella seems to take it seriously. Slowly, things add up and Bella comes to realize Edward and his family's true identity. As soon as she goes home, she researches vampires and is convinced Edward is one of them. The next morning Bella decides three things. Edward is a vampire, Edward lusts after Bella's blood and Bella is irrevocably in love with Edward.


Next, Bella goes to Los Angeles with two female friends to help them look at dresses for spring dance. Bella leaves the department store early to find a book, but does not find what she is looking for at the only book store in Los Angeles. She decides to take a walk to see more of Los Angeles and wanders around, before she realizes anything she ends up in a dark alley to be trapped by a few guys who has had too much to drink and dances with criminal ideas in their minds. Of course, Edward comes to the rescue again, and we see a more cruel face to Edward as he has a difficult time controlling his anger. Gosh, what could those bunch of drunkards be thinking about? Edward takes Bella to meet her friends, which they were on their way to leave. They have dinner as Bella and Edward open their feelings to one another. Edward drops Bella off at home and Bella is the happiest girl alive. Edward comes to pick Bella up in the morning, and every morning after that and after playing twenty questions with each other they decide they are in love with one another and start a steady relationship. They have their infamous scene at the woods, where Bella sees Edward sparkle under the sunlight, hence why they do not go out under the sun. Please go to the end of the review regarding vampire mythology information and comments.


Bella meets the whole vampire gang and is of course fascinated by them. As they go out to play Vampire baseball, James, Laurent (anyone, the name Laurent ring a bell from Anne Rice's Lestat Vampire series?) and Victoria appear out of no where. This is Meyer's climax as the nomadic James clan represent the real side of vampires (finally). Unfortunately the climax was not built, and well it just kind of hit us out of nowhere, and felt that it was included almost at the last second, as an after thought. I felt that the author said something along the lines “like, I should add some action shouldn't I?” Not only that there is minimal action when the vampires appear too. Bella leaves in a frenzy ruining Charlie and under the guardianship of Alice and Jasper, running away from James as he finds Bella's scent alluring as well. The trio travel across the country and end in Phoenix in an inhuman time. Granted they have superhuman powers but is anyone forgetting that the wonderful cars they are riding have limits and are not made by Vampire technology as no such thing exists. Even if the driver does not have to sleep, the car has to take a break as it is a machine and needs to be cooled down, stop for gas, and well there is a limit to how fast a machine can go regardless of the driver. If the car doesn't have the capacity to, then it cannot go beyond that certain limit. Through an anti climatic, and I should add the only saving grace was the temptation Edward is thrown into by having to suck the venom out of Bella's wrist in a matter of saving her, his only chance seemed like turning her into one of them. Bella is thrown around a bit, the fight between James and the rest of the clan is not expressed, it is just said “Your brothers and sisters have taken care of the threat” or something along those lines. No fight! Then we find ourselves at the hospital by Bella's side. This all happens over spring break and they come back home and continue their lives as if nothing ever happened. They go the prom which Bella thinks Edward is taking her to turn her, and the book ends shortly after that.


I will be the first one to tell you how difficult it is to write fantasy and or science fiction as you create your own world, your own imagery, and description. This requires unbelievable creativity and intelligence, which just does not stumble upon an individual easily. This must be worked on over and over again. Consistencies are hard to create, and even harder to follow. This is the one pit most authors, writers, essayists fall into and it takes a lot of editing and a lot of time thinking and plotting to smooth over. I am not judging Meyers by writing Fantasy, instead I am congratulating her as it is one of the most difficult genres to write in. But she should of done it without truly ruining it. When reading and reviewing fantasy it must be within that realm. You cannot say Vampires don't exist, so this is all false. All fiction are worlds created within authors minds which lead readers to believe in. To accept such a person, with such a fate, and such events unfolding in their lives. Thats the basic of reading any novel. I am not against the idea that a vampire falls in love with a human. It's okay that Bella s about seven-teen at the beginning of the book. Vampires have a thing for virgins, it is a known fact (in the world of fantasies). However it is unbelievable a vampire can be a virgin when he is well above one hundred years old and that usually would be considered a fallacy. However in this circumstance, considering you can hardly have sex with a marble, and vampires in general as they tend to seek out the company of their own kind, is within logical realms. I have to admit though, Meyers has ruined the world of vampires.


Now, I would like to introduce my true feelings regarding the book. I love fantasy, and science fiction. Vampires for the longest time have been one of my favorite evil mythical creatures as I found them interesting while they remained in human form, but symbolizing the darker part of human nature. Power, lust, sin, darkness, abhorrence, wealth, intellectual gifts, and super human abilities always come at a price. The damnation of your soul, hence the blood sucking. Blood symbolizes a lot of things in any given Vampire stories, religion, morality, philosophy and biology. Blood sustains our bodies, it is a symbol of our soul, of our personalities, of our core. We die without our blood, and human blood sustaining Vampires not only suggest cannibalism, one of the biggest known atrocities in man kind, against man kind also, blood says your soul has been now condemned as you are frozen in time, given powers, and you get to keep your youth eternally. Thats what condemns vampires evil and abhorred abominations. The rest are abilities in heroes too, but the main difference is what they symbolize and blood consumption.


While I am all for “humanized” vampires, a vampire cannot survive on animal blood, without severe consequences, if it can at all. That takes away from the negativity of being a vampire. Sunlight, oh god, sparkling? Have you ever taken marble out under sun? It doesn't sparkle. It makes even less sense for vampires to sparkle. Have them blow up against sun light, or don't have it affect them at all, but really sparkle? I just wonder how Meyer came up with that. Marble? I mean, granted they should be difficult to pierce, but marble hardly makes it workable in a story. There are so many things that could go wrong with it. You can't easily move your arm, you'd break out of anything and everything you wear, transportation would be really rather painful, and your weight could set air planes off, in a horrible way. It just deems too difficult to make a vampire marble stone, as beautiful as it may be, its impossible to have in human like shells. You can't smoothly and fluidly move about if you're a stone. Flesh is the way to go. And as the books are added into the saga, it proves further problematic than Meyer vouched for as it is clear in the last book. But standing alone, it isn't that problematic or that big of a deal. As the real complications arise further into the saga. However these faults and logical faults should not go without notice.


I loved the idea a vampire loving a human girl as there is nothing could be more fragile than a human when compared to fantasy creatures such as vampires. Truth be told, through the simplistic writing, and sometimes unclear ideas put into sentences and without edits, and how a vampire could so easily fall in-love with a human baffled me. After all, after playing twenty questions, that hardly rings love, or a stable foundation to place a relationship on. For humans at that age I think that would be viewed as the mistakes you have to go through, but for a vampire partner, one would know the difference between a real relationship, and a fascination. Edward's powers are nullified on Bella as he cannot read her mind. Her scent is intoxicating to him, all good reasons to want to grow to close to your prey. Not a stable relationship, as Meyer claims, and the irrevocably in love part becomes rather disappointing in the later additions. I was looking forward to the building of their budding relationship. Albeit the irrevocable love part was what had really drawn me and was what I called her saving grace. After all odds, and all dangers, knowing his true identity, Bella makes the decision to be in love with Edward and to pursue him no matter the danger. That is something admirable in a woman, and in books. Frankly, Twilight actually was okay in my list and I rather enjoyed it even with its faults. Especially for a vampire to allow so much power to be wielded by a human teenager, whose feelings are whimsical and rather unstable at that age. It should take a very long time before the vampire can reveal its identity and finally allow a relationship to be.


I thought it was incredibly easy that Bella was willing to be condemned and let go of her soul for a boy she hardly knew of several months. Especially without a torturous life. Bella, rather has been spoiled and has been ungrateful, and rather been loved by those all around her. There is no rush for her to be leaving humanity behind. She doesn't have abusive parents, they might be divorced by they work together for the well being of their daughter. There is no urgency pushing her to leave everything behind so quickly. For something evil, like a vampire, without a skewed personality that is wild, and eccentric, eclectic, just doesn't create the notion to be a vampire, nor does it justify it. Bella doesn't have any one of these.


I was severely frustrated that Meyers would change vampires so much. It is definitely true that when writing in fantasy, the world is yours and anything can go, under two circumstances. It has to be constant, and you have to have a logical reasoning, as things needs to be able to add on later on. Hence, thats how books are made.


Of course I am not going to say if I wrote Twilight, I would of done this differently and wrote it like this. This is obvious as no two writers can write the same story even if plots were predetermined. I respect Meyer for her artistic creation. However, this gives me the right to criticize it as it is published, and to point to the fallacies I find and inconsistencies in a book. Just because you read a book does not guarantee you will like it. I read books, and when I begin something I finish it. Frankly I thought as a first time writer, Stephenie Meyer did well. Not great, but promising with time she would improve. I thought there would be much to explore with her vampire saga. But then I found out she majored in English and I was baffled how she finished her university and earned an English degree.


I think its wonderful that Meyer has allowed so many young people to enter the wonderful and majestic world of literature. It's true love is a topic even after so many thousands of years, we do not get sick about hearing, writing, or reading. Like war, it is the most written topic about in human civilizations. The unlikely love, and a young woman who was willing to go so far, and a vampire who was willing to forsake it all is rather admirable and enchanting. But it is not enough as the idea is not deplored but based on superficial things. Saying something once is different than proving that thats what it is. As admirable as it is, it is not enough. Continuous repetitions of Cullens and especially Edward's physical appearance is too much as it only becomes a page filler. There is nothing beyond looks and scent to their relationship unfortunately. As Edward was this dark vampire, seeing him go light and humble would have been a great adventure to unravel. There is no draw back to being a vampire in Meyer's universe. There is nothing bad, they're rich, they can go under the sun light, they survive without human blood, although they admire humans, they dislike them. In this world, I want to be a vampire too. That just makes it so easy. A few torturous days, and then voila! You are beautiful, gifted, become rich, learn anything you want, keep your youth, and become powerful, and yet, still no price to pay. Hardly a plot, or a message here.

Dear Twilight Fans, its great that you are abroad in the mystical world of literature. But before you decide on worshiping Stephenie Meyer, please read other books, such as the classics before kissing the ground she walks on. As she hardly makes it into an average level writer. We all owe a big thank you to Stephenie Meyer for making so many people pick up books, but please don't let it end there. You have discovered how wonderful and magical the world of books, short stories, and poetry could be. Please don't let it go to waste by just reading Meyer's works. I highly encourage you and recommend you read classics written by wonderful authors as they have truly mastered their craft, and have intelligently woven their yarns, and have spent decades of their lives devoted to literature.




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