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Bella Should Have Dumped Edward: Controversial Views on the Twilight Series Paperback – June 15, 2010
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Each section is divided up by the question presented. We are given a few answers and the fan's reasons of why they chose the way they did. At the end of each section we are given "The Final Call" which I expected to be the answer chosen by most of the Twilight fans that responded to the question. Instead, we are given the authors choice. So basically this book is like having a conversation with other Twilight fans about what you like, don't like, and think about the books and movies. I love Twilight, but I don't feel the need to own everything with the word Twilight written on it, so maybe that's why this book isn't for me.
There's not very much analysis here, nor any quantitative reporting about percentage breakdown of total opinions. All four books are covered, but only two of the movies, as Eclipse had apparently not been released at the time the book went to bed.
Perhaps the best feature of the book for me was the occasional original opinion expressed in one of the cited comments from the website, and this may make the book worthwhile for you, especially if you're a "twi-hard".
If you could be a character in Twilight, who would you be?
Who was your favorite character?
Which movie was the best adaptation of the book?
...and so on. Not really hard-hitting, and they don't discuss any of the really controversial issues that arose from the books. No talk of Edward's disturbing creeper habits. Nothing about Bella's manipulation of Jacob. It's all very light, even the discussions that go slightly deeper into opinions on imprinting and the way Jacob's personality changed when he became a werewolf.
As someone who loves the Twilight books but still maintains a distance from the obsession, this was not the book for me. Yes, I love the books, but I also am well aware of the unhealthy relationships portrayed and am amused to no end by the purple prose.
If you love Twilight and want to read the positive gushing of your fellow fans, this is a great book for you... for those of you with a bit more skepticism- just re-read the series.
That said, there is nothing controversial in the book. It is as positive and glowing of the series as _A New Dawn Is_. There is very little critical reflection about problems in the series. However, the anthology does offer commentary on characters and the plot, which is useful for interested readers. Again, this book is for fans of the series and can be completed in one sitting.