- Series: The Twilight Saga
- Paperback: 2720 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Limited edition (December 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316243981
- ISBN-13: 978-0316243988
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,661 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Twilight Saga:
"Meyer has, like one of her vampires, turned into something rare and more than merely human.... People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there." -Time
"Piles on the suspense and romance." -USA Today
"A literary phenomenon." -The New York Times
"[Stephenie Meyer is] the world's most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice." -Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
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When approaching the series you have to recognize it for what it is. The target range is for young girls in their mid-teens and up. It is focused on the emotional journey and the physical mysteries of youth more than action and adventure. It is a very clean book with no foul language and a instant love story where two people become obsessed with each other one because of the flawless beauty and hint of danger she sees in Edward the other in the the fact that he can't read her mind and her blood calls to the monster inside him. In the series is a whole there will be a false love triangle which was played up much more in the movies and an advertisement as team Edward and team Jacob. Again it is not meant to be full of action but rather an emotional rollercoaster with dangerous and mysterious love interest that the reader if they're honest with themselves knows where it will end but we'll enjoy the ride nonetheless.
As much as it sounds like I may be complaining Stephenie Meyer's is a good writer. She writes in a fashion that is clearly understandable and from the perspective and mindset of a young woman. That means not necessarily a rational young woman who makes clear and logical decisions but one who is intelligent and despite the shallow nature of her love is actually a selfless person. It was not until book three that we get several chapters from Jacobs perspective where we see the mind of a Young Man that I realize how good she was in writing from perspective and not showing her hand to the audience. Bella's interaction with other characters covers up something I had not really noticed I strongly until I came back to the series... that the character of Bella has no interest or at least shown to have no active interest really in anything other than Edward. She has shown to enjoy reading certain romantic books but there's no passion for life outside of Edward, no hobbies, or really goals to strive for. This is something that newer readers may not notice but those who have red heavily in fiction will pick up and it will be a fly in the ointment.
The mythos that she built into the story does grow throughout the series and feels true to this world that she creates. In this first book she reveals vampires not to be the hideous things that hide in the dark but rather beautiful predators, yes they sparkle LOL, that are designed entirely to attract and destroy their pray but have a conscience that makes them want to be more than just simple monsters. In truth considering the physical power and extra powers of the vampires particularly as the series goes on with another writer or a different style of story they could have been truly terrifying. However for the genre and target audience it was a perfect hit that of course made Stephenie Meyers millions.
I came to the series when the nation was swept up in the movie. I have a habit of reading books that are made into movies before actually watching the movie. and the first time I read it I wanted to be able to have an opinion of the book series for myself rather than taking others words for it. while I did enjoy the story the more that I read into the genre the more I realize that the twilight series was safe and was meant for a younger audience. The stories did mature as the years went on but not to a degree that would make it too inappropriate for high schoolers. I also realize that it was meant mostly to be a romance before anything else.
Looking back having read the series multiple times and buying the books because I felt guilty for not supporting the author I think Bella Swan while having a rough start in the first book in terms of character depth becomes a different sort of hero in the end. She may not be a sword wielding assassin but she has a strength and determination as well as bravery that makes her relatable.
I do think that looks three and four of the series are better than books one and two. The first book they love story just feel shallow. The second book with how the author had to introduce a character for the false love triangle while also putting the main love interest to the side for a while was rather annoying period in the third and fourth books it feels like a lot of the nonsense is put to the side and it gets down to the nitty-gritty no more wavering to milk the what ifs.
I like the first person narrative, because there is no one who could tell her story better than Bella herself, making this fresh, light reading, an attractive story, and a romance for all ages.
I love the overall premise that two people are hopelessly attracted to each other in an almost impossible situation: Edward is so intoxicated with the scent of Bella's blood it is all he can do to not drink her blood/kill her.
But it is soooo....mushy, over-the-top...unrealistically so. But maybe that's what makes a story so compelling and unique. It's just too much for my taste. I think it is one of those rare times when the movie outperforms the novel because it reels-in some of the mushiness and give more of the meat and potatoes of "the vampire in love story" with all of the neat things that vampires can do highlighted.
I do think the book could've have been shorter and better without comprising it's essence by just cutting out some of the mushiness...maybe using words like "incredulous" half as much.
Just a thought.
John Darryl Winston