Like it or not Twilight was a classic*.
*alright that’s kind of subjective, but it was H U G E for a while, that you can’t deny.
I used to be a huge fan. I used to spend a majority of my hours of the day writing Twilight fanfiction. You may think that’s embarrassing, heck even I think it’s embarrassing, but it’s impossible to deny that the Twilight series has become a classic and thus here I am writing a blog post for you about my current opinions of Twilight.
Are you ready for this? Caution LONG RANT POST AHEAD!
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Rating (Out of 5 Stars):
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.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
They’re stale. I would like to be objective because there’s a lot of negative backlash, especially since the movies came out. However my objectivity won’t keep me from being brutally honest at any point during this review.
Bella has the personality of a wet blanket. She didn’t have much personality before Edward, but after she got together with him she literally lost whatever individuality she had. She became an extension of him and didn’t seem like she was a main character. I mean obviously the book was written to revolve around her, but she had literally nothing redeeming about her and that made me confused as to why she should be the main character.
Why did all those guys at her school like her? Novelty wears off and yet these boys kept pursuing her as if she were so desirable? Where is that desirability? There is none. She was utterly forgettable (
and yet somehow I was obsessed with this series for years. W O W good one younger me. Once again. AMAZING. my standards were low) and really disappointing as a main character.
Having her as a main character during a very impressionable time is probably one of the worst things you can have. The example it sets is horrible. The idea that you have to be dumb and have a bland personality of a wet blanket to attract guys is just plain wrong. And using the idea of a “bookworm” (if she can even be called that) to portray her as a more normal relatable character is kind of really insulting. It also bothers me that even though she has a favorite book (which is entirely possible) that this is literally the only thing she reads throughout the entire four books. It bothers me okay. I really bothers me. THERE ARE OTHER BOOKS OKAY. (#triggered)
Let’s move on to Edward. Edward is a creepy stalker. I’m not going to sugar coat it. He followed her EVERYWHERE before they were really together. He followed her to Port Angeles. He climbed into her window at night to watch her sleep. And this was all before they had spoken much at all. And no his actions are not romantic. He’s possessive and becomes literally obsessed with her. Again why do they all get fixated on this one girl who literally doesn’t have any redeeming qualities????
You may find this harsh, but let’s face it, not only are the characters stale, but they’re examples of what not to grow up like.
When I was younger I read a lot of sappy romance books and this one definitely qualifies as one such books. My entire foundation of knowledge on romance and how relationships should be were centered on books like these back then. And upon reading it again this time I’ve realize just how bad that is.
I mean Edward literally came into her bedroom at night even before she knew it and was watching her sleep. Back then I thought that was cute and romantic (
wtf younger me jeez), but really it’s just creepy and really … oh my god indescribably wrong. Literally why did I ever think that was cute? A man (A CENTURY YEAR OLD MAN I MIGHT ADD) climbing in your bedroom window at night and watching you sleep.
At the time the idea was so novel. Vampires who weren’t actually inherently evil and can still find love. I admit that when I first finished the book I was blown away. It was so great and having reread it now I found it so cringey and confusingly bad. I had troubles actually sitting and reading it all the way through. I found myself wanting to skip passed certain passages and certain chapters just because I knew what was coming and didn’t want to experience the secondhand embarrassment over again.
Perhaps the final nail on the coffin was the Twilight movie. Back when it first came out I was still SUPER enamoured with the series and so my parents being the amazing dedicated parents they are they took me to see it in theatres. But it was nothing like I wanted it to be. I hated the characters they chose for Bella and Edward. Now that I look back at it though Kristen Stewart played Bella perfectly. She was an emotionless and forgettable. She played Bella to a tee!
And the whole Edward’s bronze-y coppery hair I was so disappointed when Edward didn’t have hair the color of a penny. I was mad that’s what I was waiting for. I was let down.
While I do have some emotional attachment to this series (because I did grow up with it) I can’t give it anything more than 2 stars.
I gave it 2 stars for emotional attachment.
Did you jump on the hype train and read the books? Or were you reading it before the hype began? How do you feel about Twilight and the Twilight series? What about her other book The Host?
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