I found out about Twilight, like I think a lot of people did, when the movie trailer came out. I picked up the book, interested in the story. Vampires have always been a favorite of mine. I remember finishing the first book in a day and getting the next two which were already out and finishing them in a couple of days, and preordering the final book as soon as I possibly could. I ate it up and wanted more, but now that I’m older, I’ve seen the movies, it’s fanfiction became a book and a series of movies too and I wondered, was this book even good?
I knew that there were a lot of people that thought the writing wasn’t great. Didn’t like Bella or Edward. Didn’t like the sparkly, no fanged, venomous vampires. The first book I think was the best for me. I didn’t really like the other three nearly as much. I despised the final book, going so far as to skip the entire Jacob section because I couldn’t stand that kid at all! But if I really analyze the book now, when I’ve grown up a bit, I don’t know if it holds the same weight as it did before. So let me dive into this series and I think it’s safe to say that there will be spoilers but I haven’t read these books in forever so I’m sure I’m going to be missing some details.
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.Stephanie Myers – Twilight
So the first book is just Bella moving in with her father in Forks. Making some friends but being overly awkward and shy, meeting Edward only to seem to repulse him. The story progresses and Edward stops being repulsed, they kind of flirt, they banter which I love. Eventually she learns he’s a vampire and doesn’t care about all that. His whole family are vampires and they all have a super power too. Edwards is mind reading, but he can’t read her mind. They fall in love, some bad guy vamps come around and of course there is a big fight and Bella gets hurts and Edward, being the broody vampire dude that he is, blames himself. But the book ends with them giving their love a shot and seeing what happens, so what could go wrong right?
Well Book two, Jacob is a little more present, and clearly has a thing for Bella. Bad vampire chick from book one comes back to start more trouble so that’s fun. Jacob’s tribe, who apparently started turning into werewolves because of all the vampires around, tells Edward’s family they gotta go. And Edward is stupid and leaves Bella, pulling the ‘Angel’ thing of wanting her to have a normal life. Jacob turns out to be a werewolf, so that’s fun.
Book three is Bella being depressed her man is stupid and left, and Edward being depressed that he left and is stupid and Jacob trying to weasel his ass in there and get Bella to like him back. Which she doesn’t. Bella jumps off a cliff and Edward’s sister thinks she committed suicide so OF COURSE Edward has no reason to leave, Alice comes back to Forks to see that. Oh wait Bella’s alive and they have to travel to Italy to stop Edward from showing his sparkly self to the world and getting murdered by Italian Vampires. Which they do in the last second but then put Bella on the Italian Vamps radar and they are like the be all end all of vampire rules and such.
AND Book four is Bella and Edward getting married, banging it out, Bella getting pregnant and almost dying. Getting turned post baby birth in an EXTREMELY graphic way and being like THE perfect vampire with the BEST power of all. Boring fight between the Italian vampires when they think Renesmee (which is a terrible name btw) is a turned child and not half human half vampire that Bella stops with said super power and then Alice comes to show them that the kid was born this way and they are all…ooo that’s cool, keep on keeping on, and leave. Oh and of course Jacob imprinting on said CHILD with whom he’ll eventually want to marry…which I’m sorry like what? He can’t have Bella, doesn’t imprint on her but like sees a baby and he’s like SHE’S GONNA BE MY WIFE SOMEDAY! I couldn’t get behind that at all!
So this was different. I was amazing now – to them and to myself. It was like I had been born to be a vampire. The idea made me want to laugh, but it also made me want to sing. I had found my true place in the world, the place I fit, the place I shined.Stephanie Myers – Breaking Dawn
When laid out with the bare facts..this is the DUMBEST series ever. Sparkly vampires? Gimme a break. That is the worst. The last book felt like it was just spewed out without any clear thought to it so it didn’t make any freaking sense. Bella is the biggest Mary Stu of all after she’s turned. She has like no problem hunting, no problem feeding, no problem using her power and her power is THE more powerful power of like all! I don’t even understand WHY I liked this so much. I feel kind of sad that I did actually, because it seems now so silly and unrealistic.
Now I want to finish this with that this is just my over thirty opinion and that if you like this series then I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Really, but I’d love to know if anyone else looks back and things wtf was I thinking? Or if they didn’t like it from the get go. I haven’t touched these books in forever and I’m not sure I could pick it back up and even bother trying it again. How do you feel about it?