30 November 2011
Book Review: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher/Year: Hachette / 2006
Date Finished: 19 November 2011
Source/Format: B&N / Print
Book #: 88
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
The Short and Sweet of It
When a party mishap puts Bella in danger, Edward decides the only way to keep her safe is to keep her away from all vampires, including himself. With the Cullens gone, Bella sinks into a depression unlike any experienced in all of human (or vampire) history. And so it goes.
A Bit of a Ramble
I won't lie. I would be all over Jacob. A giant, muscly, adventuresome, daredevil type who radiates heat. Bring. It. On.
But on to more pressing matters. I found this story almost as entertaining as the first. While Bella annoyed the hell out of me - she is naive, selfish, and self-centered - the interplay between her and Jacob and the development of the werewolf lore definitely captured my interest enough for me to overlook and slightly downplay Bella's ridiculousness.
I spent a bit of time pondering the effect of No Edward in this book. He appears at the very beginning and at the end, but he is dramatically absent for a giant chunk of the book. It's a strange tactic, removing one of the main characters from the story. Recently a favorite tv series of mine did that - Fringe - and I hated it. I thought it changed the dynamic of the story much too much, and I've even thought about not watching anymore (despite the character's return (to a whole new timeline)). With this book, it didn't bug me. This could, of course, be in part due to the fact that I am not a huge fan of Edward. Skinny, pale, martyrish, despondent, gloomy pessimists aren't my cup of tea.
But I don't think that's it. I'm not a huge fan of Bella either, but the story needs her. So why doesn't this particular story need Edward? My guess is that Bella's obsession with him keeps him very much on the page throughout the section where his physical self is MIA. Her constant mentioning of him, and nihilistic attempts to keep him fresh in her mind, anchor him in the reader's mind despite his absence. This strange removal of main characters (of both Bella and Edward) is mirrored in the fourth book when Jacob becomes the focus of the narration. I haven't seen this happen much in novels, this removal of one (or both) of the primary characters. I'm interested to know if anyone had any strong thoughts on that choice?
And I apologize for the spoilery nature of my "reviews" of these books, but I am operating under the assumption that 99% of those who will ever read Twilight have already read Twilight (excluding those too young and I don't think many of them read my blog).