28 November 2011
Book Review: Twilight
Series: Book 1 in Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher/Year: Hachette / 2006
Date Finished: 17 November 2011
Source/Format: B&N / Print
Book #: 87
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The Short and Sweet of It
Really? You don't know this story? Well, alright. Here's the quick version. Clumsy kind of pathetic girl with minimal social skills falls in love with a suave-but-sometimes-silly vegetarian vampire who can't decide if he wants to sex her up or drain her blood. And let the drama ensue....
A Bit of a Ramble
From my short summary it may seem that I don't like Twilight, but that is just not true. This is my second time reading the series, and while I'm not enjoying it as much as I did the first time around, I am still plowing through it and ready to move on to book 2. With some snicker-worthy characters and an eye-rolling love story, Twilight is definitely a bit amusing, especially to a 31 year old with a very small romantic side (I didn't really mind when Romeo and Juliet died...). Plus, I do find myself frustrated from time to time with Bella's hero-worship-I'd-die-for-you-I'm-nothing-without-you attitude.
And yet. Yep, there's an "and yet." I truly enjoy the story because it draws me in despite (or maybe even because of) it's delightfully ludicrous nature. The action is fast-paced, the motivations are simple and clear, the tension is high, and my brain can just turn off and enjoy. I read this book with a half-smile on my face, simultaneously charmed and bemused.
I've read - and pondered - many of the issues other readers have presented, and with most theories, I agree. There is definitely something scary about encouraging young girls to lust after boys who pose a real physical threat to their being. Rape culture = not good. And the very present idea of men having to maintain control over a couple's sexuality is rather annoying. Female as uncontrolled sexual temptress, male as careful locus of resistance and protection = not good. The list of "issues" goes on and on.
But damn me for a heartless reader, I just don't care while I'm reading. For me, those issues are irrelevant as I am old enough and experienced enough to recognize the danger of subscribing to the ideology presented in books like these. I do, however, hope that parents of pre-teen and teen girls are having some serious discussion with their kids who are reading or watching this series.
Speaking of watching... While I read these books with a healthy dose of chuckles, I can't watch the films without outright ROFLMAO. Oh heavens. Oh my sweet heavens. It's like the movies took the funniest (not-supposed-to-be-funny) bits and magnified them tenfold. I think I've only seen the first and possibly the third, and I'm not sure if I will watch the others. If the opportunity presented itself, I probably would just for giggles...
And now I will be moving on to book 2 in the series (and neglecting some of my more serious books which are waiting patiently).
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