02 December 2011
Book Review: Eclipse
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher/Year: Hachette / 2007
Date Finished: 21 November 2011
Source/Format: B&N / Print
Book #: 89
Buy | Borrow | Accept | Avoid
The Short and Sweet of It
Hmmm..... Jacob loves Bella loves Edward. Angst. Vampirism in exchange for Marriage. Angst. Sex in exchange for putting off vampirism. Angst. Baby vamps. Angst. Revenge. And some more angst.
A Bit of a Ramble
I probably remember the least about this one. I read all four books in six days, so there's a great deal of blending going on. As such, my comments on this one are tied to a rather specific issue (and no it's not angst). It's love triangles (which are clearly angst-inducing).
The love triangle is a common plot line in contemporary YAL. And I hate it. Seriously. To me, it's never as dramatic as it's played out to be. Did anyone reading Twilight not know that Bella and Edward would end up together? The choice of life partner is never a question in these books. While I am quite firmly a Jacob-over-Edward fan, despite Jacob's self-deluding angst, it was 100% clear from page 1 that Bella and Edward "belonged" together and would eventually end up together.
I think it would have been absolutely, positively, super cool to make Bella and Jacob best friends with no romantic interest between the two at all. Now that would have been cutting edge and intriguing. But, apparently, boys and girls can't be just friends (at least not if both are straight) in YAL. The ultimate resolution of this "love triangle" does not take place until the final book, and may I just say, in advance, that I found the ultimate relationship squaring away quite ridiculous and much too pat for my taste.
The story here, like the story in the other books, is certainly fast-paced and simple enough to let me just fly through, devouring the tale in large chunks. I will say, though, that I may be suffering from a Twilight overload as my enjoyment of the novels decreases with each subsequent book. Part of the reason for this may also be that the characters seem to get more annoying without any deepening of development. We don't learn much more about them as people from book one through book four. They are who they are and there you have it. It would have been nice if they (Edward, Jacob, and Bella at the very least) had a bit more complexity.