“About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was 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.”
Isabella Swan expects her new life in Forks to be as dull as the town itself. But her new classmates don’t seem to mind her awkward manner and low expectations. They seem to like her – with the exception, that is, of Edward Cullen. The problem is that Bella finds herself fascinated by him. What she doesn’t realise is that the closer she gets, the more she is at risk. And it might be too late to turn back.
This about my 8th read of Twilight and every time I read it I realise something new about the book/series. This time around I’ve realised that they’re all about as well adjusted as 2 year olds. Even the centuries old vampires. Heck I think Jasper and Alice are the two most sensible people that any of them have ever met. (Aside from Carlisle and Esme of course. Both of whom are babes by the way.) Maybe never aging stunts mental development and maybe even rewinds it? Who knows?
Twilight is every teenage girls favourite book because it offers them everything that they are told they need. Danger, in-fatuous love and most importantly: an everyday girl being able to be in a relationship with their idol. All of which is insanely dangerous and toxic. But I don’t think that those reading it should be told that outright. I think that the best thing is for them to read it as a tween and then to come back to it a few years later and to see how toxic Twilight really is. That’s what I did and I’m glad. Because I was allowed to discover all of the toxicity in Twilight for myself and in the process the book hasn’t been ruined and I’ll be able to come back and enjoy it many more times. I know that makes me sound like an awful person who enjoys reading about abusive relationships.
The only reason I love the Twilight series so much is because there is no unnecessary death. So many of the books I would read when I first read Twilight had too many deaths in them, unnecessary or otherwise. An example of this is Harry Potter with Sirius. I’m still bitter about that and he didn’t have to die. I don’t know what J.K. Rowling was thinking when she wrote that moment but she must have taken something pretty strong to think that that is an appropriate thing to have happened to my babe, Sirius. But that’s for a whole other blog post.
Mike really got the short end of the stick, but at least he didn’t end up with a vampire who would eventually go onto impregnate and then turn you just cause he can. But at least Edward was a gentleman about it – sort of. But Mike got Jessica, and they lived happily ever after. I think. We don’t really hear much about Mike and Jessica beyond Bella using them later in the series. But that’s fine, she is the protagonist after all. The only other characters that really matter are the Cullens and Jacob. Even Charlie doesn’t really matter all that much.
If I’m honest here, I think that Charlie has to be one of my favourite characters in the whole series. He is the most reliable and he stands by his morals and tries his hardest to be a great father to Bella. Who really does not make it easy. Honestly they could have dealt with the whole James thing in Forks and Charlie wouldn’t have had to have been hurt by it. Really the whole James sitch was just a huge overreaction and whilst it made for great story, it hurt my babe Charlie. Which is not okay. If Mike got the short end of the stick then Charlie got no stick at all (I have no idea how this metaphor works) and was cheated out of a long and happy marriage by his selfish ex-wife Renee, who took their child and pretty much turned her against him and Forks – which sounds idyllic by the way and totally goals. If I had to live in any book town, I would totally choose Forks all the way – which is hella rude and not fair. Basically I just don’t like Renee and she annoys me as a person. I know that if I was to meet her in real life I would actually hate her. So much. Once again I have gone off topic, but at least this time it is less so. Back to the review!
Twilight is a really problematic book that has a lot of flaws but is also one of my favourite all time books and I think more books should be that way. I’m glad that I am able to appreciate both the bad and the good parts of Twilight. Even if there are more bad parts than good. But that’s fine. It’s not a bestseller for nothing.
I’m giving Twilight 4/5 stars this time around, although if you’d asked my younger self I would have had to give it 10/5. But that was back before I knew better and I just frickin loved vampires (still do…). I hope that you all find your Twilight and before you listen to anyone’s bashing of it, you give it a go yourself. You can only truly know what it’s like if you give it a go yourself after all.