So, Josh and I have just finished reading the The Twilight Saga Complete Collection together and decided to share our The Twilight Series Book Review with you. Well, I read the first book, Twilight, a long time ago (summer ’08) and I started reading New Moon not too long ago and then Josh asked me to read the story with him. We had rented Twilight from Redbox one night just to see it. Josh was intrigued because he said the movie “had so much potential, but sadly that’s all it had.” The movie was actually very much like the book, and very awkward. Does anyone else find it awkward that Edward gets in Bella’s face and says “You really shouldn’t be around me”? Right. If you want someone to stay away from you then don’t keep looking to be around them just to tell them, “Hey, stay away from me!” It’s called a restraining order, try it next time.
Okay, so just so you know in advance, we did NOT like the The Twilight Series very much… and here’s why:
Main story: Bella and Edward fall in love, get married, and have a baby.
Side Story: Jacob wants Bella real bad, but ends up with her child.
Main Conflict: Sometimes vampires want to kill Bella or Edward or their baby. But no one ever dies. The good guy always wins, and the action is poorly written, lasting such a short time compared to the rest of the book’s agonizing, never-ending dialogue. It’s also the “climax” of the books, yet is over so quickly and you know what’s going to happen so long before, that you feel so unimpressed by it.
Main Characters: Bella and Edward and Jacob
Side Characters: The Cullens and Jacob’s friends and Charlie
So, from the first book on I never understood why Bella and Edward HAD to be together… He likes how she smells. She likes that he’s hot, strong, protective, and a vampire. So it is totally based on physical attraction. Weird. They have literally nothing in common, and most of the time they are just arguing or cuddling/kissing. I just don’t get it. To me this seems unhealthy, especially when reading New Moon. Yikes! Bella has serious issues in this one: she wants to do dangerous things so she can hear Edward’s voice yelling at her? That screams of serious issues and of obsession, lust, and not love. Love is so much more than what these books portray.
When Edward did return for Bella, if she really loved Edward, she should have dropped Jacob! If you love someone you should not go off to be alone with another man that happens to love you and you love in return. In the book Stupid Stephanie has Jacob and Bella convinced that it is a good thing to love two people at the same time; this is false teaching and leads to infidelity. Run away from those situations. Drop it like it’s hot. Leave it alone. Let it die. Be phone buddies at the most, but nothing more. If you really want to be with Edward more than anything else, why would you leave him and be with a different man? And Edward blamed himself when Bella made out with Jacob after she was technically engaged.
Thus far Stupid Stephanie has taught lust and infidelity as her two strongest morals in these stories. ~Note: Stephanie might actually be a really nice person, so don’t read too much into the “Stupid Stephanie” thing, she just wrote a bunch of bad books that I think have too much affect on our youth (aka tweenies).
Bella is a very selfish person, who used Jacob over and over again, hurting Edward over and over again. She only thought about her own selfish wishes and didn’t really think about what it was doing to the two men that she “loved”. I did like Jacob in the New Moon, before he changed. I thought Bella and him had a great relationship. They were best friends, had lots in common, worked on things together, and had fun! But, then Jacob changed from being innocent and changed into a monster in many different ways. He became SO moody and really became even more immature, just like Bella in some ways. Reading his first person narrative in the last book was so frustrating with all the contractions that didn’t even make sense. The only person who really keeps his head above the “immature mark” is Edward, but then again he helps feed into Bella’s immaturity.
For those of you keeping tabs at home we have learn lust, infidelity, and the positive consequences of selfishness and immature behavior. Way to be S.S.!
So, the side characters were the best characters in the book. Alice is hilarious, planning parties and weddings and going extremely overboard, and just being happy or moody (to get her way). I thought Charlie was a great character. Funny, but worried, sometimes smug and content. He really does love Bella. Very good dad. Seth is a cute little kid and I wished that more of the characters were as friendly and forgiving as he was. He really seems to embody “Christian values.” I wish the story didn’t have the main characters, and only the side characters. It would’ve been way more fun and happy; though I’m sure S.S. would have ruined that too given the chance.
Continue reading our The Twilight Series Book Review in PART 2 where we examine S.S.’s writing style.
Are any of you in a book club because I think it would be a lot of fun to be in one and also give us a better outlet for this kind of stuff? And do you agree or disagree with our review?