We are doing it in parts because it reads easier this way… I think. Read PART 1 of Our Twilight Series Book Review HERE. Please note affiliate links are used.
Part 2 of the The Twilight Series Book Review:
So, Mrs. Stephanie Meyer’s writing skills:
Boring. All based on dialogue and Bella’s thoughts, which to be honest isn’t awful if done well, but as I am sure you can guess we don’t think it was done well. It was all based on Edward and Bella’s “love”, and so way too much time was spent on observations, overly mundane explanations, or Bella’s egregious doldrums*.
The vampires are supposed to be old and thus pretty smart, but they can’t figure their way out of a bathtub with a clear shower curtain! The reader is often smarter than the characters. It was so easy to see where each book was headed, hundreds of pages ahead of the “action,” and usually well before the characters put two and two together. The characters were also very transparent and likely to do what you thought they would do. With few surprises, poor/non-existent action writing, and a weak story to start with, it is easy to see why we don’t like these books. I can also see why tweenies love them so much; because these books not only make tweenies feel smart, but they justify immature behavior.
First person is annoying in this case because Bella whines unceasingly or admires the “beauty” of Edward unceasingly. Since S.S. made the choice to stick with the first person thing she had to have Bella at everything since the story was from her perspective. This meant that S.S. had to spend even more time explaining exactly why Bella had to be at things she certainly had no place being at in the first place. Thus Bella has to be annoying to get her way so the story could be told in the first place. That’s also why in the very last book she changed narrators, to Jacob. Plus, what was with some of her weird word choices? She HAD to be using the thesaurus or constantly looking up words to use. Ninety percent of the time she was writing to a specific audience and then to sound more literary she would awkwardly throw in a randomly obscure word that I am sure is NOT in her true vernacular.
I also was so sick of reading the word “glowered.” It is by far her favorite word. Why not just use “glared”? They are basically the same exact word except that one is used by most Americans in their basic vernaculars and the other is used sparingly even by the most ostentatious laureate (we did not use a thesaurus for these words, but we did use spell check). It also sounds and reads so much better as simply glared, though I will admit that one of Josh’s favorite authors uses it from time to time (Timothy Zahn). Also, the way things read were often so choppy. It was hard to read. I rearranged the words mentally or out loud as I read it to make it clearer. Also, on every page she used dashes… endless dashes. And some of these were very sidetracked. Here’s one example: “Edward took my hand–I couldn’t stop marveling at the smoothness, the comfortable temperature of his skin–and darted through the backyard to the edge of the river.” This also emphasizes one of our previous points mentioned in the first sentence under “Writing Style.”
I must say though that Stephanie was very good at building to a head; that is she was very good at building to a final confrontation throughout her books. Of course they always fizzled because she isn’t any good at writing action or suspense and it took WAY too long to get to the final confrontation that ultimately really wasn’t much of anything. On top of that S.S. has a hard time moving plot forward. When writing a series a good writer has not only the overall plot of the series in mind, but the plot of the individual books themselves in mind. This good writer can both move the overall plot forward while at the same time have each book have their own plot lines that contribute to the overall story in a very seamless manner. S.S. had a REALLY hard time doing this; take New Moon for example. What was the plot of New Moon as a stand alone book? As it’s own piece of “literature” it is poor at best because it is grossly verbose but takes the reader from point B1 all the way to point B1.1. Little is presented or resolved in the sense of the book’s own plot and even less is resolved in the sense of the overall plot.
One last note: the kissing. Repeatedly licking another person’s lips is not sensual; it is gross. Period. Get that tongue in your own mouth or his.
*Josh added some of his own thoughts into these book reviews… including those big words you probably had to look up just like I did, because Josh is a smarty.
Do you agree or disagree that Stephanie Meyer’s is a good author and that The Twilight Series were good books? What do you think of our The Twilight Series Book Reviews?