- Title Twilight
- Author Stephenie Meyer
- Year 2005
- Genre Young adult
When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.
I tried reading this book ages ago, perhaps when we watched the movies, and gave up after just a couple of chapters. But for some reason, I have the whole set of Twilight books sitting in my digital library, so I thought it was worth giving it another go. Actually it went better this time, it’s not the best writing we can all agree, but it’s a serviceable teen vampire rom com.
In fact, my only complaint is that our Bella can’t just be that clumsy, there must be something physically wrong with her, and I feel like she needs to get that checked out. If you can’t do a cross country run for fear of falling down several times across a short distance… it might be worth getting your inner ear checked, that’s all I’m saying.
Oh, and it is a bit annoying how the vampires basically just live a normal existence, with very few of the issues that are more traditionally associated with vampires. No wonder Bella wants to become one, there doesn’t really seem to be a downside.
Rating: 3 / 5