Wednesday, November 19, 2008

(107) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

With the upcoming release of Twilight, the movie, I decided to re-read the book that the movie is based on.
For the record, I want to state that I read the book long before it became the huge phenomenon that IS Twilight. For years, I have hand sold this book & the sequels to anyone who is wanting a good romance, to anyone buying for teen girls. And there are always those people who are hesitant to purchase a vampire love story. Twilight is written by a practicing Mormon Mother. There is absolutely nothing questionable in this book. Heck, there is barely kissing.
So, why has Twilight & Edward Cullen taken over the hearts & minds of millions of women? Well, I think it is because we all want to be loved & cherished by a man like Edward loves & cherishes Bella. One of the girls at work, just finished the whole series. And she told me that while reading the series, she broke up with the guy she was dating. Just because the books reminded her what she wanted in a relationship & what she won't compromise. GOOD for her!
Expecting men to be like Edward is a bit unrealistic, though. Edward is a fictional character. Heck, he is a mythical character. Yet, it is not the mythical part that is so attractive. It is the fact that he loves Bella unconditionally. It is the fact that he would fight to the death for her. It is the fact that he puts her wants & needs above his at all time. We all hope that those qualities in a man are not as mythical as Edward.
If you are one of those few females left on the planet that have not read Twilight, I do encourage you to do so. It will not raise your IQ or solve the world's woes. But it will be an opportunity to escape for a few hours & remember what it is like to fall in love for the first time.


Brandie said...

Great blog! I completely agree. I think the book was really good and I'm anxious to read the rest of the series.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Thank you!

Lisa Mandina said...

You know I love the book as well. I heard someone in the store last night talking about how they think all the Twilight stuff is stupid because they read all four books before anyone else really knew about it. And I wanted to go say, if you read all "4" books, then you weren't necessarily a fan before anyone else, so get over yourself. I remember when you and the librarian at my school at that time recommended the book to me. And now I love it!! I need to read it again as soon as I can!

binders said...

I liked the book okay. I do think Edward is a little controlling in a stalkerish sort of way but it's exactly the kind of book that would be loved by the audience it was written for. I got a little tired of the constant opining about Edward's looks but no teen girl would.

I've read the first 3 books but haven't gotten to the 4th one yet, even though I've had it since August.

I am in the market for a new book though so I'm going to go read over your past recommendations.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

I went digging through my MySpace blog. Where I blogged books before moving over to blogger.

October 25 2006 was when I first read Twilight. It was number 51 of the year.

If you are interested.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Oh. New Moon was 52 of that year. LOL. Even I couldn't wait a minute to continue reading.

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