Book Review: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The Twilight books are fun and easy reads. The four novels follow Bella Swan, the self-proclaimed clumsy, ordinary teenage girl, who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father. There, she falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. But dating a vampire is dangerous: not only could he – or his family – snap from the tempting scent of her blood and kill her at any moment (and for this reason, she and Edward must remain chaste), but the vampire community has codes of conduct and secrecy. In other words, humans shouldn’t be hanging around in their midst. Bella is ultimately faced with a choice: will she give up her mortal life and family, and endure the excruciating process of becoming a vampire, to spend an eternity with Edward? Or will she stay herself, the human Bella, and possibly lose her true love?

Also in the picture is Jacob Black, a Native American werewolf who loves Bella as well. Inexplicably, Bella feels an attachment to him, too. Tension ensues, as the vampires and werewolves are warring tribes. Bella tries to reconcile between them, her lover and her best friend, but the two may never mesh.

Sometimes the narrative became bogged down with Bella’s ordinary high school friends and more mundane experiences. As well, the dialogue in these books needed work. But Meyer’s original world and fleshed-out mythology is what kept me reading and created her unique brand. At any rate, I always enjoy taking a peek into other fandoms. (I’m an original Harry Potter nerd myself.)

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