TWILIGHT (TWILIGHT #1) – STEPHANIE MEYER

About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.


And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.


The first book of the Twilight Saga introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


I really wasn’t sure whether I should start reading this book.  I mean Twilight.  How many conversations have you overheard where people can’t stop insulting the entire series.  The general negative reactions to the series turned me off reading it for a long time; it is a book I have always been warned against by friends – even though I am pretty sure none of them have ever read it...  This is one of those high profile novels that start a bit of a controversy because half of the readers hate it, and the other half loves it.  While I could never really see myself liking the series, since most of the people I know can’t stand even the thought of it, my mother persuaded me to give it a go and I decided that this is a series that I had to read at some point in my life.  How can I form an opinion on a book if I’ve never read it?  
I’m not going to go over the plot in too much detail because, let’s face it, even if you haven’t seen the movies, you probably still have a basic idea of what happens.  So, simply put: Bella moves from sunny Phoenix to her dad’s place in Forks when her mother remarries.  Three words that can be used to describe Forks: wet, cold and isolated.  It is here that she meets the mysterious Edward Cullen and his equally intriguing family who just so happen to be vampires.  Like the blurb suggests, Bella falls in love and the alluring and dangerous romance ensues.
I have to say, in all honesty, that I really enjoyed reading this book.  While the plot was a tad cheesy and there were a few gramma oddities and words that just did not seem fit, I didn’t hate it; in fact, I found that I truly did enjoy the read.  And I know that now some of you will probably role your eyes and call me some lovesick, naive teenager or something like that, but seriously, I was surprised by how much I appreciated Twilight.  I think that most people have based their opinions on the series off the movies, which I don’t think are that bad either (apart from being a tad awkward and corny), or on the opinions of others.  
What I am trying to say is; don’t chose to avoid a book because it is what everyone says you should do.  I feel like anyone who truly appreciates the Twilight series has kinda been shamed into never mentioning it.  It wasn’t until I brought up the fact that I liked this book with a couple of my friends that I found out that they also really liked the series.  Don’t worry people, there are actually some sane human beings out there that like Twilight, they are just much less vocal about it.  
There is just something so relatable about the emotions portrayed in this book; it just seems honest... Bella’s clumsiness is sometimes more relatable than it probably should be and, though I’m not a fan of his brooding and the constant 20 questions thing he has going on, Edward seems thoughtful and compassionate.  I love all the other characters and I found that reading the book is like seeing a completely new dimension in their personalities.
A bit mawkish and mushy but also sweet and funny, I may not love the book, but I certainly do not hate it either.  This novel has a mix of cute and cringe moments and I can’t wait to get onto the next one.

Rating: 3/5


Get your hands on Twilight from Amazon here, from Book Depository here or, very likely, at your nearest second hand book store.

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