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This review is from: New Moon: 2 (Twilight Saga) (Paperback)
I enjoyed reading the precursor to this, 'Twilight' - though I thought it was good, I didn't think it was great, simply because of the writing, as it were.
I have a few problems the way the story is now turning out or has panned out in 'New Moon.'
My main annoyance is Bella herself. I didn't really particularly like her, and couldn't understand when so many people thought she was totally relatable. *shrug* To me she's selfish, naive, stupid, moany and lost in another world that is totally unrealistic. I totally predicted that Meyer would create 'we have to be apart' scenario. The refreshing moments came across in Bella's easy and unforced relationship and deep friendship with Jacob, probably the saving grace of this novel. IMO, there was something so true about this relationship to me, I could totally relate to this on every level and thought it by far the more heartwarming, heartbreaking and therefore real thing in Bella's life. Nothing about it seemed particularly forced, esp the ease of dialogue. With Edward on the other hand, we are subjected to paragraphs of ridiculous sickly words akin to something out of Austen rather than today. Maybe that's the point but Edward behaves like a 14 yr old teenager and Bella isn't that much mature.
Unfortunately, even the Jacob thing had to get screwed and even though it brings in a very interesting vampire-werewolf dynamic, it just became a repeat of Twilight where Bella needs to figure out what's going on, and Jacob is the guy 'who is not right for her' yada yada but this time instead of being cold like marble the time, he's always hot, an obviously set up contrast. Only when she does figure out, again IMO, it's more heartbreaking, because their friendship is so strong, it really means something. While I didn't get what was the big deal with Edward and Bella's love, apart fromt the fact that he's like some godlike Apollo and is, oh yeh, a vampire. To me, there's something fundamentally missing - a gaping hole, (god how many times did we hear that metaphor????) - about the depth of their love, i.e why? apart from Bella thinking he's gorgeous in everyway, what is Edward all about in terms of loving him and what does he see in her? Ok, he blabs about it at the end or something but I found myself skimming over that stuff because frankly it's boring and old now. And doesn't stick. All the girl ever does is get herself into ER.
And then Bella's so called decision at the end - so flippantly regarded by all apart from Edward. Hello? What about your parents? What about what humanity actually means to you? The whole idea of being human is tossed aside by Bella without any thought, like it doesn't matter, I mean it's only who you are. And for all some romantic notion. This is where it goes a little OTT - I love romance, but I can't stand ridiculous romanticism of together forever no matter what, when it disregards the very character you are. I can't understand that kind of selfishness, not only because that kind of love isn't real anymore, let's get a little more practical shall we? (the guy doesn't have any blood in any veins, any future potential problems with that?) Actually I don't know why I'm ranting because I just realised I'm probably the wrong target audience for this completely - its fairytale craziness really and thats the whole point. But I missed it somewhere.
Especially since by the end of the book I had ascertained that Bella is indeed very selfish.
No offence to Meyer but she did say that Edward and Bella came to her in a dream in the meadow scene in 'Twilight' and well then she produced a story around that first interaction. Sorry to say, its obvious the characters (not necessarily the characterisation) are not fully 3D here and development is non existent. A real shame.