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Please, no more!,
This review is from: Twilight (Twilight Saga) (Paperback)I am reading the first book, out of sheer curiosity, after reading so much about the "phenomenon", and after reading that the books "were so much better than the movies".
So far (I am at chapter 18 of the first book) I am really gobsmacked: how could Stephenie Meyers have been published in the first place?
Nothing happens. We are informed over and over again that Edward's face is god-like, that he's stunningly handsome and that she is so in love with him. There's a quick, passing reference that her love was not only about his looks, there was so much more to Edward. Wow, I feel much better now, because I really thought it was all about mere sexual attraction. And since I am touching the sex argument (no pun intended), what about the weird, sterile, yet sexual charged scenes? I felt really uncomfortable reading them, because, even though nothing happened (no french kiss, only a lot of sniffing) it felt very intrusive. When she is not writing about his oh so gorgeous face, she goes on and on about his shiny volvo and great fashion sense. C'mon!!! You can't write a book with such premises. Or can you?
There is no plot, no confrontation. She doesn't get through any hardship, not even a scratch, therefore there is no growth of the character. How the hell is Bella supposed to learn if things are done for her?
She's supposed to be an average looking girl, yet all the school's male population seem wanting to go out with her, and there she, is turning everybody down but Perfect Edward: and why? She is clumsy, she has a special talent in getting herself in dangerous situations -which makes her cumbersome, she doesn't deal with her problems, she is the typical damsel in distress waiting for the prince charming. No redeeming features. At least the medioeval damsels were stunnigly beautiful, which gave the prince an excuse to run and save them. This was in the middle ages, a period that is very famous for the misogynistic mentality. This book has been written by a modern-time woman, I would have hoped some respect for the imagine women have fought so hard to earn.
Presently, I am reading how the Cullens are bending backward to help Bella escape the bad vampires, and the way Meyers portraits Bella in this scene is appalling: Bella is a rag doll. She is thrown over one of the good vampire's shoulder, she's thrown in the car, they buckle the security belt for her, for god's sake, she's even undressed and dressed by the vampire mum! How can a heroine of a book be so helpless: Snow White is much more proactive than Bella, because at least she engracied herself to the dwarves by cleaning the house for them; Bella just appears and everybody loves her!
The book should not have been about her, but about the Cullens dealing with a total idiot.
And about the bad vampires: they appear out of nowhere, not even a little hint about them at the beginning of the book.
This book is a blatant example of how not to write. Nonetheless it's been published and is a best seller. Meyers must have done something right, but I really struggle to see it
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2011 14:48:11 GMT
Completely agree but you did better than I did; I didn't get as far as chapter 18 before I gave up! I think I'll stick to 'proper' books next time. To Kill A Mockingbird anyone? Now that's a book.
Posted on 24 Jan 2012 15:52:00 GMT
Soo agree with u, thanks for the comment.
Posted on 20 Feb 2012 22:09:02 GMT
Thanks so much for posting this review, I totally agree. Bella is such a dull character and the story really doesn't go anywhere. I still don't understand why people like it...
Posted on 21 May 2012 10:07:07 BDT
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Mrs. A. L. Bailey says:
i couldnt of put it better myself ...and this is one instance which i never thought i would hear myself say ..the films are so much better than the books .....this book was so boring it was better than temazepan any day of the week ...brilliantly written review ..top marks for hiting the nails straight on the head..oh i should like to add i probably got as far as chapter 10 ..i couldnt take anymore after that
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