Hello, creative writers! Today, I want to share with you some of the aspects of Twilight that I absolutely loved, and some I didn’t care for. I didn’t read it as a teen, so I don’t have any nostalgia involved with it.
However, when a book literally changes the layout of bookstores, I think I should pay attention to it.
Before Twilight, there was a general teen section at my local Books a Million. Uh, yes. I’m that old 😂 And after Twilight, suddenly there was a teen romance section, and at some places, a teen paranormal romance section.
Like it or not, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, was a game-changer.
What I Loved
1. The setting was fluid and ever-changing
It’s difficult to write a YA in contemporary times without making much of it in high school. Teens have to go to school. But in Twilight, Stephenie Meyer finds a way to naturally take us to lush green forests, rocky beaches, sweltering Arizona, a busy airport, and more.
2. The back-and-forths with Bella and Edward are witty
For the beginning part of the story, Edward wants nothing to do with Bella, but she’s pretty hard to avoid. When they have to talk, the conversations are usually stiff, sarcastic, witty, and full of sexual tension. I really enjoyed their banter.
3. The new vampire “rules” were explained
No deus ex machina in Twilight, because Stephenie Meyer takes the time to explain what Edward is, what he can/cannot do, and everyone’s powers and limits. There were no cheap tricks pulled out at the last second, and I highly appreciated that!
- The voice SOUNDS like Bella. The writing style is such that I believed it was a teen speaking the whole time. It also remained consistent with her personality.
- The author peppers in details about Bella’s life without info-dumping.
- Very descriptive, both of people and setting.
- The beauty and mystery of Edward is really played up, including the effect it has on non-vampires. Very nice.
- Lots of action happening: car wrecks, blood-drawing, beach trips, near-miss crimes, father-daughter issues, etc.
- The lesser characters (especially in school) were well-defined, yet brief.
- Bella’s bravery and abilities were within the realm of normal human abilities.
What I Didn’t Care For
1. The excuse that Bella fell down the stairs and out of a window…
Yes, the author made it VERY clear that Bella is clumsy. Yes, she needed an excuse for her injuries after the final face-off. But… the idea of falling down a flight of stairs and out of a window seemed a bit Looney Tunes for me!
2. I Love You, I Know
That’s from Star Wars. End of story.
3. A bit wordy and corny
Once Edward and Bella accepted their relationship, the witty banter sort of faded away. They were really corny together, IMHO. And the book was very long, although in the end it worked out. The iPhone had only been out for a year by then, so I guess we weren’t as distracted 😉
Honorable mention… you’ll want to read this!
“We stood there… as the tears streaked noiselessly down my face.”
Uh, do they usually make noise?? 😂
LoL Anyway, that is all for today! All in all, it wasn’t as terrible as people made it out to be, but I understand it’s usually fun to hate on things. This book was a debut that set the bar high for teen paranormal romance, and even put it on the map, so not bad… not bad at all!
What are your thoughts on Twilight?
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