Twilight is the story of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, a small town in rainy Washington. She moves in with her father Charlie and meets a wide array of people. Her father’s best friend Billy and his son Jacob; schoolmates Mike, Jessica, Eric, and Angela; and the mysterious Cullen family. Like everyone in Forks, Bella can’t help but be drawn to the Cullens who no one seems to know much about. However, unlike everyone else, Bella manages to speak to one of them. Edward Cullen is just as attracted to Bella as she is to him and this soon sets them down a dangerous path. Why? Edward is a vampire. As you could probably guess this leads to some complications in their relationship. But more so are the other vampires they meet who want to drink Bella’s blood.
There are many characters in this book who play an important part. First, of course, is Bella. Bella Swan is the main female protagonist of Meyer’s novel and love interest to Edward. She is the first person in Forks who manages to get close to the Cullens and for this many of her classmates (particularly the female ones) are jealous.
Next is Edward Cullen. Edward is the only single member of his family. The story they tell everyone is that he and his four siblings were adopted by their parents, Carlisle and Esme Cullen. Edward’s four siblings, Emmett, Rosalie, Alice, and Jasper are together (Emmett and Rosalie; Alice and Jasper), leaving Edward the odd man out. This seems to be the main reason so many girls seem to pine for his attention. However, he never pays any attention to them until Bella comes to town. This starts both a great love story and a great war.
The next three characters who I feel I should talk about are the three antagonists: James, Victoria, and Laurent. They are three vampires who meet the Cullens when the family is out playing baseball. Everything seems to be going fine until James realizes Bella is a human and becomes determined to have her. This leads to Edward and his family having to take Bella out of Forks and try and hunt the three vampires down. Laurent and Victoria both leave, but James continues his hunt for Bella.
I have a lot of things I could say about this book, some are good and some are not so good. I’ll admit that when the novel first came out I was right in there, I was a Twihard. Now though, not so much. I used to think it was incredibly romantic, how protective Edward was about Bella, how she could hardly breathe when she was around him, and the fact that Edward and his family are all vampires just made it that much more exciting. Reading it in middle school/high school, I think it’s definitely one of those books that captures your attention. Stephenie Meyer knew who her target audience was and she hit the nail right on the head.
But then I got older and I kind of started to see the more strange aspects of it. Don’t get me wrong, I do still enjoy the books, I have all four novels and all the films and I read/watch them all the time. But now the fact that Edward climbs into Bella’s room and watches her sleep at night (even before they’re together) does register on the creepy scale a little bit. I can see how it could be seen as romantic: he’s a vampire, he can’t sleep and he doesn’t want to be apart from Bella so why should he be? But then I think about how I would feel if someone stared at me all night long and suddenly it’s a little awkward.
Then there’s the whole Bella being so dependent on Edward which I’m not going to get into too much because there is already so many arguments about this I don’t really feel like creating another one. Personally, I don’t feel her degree of dependence is overly healthy and one day, when I review New Moon I will get more into why I think that is.
All in all, I think this book and even the whole series are pretty good. This was probably the most opinionated review I’ve posted so far, but I really do have a lot I could say about this book. I enjoy reading it, but I can definitely say my thoughts on it have changed from what they were when I was twelve.
What do you think? Have you read Twilight? What did you think?