Saturday, January 14, 2017

Discussion Challenge (1) - Looking Back at Twilight

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.

In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer 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.

Discussion Questions

So have you reread Twilight recently? What did you think of it? Is it still as good as you remember? Also what do you think would have happened if Twilight had never been written and published? Would you be the reader you are today? 

Book Breakdown 

This is a reread for me. I read this whole series in 2008 before the first movie was released. I was so heartbroken when I got to the two last chapters of Breaking Dawn that I actually stopped reading, dreading the end far too much. I was not ready to leave this world behind. It had become my everything.

I did finish the book after the movie came out and I felt that this world was not ending yet. I had the movies to look forward to and I heard that the author was writing Midnight Sun, so I was happy. I was okay with letting this part of the story end. It wasn't like it was really gone forever. 

I went to the midnight releases of the first three movies before I finally gave up on the films and saw how bad they really were. After that, I didn't even see the other two in theaters at all. I waited till they were both on DVD to watch them. 

Maybe that's why this reread gets a lower rating. I still enjoyed the story but I can see all it's flaws now. I even see that Edward is kind of a creep -a hot creep - watching Bella sleep and all. He's also very controlling, I know he's from a different time and he's just doing what he thinks is best for Bella but he's lived in the world long enough to know that times have changed and the man is not the boss anymore. 

The writing also isn't the best. If I had to read the word pursed one more time I thought I would go insane. Still the author is a great storyteller and so I still enjoyed this book during the reread. It will always hold a special place in my heart. It's one of the few books that has the credit with getting lots of people into reading and that it an amazing thing! 

Plus, Twilight helped kick off YA, showing there was indeed a market for it. I love YA, it's pretty much all I read so I'll always be thankful for all that Twilight has done for the book market even with it's flaws.