I reviewed Twilight over on Un:bound and overall I wasn't impressed. The heroine was hopeless and drippy until the very end of the book and Edward was a little too obsessive stalker boy for my liking. It's an odd thing to say about a young adult title but it lacked a maturity I think other writers have managed to capture even when writing for this age group. Put against Garth Nix Abhorsen books I think the flaws in Twilight really stand out. That said, it's wildly successful and she's making tonnes of cash now, so good for her.
This is the review if you want to check it out. http://hagelrat.blogspot.com/search/label/Stephenie%20Meyer
Well I haven't red the book, but I wonder how they became so popular I was at boarders and kids were picking up this book like crazy. two at a time, I wish I could sell one book a day and two at a time. I mean even people who hate to read have read this book. what I find interested is that it toke off with kids, and then grab the parents. I think today that's the key is to get your books in kids hands, and like magic adults want to be kids to they want to be hip.
I never thought about this but look at Disney movie it makes some adults want to have kids or borrow a child just to find an excuse to go and watch the movie.
This topic seems to be all I am hearing about.
I read all 4 books in the saga Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn
Stephenie Meyer has left more then a few hints within her books as to what classics inspired them. Twilight she admits in the back of the movie tie in version is her version of Pride and Prejudice, and that Edward is her Darcy. New Moon is her version of Romeo and Juliet, Eclipse is her Wuthering Heights. Breaking Dawn being the last chapter of the the saga didn't seem to follow the classics as much as it did Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.
Twilight I made the mistake of reading after I saw the movie. I read all 2444pages of the 4 books within a week because once you get past Twilight and into New Moon the story is far better. I would say if you see the movie skip the first book.
I won't say its the best books I've ever read, but I enjoyed the first book enough to rec it to my friends (with the caveat that the book is great for the LOLz and not to take anything Bella or Edward say seriously). New Moon...well my sister and I had a very appropriate tagline for Bella in that book but unfortunately it would count as a spoiler. I liked Eclipse better, but not much since Bella is rather horrid towards certain characters. I'm trying to erase Breaking Dawn from my mind since my sanity broke over that book.
Working at Borders for 7 years I have seen many trends and one thing I have learned is that popular books really are that good, at least in my experience. The Da Vinci Code, the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series are just a few examples. I pretty much read only historical fiction, but once a year I reserve 3 weeks to re-read HP and now I will add Twilight to that list.
See I'm not sure I agree with that. I haven't worked at a bookstore, but I've been a part of book discussion groups (whether its snail mail, discussion boards, email, blog, whatever) and it always seemed more like the hive mentality for books of such hype as HP or Twilight or Da Vinci Code. As I said I enjoyed the books, but I didn't enjoy them for the writing or the portrayal of how girls should act in a relationship (or out of one).
I think Meyer managed to make Bella so...blank as an individual that a lot of people can see themselves in her. I certainly can see traits of hers that resemble me in HS (the attitude, the almost but not quite isolationist policy, lack of fashion knowledge), but then so can my varsity cheerleader sister who's peppier than pepper sometimes. And what's better then imagining that you have all the boys in school want to date you or the boy of your dreams is utterly devoted to you til death do you part?
One of my writing teachers said it best about the Twilight books 'Stephenie Meyer wrote a series that everyone--no matter their age, their race or their creed--can imagine themselves as being part of. That is the quickest way to make your book a bestseller.'
And to be fair HP wasn't a 'huge' rollicking success until the first movie came out, then suddenly everyone and anyone was buying the book series to read. I remember when the book first hit American shores--next to no one knew what the heck I was talking about for months.
I read the first book only, I'm just not a fan of romance, like my vampires a bit more...lets just say "toothsome". Waay to much teen age angst for this 51 year old mom. But my 14 year old and 28 year old daughter just loved them.
I loved the books. Its important to remember Edward, the Cullens, Jacob Black and his pack were written as super heros. Bella was a normal, average teenage girl. So yeah she would seem like a hopeless heroine and Edward would seem obsessive. Its about a teenage forbidden love. What I liked most about the books: It was clean. No swearing or nudity and it was easy to read. I know there are a lot of great classics out there but look at all the teenage girls that picked up the books and read almost three thousand pages! I read them with my thirteen year old daughter. We had a great time running back and forth into each others rooms jumping up and down at the next twist. I did see the movie at midnight when it came out. A total of four times. I was lit down at the first showing. Like most people when you read a book you build the images, voices, and characters in your mind and they take you to a place other than where you are so when that adventure is translated into a short two hour film it can be a real bummer. The books were FAR better then the movie.