Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Twilight. Yup, finally.

As most of my readers know I have been refusing to read the latest book craze because Dave said it was too scary. I FINALLY gave in and read the first book in the twilight series! He told me a few days ago (after telling me many times that it would be too scary for me) that I should "just read it." I think more than anything he was sick of me being out of the loop when EVERYONE talked about the books and, of course, Edward. I've heard so many times in the past couple of years that every woman I know is in love with Edward. Some women's obsessions with him even made their husbands jealous! I have to admit I was very curious...

So, I finally read it. Here is my honest opinion: I really liked the book. (Obviously since it took me less than 48 hours to read it even while caring for a 5 month old.) I actually liked it more than I thought I would but I think I liked it less than everyone else did. I really liked the perspective of the book, too many books are in the 3rd party narrative and I usually can't get into that but it was nice to be reading what Bella was thinking. One thing that did bother me though were the obvious attempts at foreshadowing humor... "I can do this, I lied to myself feebly. No one was going to bite me. I finally exhaled and stepped out of the truck." Knowing what I did about the story (and I really don't think I'm giving anything away...) I thought this was pretty forced and kind of dumb. Other than small things like that though I thought the book was well written.

Now, Edward. Dave told me that I wouldn't like him so I can't be sure if he just knows me too well or he actually influenced my opinion. I didn't like him. I found him moody and whiny and... kind of... girly? I don't know if that's the right word... He just wasn't really my "type". I did like the relationships in the book and I respected Edward by the end, I just didn't lust for him like so many of my friends did. Does that make me odd? I've been told I will like Jacob. I guess I need to read the next book.

I would definitely recommend this book (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer) and welcome any arguments to my assessment of the book. I'm expecting to get hate mail from most of the females that I know for talking ill of Edward, but that's ok. Hit me with your best shot.


megan said...

Brook, I'm honestly not a fan of Edward, either. He's too stalkery and creepy and sullen. Sullen Cullen is what I call him.

I really do prefer Jacob! You probably will too eventually. Hopefully. I feel like I'm the only person who is Team Jacob.

The only character I take major issues with is Bella, but mostly only because of Edward. She seems like a lovely girl, but with Edward, her ability to choose what's right and wrong for herself seems to disappear. I almost wish she wasn't such a weak character, since a lot of young girls look up to her.

I'm reading the last book right now, but I'm having trouble finishing it because I already know what happens so the reading has kind of been ruined. But I will not spoil a thing for you, so read on!! I'd love to hear your opinion on the other books. :)

The Manns said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not totally weird for not loving Edward. I was beginning to feel like there was something wrong with me. I totally get the creepy vibe too.
I do disagree about Bella though. When you are THAT in love you would put your life in danger everyday (as she does) what I don't like is how quickly they seemed to fall THAT in love. I know that part of that has to do with what he is and what she is to him, but I just found it a little to fast. I kept getting mad at Edward as if I were Bella (maybe another reasoned he bugged me)thinking "just do it already! She knows what she wants." I didn't like that he was always trying to protect her when all along she didn't want to be protected. They both want to be together FOREVER and that is the only way (for them.) I'm guessing that, hmm how can I put this without giving anything away, Alice is right in the end... but why not sooner. He said he trusts Alice... I don't know it just kind of bothered me, but I did think that Bella wasn't too way off base as a crazy person in love.

Dad and Mom Mann said...

I've been thinking about borrowing them from Noelle and see what I think but right now, I don't have the time to get involved with a new series. Have fun, Brook.

Jeff n' Rachelle said...

That's okay that you don't love Edward, that means more of him for me!