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adult take on Twilight

This week, two guest reviewers are taking on Stephenie Meyer's book Twilight, which is being turned into a movie and hits theaters this November. On Tuesday, high-school junior Ashley DiFranza shared her take on the novel, and corporate mom Dee Murray joins Book Break today:

By guest contributor Dee Murray

“Just because I can’t taste the wine, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the bouquet …”
Edward Cullen, says to Bella, in Stephenie Meyer’s

It’s full of corny lines more suited to Harlequin Romance Novels and some big words no one uses in real conversation (count how many times the word ‘incredulous’ is used in this book … it’s … incredulous!) Stephenie Meyer’s writing debut Twilight redeems itself with a breathtaking storyline and two outrageously passionate main characters who take unconventional romance to an entirely new level.

Book 1 in Meyer’s Twilight series was released nearly 4 years ago, but has recently been thrust into the spotlight again, thanks to the Twilight movie due out in November (moved up from a December release date, thanks to the pushback of the 6th Harry Potter movie) and the recent release of the final book in the four-part series, Breaking Dawn.

Even though the average age of those reading Twilight is more in tune to a Jonas Brothers fan club, Meyer’s teen dream duo of the no-more-than average Isabella Swan and dark, mysterious Edward Cullen can entrance even the most hardened board-room wheeler and dealer.

The story follows Isabella Swan through relocation to Forks, Washington – a rainy, dank small town outside of Seattle, where she decides to live with her father, who’s police chief of the not-so-fare hamlet. Bella, who was just average in the beauty-ridden city of Phoenix, immediately catches the eyes of several of the Forks boys, but spurns them all in the hopes of understanding the solemn, reclusive Edward Cullen – the middle kid in a rich doctor’s family. Mystery surrounds the Cullens and their separateness; their standoffish behavior and their super-modelish beauty.

Bella and Edward are drawn to each other but in a very dangerous way – as Bella discovers shortly after arriving in Forks, that Edward and his family are vampires – vegetarian ones (they don’t drink human blood).

It’s easy to go on and on about the plot twists, analyzing the relationship between Bella and Edward and Edward and the rest of his family. But in the name of sheer entertainment and character development, it’s just not necessary. Meyer does a brilliant job of telling you what you need to know, painting a beautiful picture of danger, mystery and wanting – and she does it in a way that constantly leaves a reader needing more (not wanting more … NEEDING more).

Her character development of Bella Swan is right on – she’s an average girl with insecurities, less-than-average beauty (at least that’s what she thinks) and is quite talentless. Meyer taps into the awkwardness of almost all of us during our teen years and portrays it wantingly and matter-of-factly – as if something key is missing.

Then comes Edward: The dangerous, beyond beautiful boy (Meyers’ constantly describes him as beautiful vs. cute or handsome – in an effort to convey the unconventional perfection of his looks). Meyer sets up the expectation of him being dangerous and kind of unstable in a very seductive way giving just enough info to really start falling for him – before the two have even really met. She further develops his character into a powerful, indestructible vampire who has finally found his only weakness – Bella.

After several chapters, a reader will discover Edward is actually more than 80 years old – which attributes to his old-fashioned ideas and some of the beyond-corny things he says (the “bouquet” phrase being only one) … and even though it most definitely makes a reader roll her eyes, it’s understandable. Meyer develops Edward through showing him as a needy boyfriend, an over-protective defender and a soft-hearted teenager. But all of this has the overtone of a character wise beyond his years – so it all works.

Meyer even throws in the ‘action’ twist, which adds a sense of excitement to the book (not quite as action-packed as a Batman/Joker sequence ... but hey … what could be?) She is methodical in her pacing of the book – its highs and lows – and allows it to deliver in a way that is satisfying, yet still thirsty.

OK yeah. It’s sappy. The stories are slightly predictable and at times, the writing is a little obnoxious and calculated. But the bottom line is Twilight's addictive. Meyer has written an entire world a reader can get lost in – obsess about even (Um, this reader finished all four books in less than 7 days).

So readers beware. There really isn’t a natural ‘pause point’ in this book – it’s a huge temptation to finish it without sleep, without food and without interruption … so plan accordingly. And while you’re at it, make sure to have New Moon, Eclipse and
Breaking Dawn handy … because they’re all the exact same way … no sleeping required.

Check out Ashley DiFranza's review of Twilight.

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“adult take on Twilight”

  1. Anonymous Anonymous Says:


    Actors Taylor Lautner, Rachelle Lefevre, and Edi Gathegi to make an appearance in Seattle

    WHO: ‘Twilight’ fans will be treated to autographs and the opportunity to ask questions about the highly anticipated movie.

    WHAT: “Jacob”, “Laurent”, and “Victoria” from the new movie, ‘Twilight’ will be making a personal appearance, signing autographs, and conducting a Q&A with fans.

    WHEN: Monday, November 10, 2008 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    WHERE: Westfield Southcenter Hot Topic 633 Southcenter Seattle, WA 98188

    Contact – Leah Bledsoe 206-297-7064-office/ 206-356-5324-cell

    WHY: The book the film is based upon has quickly become a huge worldwide phenomenon and developing a dedicated fan base. ‘Twilight’ is a New York Times Best Seller that has been #1 for 47 weeks is set in Forks, WA.

    About Twilight

    TWILIGHT is an action-packed, modern day love story between a vampire and a human. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. But he doesn’t have fangs, and he doesn’t drink human blood; Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for, a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward and Bella do when James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), the Cullens’ mortal vampire enemies, come to town looking for her?


    TWILIGHT opens in theatres on Friday, November 21.


    Leah Bledsoe at (206) 297-7064 or by email at lbledsoe@alliedadvpub.com