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Redigeret: aug 17, 2008, 12:20 pm

I just finished the first book in the series to see what all the fuss is about. I don't get it.

If a boy ever radiated danger like that I would run as fast as I could as far away as I could from him.

And the whole who-ha about keeping the bad guy from catching her. What is the worst that could happen?


Redigeret: aug 17, 2008, 2:35 pm

I haven't read them yet but I bought the first three books while they were on special offer so I could see what the fuss was about too - I just need to get around to it.

But today I read this review on Breaking Dawn and now I think they are not going to be my thing - REVIEW HAS SPOILERS.

I hope it's just the tone of the review putting me off because I will be very annoyed at buying all three if I really am going to dislike them.


aug 24, 2008, 10:49 pm

I think it is a great lke escape book. Did she need four books? I don't know, but the first will always be my favorite.

dec 16, 2008, 12:43 pm

Seriusly? Okay, maybe I really am a huge dork but I LOVED the books. It took me awhile to read them, I tend to avoid books with so much hype. The first night I read Twilight and New Moon and read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn the next two nights. I couldn't put them down. To me, they are romance novels though, sort of Danielle Steel meets Anne Rice. I highly recommend them. By the way, I am 30 years old and a total bibliophile. Not you average tween reader.

Redigeret: dec 16, 2008, 1:25 pm

MrsHouseLibrary, being an elementary school Librarian, is infatuated with these books. She's got several copies of each and loans out all of them (except the signed ones). She's so far 'turned' 167 (last I heard) adult women, and has led book discussion groups, hosted book release parties and arranged for group viewings (yeah, plural) of the movie.

I, personally, have NOT read the books, nor participated in the discussions, but have gone to see the movie a week after its release (there were 6 people in the audience, including us). But, I know that the movie leaves a lot of the actual story of the book somewhere on the cutting room floor, if it was ever filmed at all. I know this because, despite my desire to not want to hear about the book, I got a synopsis (i.e., the book abbreviated by only a few words) of each chapter, from my wife (whom I love dearly). I started having very Van Gogh-like thoughts.

Ignoring the obvious unreality (the existence of vampires and werewolves, for example), I don't think one could suspend enough disbelief to make the story plausible. I suspect that people who enjoyed Twilight and the rest of the series are people who also believe that their pets are anthropomorphic. MrsHouseLibrary believed that even her frogs and toads ~loved~ her and were affectionate towards her. I'm sure these two things are related.

The fourth book is the first book, but from Edward's perspective. Gag me with a spoon!!!

*** ETA: She even named the Cockatiel after the doctor!!

dec 16, 2008, 1:18 pm

So... who else likes cake?

dec 16, 2008, 1:18 pm

I read the first two books and will NOT be reading anymore. I was completely turned off by the author apparently believing her readers are stupid, as evidence by her continually repeating things that don't need to be repeated and by Bella being the epitome of the abused woman. This is what we should teach our young women to be like? I posted a review of these on my blog:

dec 16, 2008, 1:22 pm

Denne meddelelse har fået flere brugere til at hejse et advarselsflag, så den vises ikke længere (vis)
anyone beside me like cake?
and books are good ?
and cubbie kid 27?

dec 16, 2008, 1:23 pm

wait... CRAP!! i thought he was here!

dec 16, 2008, 1:24 pm

so whos in here and what is this about? i just felt like it

dec 16, 2008, 1:24 pm

forget it im leaving

dec 16, 2008, 5:18 pm

Wow, you kids are harsh! I personally don't beleive my pets are any type of morphic. Perhaps the key is a bit of imagination...

dec 30, 2008, 9:49 am

Eh, I figure the best thing about the Twilight books is that now I know how ridiculous us Harry Potter fans can sound. Doesn't stop me, but at least it's good to know. Anne Rice pretty much killed vampire books for me and I've never been a romance fan. But I won't kill escapist books for anyone else.

mar 19, 2009, 4:51 pm

Has anyone noticed that people who like books such as this one, that are over hyped , are not your typical bibliophile? These people tend not to read at all. To me this says something about the quality of the book and the author. Also if someone raves about the Twilight series and or Harry Potter but hasn't read anything considered a classic I will not trust their taste in books and will not take reccomendations from them.

mar 19, 2009, 4:54 pm

I have an imagination. I just believe that there is an obvious difference between the Twilight series and say Lord of the Rings. I hated hated hated Twilight but love Lord of the Rings. If a book is sci-fi or fantasy I demand quality writing from the author before I will even touch it. If that makes me a books snob well then I guess I am a book snob.

mar 20, 2009, 11:31 am

More book snobs here. Come visit.

mar 20, 2009, 12:41 pm

Meddelelsen er fjernet.

mar 24, 2009, 2:01 pm


mar 24, 2009, 2:03 pm

you know what, that stephanie meyer is making a killing just by writing about a LOVE STORY!
i mean, think about that. what does SHE do when she comes home from work?!

mar 24, 2009, 2:08 pm

Well, besides the storyline, which is ok plot-wise, all I can see in terms of writing style is mostly dialogues, and I am concerned that such an amount of dialogue would constitute most of the text - could someone tell me what is the percentage the dialogue takes (compared to the rest of the narrative prose text)?

apr 6, 2009, 1:31 pm


mar 25, 2010, 12:04 am

I can't explain why these are so popular. The writing is atrocious as is the underlying messages for girls: beauty is the only thing that matters, you need a man to save you and any self-determination will end in disaster and/or losing the man. I am no snob and read across the genre and literary board, nor do I mind a bit of romance in my reads, but it makes me sad that this is fantasy fulfillment for so many women.

mar 25, 2010, 3:38 am

22: Sadly, I think it's popular simply because of that fantasy. It seems lots of women still love the idea of being so beautiful that an even more beautiful man will come along and rescue them from obscurity. No need to overcome any of your own personal problems, or invest in any personal growth - the man at your side will take care of it all. You just have to sit pretty and not show any independence. The fact that the woman, no matter how beautiful, is nothing without a man, is apparently acceptable.

mar 25, 2010, 9:25 pm

#23 - I think the idea that a woman is nothig without a man is still more prevalent in our culture than we would like to believe. In fact, I think this point needs to be made in the Pride and Prejudice thread in this group. The main poster finds the whole premise of a woman's survival depending upon a man ridiculous, but to some extent, this is still true - even if we are talking about social survival. I am a spinster and I definitely notice that I have been treated differently in my life when I was engaged or when I had a long-term boyfriend. So, we have just explained why the trope still works in Twilight and why the fantasy is still so effective for women. Bummer.

okt 19, 2011, 6:57 pm

i know right i totally agree with you, i'd stay with Jacob Black he's more safer than Edward and btw Edward is ugh!

maj 29, 2012, 11:11 am

see the movie

Redigeret: maj 29, 2012, 11:13 am

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

sep 14, 2012, 7:07 pm

I have read the books. They were ... not much. After the 1st movie I could never pick one of them up again.

Although I do not understand how the same author also wrote The Host. I liked that one, it had more (and better) romance and plot in one book than Twilight had in all four.