Thursday, May 7, 2009

Book review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

When Isabella Swan moves from sunny Phoenix to rainy Forks to live with her dad, she is immediately drawn to the mysterious Cullen family, whose mere presence in the town is treated with whispers and rumours.
On meeting Edward Cullen, she feels his dissatisfaction at her presence, and is surprised when he takes a long absence from school, only to return again a changed young man. Once she gets to know him better, Bella discovers that beneath his pale skin, golden eyes and intense good looks is a dark secret- he and his family are century-old vampires- and if Edward had remained at school, Bella would now be dead. As time goes on, Bella and Edward embark on a tentative relationship, where Edward must struggle to oppress his instinctive urges to drink Bella’s apparently tempting blood. But just as things start to go well for the couple, a predatory gang of vampires who haven’t adopted the Cullen’s’ taste for ‘vegetarianism’ decide to visit the tiny town of Forks- and they want Bella’s blood.

What I gained from reading this book:
I have read so many books where vampires are portrayed as soulless, evil beings, and it’s refreshing to see someone has created a more ‘human’ type of vampire, capable of feeling love for another. Meyer has also put an interesting spin on the vampire fable, dismissing some of the common folklore that surrounds vampirism (such as garlic and crosses as repellents) and making the Cullens into a family unit intent on remaining ‘vegetarian’ and assimilating into everyday life. This only highlights the fact that although sometimes people may seem different, everyone feels the need to belong as an active member of society.

This love story is beyond anything I have ever read before, which is probably why it has such a cult following. Meyer has a talent for highlighting the unresolved sexual tension between Bella and Edward, as well as making clear the danger that is involved through their union.

This novel is probably not a good choice for someone whose interests lie in blood-sucking vampires and gore. Although towards the end of the book there are scenes that extend towards this theme, Meyer tends to focus more on the growing relationship between Bella and Edward.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Recommended for: People interested in a unique love story

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