Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Book: Twilight

I just breezed through Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Now I am wishing I had savored it since the hold queue is so long at the library. But I just couldn't resist. It really sucked me right in and I really enjoyed it! I am tempted to just purchase the next three books in the series so I don't have to wait around (I did this with Harry Potter, since I hopped on that bandwagon just before book 5 came out, and I have since then added the first ones to my library).

I had vaguely heard of this book series because it has been very popular, but I had not been interested because I knew it was a "young adult" series. Of course, finding out it was about vampires made it easy to change my mind. I waited for Twilight, the first book, for 4 weeks. Once I got it, I devoured it in about two days.

This isn't the BEST writing I have ever seen or the most amazing story that was ever written, but it is entertaining and captivating nonetheless. And sweet. The basics of this story: A girl, used to being an outsider, moves to a new town where she meets a boy. But he isn't a boy after all. He is a vampire.

To be as vague as possible, this is a love story between a human girl and a vampire. THAT concept isn't new, but I am always intrigued at how writers interpret what vampires are like, what is myth vs. reality, why vampires are perceived the way they are, etc. Stephanie Meyer does a great job of taking a generic description of vampires and giving them a depth, a pretty original one at that.

And it is a romantic love story, without it being all raunchy, which seems to be a requirement for teenage entertainment these days (Gossip Girl, anyone?). That helps.

Oh, and one more note. This is being made into a movie to be release late this year. I am curious to see how it will translate to the big screen. I feel pretty good about the casting of Kristen Stewart (Into the Wild) as Bella and Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as Edward. Fingers crossed because I really do hope this one is good.


Emily said...

Your review convinced me to read this book. So I put a hold on it at my library, where there are five copies and 32 people ahead of me on the hold list. Doing the math, it should be my turn in 2 to 3 months? That's too long!

Hollie Nell said...

I'm a big dork. I picked up the first Twilight in a Target in Tucson when I was traveling for work and read it in days. Then like a heroin addict, I read the other two back to back. By the third one, they seem a little predictable but it's not enough to get me to not order the last one. It's not the best writing but she tells a fun and addictive story.

Linz McC said...

Emily - You may have to find another way to get it, but I guess, for know, you don't really know what you are missing.

Hollie - I am still trying to hold off on buying the books myself. Check back soon to see if I manage (unlikely...).

Esther said...

Hmmm, I'm not really big on vampire books, although I did read Interview with the Vampire years ago. Since then, I've been pretty much vampire-free. I am pretty squeamish.

Linz McC said...

As I suspected, I just gave in and got books 2 & 3 from Target. I hate waiting on the library hold list...

Esther - While this is the least gory vampire story I have read or watched (written for "Young Adults" I guess it is not meant to be quite so descriptive), I would say if you are squeamish, best to steer clear of the subject altogether.