Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Twilight (there may be spoilers if you have not read the series and actually care...)

Okay, Twilight got me hooked (at first). I listened to Book 1 on CD in my car on a 12 hour round trip to and from Tucson. I was reluctant to even read the books, but needed something to pass the drive time. Alex, Shane's cousin, had book 1 on CD and said it was okay. For those of you who know me, I will read pretty much anything. I downloaded Books 1, 2, and 3 onto my ebook which is how I read most books. I read Book 2, New Moon, and WAAAH, WAAAH, WAAAH - cry baby Bella whined about how her life would never be the same again. I chalked this up to the fact these are teenie bopper books and I have not been in teen angst for quite some time.

You see, Bella has got to be the most boring person on the face of the fiction planet. She has no interests, no hobbies, nothing to occupy her time until she meets Edward and then he takes the role of interest, hobbies, etc. He is somehow incredibly attracted to her. He says her blood smells irresistible to him. Her blood must smell really, really good (and I am talking rich hot chocolate with some butterscotch schnapps and whipped cream with little chocolate chips sprinkled on it!). There really is no other explanation given. Same with Jacob's attraction to her - she is mopey when hangs out with him - attractive, no?

The end of New Moon was back to the vampires after a pretty cool diversion into werewolves (who, btw, are mortal enemies). It was an okay end to the book, except for the "I will love you forever and ever and if you will just bite me I can live with you forever and ever...blah, blah, blah"

Book 3, Eclipse, is a blend of the vampires and the werewolves and trying to coexist against more brutal vampires who are out to get their "beloved" Bella. It isn't too bad, really, except again for any Bella parts (who is the tie between the Sharks and the Jets, but is pretty much just annoying). She wants to be a vampire, but wants to make love to Edward first, he wants to be married before this happens (good for him), she doesn't want to wait, more blah, blah, blah...

I have yet to read Book 4 and it has been a month since I read Eclipse. In my world - that is unheard of. I like series and love to see what happens with each character to the end. I have read some of the reviews of Book 4, Breaking Dawn, and am afraid it has veered from somewhat innocent teenage love into full blown erotica. Not what I would want my daughter to read (not that she would - whole 'nother story).

I have been hinting I want an Amazon Kindle

for my birthday/Christmas present. I may download Breaking Dawn if I get one.

I am excited about book 5. From what I have heard it will be Book 1 from Edward's perspective - maybe that will shed some light on the attraction. Stephenie Meyers is working on it after saying she wouldn't work on it anymore - more drama and this from the author (a good mormon girl from Utah, I think).

So, for all of you who I may have misled when first extolling the virtues of Twilight, I apologize. It is an okay series if you don't take it too seriously and probably more so if you are a 14 or 15 year old girl.

I will probably go see the movie, but am already disappointed with how the characters look (except for Jacob, who is pretty much exactly how I pictured him and how do you not love Sharkboy?). The movies in my mind are always way better and the characters also.

I'll try to keep y'all posted if I do read Breaking Dawn and watch the movie.


cara said...

I've read them all... New Moon was my least favorite of all of them, it really drug on and on. Eclipse...ehh, better than NM, but still seemed to linger..I liked the end the best. Now, I got Breaking Dawn right away, read it in 2 days (its long, over 700 pgs.) I hated it. I was so dissapointed. I put it away..then I picked it up again last it slowly, and decided that I liked it, not loved, but was satisfied. It was more sexual than it needed to be, I will agree on that. Twilight is still my favrite. I read the first part of Midnight Sun on the website.. I hope she does finish it, it was good.

LingoVise Says... said...

Okay... so I want more details on ebook. You download books & then what? Read them on your computer or some sort of PDA?? I've looked into Kindle a bit... but haven't been too convinced, I think I'd miss the actual books themselves. Sounds old fashioned I know, but love the weight of a book in my hands - love turning the pages. Goofy huh.

Onto Twilight... well, it looks like your views are pretty similar to the ones I posted on my Tin Can blog. Bella is utterly annoying - although I just finished book three & am glad there was a whole lot less of her pitching and mooning.

I'm not sure I'd want to see the movie. I think I'd be too disappointed on who represents the characters. Like Edward - I mean how could you not be let down after creating that image in your head. Who could live up to that!!?

I'll have more up on Tin Can once I finish up the series... then we'll have to compare notes again.

Sanford and Michelle said...

Ha ha! I read them too and funny thing, I cannot get past chapter 4 in Breaking Dawn. Bella is utterly annoying and I cannot take the saga any longer. Unfortunately, because I started a series I am compelled to finish. Ugh. I'm disappointed.