Friday, December 12, 2008

Book Review: Twilight

I'm in that "last person to read it" category here with Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. And now I've read it!

Um, it was a fun read? I can see why teenagers like it?

I guess I'll just have to say that I totally don't get the Twilight phenomenon. I kept thinking that something amazing would happen as I was reading it. Isn't it supposed to be breathtaking and addictive?

I keep thinking that maybe I just need to be 25 years younger to appreciate this story of vampires with ethics and sex appeal, but I have adult friends who also love it.

What am I missing?

12 comments:

eileensblog said...

I liked Twilight but I certainly didn't feel the "wow" factor that so many others did. I liked each subsequent book in the series less and less and then waited eons to get the last book from hold at the library. When I finally got it, I read part and skimmed the rest - I was bored with it all by then. I'm still not sure exactly what happens in the end but I think I have a pretty good idea. No desire to see the movie....

Amy(the Sleepy Reader) said...

I really liked Twilight but it was downhill after that for me. My daughter lost interest as well.

Jeane said...

You're not the last person. I haven't read any of them.

Laura said...

I read Twilight because one of my daughters loved the series. After reading it my thought was "Ho-hum, but maybe the others are better." Thankfully, two other daughters (who read the first 3 based on the one sister's recommendation) intervened and told me I'd be wasting my time. They both gave me a pretty good synopsis of the second two books and both agreed the books weren't very good - certainly skippable for someone like me, who has stacks of books waiting that I *want* to read.

All three of those daughters are teenagers, but the books only appealed to one. And that one is now rereading the entire series.

Beats me as to the appeal...

Overeducated Twit said...

It's a harlequin romance for the tweeny bopper set, and the tweeny boppers at heart. Seriously, you know how the guys in those romances are devastatingly perfect? Give them fangs, and bingo--Edward. And the chick is always an "every gal" sort of figure? Golly gee, that sounds like... hmm, Bella maybe? Toss in a bit of supernatural (I suspect the harlequin equivalent is the historical setting?--it's slightly exotic, at any rate).

Framed said...

Twilight was certainly my favorite of the series. I found them highly entertaining but not great literature. And the movie was okay.

BooksPlease said...

I haven't read any of the Twilight books and reading your post and the comments I can see I'm not missing anything. Thanks for the review, now I know I'd be wasting my time reading them.

Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

One 40-something mom overheard me (a 26-year-old bookseller) telling another 40-something mom about my issues with these books yesterday. She turned to me and said, after admitting that she loved them, "Well, you're not the author's target reader."

Yeah, like she is?

Rene' Morris said...

Perhaps you have a screw loose...let me help you to tighten it. I absolutely loved it..I'm on of those moms that are standing in line with their daughters when the books come out and when the movie hit the theater. Yep, I was there opening night! WHOO HOO!!!!!

Rebecca Reid said...

I won't ever read it, unless I have a teenage daughter some day wanting to read it. But I don't think the fuss will last another decade.

Waterrose said...

I agree completely. I just read it a couple of weeks ago. I didn't feel that I wasted my time reading it, but it was a bit juvenile. I live in Phoenix and now I wonder if people visit the area that she describes in Paradise Valley...since it does exist.

Amanda said...

You're not the last person to read it - I'm still in that category! However, I'm on the waiting list at the library. I finally gave in and thought I should at least see what the hullabaloo is all about. I'm not particularly expecting to enjoy it, but at least then I can tell people yes, I've tried, if they ask.

I am glad to know there are others out there that haven't read these yet.