My edition: Owned Hardback
Series: Twilight #1
Genre: Vampire, High School, YA
Published: Sept. 6, 2006, Little, Brown and Company
Rating: 3 stars
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.
Funny enough, I liked Twilight the third time around. When I was a freshman in high school the movie came out. I wanted to read the books before said seeing the movie, so my mom obliged and got me all the books. I have had these books since then. It has been almost fifteen years since I read the series in completion.
I wanted to do an unhaul because there are so many books I have that I don’t want anymore and they are taking up room for books that I do want. When I came across the Twilight Saga, I could not help the immense desire to pick up the series for one final time. Now I did DNF the book for the second time rereading it in my early twenties. This time I am committed.
As I said earlier, I liked Twilight more than I did the second time around. I am not Team Edward or Team Jacob. I never was. I will always be Team Jasper. Though I will say for Bella, I’m Team Therapy. She needs it.
Bella I feel was done dirty by her mom. Why do I say that? Since rereading this from an almost thirty-year-old perspective, her mom is kind of a bad mom. Bella has been having to take care of her mom since who knows. She even says that she isn’t that worried about bills being paid since her mom has Phil (I think that’s his name). With that being said, I can see why she doesn’t fit in with her peers. She is a bit mentally ahead while also dealing with teenage hormones. I can kind of see why she goes for Edward more than Jacob.
Also, might I point out the main reason I am not team Jacob… he is FIFTEEN!!!! Sorry but that is young. Even when I myself was seventeen (the age Bella is) I didn’t go for a fifteen-year-old boy. Going into the other books it is going to seriously skeeve me out during Bella and Jacob scenes.
Bella really does need a therapist because she fell in love with Edward before she barely had a real conversation with him. As thick as this book was I thought I remembered the relationship developed more, but on this read, I realized my memory sucks. Edward and Bella are instalove which I absolutely hate but at the same time, I can see Bella doing this because she is a teenager, and this is her first love. I remember my first love and I was very much like Bella, except for the fact I was fourteen not seventeen. My first kiss was a terrible experience with said guy. Fortunately, the relationship didn’t last long, unfortunately, my infatuation lasted through until I was seventeen. So, on one hand, I can see the instalove, but on the other, I don’t want instalove. I want a connection. If I am going to read 498 pages, I want a developed relationship. I probably would have liked this more if there were no confessions of love.
I was initially going to rate this two stars, but the more I thought about it, I really only hate the instalove and Edward being a major jerk at times. I do like the book versions of Bella and Edward more than the movie. The books actually make me hate the movies which I will gladly say now, are my guilty pleasure. I forgot how dirty they did Jasper and Emmett. Bella has a relationship with Jasper and Emmett that is not portrayed in the movies and that makes me angry.
Anyway, I don’t hate the series as much as I used to. Now did at one point I super love the books? Yes. Did I at one point absolutely despise and wanted to burn both books and movies? Yes. Do I like it but not love it now? Yes.
Though I am still questioning how no one in the past hundred years didn’t catch Edward’s attention. What made Bella so special that she was his first love? And don’t give me it’s her smell thing because that’s just the reason he wants to rip her throat out, not the reason he loves her.