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New Moon (The Twilight Saga) (original 2006; edition 2008)

by Stephenie Meyer

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Title:New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
Authors:Stephenie Meyer
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2008), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 608 pages
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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (2006)

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    alexa_d: Morgan and Cal have the same romantic dynamic as Bella and Edward!
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New Moon opens with Bella's 18th birthday, a milestone in more ways than one, and given Bella's predisposition to klutziness, her party at Edward's turns out to be a near-death experience.

Bella and Edward exchange lovestruck promises while watching Romeo and Juliet, but things quickly change when the Cullens leave town and Edward tells Bella to forget about him, hiding all evidence of himself. Bella is emotionally devastated and near-catatonic for several months, lost in a deep depression and flirting with madness. Her friend Jake from the local La Push reservation draws her out of her shell a little and Bella wonders if she can trade her memories of soulmate Edward for the promise of security and flesh-and-blood romance with Jake, until he is transformed suddenly and violently into another mythical creature related to tribal legends. I felt that the clues were heavy-handed and overdone; I'd figured out Jake's "condition" chapters ahead of Meyer's "revelation."

Bella finds that she can hear Edward's voice in her head whenever she does something reckless or dangerous, so she deliberately courts danger; approaching men outside a bar at night, riding a motorcycle, and leaping from tall cliffs, only to hear the memory of Edward's voice. Her father tries not to upset her; she's given up on music, TV, and her social life to brood.

So, will I read the next book? Yes. I am not sorry I read New Moon, but I felt the absence of vampires really detracted from the book. This was not a vampire book at all, it was mostly a book about Bella, and the vampires were a large part of what was interesting to me in the first book. ( )
  AlexisLovesBooks | Feb 9, 2016 |
I would prefer to give this a 2.5, but since it was marginally better than Twilight (which I gave a 2), I'll go ahead and bump it up.

Meyers is clearly serious about her writing: she is improving and so presumably learning her craft with each new book she writes. (I write this having read the first 100 pages on the third of this series, Eclipse.) And that's definitely a mark in her favor.

Most of her characters are still appallingly shallow, stock to the brink of stereotype, but mercifully, the superheroic/super-romantic Edward is absent for most of this novel, making room for the much more interesting, more human Jacob. The fraternal culture of the werewolves, though distressingly masculine and perhaps even chauvinistic, is a remarkable improvement on the Brady-Bunch vampire family. And the introduction of vampiric "royalty," the Volturi, has made the vampire population a bit more interesting, much more engaging and dangerous that the pitiful, late-addition "villain" James in the first novel.

The dialogue is still laughable, but at least I've figured out Meyer's pattern: she is absurdly repetitive, with 85% of the dialogue between Bella and Edward a revision or even verbatim copy of their conversations in the first novel, so I was able to speed-read a lot. But her descriptive passages are getting much more interesting. She's still prone to cliché, but she has begun pushing herself, and we occasionally get fascinating--even beautiful--little gems of emotional description. Example: Toward the middle of the book, Bella describes herself as "a lost moon--my planet destroyed in some cataclysmic, disaster-movie scenario of desolation--that continued, nevertheless, to circle in a tight little orbit around the empty space left behind, ignoring the laws of gravity." It's a bit overwritten, and typically melodramatic, but it's an effective little passage, poetic enough to make me pause and reread it once.

In various interviews and her online video introduction for Eclipse, Meyers explains that she wrote the first book in a whirlwind of whim (that's my phrase, not hers, but it's accurate enough): she says she had a dream about a girl and her vampire, typed out a quick note about the dream almost as a journal entry, and then just kept going, curious to see where these two characters would take her. That whimsical, play-by-ear approach is a great way to get through a draft of a novel, but it led to an uncontrolled and largely ridiculous plot, and no one bothered to help Meyer tighten up the story. In this second novel, she's thought things through a bit more carefully, and while the book is still much too long for the story it tells, the plot includes some clever time-passage sections that move the story along a little quicker. (I'm hoping the third book is even more improved.)

For all this improvement, though, I'm still concerned about the relationship between Edward and Bella. In the first book, Bella was a "dutiful" female character, cooking and cleaning for her father, hanging on Edward's every word, and gleefully placing herself in the role of "sexual" object, while Edward played the parts of stalker, reformed predator, and ultimately controlling and abusive boyfriend. In this book, nothing much has changed, except that in the Edward/Bella hiatus, both characters fall wistfully in love with the idea of suicide. This isn't necessarily a new development--Edward made clear in the first book that Bella's desire to become a vampire was tantamount to suicide, and Bella happily agreed and continued begging for death--but in New Moon they take their ideations to disturbing depths, effectively romanticizing death and suicide. I don't mind such subjects; I find a careful and brooding meditation on death and a person's right to die a healthy thing in good literature. But this is a teen book, with a teen narrator, written for a teen audience. And I'm highly concerned by the implication of Meyer's wanton flippancy regarding suicide and teen emotions. At the very least, she could have inserted a reference to suicide hotlines (or plastered the number on the cover of the book), or just once offered a strong character voice in opposition to the idea. But Meyer was so caught up in patterning the romance in this book (far too derivatively) after Romeo and Juliet that she forgot the tragic warning that follows those teenagers' deaths in the play, the lament of their deaths not as romance but as sorrow.

And since I've brought it up, the number for the National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433); their website is http://www.hopeline.com/. ( )
  Snoek-Brown | Feb 7, 2016 |
Why does Bella always have to be saved? It irritates me that she can't walk down a gravelled lane without someone holding her hand. Can't she look after herself for a change? If it's not Edward plucking her out of death's way for the umpteenth time, then its Jacob (who she seriously leads on) pulling a bike off her, or saving her from drowning.

Also, what type of message is she sending to the impessionable teens who are reading this? Boys will like you if you are weak and get into trouble a lot. Grow a backbone girl ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
I feel bad that everone hates Bella-it isn't her fault the author can't create believable characters. ( )
  twileteyes | Feb 4, 2016 |
I'm really not sure how she stretched this out into four novels. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
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Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third.
added by timspalding | editSchool Library Journal, Hillias J. Martin (Jul 13, 2009)
 
This best-selling sequel to “Twilight” — which introduced Edward, the world’s most gentlemanly 17-year-old vampire, and Bella, an ordinary teenager in Forks, Wash. — appropriately begins with an epigraph from “Romeo and Juliet”; love and death are once again entwined in their curiously absorbing romance.
 
Despite Bella's flat and obsessive personality, this tale of tortured demon lovers entices.
added by ncgraham | editKirkus Reviews, Francesca Belham
 

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These violent delights

have violent ends and in their triumph die,

like fire and powder, which, as they kiss, consume.

Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene VI
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For my dad, Stephen Morgan —

No one has ever been given more loving and unconditional support than I have been given by you.

I love you, too.
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I felt like I was trapped in one of those terrifying nightmares, the one where you have to run, run till your lungs burst, but you can't make your body move fast enough.
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Times passes. Even when it seems impossible.
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Eines Nachts hat Bella Swan einen schrecklichen Albtraum, in dem ihre bereits verstorbene Großmutter eine nicht unbedeutende Rolle zu spielen scheint. Bella betrachtet das zerknitterte, vom Alter gezeichnete Gesicht, das ihr da gegenüber getreten ist -- als plötzlich ihre große Liebe Edward auf der Bildfläche erscheint, schön und strahlend wie immer. Da erkennt Bella, dass es gar nicht ihre Großmutter ist, der sie in die von Falten umgebenen Augen blickt. Es ist ihr eigenes, um Jahrzehnte gealtertes Spiegelbild, dem sie in diesem plötzlichen Akt der Erkenntnis schutzlos ausgeliefert ist. Der ewig junge Edward aber tritt auf sie zu, drückt ihr seine eiskalten, aber perfekten Lippen auf die runzeligen Wangen, und flüstert: „Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag“.

Ganz so schlimm wie im Albtraum ist es nicht im wahren Leben von Bella Swan in Stephenie Meyers Roman Bis(s) zur Mittagsstunde. Aber ein wenig zeigt er doch die abgrundtiefen Ängste der Ich-Erzählerin. Zwar ist die Protagonistin „offiziell erst 18 Jahre alt“. Aber ihre große Liebe Edward, der sie mit völliger Hingabe auf ewig ergeben ist, wird auch in Zukunft gar nicht altern. Edward ist ein Vampir der verführerischsten Sorte, und Bella mag sich gar nicht überlegen, was geschieht, wenn sie an der Seite dieses Dorian Gray der Unterwelt langsam aber sicher als unabwendbare Spur der Zeit ihre Schönheit verliert. Dann plötzlich ist Bella von Edward verlassen. Warum nur lässt er sie im Stich? Was steckt hinter seinem Weggang? In Bis(s) zur Mittagsstunde muss Bella wichtige Entscheidungen treffen. Aber sie ist bereit, für ihre ungewöhnliche Liebe zu kämpfen. Dabei setzt sie für ihre unbezwingbare Leidenschaft und Liebe sogar die ein oder andere Freundschaft aufs Spiel...

Nach Bis(s) zum Morgengrauen ist Bis(s) zur Mittagsstunde der zweite Roman um Bella und Edward. Und es ist sicher nicht der letzte. Denn es gibt ja noch weitere Tageszeiten, zu denen man gebissen werden kann. Und das ist ein Glück, weil Meyer etwas geschafft hat, was sonst nur wenigen Autorinnen und Autoren gelingt: dem guten alten Vampir-Mythos nämlich neue Seiten abzugewinnen -- und damit neues Leben einzuhauchen. -- Isa Gerck -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .
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Ein kleiner, aber blutiger Zwischenfall an ihrem achtzehnten Geburtstag wird Bella fast zum Verhängnis. Edward sieht keinen anderen Ausweg: Er muss sie verlassen. Für immer. Bella ist verzweifelt, einzig die Freundschaft zu Jacob hält sie am Leben. Da erfährt Bella, dass Edward in höchster Gefahr schwebt. Und sein Schicksal liegt in ihren Händen. Sie muss zu ihm, rechtzeitig, bis zur Mittagsstunde … Nach »Biss zum Morgengrauen« ein weiterer Bestseller um Bella und Edward, der den Leser bis zur letzten Seite fesselt. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe:
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316024961, Paperback)

Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won't be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The "star-crossed" lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy's reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

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When the Cullens, including her beloved Edward, leave Forks rather than risk revealing that they are vampires, it is almost too much for eighteen-year-old Bella to bear, but she finds solace in her friend Jacob until he is drawn into a "cult" and changes in terrible ways.… (more)

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