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Twilight (2005)

by Stephenie Meyer

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Twilight Saga (1)

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57,889226118 (3.7)2 / 815
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.
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    jfoster_sf: A classic vampire novel that also deals with love, loss, death, etc.
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    nicoleryan: The Vampire Diaries has more to do with just vampires. Theres witches, wolves, and even underground demons....
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    tyuiop159: They both have the same Romeo and Juliet structure.
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    ldelprete: this is a story in which you can really get attached to the characters. If you like to root for the underdog in stories, like jacob in twilight, then you will enjoy this series where the entire country is an underdog.
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 Someone explain it to me...: Twilight28 unread / 28LetumTactus, September 2012
 Hogwarts Express: Book Discussion: Twilight221 unread / 221celiacardun, June 2011

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Boring and predictable.

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  alanac50 | Feb 27, 2024 |
NOTE: about halfway through reading Twilight (this is my first time, as mentioned below), I saw a few tweets that expressed disinterest in the recent Twilight revival because of Stephanie Meyer's attitude towards/treatment of the Quileute tribe. I didn't know about this discourse until then, so at this point I'm not well-informed enough on that to have an opinion. I'm not sure if the problem people have with her treatment applies to this first book, since we don't see much of the Quileute aside from Jacob telling Bella the myth, but I'm going forwards trying to learn what I can about this from the people it involves.

Okay, so first of all, here's the thing: before April/May of 2020, I never in my life read or watched any Twilight content. When they first came out I wasn't allowed to read them, and then as time went on I simply failed to gain any interest in them? Obviously I saw the memes, the Team Edward/Jacob debates, and just by being someone who engages in pop culture I heard major plot points: like I know who eventually becomes a vampire, the ugly CGI baby and Jacob's imprinting, the sparkling skin...okay, actually that was all I knew.

But then I watched the first Twilight movie and honestly? I thought it was super entertaining, very goofy, and plain and simple a fun time. So, I decided to finally read then book, and BAM! The internet went crazy as Stephanie Meyer hinted at a new book, the Twilight fandom was fully reborn (lol vampire jokes) when Pomegranate Twilight was announced, and I found myself in the middle of the 2020 Twilight Renaissance. Lowkey I was pretty excited because, as someone who was never part of the OG Twlight Craze, I thought it could be fun to participate this time around.

That's my Twilight story, and I just felt like putting that out there because, going into reading this, I had literally no nostalgia or emotional attachment to anything Twilight - so I was a bit surprised when I ended up enjoying the book as much as I did.

From my passive hearing about Twilight up until now, a lot of what I heard complained about was Bella being dumb/too clumsy/silly and I really disagree with that. I thought Bella was smart, relatable, and exactly like a sixteen-year old girl would normally act (aside from knowing a vampire lol). She knows what she wants and likes and isn't afraid to go after those things, she speaks up when she wants to know something or voice her opinion, and yeah, she's super clumsy - so what? Maybe it's part of the awkwardness of being sixteen and a girl, a feeling I know I personally had, so it's not like it's unrealistic.

Edward was hit or miss for me. On one hand, him doing things like watching Bella sleep were WAY CREEPY and I definitely didn't like that. It's actually a major part of what brought my rating down; I can't condone that on any level. He also made comments when mad along the lines of "Talk to me so I don't get more angry" etc. I think those scenes could have gone badly if Bella was written as passively accepting his anger or scared of him, but the thing is, she asked questions, was interested in him, and said when she wasn't happy. They ended up communicating pretty well, especially for a 16 year old and a 17 year old who never fully matured.
Then there were parts when Edward was truly a lot of fun. He and Bella had fun banter and times together, and I that they both value family, blood or found, and respect each others family.

I'm superrrrr interested in learning more about the vampires/Cullen family. Alice might just be my favorite character (she was in the movie) and their unique abilities and viewpoints on only eating animals was a cool touch.

At points the plot felt a bit forced; everything following the vampire baseball game suddenly accelerated and I didn't quite buy it, like Charlie just letting his teenage daughter fly off to another state. I also got confused when Tracker Vamp (James?) gave his little speech about Alice...not sure where that came from, and it felt a bit random.

In the end: I had fun reading this, and genuinely want to know what the rest of the series is like. Maybe it's my COVID-19 quarantine brain talking, but I don't think this book deserves all the dismissal it gets. Sure, it's flawed at times, but as a YA book aimed at teens - I get why this was so hyped up. If I had been allowed to read these as a teen, I probs would have been out there wearing a #TeamAlice shirt to the movie premieres. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
4101/2024
  AmCorKragujevac | Feb 8, 2024 |
meh. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
Mixed feelings: The book was fun and romantic. However, the writing was only satisfactory and the story really never went anywhere. Very similar structure to Harry Potter 1. I will not continue the series, but am looking forward to the final film. Will consider reading other Stephanie Meyers books too.

On a side note, I probably should not read romance novels anymore. Especially since I have to be single at least another 4 months and it will not make it any easier. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
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"Meyer's prose seldom rises above the serviceable, and the plotting is leaden" [....] "It's like reading a young teenage girl's blog"
added by GYKM | editWashington Post, Elizabeth Hand (May 26, 2010)
 
Astonishing, mainly for the ineptitude of her prose. Teen vampire schlock that has the nation’s youth in thrall.
added by GYKM | editDaily Telegraph, Brian MacArthur (Nov 13, 2009)
 
[L]et me say to you as a meat-eating, Entourage-watching, sports-loving (OK, I really don't love sports, or actually understand sports) — heterosexual man who can't sit through a single show on Lifetime television, let me loudly proclaim: I, Brad Meltzer, love the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
 
I confess, I have joined the legions of the bitten and smitten.
 
The plot may sound rather comic and camp, but Meyer chooses to play it straight and serious. Vampires or not, what this novel is really about is a fatal attraction to someone or something dangerously different from yourself. The trajectory of the story is such that Bella's behavior and choices grow increasingly more disturbing, with irrevocable, self-destructive consequences.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Meyer, Stephenieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doobinin, GailCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairchild, EricPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagadone, RogerPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hermoso Oliveras, Julio IgnacioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kadushin, IlyanaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pallarés Sanmiguel, José MiguelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pallarés, José MiguelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sánchez Raya, María JesúsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. -- Genesis 2:17
Dedication
For my big sister, Emily,
without whose enthusiasm this story might still be unfinished.
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I'd never given much thought to how I would die—though I'd had reason enough in the last few months—but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.
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Breathe Bella.
You're exactly my brand of heroin.
It's twilight. It's the safest time of the day for us. The easiest part. But also the saddest, in a way. The end of another day, the return of the night.
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When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

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