I find it disturbingly odd that amidst a society with increasing fuel prices, food shortages and inexperienced leaders, the Haitian government taking advantage of desperate parents seeking adoptions, nightmare abuse stories from Austria, and heartless, power-hungry generals in Myanmar withholding food from thousands of victims of a cyclone, yet I'm here today to write my impressions of a teenage girl and the vampire she's in love with.
Can you spell ESCAPISM??
Can you spell ESCAPISM??
You have to admit - the covers are pretty inviting. Simple, basic, and dramatic. Kudos on the marketing people here.
But on to the real stuff. I thought the opening line was pretty catchy - "My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down." - definitely not Olive Ann Burns quality or Betty Smith - but it had promise. Unfortunately that promise started to falter about 3/4 through the book. The more I read, the more I couldn't stand Bella. Too dependent, too clingy, too "Edward stay with me 24 hours a day" type of girl. And though she shows a caring, selfless side to her character, her whole attitude towards gifts and material displays of affection towards herself almost become mean-spirited and discredits any pervious affable traits.
The love triangle starts to burden the plot in book #3 when Meyer has Bella going back and forth between La Push and Forks (between Jacob and Edward) 3-4 times before the story line starts to move forward. And by the time it resolves itself, I'm so disgusted with how Bella has strung along Jacob while staying with Edward I find myself not really caring who dies and who ends up with Bella in the end (though really I'm still rooting for Edward).
However, the ultimate example of Bella's lack of self-esteem and bad judgement (granted, she is in high school) is when Edward returns in the end of book #2 - confessing to Bella that he lied and has been miserable without her - that she is his 'new moon' (hence the title) and he cannot live without her. Without hearing a shred of dialogue from Bella in return Edward then goes on to berate her for believing him in the first place and question her love for him when she so readily accepted his lie. None of this seems to sink in for Bella who immediately forgives Edward and rushes into his open arms.
My favorite story about these novels comes from my good friend Staci - who tells me her book club in St. George actually holds up the Twilight series as a model of comparison to their current book of discussion. Wow - what I would give to see these womens book shelves - or lack there of.
Not to put down Meyer - I do intend to read the final book #4 in August. Although at this point, I'm wanting to read it more for the action of the vampire battles than to figure out what happens with Bella.
And, yes, I am really excited to see what MTV productions does with the movie next summer.