You’ve been living under a rock for the past year if you haven’t heard about the best selling Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. At the very least, I’m sure you have heard about the Twilight movie. Haven’t you? Come on now.
For those of you who HAVEN’T been to a bookstore, logged on to the internet, or turned on the television in recent years, the Twilight series is essentially the most intense love story you’ve read in a long time.
When I was first told about these books by a good friend, I immediately dismissed them. Her summary of them went something like, “It’s a love story between a vampire and a human. But they are good vampires… I mean, they don’t eat people. And he is really romantic and dreamy and he falls in love with this girl, but tries to stop his feelings, but he can’t… and I know it’s a young adult novel, but it’s great. Just read them!” I was SO not interested, but she was persistent and for my birthday bought me the first 3 books. I was leaving on a 3 week trip to visit family in Europe, so I brought them with me and I must say, within the first 3 chapters I was hooked. I couldn’t put the books down and would find any excuse to run off to my room to pull the book out.
I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something I was sure of, I was unequivocally in love with the lead character Edward Cullen. Our heroine Bella is the most unlikely of vampire obsessions. She’s a little quirky and accident prone and by all descriptions, very average. Comparing her against Edward who is described as gorgeous and brooding, with messy hair and piercing eyes, they immediately seem like an unlikely couple. But none of that matters as you experience their love story because that is what these books are all about, their love. Put away any preconceived notions of any vampire stories you have heard of before and let yourself get wrapped up in the emotion the story. It’s a pure love, a passionate love, a love with chivalry, loyalty, and commitment. A story which is made even more intense when you add overcoming all the obstacles thrown their way, including a race to save Bella’s life.
Although the books are marketed as young adult novels, they without a doubt transcend demographics as women (and men) of all ages have been bitten by the Twilight obsession.
So if you can’t tell by now, I recommend these books. Although I do have a problem with the classification of “young adult” as the book series progresses. I know I won’t be letting my daughter read the 4th Installment, Breaking Dawn, till she is a teenager as the content gets more mature as Edward and Bella’s love story develops.
Nevertheless, Twilight is a must read. Give the books a chance, I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
written by Destiny
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