these were several of the very few fiction tales I've read in the past couple of years. I read them because quinn was and she wanted to share her delight with me. I enjoyed the first one, though didn't quite get what was all the thrill about. The second and third I definitely just wanted to "get through" and the fourth was just very redundant, and I thought the quality of writing had gone waaaay downhill - and it hadn't been very high to begin with!
I'm not a writer and I don't play one on tv, but I do pretend to be an editor and critic and IMHO they all four could have been told in one volume, with fewer characters who were fleshed out a lot more.
I thought Jakob was the most interesting being, and got gypped on the fleshing-out aspect.
I also wonder what the big deal is. And yet ... I found the story compelling. What really happens in the first story before Bella realizes Edward is a vampire? Lots and lots of trivia of Bella's high school life mixed in with some curiosity about Edward. One of the rules of fiction is the main character must have a compelling need. What is Bella's compelling need that makes you keep reading about her friends and avoidance of friends and lunch and making her dad breakfast?
Which is why I can see why some wouldn't like it. My daughter asked "When does the story start?" and gave up 1/3 of the way through the first book.
But it also makes me wonder why so *many* people like it. There are dozens and dozens of paranormal romances, so what makes this one so much more compelling to so many people?
Do you know she's going to put out a companion volume that retells the first book from Edward's point of view. Apparently the manuscript leaked out and she was going to drop it, but has since rethought. And she actually has posted what was leaked on her blog: Midnight Sun.
phew. So I'm not the only one!LOL We read the first one for book club, and I couldn't see the big deal. It reminded me of reading bad fan fiction. Aiden enjoys them as fluff but says she's concerned about the message for younger girls who are really getting into these books. The relationship aspect is just so unhealthy in a lot of ways. He looks all knowing and smiles and she can't breath! Oh yeah, he could kill her, but he's SO cute!! If it were the early South she'd probably have vapors!LOL
I am really enjoying this series. I have finished Eclipse and have been putting off starting Breaking Dawn. Maybe I don't want it to end. :) I jumped on the Twilight bandwagon after several members of our local Mom crowd were enamored with it. We had a lovely Mom's Night Out Twilight Party and one friend made beautiful charm bracelets to go with the series. I will have to ask her if she minds if I post pictures.
I haven't read them yet but my girls are obsessed, they're going to a Twilight Prom on Friday night and the 11 and 14 yr old both HAD to have new haircuts, so I got to spend hours and hours looking at every picture ever taken of Alice Cullen's haircut.
I just know that if I do read them I'll spend days immersed in it- weeks, maybe and I'm just not THAT interested. I was afraid Alice would be a wimp, who said that? My girls like them, and so I'm eager to see the movie. If I get sick and have to lay in bed doing nothing I might read them.