Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him — and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be — that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is a love story with bite.

My Review

(after reading for the third time in May 2020)

So I was feeling completely downbeat and just pretty lost in myself and decided to read Twilight for the third time.

And I had a blast!

The prose is cringey, I laughed when Meyer probably didn’t mean for me to laugh, and I swooned over Edward so many times that I’m sure I should be embarrassed… but I’m so not!

This book is my go to happy place. It makes me feel young and hopeful… when in reality the big four-oh is glinting on the horizon and I’m pretty jaded about where my life’s path will take me.

I know people often criticise this book for its unhealthy relationship between Bella and Edward ….and don’t get me wrong. They’re scarily obsessed with each other and it’s toxic AF and if I was parent, friend etc. to either character I’d be like guys y’all need to chill.

But I don’t see it quite as negatively as popular opinion would have it.

Yes Edward hangs out in Bella’s room while she’s sleeping. That’s just plain unacceptable. But I don’t feel he’s quite as controlling as many people seem to believe he is.

I think Bella displays enough of her own self will and decision making skills to challenge that controlling stereotype. Ultimately Bella makes the main decisions about where she wants her life to go. We can disagree with those decisions as a reader and no doubt roll our eyes at her unrelenting stupidity (and lol at her constant horndogging) … but she makes up her mind about what she wants from her life and Edward a blood drinking, bedroom creeping, moody-assed, sociopathic vampire is what she wants!

I think we have to give younger readers of Twilight a bit more credit for knowing what they want from their books. 

Twilight is pure fantasy. 

It’s the ordinary, everyday girl (or in the case of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined the ordinary, everyday boy) just dreaming that something otherworldly will happen to shake them out of their mundanities of existence.

Do readers who love Twilight actually want a vampire to show creepy interest in them?

I for one doubt that.

Twilight is a safe space to fantasise and nothing more. And for many people, myself included, it’s a book that helps us escape from real world problems for a little while.

I’m still leaving my rating at five stars even though the book is riddled with cliche and poor writing. And leaving it even though the climax is dull and disappointingly happens mostly off page. I could if I wanted to go off on any number of rants… but Twilight is above critique in my world because it gives me pure unadulterated laughs whenever I visit Forks.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the main quartet this summer (and the Bree Tanner novella) before the arrival of Midnight Sun in August.

Yes I have it preordered. No I will not be shamed!

My Original Review

I first read Twilight when I was at uni over the course of a Christmas break; I remember it had been a long and draining semester and my friend told me about this film that was coming out about a teenage girl who falls for a vampire and well I knew I had to read the book on which it was based! C’mon that premise is soooo cheesy how could I not wanna read it!!

And read it I did. I remember going to the bookshop on my way home from my final exam of the semester and curling up with Twilight to relax that night… The next morning I returned to that same bookshop and bought the three remaining books in the series and binged the whole thing over a glorious week.

I also dragged another friend to the cinema to watch the film with me…bless her she was unimpressed but I loved it and *might* have watched a dodgy online bootleg version of it later again that night… I’m not proud. Shouldn’t condone shady streaming. If it helps any I bought the DVD immediately when it came out…and the DVDs of the other films as soon as each of those were released too….

So what I’m saying is that I love Twilight. It’s a series that has given me immense joy over the years. When I’m feeling a bit down I throw on the DVDs and chuckle my way through them and I just feel better!

And when back in 2017, the Goodreads book group I’m a member of decided to have a readalong of a Classic YA Novel well….. We could have gone with ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ or maybe ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ or possibly ‘The Outsiders’ to name but a few… but nope. Classy bunch that we are all voted to read (or reread as the case may have it) ‘Twilight’ because why not!!!

And okay rereading it reminded me how truly awful Twilight is at times… It is so poorly written, the characters are utterly bonkers and say and do the dumbest things, the love story is beyond delusional and pretty toxic… I mean ordinarily this is the type of book that I would award my lowest rating to and try to wipe it from my memory.

But yet Twilight has this addictive charm. It’s basically like the worst kind of sugary junk food. Something with excessively high glucose syrup content and a crap tonne of E numbers. I mean you know it’s bad for you but you just want more more more!!!!

Chapter 13 was the highlight for me.
I cried.
Just could not contain the tears. They freely streamed down my face as I laughed and laughed…
And laughed some more!!!
The second hand embarrassment I felt was overpowering (almost as overpowering as Bella’s scent)

But honestly if you want a book to cheer you up then read Twilight. Forget that you have standards. Leave your pretentiousness at the door. Embrace the dodginess and just revel in the trashtastic mess it is and let yourself enjoy the most unintentionally hilarious book you will ever read.

I’m giving it the full five stars.

Without guilt, shame or remorse. It’s simply given me too much joy over the years and therefore deserves my highest rating.

#TeamEdwardForLife
#BelwardAreRelationshipGoals
#SparklyAbsAreMyFavouriteKindOfAbs

32 thoughts on “Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Book Review

  1. Hahahahahaha! Oh man, I finally understand the joy of this series and how utterly bonkers it really is. Rereading it as an adult is definitely different than when I did as a teen. I’m so excited to share my review for the first book on thursday!

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  2. Great Review Emer!!! Totally agree there are problems with this series yet at the same time it’s a good relaxing read, where you don’t have to think to much about what your read about. 😉

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  3. This review made me laugh so hard 😁 I never liked Twilight but I totally get its appeal. I guess I’d put it into the “so bad it’s actually good” category and, if not taken seriously, it can be a surprisingly entertaining read.

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  4. Hahaha I live for your Twilight sparkly vampire reviews! Sparkly abs are clearly one of the best abs that anyone can ask for 😂 I remember living for this series when I read it in uni as well. I devoured this series so quickly it’s not even funny. BUT THEN… BUT THEN THE MOVIE CAME OUT and I just… I COULDN’T HANDLE IT. The one and only time I walked out of a movie theatre… It was because of Twilight 😂🙈

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  5. Haha! I read the entire series in a week when I was on break during my uni days too. I did enjoy it although now that I have matured, I do realize that some parts are lacking, at least in literary parlance. I still liked it though despite its flawed writing, underdeveloped *and whiny* characters. It is a book that we just have to read simply because. I agree that it is a junk food for the mind. Great review as always, reminding me of the time I read it 🙂

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    1. Exactly Carl! I’m a firm believer in reading all sorts of books and twilight has certainly played its part in my reading life. Not every book has to be groundbreaking in its literary styles but as long as it brings a joy to the reader or moves them in some way then that is all that matters :))))

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    1. I think if you weren’t captured by it the first time around then a reread won’t change your mind…. I mean it really isn’t well written Lauren…. Yes I know… I rated it five stars and in the next breath I say it is poorly written lol!!! But to me Twilight is about a time in my life that I needed to destress. I needed an escape… and it gave me that and still gives it to me. It is pure unadulterated trash but in the best kind of way. Trashtastic excellence :)))))))))))

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      1. Aww…I love that you have the connection to the series! I feel the same way about bad sci-fi (the “fun”-bad kind.) (Am I just talking about Star Wars?)
        When you put it that way…on second though, perhaps I won’t go back to Forks. ‘Tis a silly place.

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        1. OMG DONT YOU DARE TRY TO INSINUATE STAR WARS IS BAD SCI FI! Unless we are talking about phantom menace then HELLS YEAH IT SUCKS 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Still haven’t seen the most recent two Star Wars though Lauren….I don’t know who I am anymore. I just got all levels of fear 🙈😂

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          1. STAR WARS IS SO CHEESY. IT IS GOOD IN ITS HEART.
            Emer…I don’t know what to tell you. TLJ is one of my favorite movies of all time. TROS is…not. I feel like you’ll have to go on a personal journey before seeing the movies because there are feelings everywhere you turn.

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              1. I’ve heard that critique a bunch and I get it now. Episode 7 doesn’t do a whole lot of anything new. We were trying to get a buddy of mine into Star Wars and he watched 7 and went, “Isn’t this literally just A New Hope?’” I can’t even argue with that.

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