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.
(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.
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.