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So there's this book/series called Twilight/The Twilight Saga that people are flipping out about on Facebook. Or more like they're flipping out about the main character. And of course I had to read it to find out what the big deal was.

I can't decide whether I love the book or just kind of like it, or was just grateful for something to read. It's 498 pages and I read it in maybe 6 or 7 hours over two days, factoring out sleep time and other breaks. I do have to say that I was excited when I was reading it, and it's been a very long time since I've been excited to read anything, even the last few Harry Potter books.

And the more I write about this, the more I realize I'm kind of all over the place with it, so sorry if anyone's actually trying to read/follow it. x_x

Twilight is most definitely young adult fiction, but not trashy like I expected. There's more sexual tension than anything. It's also no great piece of literature and I sometimes got irritated by the writing style and overuse of certain phrases. I read a Newsweek article about the author, and she's a Mormon housewife who lives outside of Phoenix and was inspired to write this book after she had a dream that became one of the scenes in the book. That explains most of the issues and all of the lack of sex and other teenage things. I'd read about the plot and whatnot on Wikipedia while deciding whether or not it was worth reading.

Basically, this girl Bella moves from Phoenix, where she lives with her mom, to Forks, Washington, to live with her dad because her mom is going to be moving around a lot with her minor league baseball player boyfriend/fiance/thing. She falls in love with this boy, Edward, as soon as she sees him at lunch. Like, totally head over heels in love. And she thinks he hates her. Time passes, he's mysterious, they get to know each other, surprise, he's a vampire. Er, what? And he's tortured by the fact that not only is he in love with her, but the scent of her blood is absolutely delicious and sweeter than anything he's ever smelled or tasted before and he just wants to eat her (har har). She's beyond accident-prone, so he makes it his job to keep her safe and alive, which is ironic because he's the most dangerous thing around her, what with the whole "I vant to suck yoor bluddd" and all. Blah blah stuff happens, she meets his ragtag adopted vampire family, they play baseball, and then they meet these three other vampires, one of whom decides he wants to eat Bella. Yum. Edward's (and his family's) protectiveness of her makes him want her more. A few elaborate plans later, Bella almost dies because she's dumb, the Cullen family saves her at the last minute, Edward sucks her blood to prevent her from becoming a vampire (o_O) and becomes even more tortured because he's finally tasted it, and she goes back and lives happily ever after. Ish. And he takes her to the prom (together now, "Awww!").

Overall it's not so bad if you're not expecting anything major from it. It definitely captured my attention though and I didn't really want to put it down. It's a little cliché and the characters are kind of like those you'd find in a sub-par fanfic, but it's not bad. Bella is pretty much a Mary-Sue; in lieu of having amazing beauty and grace and whatever like most though, she's self-described as being plain and nothing out of the ordinary, extremely clumsy (Edward: "Are you referring to the fact that you can't walk across a flat surface without finding something to trip over?"), and yet this inexplicably beautiful boy falls madly in love with her and tells her she's perfect, etc. And she's whiny.

Edward is, of course, a vampire. Like all vampires, he has icy cold and pale skin like marble. And is beautiful. I stopped counting how many times she likened him to a Greek/Roman/pagan statue of a god of beauty. People on Facebook seem to be flipping out about how hot and sexy he is, but I don't see the appeal of someone who's completely and utterly perfect. And cold. Meh. What I like about him is is sense of humor and biting (no pun intended) sarcasm. It's much the same as how my friends and I interact with the psuedo-insults and stuff. What I do like about him: he sparkles. And glitters. The whole not-coming-out-in-the-daytime and burning-in-the-sun thing is a myth; in reality, vampires don't go out in the sun because their skin sparkles and glitters. I can has glitterboy plz? ;o; It's cute and romantic that he's so dedicated to Bella. He's kind of an emo kid because he's to tortured over her being in love with a monster who could kill her at any moment if for any reason his self-control wavers, but it's kind of cute.

Overall I think I liked it more than I'm now willing to say that I liked it. I was super giddy after I finished it and wanted to go right into reading the next book and was sad that the library didn't have the next two books. The more I thought about it and the more I wrote on Facebook about it, the more I was trying not to become a fangirl and have tried to convince myself that I didn't like it so much. But it's a cute story and Edward is quite charming. It's written from Bella's perspective, which is kind of annoying because I hate first person, but it would be really freaking hard to write the same story from third person, even with an omniscient narrator. (Interestingly enough, after the last book in the series comes out in August, the author is working writing this book, at least, from Edward's perspective as well. The first chapter is on her website as a pdf and seems interesting. I'm worried about an overload of tortured emo kid emotions, but it could be a really good book. If she tries writing the entire series both ways, she may be stretching it. I don't know.)

I definitely do want to read the next three books. Although from what Wikipedia has written about them, I'm a little apprehensive. Just like the actual confrontation/battle thing in this book was super rushed and has very little content, it seems like the upcoming confrontations aren't well thought-out either. But we shall see. I was going to write more about how utterly convenient it is that Edward can read minds and his 'sister' can see the future, but we'll leave that for another day. The more I try to dissect things, the more I usually hate them. This is, after all, a piece of fiction, so it's not like I can expect everything to be imperfect.

There's also a movie set to come out in December. The kid who played Cedric Diggory in HP is Edward, which makes me sad, because he is not hot. Not even pretty. I don't even like him in what I've seen on the one-minute-long trailer. I may or may not see the movie; any movie based on a book that I've read always gets picked apart when I'm watching it because I hate when they change things. Clearly since this movie is based on a book written in first person, they're going to have to change things to make the story flow smoothly without needing a narrator, but still... I have my reservations. And why couldn't they get someone pretty to play the main character? Seriously. Even if I'm not crushing on Edward like millions of adolescent girls are, eye candy is never a bad thing in film. D:

I reallllly want the next book now. I've ordered it through the Richmond library system but I have to wait for it to get to the local branch. No library in the system has the third one, which sucks and means I'll have to wait til I get home to read it. I thought about buying them all online, but I'll wait until I've at least read all four and decide then whether or not the series is worth buying. I'm about to reread Twilight again for lack of anything else; it's better than three books about culture differences. x_x;

The one thing I really want to know: what does Edward do when Bella's on her period? >)
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