Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer - A Series Review

Twilight is a series of four vampire based romance/fantasy novels: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. It follows the adventures of Isabella "Bella" Swan, a teenager who moves to Forks, Washington and finds her life turned upside-down when she falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen.
The series is told primarily from Bella's point of view, with the epilogue of Eclipse
and a portion of Breaking Dawn being told from the viewpoint of character Jacob Black. Midnight Sun, if published, will be a retelling of the first book, Twilight, from Edward Cullen's point of view.

To read Midnight Sun go to To read the reviews of the series, click on the comment button below. *Warning - spoilers*


  1. There are so many things wrong with this series. I’m a fan of science fiction and mythology and fantasy and I tolerated all the odd things in the books because I thought it’s just a different way of telling the vampire story.

    This fourth installment was just way too much for me. The whole imprinting thing with the werewolves is odd and I think she only did it for a copout for Jacob to be happy. Then with the boys thinking Bella is some sort of martyr for wanting to give birth to her baby even if it is a monster. If she (Meyer) had followed Alice and told that story it would have been more interesting. Why couldn’t Bella, Edward, and “Nessie” go on that adventure? There was no character development after the second book and it became flat.

    Throughout the series I was never convinced that Bella was in love with Edward. I am a strong believer that you have to be friends first. Which is why it’s more believable that she would like Jacob; except she’s too stupidly in love with Edward whose only characteristic is that he’s good-looking. I call that lust. Not love. This series is like a car wreck you can’t keep from staring.

    I would not want my teenage daughter to read this series. I feel it sends the wrong message about love and sex and relationships in general. I know Vampires are not real, but that does not excuse the messages the book gives out.

  2. I would have to agree on all aspects, definitly a good read, I had to read them all to find out what happened. Just not the best story. Bella's character was generally un-interesting. Her being clumsy was not endearing in anyway. I mean so she trips over flat surfaces, who doesn't? I liked the second book best (until the end). I think it has to be because of the relationship between Bella and Jacob was more real, I think Lisa was right with the friendship aspect. I did really enjoy her (Meyer) take on werewolves, them being shape shifters. I thought she had a better story with that then the glitering vamps.

  3. I also wanted to add that I read the 12 chapters of Midnight Sun, which is Twilight from Edwards perspective and I thought it would have been 100 times better if the whole book was written like that. I think it would have been more interesting for her to have done all the books from different people's perspectives like she did in New Moon. I like vampire stories, and I think Bella's character is uninteresting, so to get the story from Edwards point of view, with more written about his family and their was a better read on my end.
    I feel I could go on quite the tangent.

  4. I cannot say that this series was not intertaining, it was. However, there are definately several reasons for me to not be overly impressed, or to be able to buy into the hype. The first two books were well worth the read, yet I was disappointed with the last two. Like Lisa mentioned, I think the messages for young girls is not a great one. Mostly because of how devestated Bella was by Edward's absence. In her effort to not become a "zombie" she throws herself into another relationship. And although we know that she does not love Jacob as much as Edward, she still is continuously relying on others for her happiness. I think it would have served the story better to illustrate how she became a stronger person on her own, in Edward's absence.

    Because I am not a teenager, I was able to overlook these types of messages, however I was still disappointed in the lack of character development for Bella. How does she grow? Does she learn create her own happiness? No. Does she become a better person? No. A better vampire, maybe. And how cheesy is that?!

    And even though I felt the need to read the next page, the next chapter, the next book, I left the series not satisfied. I feel like in the end, the strings were too neatly tied. I feel like there were no "guts" to the story line. A good main character changes, grows, and overcomes obsticles. In the end, she had it all - her Edward, her "Nessie", her Jacob, her Cullen family, her father, her outstanding beauty and excellent vampiric skills. I can't think of anything she had to give up. Her human status, but she was quick to shed that - it was no problem. In closing, I loved most aspects of the way Meyer portrayed Vampires and Shape Shifters, pretty clever and fun to read. I just wish I liked Bella better. :)

  5. Too bad the comment section doesn't have spell check - please excuse my errors! Ack!

  6. I'm a fan of life. Bella's desire to be dead, even the living dead, bothers me and I think that also sends the wrong message to anyone reading the book. It's wrong wrong wrong!!! Everlasting life can't be all what it's cracked up to be. Read Tuck Everlasting one of my all time favorites. I read it in school and I never forgot it. The movie was crap so skip it.


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