Everyone remembers the first time they heard about Twilight. I’ll share my story with you. I was in a bookstore at some point in tenth grade and went through the teen books. There was a book on the shelf called Twilight. I read the back and it sounded kind of interesting. I like vampires. So I bought it and started reading. This was before all of the hype, before anyone knew what it was. Before anyone was there to impede on my experience and tell me it was bad before I read it. And that made it much more of an interesting read.
Twilight is about a fairly typical, awkward teenage girl, Bella, who moves in with her dad. She falls in love with a boy in her new high school, Edward, who reveals to her that he is a vampire who thirsts for her blood.
That’s the basic plot. No point going any deeper – mostly everyone knows the forbidden love story. But because no one ruined my idea of the book, I actually liked reading it the first time. The grammar and writing is not amazing. I’m surprised at the horrid editing job. Aside from that, the story was kind of captivating. Would Bella survive to the end? Would Edward be able to hold himself back from hurting her? Would her regular, human friends find out Edward’s secret?
People call Bella a boring Mary Sue character meant to be an empty vessel wherein the reader can put their own personality. I found Bella to have a personality. Sure, it wasn’t a good one. She tends to be very moody, selfish and kind of dense, but she’s a teenager. And whether or not teen girls want to admit it, that’s what they’re going through. Edward, on the other hand, was mysterious and fairly gentlemanly. I actually found it intriguing and creative that vampires sparkled in the sun rather than melting or burning up, but here’s where I finish the positive comments.
What I find irritating about Twilight is the author and her fans who think that this is a wonderfully romantic love story. Edward and Bella do not have a healthy relationship. It’s great that they’re trying to conquer the odds, and it’s very entertaining to read for a teen girl who only dreams of her own romance tales, but it is not a good relationship, as he is very controlling.
Twilight isn’t an epic novel. It’s not a quality read. It’s a book that people read simply for entertainment, so they have something to do that makes them smile. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with this.