Friday, December 21, 2007

I Finished...

And I finished FAST. So, there is your first indicator of what I thought. I really did enjoy the story. I always thought I would. I wasn't afraid to read a story about vampires. The story line was interesting. It did pull me in and kept me hanging on. I found myself waking at odd hours in the night wanting to get up and finish the book.

I was however tentative to read a book that was so trendy. Like I said in my earlier post, I tend to find that trendy books are typically not very well written. Just before reading Twilight I finished a book that, to me, was incredibly well written. Markus Zusak, the author has a real gift for the written word. So, to then pick up and read Twilight and compare the writing was unfair. But I did and Stephanie Meyer just can not compare. I did not find her style of writing to be my most favorite. She was extremely repetitive. If I heard this conversation one more time...

Edward: I'm so dangerous. You really should stay away from me.
Bella: But I'm not afraid of you.
Edward: But you should be.
Bella: But I'm not!

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Sorry Stephanie. (Like she reads my blog!!!) But, you don't see me published either do you? So, there you go!

I also have a little bone to pick. I'm a little concerned that this book was originally written for a teenage audience. I'm pretty sure that if my daughter was 14, I would not want her reading this book. It is a little steamy. I got the impression that the only reason Edward and Bella didn't "do it" was because he was afraid he might kill her. Otherwise, them jumping in the sack, if you will, wouldn't have been a question. Anyone else get that impression? And the fact that he stays in her room all night watching her sleep? I guess you can't really give a 100 year old a curfew!!!! Just a little soap box moment from little ole me!!! I do have friends in my bookgroup who have daughters who read it and they said it didn't bother them because they were able to have a conversation with them about the book. I guess that helps and I might reconsider.

And one last thing and I'll STOP. Now, I just may lose a few blog readers over this one. I almost got kicked out of my book group for it (not really!) but.... I find Edward to be a bit creepy. Sorry. But I do. And it's not the whole vampire thing. I can't even put my finger on it really. Just, well, C-R-E-E-P-Y..

And just in case you are wondering.... I might be picky and particular and hard to please, BUT, I can't wait to get my hands on the next two books to see what happens! "Anyone have #2 and 3 I can borrow?!?!?" sayest the HYPOCRITE!!!!

14 comments:

Celia Fae said...

Lots of people think Edward is creepy. And most of the moms I know want to tear out the pages about vampire sex. If you do, please send them to me. I'm starting a collection.

Nice review. I've read the next but not the third. Maybe we'll do it together!

Paige said...

Oh yeah, I don't like vampire sex. And I'm not in the cold, hard jaw, as well as speedy Gonzalez all around the field while he glistens. But I liked it and I have the next one ready to go. I was going to suggest we read it together, but Celia already did.

Lisa-Marie said...

Am I missing something here? Do books two and three get worse? Your comments have made me nervous.

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

I just read the first one too and haven't started the second or third because of the holidays. My sister said that the first is way better which scares me. Because although I thought it was really really great, I also was sort of OVER Edward and the whole "I'm dangerous" thing too.

Laurel said...

I am one of a handful of mormon women who have not read it. I probably will at some point, but it's not on the radar yet. I also have only read the first book in the Harry Potter series...Are they going to take away my reading license?

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

Prediction: You will be rooting for Jacob.

Book two: Edward's hardly in it (which is why I HATED book two).

Book three: Loads of vampire sex.

That's all I'm going to say, traitor.

gab said...

I agree with your review. Enjoyed it but didn't want to. Found Edward creepy. Enjoyed book two and have not even finished book three...I just am losing steam with the whole vampire thing. I think I'm over it. But am excited to see the movie...

Lisa-Marie said...

Okay, you've all made it very clear for me that I AM DONE! No more Edward for me. Someone can fill me in. Does Bella get vampired or not? That's all I really want to know. I'm not interested in vampire S-E-X thanks.

Arin Rohrbach said...

I wouldn't want my teenager daughter to read it either. The language bothers me and their casual views on sex are annoying coming from an LDS author. I've read all three and unfortunately they do get more mature. I still liked the books overall, but definetely not for young adults.

Arin Rohrbach said...

Oh and I don't know if I thought Edward was creepy, just really controlling (book 3). Not a healthy relationship you would want your daughter to mimic, and I'm not talking about the dating a vampire part.

Denae said...

There's no vampire sex at all in the next 2! You should read them. Number 1 is the best for sure but I liked all 3. But I'm not picky. I like most books. I don't love the coldness of Edward but I do love his dangerousness! Also, I heard you talked to Celia on the phone! SO fun! And thanks for worrying about me.

Penelope Crackers said...

Oh girls. There is no sex in any of the books. I got freaked out in the third book because Bella was trying to talk Edward into it and he took a strong stand and said he wasn't waiting for her to be a vampire, he just wouldn't because they weren't married. Bella plays devils advocate which bugged me tremondously, but Edward spoke from an LDS stand point I thought. And no Lisa, she still isn't a vampire.

Grandma W. said...

All I have to say is,"WHEN DO YOU HAVE TIME TO READ?????!!!!!
We love you!

Arin Rohrbach said...

Yes, there is no vampire sex, just a lot of references to it. I really liked the books and will continue to read/buy them, I just wouldn't recommend it to a young adult, like it's classified.