Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away? Until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires? And he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.
I finally succumbed to the hype about this series of teen-vampire books. So, does it live up to the hype? To be honest, I didn’t think it anything all that special – it’s basically a teen romance with vampires and the story could have been almost identical even without the bloodsucking element.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have its merits. It’s incredibly easy to read and a lot of fun to boot. The characters are quirky, although, I’ll admit I found Bella rather nauseating with her constant declarations of love for Edward and her near-terminal clumsiness – it just got a bit too much at times. I also couldn’t understand why all the boys in town were falling over themselves to go out with her. Are they so devoid of female company in Forks? Edward, too, didn’t actually strike me as anything all that hot. Yes, he’s beautiful to look at, he’s mysterious and brooding, but then, aren’t almost all novel vampires? He just lacked that bit of “oomph” for me.
That said, there was enough there to keep me entertained and just enough to keep me interested enough to try at least one of the sequels – we’ll see where I go from there…
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite