Author: Stephanie Meyer
Buy: Amazon US
If you think this is going to be another rant review of Twilight then you are absolutely WRONG. Whilst there is a lot wrong with this book, I can totally understand why, to some people, it is so loved.
Disclaimer: I read this during exams because I figured it would be easy to read and nothing to intense. I was half-right. The writing is really nothing special but it’s very readable and time passed rapidly whilst I had my nose in it. I got me out of the stress of exams and was generally quite indulgent.
Yes – indulgent is definitely the right word to describe this novel. As long as you don’t take it too seriously, you can just sit back and enjoy the vicarious emotion that rolls seamlessly off the pages. It took me only 4 days to read even though I was crammed with revision and studying!
However, there’s a few things I think need tackling. First of all, Bella’s characterisation. Now, I’ve only read the first instalment of the series, but I’ve heard about the “depression” Bella goes through in New Moon. What I want to understand is – did Bella have depression before she moved to Forks? The word “depression” is mentioned multiple times in this book even before she gets with Edward, but I’m not sure if it’s as a mental health issue or just an emotion.
Secondly, I understand that the morals of this novel are ALL WRONG. No girl should be encouraged to think that her whole life revolves around a boy, that it’s okay for said boy to stalk her and watch her sleep, that they should have to give up anything (let alone her whole life!) for said boy or that she should put herself at physical or psychological risk for said boy. Now, I understand that when you’re in love you might do anything to help that person – but not only has Bella known Edward for a very short amount of time, but that behaviour shouldn’t be encouraged even in beautiful, loving, stable relationships.
Basically, I’ve given up on mindlessly hating Twilight because, when I don’t think about the morals, I actually find it very enjoyable. But I think that any young and/or easily-influenced readers should probably be educated on the immorality of the characters’ actions before reading it. Also, *if anyone knows she official verdict on Bella’s mental health please let me know!*