DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ OR WATCHED THE
BOOK/MOVIE! NO WAIT! READ THIS PRECISELY
IF YOU PLAN ON READING THE BOOK!
After so many years of having been published did I just recently – last month to be exact – finally decided to read the famed Twilight Saga. The story tells about Isabella Swan and her involvement with the mythical world of vampires and werewolves. When I first heard of the triangular-relationship I thought, sweet muse what did the girl do to get these two boys going on a racial war against each other? And after reading it I found out I was wrong. Thank Heavens. Then I wondered what made the book so amazingly popular? Is the story just that good? Is the story’s world so wonderful? Sad news… the book disappoints me badly. That is very sad news for me because I’ve always found stories about vampires and werewolves to be rather interesting.
Bella, Bella, Bella, Bella… Sigh, I have lost count of the number of times I have attempted and have killed you during my time of reading this soap opera. There is literally nothing about this girl that gives me the motivation to read the book at all! (I only read it because I just had to understand why it was so well sold) And even after finishing all four books… Stephanie Mayer, the only redeeming thing about this saga is Breaking Dawn – the forth book in the series.
The first book is not – and I repeat not – worth reading at all. It is just plain introduction to the Twilight world that is so plain that I do not recommend reading it. From the start till the end, this book just explains how Bella, in the most uninteresting and so anticlimactically, discover about the vampire world. And she even falls in love with one herself – Edward Cullen. Then later she just has to be the center of attention by being the obsession of another vampire – namely his meal.
And all the while I had but one question in my mind that would not leave me alone…
WHERE ARE THE WEREWOLVES?!
Jacob Black apparently was not aware of his own heritage at all…
So yeah, first book was a total downer… but no, this is the first book so let’s just hope the next book will be better.
This book is a must to avoid! It is nothing but pure teenage drama with needless self-isolation, self-pity, self-sorrow, and and and… just more selfish stuff from our dearly beloved Bella. (I tried imagining myself putting a bullet through her skull and replayed that scene over and over again while I read this book) But GOOD NEWS; werewolves finally emerged and are now officially part of this story’s world! Jacob finally learns the truth of his heritage and shifts into his wolf form. Being the more cheery and jovial of the two bachelor (the other being Edward himself) I found myself liking his character. Too bad he just has to be the kind of boy who acts like a love sick puppy – no pun intended here – and cling onto the slim and non-existential hope of Bella returning the feeling to him. Let me give you a hug, Jake (and a slap or two). Edward only returns to attention in the latter half of this book when he decides to commit suicide because his sister gave him false information and he has apparently lost his reason to live… Did I mention that Bella pretty much attempted the same thing as well just so she could hear Edward’s voice? Wow, how befitting these two pairing are.
There is something I found interesting in this book though; the Volturri. I’m guessing it is something of a trend and believe here – every stories I’ve ever read and movies I’ve ever watched the vampires all have one thing in common; a hierarchy. Somehow, one form or another, there is always a ruling house/coven/family/clan amongst the vampires who controls the rest. So like every other royal vampires, the Volturri is a powerhouse who has been ruling its subjects for well over a millennia. But that’s about the only interesting part. The rest is just mind-numbing bore.
YES! ACTIONS! BLOOD! GORE! FIGHTS! YEAH! KILL!
You just pulled the worst prank on me in this book, Stephanie. Not funny. I had to suffer through more teenage angst and drama and stupid triangular-love relationship for about 9 out of 10 of the book before I got to read some well deserved action… and even then I had thought it would have been between the vampires and werewolves… but no, I’ve been proven wrong. The eternal rivals have instead made an alliance to fight some newborn vampires instead lead by a vengeful female vampire who wants Bella’s head. Sheesh Bella, aren’t you satisfied with the attention you get from Edward alone? Apparently not. This girl must be an attention-whore without even realizing it herself. Oh not to mention, apparently Bella happens to rather horny as well considering how she keeps trying to coughgetcoughintosneezeEdward’scoughpantscough! Sorry, the haze is doing that to me…
My friend, whom I borrowed this saga from, reassures me that this one will be better and I trusted her. And it is in a way. First, it is divided into three books or parts; Bella, Jacob,
Edward Bella. Second,
we got to see a baby! Third, I’m just going to say it again, second part is
Jacob’s POV! Yeah, those are the positive points this book gets.
What I found dissatisfying about it is the boorish plot… Again dear sweet Bella gets horny but who can blame her? Edward’s her husband… though I think her parents did a terrible job when they gave the sex-talk. Did it not cross her mind to practice safe sex? Regardless of what she knew about vampires not being able to breed – that sounds so wrong, I just made them seem like animals – she should at the very least use what little common sense she has in that head of her and take a contraceptive pill. Or at least Edward should have made her take it. Why am I saying this? Because neither of them were even ready of the concept of being a parent! But what’s done is done, nothing to do about it except move on.
Next comes in Jacob! Now this is great because I got to escape from Bella’s POV! A fresh perspective. Some sunnier thoughts. And of course let’s not forget; more drama. I do enjoy reading the chapter title though, for example:
Chapter 13 - Good thing I’ve got a strong stomach
Indeed. Otherwise I would have been throwing up every meal I’d eaten at how sappy the previous books were. Still, I’m glad Jacob is who he is. And his part of the story had been on the more dark and serious theme. Breaking away from the pack, doing his best to protect Bella, fighting for what he thinks is right, watching someone you love and care dearly of wither away. The end of his part is when things just got sick…
Jacob imprinted on Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s daughter.
Allow me to ask you fangirls and readers something: did it not occur to you this story could have gone on an incestuous direction had Bella gotten together with Jacob instead? Jacob was only feeling an attachment for Bella because – this theory can be so weird – one of her OVUM (I told you it is weird) happens to be Jacob’s fated pair! Imagine your boyfriend telling you he kissed your mother and actually had feelings for her as well as having had inappropriate thoughts about her.
If this book was alive I would have stabbed it and watched it bleed like Tom Riddle’s diary…
Moving on from that disturbing discovery third part of this book is, I’m afraid I had to force myself to say this, fine. It’s not too bad and it’s not that great either. But Bella getting mad at Jacob for calling her daughter Nessie – I laughed my heads off at that – was what got me to continue reading till the end.
At the mention of the Volturri’s arrival my first thought was, actions! Sadly, reading this book has deprived me of much needed actions and fights. I would have much preferred if the political talks had come first then a second encounter of war for the ending of this book. Aro annoys me with his silver-tongued speech of protecting the secret world of vampires and ensuring their safety while plotting to gain some new pawns. Villains like him are just plain old-school and are not worth creating anymore unless you really know how to make them interesting.
So that’s the end of this saga; everyone lives happily ever after.
In a nutshell, the plot is hardly captivating for me, the characters are not memorable at all, and the world is just too plain. Bella is definitely the kind of person I do not want as the main character because that role is supposed to teach us important lessons. The main character is someone who influences us readers and Bella is not someone we want to be like. Jacob’s only good point is that he is slightly more alive than the others including Edward. Edward reminds me off Christian Grey without an interesting background – both are moody, both does the ‘stay away from me for I am hazardous to you, yet I will not stay away from you because you are delicious’, and both are mature yet childish at the same time. The other characters (the remaining Cullens, the other vampires, the werewolves, Bella’s parents, Bella’s schoolmates) are hardly more than decorations in the hall.
Oh, before I forget about this, shape-shifters are werewolves and vice verse according to the Red Indians. Considering the story is based in America and the Quileute are a Native tribe, Jacob and his pack are werewolves and shape-shifters. They are not separate issue but one and the same. Just thought I had to mention it.
A/N: This is purely my own personal opinion and any offence made are unintentional. Do not take it personally. I am a human after all and I have my own way of seeing things.