September 12, 2008

Twilight Awakening

So I caved in yesterday and read Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Our heroine is Bella Swan, an ordinary, clumsy, unathletic, new kid in the rainy Olympic Peninsula who's intrigued by five 'devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful' schoolmates. One of them is the 'dazzling' vampire Edward Cullen, who she falls in love with.

The book is an easy read, but some of the dialogue is corny (or I'm just jaded). The plot could have been tighter. Ms. Meyer is prone to superlatives, clearly admiring her male protagonist. You'll be more than halfway through the book before a group of hunter/tracker vampires shows up to spoil the fun. The book is suspenseful yet funny. Sassy Bella provides much of the one-liners.

Much of the book deals with forbidden love, the sexual tension between our star-crossed lovers, Edward's inner turmoil. One can see why the book struck a chord with its primarily young adult audience and women of all ages. According to Entertainment Weekly there's an online community called Twilight Moms and some fans have started calling themselves Twihards. Depending on how you look at it, Edward can be a creepy bipolar stalker type or a devoted, loving boyfriend who sets the bar pretty high for all men. I for one would like to hear more about the rest of the Cullen clan.

The movie opens on 21 November 2008.


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