Thursday, September 25, 2008

An Obsession with the Twilight Saga

About the Saga (from Wikipedia):
TWILIGHT is a series of vampire-based fantasy/romance from author Stephenie Meyer. It follows the adventures of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a teenager who moves to Forks, Washington and finds her life turned upside-down when she falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen.
This series is told primarily from Bella’s point of view, with the epilogue Eclipse and a portion of Breaking Dawn being told from the viewpoint of Jacob Black. Midnight Sun, if published, will be told from Edward Cullen’s point of view of Twilight.
My two cents worth:
WHO would have thought that a series for teeny boppers could get a grown woman so hooked? On my weekly visits to the bookstore, I kept noticing displays of the book at every nook and cranny. I got curious, did some research and found raving reviews on the series. Many have compared it to Harry Potter so naturally I had to get my hands on it to see if this was true. Ten days, 4 books and 2,444 pages later, I officially became an obsessed fan of the saga.
Whilst Myer’s style of writing falls way behind Rowling’s (this is my personal opinion), I still became addicted to the simple storyline revolving Edward and Bella’s relationship, the love triangle with Jacob and the world of vampires, shape shifters, half breeds and the supernatural.
Some parts of the book can be a bit slow; especially in New Moon where almost each chapter in the beginning describes Bella’s depressive state due to Edwards’s departure (I cheated and skipped a couple of pages on this one). I also think that the publishers should consider hiring better editors as there were grammatical errors that were blatantly obvious to even someone who is as inattentive as I am.

I LOVE Edward Cullen’s character in this book and took a liking to Alice and Emmet’s character as well. As much as I loved how the relationship developed between Bella and Edward, unfortunately Bella’s character annoyed me the most. She came across as an infatuated teenager obsessed with Edward and was constantly goo-goo-ga-gaing over him. (Hey we all fall in love but obsessing over a guy too much is going way overboard lah… no ones that perfect, not even a century old vampire!) Other than that she came across as selfish, reckless and dependent.
The storyline is not new but engaging never the less. Among all the four books I loved Eclipse the most because it was the most exciting. New Moon was my least favorite. Breaking Dawn was THE book that provided a happy ending for everyone and I was quite happy with the outcome.
Despite the fact that there were bad reviews to Meyer’s writing, the plotting and the moral messages that some viewed as negative, the Twilight series is one of the best books that I have read in years. I’m so glad I started reading it when all four of the books were out at bookstores already; I can’t imagine how other Twilight obsessed fans could have waited for each book to be released.

Now as the official fan of the Twilight Saga, I am impatiently waiting for the movie to be released in December. I just hope that they release the movie in Malaysia the same time they do in the States....

P.S I’m hoping Robert Pattison can carry Edward’s character well. Personally, I would have preferred Orlando Bloom. Oh well, we’ll see.

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