“As she gazed into his perfect honey colored eyes, she was overwhelmed with giddiness at the sight of his perfection, and swooned when he smiled the perfect crooked (does that really work?) perfect smile of perfection like a Greek God who could never hope to be as handsome and perfect as the work of perfection himself that was Edward…”
Basically, I’ve summarized 90% of the book for you. (Quick, someone hand me a thesauraus. I’ve got to look up synonyms for perfection!)
I had no idea what Twilight was about, other than a nod at vampires, but at the time I had just come off the Harry Potter hype train, and loathing as I did waiting for sequels I figured I’d give this series a look when more of the books were out. The Twilight series hype continued to grow, with nearly everyone around me swearing to its authenticity as the greatest series of all time.
I still planned to give it a look, but paused after going over a review on my friend’s blog. After conferring with a second friend who’d read the entire series (because the Twilight fans SWORE the books continued getting better), I felt little to no motivation to read this book. Hey, romance novels just aren’t my thing.
But with fellow women and girls around becoming fans a plenty, I felt if I were going to be able to have an opinion I’d have to delve in. So, I began reading Twilight.
I was surprised! Well, at first…
Here was this character Bella. A typical teenage girl with family troubles and teenage girl insecurities. She’s interesting, the view she presents is interesting, and although I know what’s coming I hope that we don’t arc away from the current Bella. Then came the dreaded “descriptions.” Those who’ve read know what I’m referring to. The gushing descriptions (see above for an example) that occupy 90% of the rest of the book.
*VERY BIG SIGH*
And so a perfectly reasonable an interesting character becomes a crazed obsessive “swimfan” type girl, and the cheesiness factor is laid on thick.
So if I knew exactly what was coming, why bother reading in the first place?
To be honest, the take Stephanie Meyer has on vampires, albeit unresearched and a little too Superman without kryptonite, is interesting. I found myself the most involved when I heard Edward’s origins and his families origins. In fact, publish a book without gushing affections about Dr. Cullen and Edward’s adventures pre-Bella and I think you might have a very compelling novel. This may be out of Meyer’s capability to do (aka where would the story be without the gushing affections?)
Something that is incredibly disturbing is the way their relationship works, which most readers have tended to shrug off to being a vampire.
But probably 70% of my reason for reading the book (the 30% being to have an informed opinion–which wouldn’t have been enough drive alone) was to bring to you a comic series I’ve affectionately named “The Mid-Afternoon Chronicles.” I’m by no means a professional when it comes to comics, and some of you may not get it if you haven’t read at least the first book, but it amuses me and hopefully it will do the same for you.
This is merely a character concept of our ‘heroes,’ but I promise a new comic is coming soon and hopefully weekly.