Twilight Review

 

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I was very interested to read Twilight as friends (who are ‘middle aged’ and would not normally read this genre) had commented how addictive the series is and how “as soon as you finish the first one you want to run out and buy the next one”.  So having to write this blog post was the perfect opportunity to spend some time reading for pleasure, which I love to do!I was only able to get through about a third of the book before this review was due (so obviously I wasn’t as addicted as my friends!). Reading Twilight evoked for me memories of high school and of first love. While reading the story I had built a great picture in my mind of the attraction between Bella and Edward prior to Bella discovering that Edward is a vampire.

I then watched the Twilight movie, and felt that it did not convey the attraction between Edward and Bella nearly as well as the book.

I feel that the book was more captivating as the reader was completely immersed in Bella’s life and her romance with Edward, so that as the vampire information unfolded, the reader incorporated that information more naturally into the image of Edward and Bella’s relationship. In contrast, the movie moves quickly into the vampire-related issues and action.

I normally prefer reading books with realistic storylines (my favourite genres are autobiographies and travel memoirs), however I did enjoy reading Twilight because of the fact that the basic premise of the book is the characters’ feelings for one another.

Twilight is a book that would appeal to a wide demographic of female readers, because it is based on a romance enduring despite obstacles and hardships.  This theme has timeless appeal. I asked my 17 year old niece if she preferred the Twilight books or the movies and she responded “definitely the books, because they were so addictive”. It seems the addictive nature of the books may also appeal to all age groups.