Summer Reads: TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer

30 Jun

Every once in a while a book comes along that so grasps the imagination of a generation that it creates almost its own subculture. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight does this – I swear. Just go to one of her book signings — or try to. It has an almost cultish feel to it.

 

And now, there’s a movie. (link has spoilers)

 

The thing about the book is: I love the book. I hate the book. 

 

I’ve seen very few books (or movies) that now how to contiunially pull you in emotionally and then up the ante again. On the flip side of that, but the end of book 3 (which I still loved and hated) I was beginning to feel like my emotions were purposefully being played – that every move was specificly made just to make me ache a little more.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I loved feeling that ache, the angst. Book two made me physically hurt. I’m not exaggerating. It triggered something from calling off my almost married relationship in college – all the sorrow and lost hope rushed back through me and I relived it with the characters.

 

If you another artist who can play you like that — especially in the last couple years — and you don’t realize it while it’s happening, let me know. Ms. Meyer shows a genius of know how and when to hit just the right cord to resonate not with her or me or you or your friend, but with just about everyone who reads her books.

 

The love story builds slowly and intensely and (for once) someone wrote a book where teens AREN’T haveing sex for a real and believable reason. The characters are memorable and (I think) we can all find something to relate to in each of them.

 

So let me know, what did you think?  Did you get sucked in as far as I did?

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15 Responses to “Summer Reads: TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer”

  1. Sam June 30, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn–even the titles have a mysterious, gripping power. I love the series. It made me fall in love with vampires and werewolves all over again. Or, should I say, it made me remember why I fell in love with them.

    I loved the raw feelings, the sensuality, the love story that is about in all it’s frightening and wonderful glory.. the great beautiful dark world of vampires.

    Stephenie Meyer wrote it so well, capturing the emotions fantasically. One of my most favorite parts is in Book 2. After Edward left, a few chapters had one word: a month. Page after page, the names of the months left a heart-wrenching taste in my mouth. I felt like Bella, as if I was passing time with no significant action except tearing a page from a calendar.

    I love her Twilight series and I’m excited for the movie (Kristin Steward has been a favorite of mine since her role in Speak). Did I get sucked into story? Absolutey. I devoured it. =)

  2. briaq June 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    Welcome Sam!

    I know what you mean about book two – I thought that was a brilliant way to write it — we were all so involved in her pain it was kind of like ‘enough said’

  3. Kaige July 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    Hmmm. Guess I’m going to have to break down and read these. I don’t like feeling manipulated, but I know what you mean about books that suck you in and rend your heart. I just hate when it’s TOO obvious, ya know?

  4. briaq July 1, 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    Yeah, I usually don’t realize until after it’s over. Like Legends of the Fall 🙂

  5. Sam July 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Thank you =)

    Legends of the Fall? I just googled it, and it seems like a good read. I think I’ll check it out at the library or bookstore.

  6. Lindsey July 2, 2008 at 9:33 am #

    Books-A-Million is hosting THE party of the Summer for all Twilight fans. Celebrate the midnight release of Breaking Dawn with Twilight trivia contests, costume contests, prizes, and much more! Party starts at 10pm on Friday, August 1st. Visit you local Books-A-Million to pre-purchase the book today and be the first in line to get Breaking Dawn at midnight, you won’t get it anywhere else faster!

  7. Unhinged (Andi) August 1, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    Okay, so I read this post July 14th-ish. And I wanted to respond, but figured it was too late. And then Kaige said, “No, WordPress emails comments.”

    So I’m commenting now.

    YES.

    I got sucked in. I got sucked in DEEP. So deep, in fact, that I am considering writing my own angsty YA.

    And I am totally spending tomorrow (August the 2nd) reading BREAKING DAWN. I love Edward! I love the way he loves Bella. And I love the way she loves him.

    Meyer delivers. Period.

  8. briaq August 3, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    It’s never too late! Especially for you Andi!

    It is a sucked in situation – coming off of Nationals I’m wondering if I have the emotional capacity to survive Breaking Dawn right now.

    You’ll have to give me a thumbs up/down!

  9. Unhinged (Andi) August 7, 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    BREAKING DAWN is a very involved read. I really, really loved a lot of it. And some of it I didn’t…but nothing has really changed. I’m still in lurve with a 17-year-old vampire. Meyer delivered what I wanted her to deliver.

    I plan to do a review, but I wanted to wait a bit…let the story settle a bit.

  10. briaq August 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    OH Andi! I’m fearing reading it. I kind of wish I could just know what happens without the angst. I’m just not up for angst right now —

    BUT, her books are more an experience than just a book, you know?

    Can’t wait to hear what you think once you’ve recovered!

  11. Sinead September 1, 2008 at 2:33 am #

    Oh My gosh! I love the whole series! *sigh*

    Twilight — It was my favorite. It was SO cute and believeable (funnyly enough). i was completley blown away! a bit angry at Edward at the end, but i guess he had his reasons.

    New Moon — i felt physically AND mntally blown away/ murdered/ traumatized in every way! I was SO angry and upset that i had to put the book down for several minutes at a time to recover! and at the startish, when there are those blank pages with only the name of the month. I was SO close to rip them out! THE SUSPENCE!!!!!!!!!

    Eclipse — i was confused. I wanted Edward and Bella to be together, but then i remembered all of Bella’s pain… and Jacob helping her… Ugh, confusing!!!!! in the end though. I still think Edwards better.

    Breaking Dawn — Oh My God! part 1. a bit dodgy… but hilarious at the start! “Wait until Charlie puts away the gun” *sigh of enjoyment”. Part 2. DAMNIT! im sorry Jacob put go away! i felt as if Bella would never come back! part 3. Stupid Voltori… AND Irina. But i was kindof sad to see her go, with her saddened family and all that…

    In conclusion; The series is AWESOME!

    Recovery; impossible. i’m sorry. My friend got the book when it first came out. She still never shuts up about it when someone brings it up! (not that i don’t eithwr Lol)

    I can’t wait for the movie (i’m annoyed to have to wait for the 8th of january though *glares at my own contry* stupid New Zealand… making me wait longer…

    P.S Please! sign the petition for Stephenie Meyer to continue Midnight Sun (it’s a long story about why. and i’m sorry if you get mad at me for doing this but i feel its important!!!) Heres the link http://www.thepetitionsite.com%2F1%2Fsupport-meyer-and-midnight-sun

    Sorry if you hate me for that. but it IS important!!!

    Thnkz 🙂 (ILoveTwilight)

  12. briaq September 1, 2008 at 5:29 pm #

    No problem on the link – I typically delete links, but I do think this one is important.

    Why?

    Not because I desperately need to read the rest of Midnight Sun, but because I am COMPLETELY DISGUSTED by the author abuse that set the need for that petition in motion.

    Posting people’s books online is STEALING.

    Perhaps you don’t know how much an author makes on a book…. Here it is 6 to 8 PERCENT…. you do the math on your $6 book… The author is not the person bringing home the big bucks.

    Every time someone downloads a book or takes the time to TYPE IT IN TO SHARE on some of these sights — every time someone starts one of those “online libraries” where people can download and print and keep the book forever (which is not a library btw) you are STEALING from an author.

    Every time your favorite author doesn’t hit her numbers and her publisher doesn’t ask her to sign another contract – YOU THE READER LOSE BY LOSING A WELL LOVED WRITER.

    Please, please don’t put more authors like Ms. Meyer in that position, before or after the book comes out!

    Ok, i was going to blog on this subject this week – maybe I still will. But I feel strongly about this and that’s why Sinead has what may be the only non-information based link left untouched in my comments 🙂

  13. Sinead September 1, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    Yay! Lol, i feel special now. But still DISGUSTED at whoever did it to Ms Meyer. And to think, it was someone she knew and trusted too! GRR! I hope she sues his/hers ass and sends him/her to JAIL! That headline in a news paper saying ‘Twilight fans out for blood’ WASN’T LYING! Lol, gotta love the creativity put into THAT. 😀 😛 🙂

  14. sarah January 27, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    hi, im 10 years old i loved twilight and i especially liked the part where edward climed on the tree and told bella ” hold on spider monkey!”. thanks! sarah.

  15. briaq January 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    That’s great Sarah – I’m so glad to see the whole “kids/teens/young people don’t read” thing is a lie – I mean, how do you explain Young Adult books jolting up the best seller lists.

    Hope you find something else great to read after Twilight!

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