It happened suddenly. One kid from church was reading the book. My wife got curious. She bought that book. And in one week, we had all 4 books in the house; I finished all the books in 1 week. I’m talking about the Twilight phenomenon, that is sweeping across the globe bla bla bla… you get my drift.
For the uninitiated, a quick background on this series. A girl fell in love with a vampire. Typical. Wait, the vampire doesn’t drink human blood. Hmm… Oh, and he’s all noble and gentlemanly and, he’s the good guy. Interesting. And he’s a mind-reader (in the series, some of the vampires possess some sort of special gift), on top of the strength, speed, agility, super senses etc; well, he’s a vampire after all. Plus he’s with a family of vampires that keeps to the same diet as he does, ie, no human blood; vegetarians, they call themselves. The plot thickens…
You won’t find the language in the book too challenging, which makes the book easy to read. I appreciate the storyline and how Stephenie Meyer (she’s the mastermind of it all) weave the story intricately and makes it all oh so addictive. She breaks away from the typical Hollywood presentation of vampires, and gives her interpretation of what vampires are. Eg, as mentioned above, these vampires are able to restrain themselves from hunting humans. I haven’t heard of that one before. Two, the reason why they stay out of the sunlight is not because they will be incenerated by it, BUT you’ve got to read the book to find out why.
A majority of the story is told from Bella’s point of view (the clumsy, main character, not heroine), her views and perception are dominant throughout. I said majority, because in the fifth fourth book, the author decided to to write from another character’s point of view (for some part). Nice breakaway, I say.
Suprisingly, for a storyline that revolves around vampires, you’d be surprise on how little BLOOD is involved. Guys reading this maybe slightly disappointed on how little actions are involved in it. I myself thoroughly enjoyed it though; I guess I enjoyed the author’s way of writing and point of view. Overall, I’d say that it was a good way to spend 50€ on all four books.
So much for the book.
I found out that there was a movie based on it, so after watching it, I couldn’t be more let down. The casting was good; whoever the actors/actresses were, they suited the character well; of course some better than the other. But the movie failed to capture the essence of the story, resulting in a blockbuster-wannabe attempt. It seemed to me that the producers are only interested in cashing in on the phenomenon, and not truly delivering it. It failed, for me, primarily because it lacked cohesion. The books revolved a lot on the main character’s inner thoughts, so while you can read them in the books, you can’t hear them in the movie. Her thoughts were heard in bits and pieces throughout the movie, which isn’t enough to tie the story together. Thus, resulting in a BIG FLOP, IMHO. Others seem to think so too. The best remedy, if you’re going to watch, is that grab the book and read it as the movie progress… what to do? And the movie don’t follow the book completely, so don’t be too taken aback.
Final word: Get the book, don’t get your hopes too high on the movie.