Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Twilight - Review

Since there has been so much hype about the Twilight series, I thought I'd read the first book & see what it was all about.

I was a bit intrigued when on the first page they mentioned the town of Forks, since it's only about an hour from my hometown. I had been there a few times growing up & was always struck by the amount of rain they always had & that there was not much else out there.*

I have to tell you, the writing in this book is superb. I was drawn immediately into the story & found myself laughing throughout. In fact a few times when I was reading in public I had to remember to keep my face passive so as not to appear unbalanced!

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that there wasn't a lot of gore, or a lot of sexual references. Since it's a book about vampires, I assumed it would have quite a bit of death in it, but these are GOOD vampires, who have found other ways to feed.

I really enjoyed the narration of the book being entirely from the point of view of the main character & in the first person. I fond that more often, the books I read are told in a different voice, but I really enjoyed how the story developed in this way. I understand there is another book forthcoming, that is essentially this story from the lead male's point of view, & I am very interested to read about his side of the story.

There are things in this book that I would not recommend for younger children, but I think that with a bit of objectivity, it's a very enjoyable read.

*Apparently the Twilight series has changed all that


  1. This is a good review for me. Stephanie Meyer is Mormon (like me), and so that's why the omission of overt sex and gore. Yay for keeping high standards! Anyway, all my friends have read it and rave over this series, but I keep holding out because of all the fuss. Maybe I will pick it up on your recommendation. ;)

  2. I enjoyed these books and another amen on the lack of gore and sex.

    It's hard to find good reads.

    Good for Ms. Meyer!