9/19/08

Lesbian Book Review: Twilight by Stephenie Myer

I've never been a big fan of novels. I always considered them the "junk food" of books. It tastes really good and is addicting, but lacks any type of substance... or nutritional value for the brain. I'm not including, of course, the classics such as "Catcher in the Rye", "The Crucible", and all that jazz. I'm talking specifically about what I call all these "Fabio" novels. The ones with all those hot and steamy scenes people zone in on as soon as they buy the book, (or even BEFORE they buy them), basically the reason they even get the books. It's like, hello, just save yourself all that and go buy some porn. That's what I do if I'm in the mood for any "BOW CHICKA WOW WOW", but I digress, that's another type of blog. I'm usually more the non-fiction type. Anyways, once in a looong while, I'll catch myself picking up a modern day novel I deem worthy of my precious time, this is one of them...


"TWILIGHT"
by Stephenie Myer

I tried not to get on the Twilight bandwagon, especially since it was tailored more to a younger crowd, but the vampires sucked me in, (pun intended). I was proud of myself for having resisted the temptation of subjecting myself to all the Harry Pottermania. This time, I couldn't oppose the literary spell of Stephenie Myer, who is now one of my favorite authors. First time for me with a fiction writer. Now I cannot wait to read the sequels, which will be a first time for me as well, to get lured into submerging myself into a series. I've always been a sucker for the world of vampires and werewolves. When I got wind of this modern style "Romeo and Juliet" (instead of Montagues and Capulets, it's vampires and humans, which by the way is shamelessly referred to in the book), I had to investigate it for myself. The very observant, and articulate narration for a seventeen year old by Bella Swan, "the leading lady", entices your literary tastebuds as much as the vampires' bloodlust. Although her character is a little too whiney, klutzy, and "damsel-in-distress" for my taste, and the lead character Edward Cullen is seemingly a bit too controlling and overbearing at times, the fact that he is not human makes it understandable and tolerable. You can't help but connect to and experience the range of emotions with the characters and the hardships they undergo to keep they're love, and themselves alive, (particularly her). I'm excited and dreading the movie when it comes out the end of this year. You know how that goes. Over all it's creepy-romantic, romantic-creepy, you get caught up in their lovey dovey moments thinking, "Ohh, he loves her SO much, even though he wants to kill her..."







5 comments:

Sei said...

I thought it was boom chicka wow wow, or as my brother in law puts it brown chicken brown cow. . .but, I digress.

I've been interested in reading this series for some time. I've been very disappointed with how most novels out there are either vacuous or psudo-epics and all badly written, at least of late. I've been reading the Diskworld novels now for ten years and their one of the last few series I read regularly.

Thank you Cynthia. Oh, and to pass on some advice from my grandmother- just because a book is a classic doesn't mean it's any good. It's an argument that three generations of the women in our family have had with our teachers, and is a story for another time.

BOOK_REVIEWER_EXTRAORDINAIRE said...

Sei, that last paragraph, you make a REALLY good point. I guess some "classics" can suck, too. I'd like to do a separate type of book review series (without the star rating)on those classics. I think that would make for good discussion, and debating.

---I'm gonna check out Diskworld.

and the "brown chicken, brown cow" lol, I tried to say that 5 times really fast, just doesn't roll off the tongue the same way...

Sei said...

Cynthia, The Diskworld is huge, so just to warn you. They're satires seperated into several small series. I started with Witches Abroad, which is the third book in the Witches sub-series which starts with Equal Rites and currently ends with Wintersmith. I've considered posting something about the series since there are a lot of fun things in there.

I certainly don't mind helping out with the classics. I've read quite a few of them over the long years of education I've recieved.

And, what can I say, my brother in law is a bit weird.

Sinnerviewer said...

My 14 year old daughter loves this series and has begged me to read it. I just started last week but am really enjoying it so far. I am enjoying the book and the conversations it is sparking between us. Thanks for the review!

BOOK_REVIEWER_EXTRAORDINAIRE said...

YW sinnerviewer, I'll have one official lesbian themed/written review every month, but in between, I'll review other books as well...

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