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Nov 17, 2008

Twilight Series

I am almost to the end of book two. I have found the story to be captivating and am anxious to read all four books. BUT ( see, big but) I am not enthralled with them. All the comments I have heard are about what a fabulous love story this is, full of sexual tension and, well, love. And I have had no problem putting them down- many find it difficult.

As I read these books, I am reminded of what it is like to fall in love, certainly. The initial rush and and deep longing and desire. I can see that, however the characters are 17! Even Edward, although immortal, was changed into a vampire at that age- so emotionally, I would put him at the same age, even though he has lived many more years past 17. The raw and new love of a teenager-is easily won over by a more mature love. I find it very easy to dismiss the passion these two feel for one another as a first love. As a result, it reads like a teen romance, nothing more.

The books don't have any of the sophistication that I was expecting or even multiple layers to investigate. They are very straightforward. I find myself comparing them to the Harry Potter series. The Harry Potter books were much more complex.

So far, I am most interested to see how it all ends up, and feel compelled to read all four. The second book, New Moon, has been more interesting- more characters to add some more interest (without giving anything away- I'd hate to spoil it for someone else).

We shall see what book three brings. I haven't gotten a hold of book four yet, and may not, since lemonade was accidentally spilled on book two- oops. I have offered to replace it- it's not ruined, just a tiny bit wrinkled and damp...


Team Serrins Springfield said...

I found them to be pretty simplistic as well. I liked book #1, liked #2 ok, found #3 very boring, and liked #4 tremendously. I think #4 pays off the waiting but I also had no problem setting them down. My wife was staying up 1/2 the night to read them and actually re-read #4 immediately but I didn't feel so compelled.

Kathryn said...

I'm going to start the first one tonight, I bought them for my 14 year old.

I had a dream about you last night. I don't remember what it was about but you were in it. I also had a dream that my dog had two puppies. I asked the vet how it was possible considering she is spade and he said, "it's a miracle!"

I should lay off the drugs before bed.

busybusybusy said...

I agree with you 100%. I am enjoying them, but I do like the added complexity that makes me want to read non-stop until I solve the mystery.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to finish book one of the series...BUT if I read one more time how beautiful the vampire is...ACK!!!! I can't take it! Just get on with the dang story already!

Jody said...

I am on book 2 as well. I liked the first one better, but am only 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through book 2 so it seems to be getting more interesting. I am pretty hooked. I have to put them down with 4 kids and all the running that is required, but when it is time for bed, I devour them (the books, not the kids).