Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Twilight, please get out of my dreams
HOLY CROW! Twilight is amazing. I spent my vacation reading the first three books. Who knew when you don't have to cook three meals a day, clean up after four VERY messy children, and homeschool all morning that you can read about half a book a day.
You may wonder why it has taken me so long to jump on the Twilight bandwagon. Several reasons. I have mentioned in previous posts that God convicted me a long time ago to be cautious about the books I read. So vampires, witches, and living forever were out when I was a new Christian. But recently I feel I've been given the freedom to read the books that I previously had stayed away from.
Two, I don't really like gore and death and chaos when I read a book unless it's real gore and death and chaos....like when a little boy gets abused by his mom. Now THAT'S okay to read.
Thirdly, I thought it was a teenager book. And since my husband constantly made fun of it and pretty much forbid me from reading it, I didn't even care that I was missing it. I somehow convinced him that I wouldn't turn into a 13 year old overnight so he relaxed...but not without a lot of ribbing.
So back to what I was saying. HOLY CROW!
This is my favorite book. Yes, I realize it's a series, but I can't pick just one. I've slept, eaten, dreamt, thought, wondered, agonized over the last book. I put it on hold at the library. And then, oh blessed relief, a good friend said I could borrow her book. All of a sudden I feel calmer.
Let me tell you what I really liked about these books. (I don't intend to put any spoiler information, for the last remaining human who hasn't read this book, but I will say some specific things about the book, that will NOT ruin it.)
I love that Bella and Edward are waiting to have sex. How often does that happen in a book? I know the reasons may not be all pure but they are waiting and that's important. Teenagers everywhere can see how nice it really can be to wait. I like that!
Stephanie Meyers took a great deal of time to really form these characters. Over the course of the books we get to know each and every character inside and out. We really understand their motivations and their history. At one point Edward talks about how he doesn't have a soul and how he will go to hell. Which proves that he believes in the existence of God. Oddly a book about vampires talking about God fits the characters quite well. I realize these things come from her own worldview. But I like that she interspersed these things in her book.
The intensity and suspense in these books will drive you to stay up into the wee hours of the night waiting to find out what happens. I can't think of a single book that I've read lately with this level of suspense. Not cheesy suspense either. These books are phenomenal.
There is obvious right and wrong in the book. She doesn't make vampires seem like this wholly romantic idea. She really gets in deep about their struggles.
What I didn't like:
It left me with some questions. One in particular didn't get answered until the very end of the third book. Why was Edward not able to use his powers on Bella, along with the Volturi, but Jasper and Alice were? That did NOT make sense to me. Evidently many of her readers had the same question because it got answered. Not sure how much I like it though. I'm hoping that area will get a little more developed in the last book.
Why would Edward fall in love with Bella? He's this amazingly perfect looking, immortal who falls for an average looking human. Why would he? What would he see in her with perfection all around him? Okay, I get it. Love sees in the heart? Love looks beyond the face? I get it. But really? Would he really have fallen for her?
I have to know who Jacob is going to imprint. Because, come on, he's GOT TO.
Can Edward have children? Would Bella actually consider giving that up? Maybe I'm a fool, being that I love children so much, but NO WAY possible would I give up that human experience. If the book hadn't been written I'd be screaming at Bella not to let Edward take that away from her.
Lastly, does Edward poop?
Posted by Michelle at 7:45 AM