Barefoot in High Heels

Weighing in on Twilight

Posted on: November 21, 2008

twilight-coverI finally took everyone’s advice and read Twilight.  It was one of those things where I was dragging my feet, but then didn’t want to be left behind . . . peer pressure, you know??  I felt the same about the Harry Potter series.  But then, once I started, I could NOT put those down!!! 

So when Michelle at Life with Three called me after her vacation positively gushing about the books and subsequently wrote this post, I decided to give them a try.  I just HAD to see what all the fuss was about.

Let me say first that once I finished Twilight ( a bit late.  Oops — sorry to the next person who had it on hold at the library!), I immediately placed a hold on New Moon.  I found myself intrigued by the story, and I’m definitely interested in seeing how the series plays out.  It was a good easy read, and I obviously enjoyed it well enough to get the sequel.

That being said, I was a bit puzzled, and at times even disturbed by some of the story.  I’m not sure why people link the Harry Potter novels to Twilight, except for the otherworldly “magical” aspect.  I think it’s a dangerous comparison, as Harry Potter is certainly more appropriate for a younger audience, while I don’t think Twilight falls in the same category.  Young adult novel, sure.  But not the elementary school/tween crowd.

I think I may have an unpopular opinion of book, as bloggers everywhere are so enthralled with this Twilight craze.  I was glad to read this post today from Jennifer at Read. Imagine. Talk.    Finally a review of Twilight that is only somewhat positive, albeit with some concerns, too.  I feel the same way.

I found myself having to suspend my disbelief sometimes a little too much in this story.   I found it a bit disconcerting that Bella — a normal, average, high-schooler in an average small town — is aware that there are vampires living in her midst and that she’s OK with it!    I got the attraction part, the sort of animal magnetism between Bella and Edward.  She’s entranced by him, she’s consumed by him.  But um, Bella?  He’s still a vampire.  And truth be told, I thought he was sometimes creepy.  And dangerous.  And angry.    I get it — it’s a love story.  But personally, I don’t want to worry when kissing someone if I think my feminine wiles might just be too much for him to handle and he ends up killing me instead of simply smooching.  But that’s just me.   I’m sort of weird like that.

**Spoiler alert — I’ll write the next few sentences in white ink, so if you want to read them, just highlight the following.  If you haven’t yet read the book, don’t you dare peek! **  I was SO glad that she escaped at the end in order to try and save her mother.  I know she was caught up in a flurry of crazy activity and she needed to be kept safe, but come ON, Bella!  Was that really even an option to stay while you think your mom is being tortured?

And then there’s the whole thing about becoming an actual vampire.  When they’re dressing Bella up for the prom, she is actually disappointed when she finds out where they’re going!   Wait a minute.  I’m sorry — is she actually HOPING to have the vampire venom inside of her so she can stop being human and turn into a real vampire??!?!  Come on, people!!  I don’t want to be so cynical here, but sheesh! 

I know it’s supposed to be romantic.  Who wouldn’t want to live forever (quite literally) with their love?  But I just thought it was far-fetched.

On second thought, perhaps I could get used to being a vampire.  Imagine how much more you could accomplish if you never had to sleep!   Perhaps my house might finally be clean.  

Probably not.  Although if I didn’t have to sleep, I’ll tell you one thing . . . I would have turned in Twilight to the library on time!

 

To read what’s on everyone else’s nightstand this month, click on over to 5 Minutes for Books!

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1 Response to "Weighing in on Twilight"

I felt the same way about Bella’s fascination with the vampires, and from what I hear it only gets worse in the rest of the series. That’s why I opted to stop at one!

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