‘Twilight’ is a book for the young adult segment and being on the wrong side of 25 I am not sure I am qualified to review it. However, I have read it, I have an opinion and I want to say it out loud.
‘Twilight’ is one of those rare books that appear to much better than they actually are. The plot is basically this – ‘the love story of Isabella, a young teenage girl and Edward, a vegetarian vampire ‘. Quite enticing, right? Well, don’t be fooled. The book is nothing more than a high-class Mills & Boons.
This is it how it goes – Boy meets girl. Instant repulsion and attraction. Boy larger than life, perfect, knows everything plus vampire. Girl feisty, short-tempered and intelligent but forever the damsel in distress. Boy saves girl. Girl a melting candle in the arms of boy. Blah blah blah..you know how the rest goes.
Well, it’s not that bad. It starts of brilliantly and you are hooked. You admire Bella for being more than the average teenager, you relate to her clumsiness and her inexplicable crush on a guy in her class. But that’s about it.
Yes, Edwards is a vampire and yes, he is drop-dread gorgeous and yes, he is always saving her life but is that an excuse for Bella to become a pushover? The minute he enters her life she loses her essence. Her whole world is centered around him. She loses the spunk that she had. Even the final face-off with the enemy (a bad vampire who wants to eat her, seriously !!!) is clichéd and unimaginative.
I think Bella and Edwards are really bad teen models but not every book has to be about values so that is not really one of Twilight’s major faults. The story line is flimsy, the characters not developed. I could not muster any empathy for any character. Somehow I can’t believe in ‘tell death do us part’ story for a bunch of 17 years old. It might make for good TV but not for reading.
This book had the potential to be really dark and concrete. It could have been so much more intense and mature.
Verdict: Skip it