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Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

jesserwinjones's review against another edition

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hopeful lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

orangee's review against another edition

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

lonelyghostsclub's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

molly_greenshields's review against another edition

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5.0

I know there is a lot of hate for this series, and I’m not going to sit here and claim it’s the best-written work of fiction I’ve ever read (Mum, when you said they were written awfully all those years ago… you were right) but I will always love this world (and I will always love Jacob). No matter how many pages are falling out and how many times the spines will be broken, Twilight will always have a place in my heart and a spot on my display shelves.

stellabg93's review against another edition

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5.0

Awesomness !!!!

audrey01_c's review against another edition

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funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

Was that a good ride? No, but was it a fun ride? Well, that depends on your definition of “fun”. It was okay for 80% of the book but the last 20% Bella became intolerable. I wouldn’t recommend it but I also wouldn’t not recommend it.

karend's review against another edition

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I loved this vampire novel even though I'm a couple-three decades older than its young adult target market. Yes, it had flaws, but I got so caught up in this fictional world that I barely noticed them. No sooner had I finished than I went back to re-read my favorite sections. 

yosimgirl's review against another edition

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relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

simonlewis17's review against another edition

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4.0

3.5 Stars: A Nice Turn on Vampires, But Certainly not a Perfect Story

Young love, Vampire style

(Contains spoiler)

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+The book won't win awards for stellar writing, but it's addictive.and it's not just for teens. It's a quick read as it invites the reader to enter the world of a girl who gets the guy, but he turns out to be a vampire.who won't turn her into one.

+I won't critique the "literary" value of the Twilight series. It is a light fictional series written for young adults. It's paranormal romance without the soft core porn that characterizes most romance fiction.

+Stephenie Meyer has created a different set of vampires in her novel, "Twilight." The book tells a fairly good story, but there are just a few nit-picky things about it that can urk the reader. As a Young Adult novel, it's pretty good. It tells a simple story that relies on what has been done hundreds of times before. In short, while you may be getting a good story, you'll have to look past a lot of the cliches scattered throughout.

+Sure it's not believable, but it is a book about vampires after all. You'll turn the pages faster as the plot thickens and you begin to identify with the mortal, Bella Swan, who is in love with Edward Cullen, the vampire. They share a sickly sweet love and create a bond that only exists in romance novels or abusive relationships. But, you crave it.

+The story is also drowned out in several things we've seen done a million times. From Edward being mysterious at first, to the simple fact that he thirsts for his loves blood. In spite of all this, however, the novel is actually pretty absorbing. There's nothing in here that you won't see coming, but it's interesting just the same. The simple complexity of the vampires may actually be enough to keep you reading. Learning about the Cullens and learning about Edward is a real treat.

+I found myself caring for the characters. I also found myself reading for hours on end, involved in what was going on. I found the love between the characters very compelling - perhaps because of its blind intensity and melodrama. I liked the simplicity of the writing, combined with the complexity of a relationship marked by strong feelings and the possibility of violence.

+In short, it's not a bad book. The characters are not that special, but the story, despite being drowned in cliches, is still a pretty absorbing one to pass the time.

+Other than the above, I have to say it was a pretty fun novel. A quick, easy read. I didn't feel attached to the characters or what was going to happen to them, until the end, but at least when it was over I did care enough that I decided I'd give the second book a shot.

^_^

+Good but not one of my favorites.

+If simple characters, melodrama, repetition, etc. will irritate you, then I don't recommend this book. I, personally, thought the book was very fun. The melodrama worked for me.

+Again, this book is not for everyone, It has elements that other readers might consider flaws. But it worked for me.

:)

quicunquevult's review against another edition

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Weirdly ... I do not hate Twilight. I had a cold when I first read it, and maybe it was the medication going to my head, but although there are incalculable things wrong with it, from the banality of the writing to the straight down the line stupid of everything, I don't *actually* think it's the worst thing in the world ever. I mean, it did sort of open the door for a sub-genre of YA fiction about girls who are totally conventionally attractive but think they aren't getting to be with hot supernatural dudes who are unheathily obsessed with them.

The thing is, as a depiction of what you think you want when you're a teenager, it's probably ... fair enough? I've never been a teenage girl, admittedly, but I do remember believing in love like the movies. I'd have totally been up for a hot boy/girl committing their entire life to me, me, me, just me. Right down to watching me sleep and having no respect for my personal choices.

I do think there's value in engaging with these sort of fantasies as fantasies.

As long as you're sensible and self-aware about it.

And there, right there, we come to the problem of Twilight.

I think I've said all I need to say.

Except that I honestly think it gets too much grief.