Twilight Book Review

Twilight Book Review

Jane Wiebe, Writer

Twilight by Stephenie Meyers is a deeply seductive, and suspenseful love story with many good sides but also some downsides to the writing and characterization. It is the first book in the Twilight series and introduces Bella Swan, a 17 year old girl who just moved from Phoenix, Arizona to a small town in Forks, Washington. Because she falls in love with Edward Cullen, a 103 year old vampire who is frozen in his 17 year old body, she is left open to many dangers.

The plot of the book is intriguing and keeps the reader guessing. The story is not very predictable and keeps the reader engaged as the story progresses. The story has a good balance of romance and adventure. The beginning of the book is very much a romance and love story between Bella and Edward but, by the end of the book it has elements of suspense and keeps the reader on their toes. The plot contains lots of drama and a hero to save the day which is something that all readers enjoy in a book. The romance between Edward and Bella is layered and complicated which makes the book even more enjoyable.

Despite the positive elements of Twilight, the book still has many negative aspects. To begin, the writing in the book is not very good. Meyers explains everything in more detail than necessary. She writes everything in detail which can be very good for exciting scenes and important moments but she repeats many unnecessary things over and over which can be frustrating and boring to read. There is nothing exciting or different about Meyer’s writing style. She does not use any words or sentences that are super captivating or intriguing. Also, the plotting of the book is not very good. About the first 250 pages of the book are a slow paced love story between Edward and Bella but then very suddenly the tone of the book changes to lead to the climax. Because the gears shift so abruptly, it leaves the reader caught up in ridiculous contrivances to set up Meyer’s climax of the book.

Bella is described as a smart and independent character but, for most of the story she seems to rely on Edward as her “hero.” She views Edward as “perfect” and beautiful and does not see herself worthy of falling in love with him. Despite this giving their relationship more layers, it takes away from having a female heroine. Bella is very clumsy and insecure yet Edward is perfect which makes Bella seem like less strong and independent even though she could very well be. So, Bella is this imperfect girl who falls for this perfect guy even though she would have been completely fine without him.

In conclusion, the book has an engaging plot and is a fun and easy read but I would not recommend it for people who are looking for a strong and captivating story. The book has a good story line but there are many things missing to make it a truly good book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars for the plot but only 2 out of 5 stars for the writing and characterization.