The Twilight Saga…

Okay, you knew this was coming… Twilight. The series has been an undisputed hit. Both the books and the movies have brought in millions and millions of dollars and the final movie, Breaking Dawn pt.2, hasn’t even been released yet!

I will state, right here and now, that I have loved the books since they came out. I swear I was one of the first in my high school to be seen carrying around the hardback copies of the novels. I even credit myself with introducing my friends to the series and getting them addicted. I’ve gone to the midnight premiers for each of the films but I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself obsessed.

I will go to my grave defending the books. However, I will not say the same for the films.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past four years, here’s a brief description of the four books from about.com:

Twilight

Twilight book cover

Twilight is told by 17-year-old Bella Swan, who moves from Phoenix to the small town of Forks, Washington, to live with her dad for the remainder of high school. There, she meets Edward Cullen and his family, who possess an other-worldly and irresistible beauty and grace to which Bella is drawn. Twilight is the tale of Bella and Edward’s burgeoning relationship, brimming with standard teenage drama alongside the unexpected, because, after all, Edward and his family are vampires. These undead friends have chosen to deny their urge to drink human blood, instead slaking their thirst with the blood of animals. Bella soon finds out, however, that not all vampires in her life are constrained by such scruples.

New Moon book cover

New Moon

New Moon is the continuing story of Bella Swan’s unusual life in Forks, Washington. When her vampire boyfriend, Edward, suddenly leaves, Bella is heartbroken in a way only a teenager can be, leaving time on her hands to develop a friendship with Jacob Black, another boy with a strange family background.

Eclipse

Eclipse book cover

Eclipse opens with teenager Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend Edward reunited after their tortuous parting in New Moon. Bella’s eventual transformation into a bloodsucking immortal is now guaranteed, yet all is not well in the drizzly town of Forks, Washington. Her best friend, the werewolf Jacob Black, harbors a generations-old vendetta against vampires in addition to unrequited feelings for Bella herself. To top it all off, a plague of murders in nearby Seattle points to an impending vampire threat.

Breaking Dawn book cover

 

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final novel in the The Twilight Saga by American author Stephenie Meyer. Divided into three parts, the first and third sections are written from Bella Swan’s perspective and the second is written from the perspective of Jacob Black. The novel directly follows the events of the previous novel, Eclipse, as Bella and Edward Cullen get married, leaving behind a heartbroken Jacob. When Bella faces an unexpected situation, she does what it takes to undergo the ultimate transformation and fight the final battle to save her love.

My Opinion

Like I said before, I love the books. Absolutely love them. In fact, I would say that when they were just coming out, I was obsessed. I’ve calmed down a bit since then, but I still love them.

I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and werewolfs and those types of things, so it was really cool to me that these kinds of characters were being portrayed in a way that young adults could relate to. As embarrassing as it is to admit, I would picture myself as Bella, going through all of these adventures with a hot vampire.

I agree with Eric Hughes when he says, “Aimed at young adults (who are preferably female), the series puts a twist on standard vampire stories by featuring a young human girl who falls head over heels for a being who usually would like nothing better than to feast on her insides. Instead of fearing Edward, Bella loves him. And instead of moving through time without any sense of emotion, Twilight’s lead vampire finds himself oddly attracted to the chick, too.”

My favorite book of the series is Eclipse. The relationships within the series go through some serious changes which are captivating to read and kept my attention through the entire story.

On the other hand, I thouroughly did not enjoy New Moon. Pages after pages of Bella’s depressed state of mind just wasn’t my thing. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very postitive aspects of the book, but the whole depression thing came close to ruining it for me.

The Movies

I hated the first Twilight movie when it came out. Robert Pattinson was not what I pictured when I thought of what Edward would look like. I guess that’s what happens when you are so invested in your images you came up with when reading. At this point, Pattinson has become so synonymous with the role that I’m used to it.

I was able to accept Kristen Stewart as Bella as far as looks go, but I could have played the role better than she did. The stuttering fool she portrayed Bella as in Twilight just irked me.

In fact, the acting as a whole in Twilight wasn’t great and the whole series has pretty much let me down. I will say the films have been getting better so who knows how the last installment will be.

Overall, the films, as far as storylines go, have stayed true to the books. I think that those who have read the books prior to seeing the movies will be left with a “meh” feeling but the movies can stand on their own.

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3 thoughts on “The Twilight Saga…

  1. laurenmazza says:

    I think you and I need to get together and talk books. I agree with your points here.

    Unlike you, I was late to the Twilight series, but I felt that I picked up the first copy just before it exploded in popularity. I started reading the series a few days before Eclipse came out after seeing the “pretty book” on my friend’s bed. She told me that I would love the series, and boy was she right.

    I believe I read the first three books in one week and I remember getting in trouble at work for sitting down and reading when I was supposed to be cleaning the bathroom or some other undesirable act. The books are easy, quick reads that suck you in immediately! I too imagined myself as a beautiful vampire princess with a smoking hot vampire boyfriend. I also agree that “Eclipse” was the best…it was the best written and the most exciting to me.

    What made me ashamed to admit that I liked the series are those AWFUL movies. Rob Pattinson? I don’t get it..at all. Kristen Stewart has to be one of the worst actresses and I also couldn’t stand her mumbling and fumbling through ever scene. Although I love Jasper (I interviewed the actor and followed his band to Texas), the acting in these movies is laughable and everything is so cheesy. I think my favorite line was something about Emmett being a “monkey man.”

    Anyways, bravo with this post. Great stuff!

    • jnhedman says:

      I definitely agree that the negative attitude towards the Twilight series came after the movies came out which was awful for me. I really struggled to convince people how good the books really were after they heard all of the negative reviews of the movie or saw it themselves. I also liked Rosalie calling Emmett her “monkey man” but I read a few other blogs in which the bloggers didn’t like the nickname because it wasn’t in the book. Honestly, I feel it’s okay for film makers to take a few liberties and add to or subtract from the book content in the films so I didn’t care about that. Of course, sometimes, film makers add or leave out content that I feel shouldn’t have been. If you want some examples of that, check out my post on The Hunger Games later this week.

  2. Lauren King says:

    I am a huge fan of the Twilight series, well the films at least. When the first book came out I was not into reading other than things for school, so I won’t comment too much on it. But I did hear a lot on the negative side about it all. I feel as if its ok to leave out certain things that are in the books, and its ok to add to the movie. It makes things just that more interesting.

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