Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - Book Review


Twilight by Stephanie Meyer - Book Review

Heralded by many as the book that resurrected the vampire genre, Stephanie Meyer comes on the heels of famed writers such as Anne Rice and L.J smith, but she manages to breathe life into the genre and give it some much-needed spice.

Isabella Swan has only ever known one thing, her life with her mother, so when her mother gets married, Bella decides to leave behind her life in Phoenix, Arizona in order to go live with her father, the police chief, in Forks, Washington. 

But Bella gets more than she bargained for when she comes across Edward Cullen, an impossibly beautiful enigmatic boy who threatens to turn her world upside down with his deep and seductive secret.

Although Stephanie is retelling a story we are all familiar with, one has to applaud her desire to subvert some of the more popular tropes of the genre such as burning in sunlight, turning into bats, etc. Not only that, but she does manage to throw in a little werewolf lore for diversity.

Book Details

Title: Twilight
Format: Paperback
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Language : English
Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316015849

The world she has created is both familiar and strange, like coming home after a long time away, except with a touch of the supernatural. But her strength lies not in her characters nor her plot, but the writing itself, which is both surprisingly simple and surprisingly witty with plenty of sarcasm to go around, and therein lies the formula to her success.

Her characters, while lacking in development and deep complexity during certain parts have a lot of potential. However, given the fact that they are teenagers, this is perhaps a far more realistic portrayal. At the end of the day, it’s Bella and Edward’s love story, a timeless tale of forbidden love and triumphing over all odds that draws readers in and keeps them flipping the page.

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