Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Twilight Novels
If you have read any of my previous articles you should know by now that I am a huge Stephen King fan, what some of you may not know however, is that ‘The King,’ is not a fan of Stephenie Meyer, in fact, he plainly stated that she is not a good writer. On this topic I must disagree with my hero.
Twilight was yet another series that I had the privilege of reading before it made it to the big screen, and despite what ‘The King’ may have to say, I enjoyed it greatly. Stephenie Meyer took the classic vampire lore and transformed it into something enticing for her target audience, which of course were the young adults. I personally engulfed the first, third and fourth installments of this series in a matter of days, the unique abilities given to each of the vampires and their relationship with the werewolves all blended nicely together to keep the story fresh. I will admit however, that the second installment was probably one of the most dreadful things I ever had to endure in my years of reading, and it took me a couple of weeks to work through. It felt like climbing the steepest mountain with a sixty-pound pack on my back. The book was so overdone with Bella’s teen angst and her heartbreak that there was scarcely a single chapter where I didn’t want to puke my guts out. Honestly, if most teenage girls really felt like this, I think the world would see a suicide epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Only out of pure love for the first novel and my appreciation for how well it was done did I find the courage to read the third. Thankfully, it captured me once again, so much so that I waited anxiously for the fourth and final book, and was very pleased with how it all came together.
I must confess that I only had the stomach to watch the first movie, after which I could not subject myself to anymore. Personally, saying that Kristen Stewart did well in the role of Bella is synonymous to saying Arnold Schwarzenegger did well in the role of an Austrian bodybuilder.
All in all, excluding the second installment ‘New Moon,’ this is a very good read. I would recommend it to anyone who (like me) has a love for vampire lore. If you are interested in the movies there is nothing that I can offer you, as I had a very hard time keeping my popcorn down.
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Much like when God created man, Stephen King created ‘The Dark Tower.’ Enough said. Thank you, and please keep those pages turning.
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