Re: The Twilight Saga
A few posts back I reported buying all four books of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, as well as a plan to read them all.
And just a few days ago I put down the final book, Breaking Dawn, and I am now going to share some of my thoughts on them:
I felt Meyer had some interesting ideas about vampires and werewolves and I would have loved to see them expanded on. And, while she did expand on them somewhat, it felt to me that they were ignored in favor of Edward and Bella's relationship. In particular, I'd liked to have learned more about the Children of the Moon AKA the other werewolves, who were only mentioned toward the end of the last book.
Speaking of Edward and Bella, I didn't really enjoy reading about their relationship. While it's not the worst romance I've ever read, more than once I found myself thinking, "Move on already" whenever they had private scenes together. It just bored me, which isn't a good thing, as Edward and Bella's relationship is the main focus of the entire series.
Regarding the characters, I'd say my two favorites were probably Jacob and Seth. Emmett was pretty cool, too. Would have loved to see more of him, but alas, he only ever remained minor to the story as a whole.
I didn't like the sparkly vampires, though. It just seemed, well, silly, although I admit I thought it was clever of Meyer to use it as an actual plot point in New Moon. It makes it more justified, although I still have a hard time taking the concept seriously.
Wasn't a big fan of the way Bella almost literally drooled over Edward all the time. While I know she was in love with him and all, I got really annoyed by the way she would always wax eloquent about his beauty. It just got really annoying after the first few times. Edward watching Bella while she slept -- before they were in a relationship, mind you -- also felt strange to me, especially since Bella didn't seem bothered by it at all.
As for the ending, while a big vampire and werewolf vs. vampire war would have been awesome, I thought it was impressive that Meyer managed to end the series without a big battle. Usually, fantasy book series end with big, huge epic battles between good and evil, but the Twilight Saga managed to avert that. I guess the Twilight Saga is technically supernatural romance or whatever, but the fact remains Meyer avoided your typical final battle climax. How she averted it was somewhat contrived, maybe, but hardly the worst way to do it, in my opinion.
Overall, the series is okay. It's nothing spectacular or amazing, like the more rabid fans make it out to be, but I have a hard time thinking of it as the absolute garbage the haters often say it is. It had some good parts, it had some bad parts, but overall I enjoyed it. I don't think of it as a must read, however, unless you, like me, want to come to your own opinion on the series independent of what others say about it.
If you do want to check out the series, I recommend either borrowing from your library or buying used copies from thrift stores, used bookstores, or online. They're not good enough to justify buying at full price, IMO.