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The Twilight-saga - Stephenie Meyer

Titel: The Twilight Saga Collection: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, en Breaking Dawn
Auteur: Stephenie Meyer

ISBN: 9780316031844
 © 2008 Little Brown & Co

 


Recommended!


Back cover text:


Twilight:

About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.


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New Moon:

I knew we were both in mortal danger.

Still, in that instant I felt well. Whole. I could feel my heart racing in my chest, the blood pulsing hot and fast through my veins again. My lungs filled deep with the sweet scent that came off his skin.

It was like there had never been any hole in my chest. I was perfect - not healed, but as if there had never been a wound in the first place.


Eclipse:
In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition.

Something Edward didn't want me to know. Something Jacob wouldn't have kept from me...

It was never going to end, was it?



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Breaking Dawn:


"Don't be afraid," I murmured. "We belong together."

I was abruptly overwhelmed by the truth of my own words. This moment was so perfect, so right, there was no way to doubt it.

His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him... It felt like every nerve ending in my body was a live wire.

"Forever," he agreed.



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I could have written a review about each book individually, but why would I? these books can be read separately, but shouldn't. When you start reading Twilight, after a few pages you already decide whether you stop reading or finish them all. There is nothing in between. 

I've read them all. Even worse, I've bought the set after I read all of the books I loaned. I loved them. And since I am a bookcrosser I almost never buy books for the keeping, but this time I did. These copies I will keep in my bookcase, and cherish them, and will certainly read them again.

First I have to note that I did not see the films. I did see some advertisements, and book covers featuring Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. But I knew I wanted to read the books, and I also knew that if I had watched the films, my brain would be spoiled. And I am glad I did not give in. Free from almost any other than self created images I found myself sucked into the world of dreary Forks, with a sulky teenager named Bella and a high-school with all sort of kids; the popular, the dorky ones, and the weird ones. The Cullens belonging to the latter. 

From the beginning I was struck by the lively world Stephenie Meyer created. I really found myself not caring about the here and now, but just wanting to read on. Even though these books were (clearly) meant for young adults, and I am (clearly) not one any more, it did not matter, I was caught. The books are written with such ease and are set in a slow pace, but still they do not get boring.

I have to admit. The first two books were great! I loved the tension and how the story evolved. Book three took a small step back, and I can not pinpoint as to why... But the last book had me somewhat distressed. I almost feel bad that the series has ended with that book. I may have a lot to do with the fact that things suddenly took up a lot of speed, as if some really important steps were skipped over. The ending itself was expected, at least I had expected it. No big twists if you've read everything like you're supposed to.

I can write about the characters. Bella is as annoying as a teenage girl in love can be, I can relate (well.. not actually, but still) and she is quite okay. Edward is as brooding as a teenage vampire can be. And hell, if I had been Bella, I would not have cared he was dead and drank blood, as well; he is gorgeous, loving, intelligent, tender and thrilling. What more could one want for a first (and hopefully everlasting) love, except for maybe an undead guy. Alice, sweet little, very scary Alice. I my mind she is like a fairy, a very dead one, but still  a fairy. Jacob, a stubborn, headstrong boy with lots of hormones racing through his body, even without the werewolve-things going on. Carlisle is a very intriguing character. It is because of him this clan of vampires exists; a clan of semi-vegetarian vampires. He is the father of them all in a manner of speaking. Without his strong sense of right and wrong, his utmost believe in a soul and the doing of good, the love between Edward and Bella would not even have been possible. All the other characters created by Stephenie Meyer deserve to be mentioned as well. But I’ll just say that from book to book (in contrast to Bella and Edward themselves) they grow into real persons, round characters.


Now, what else can I write. Maybe this... My review is my opinion, and you may not agree with me. I have read other reviews of the Twilight saga and was appalled by all the hate-reviews I read. Really, if you do not like the books, why read them. Especially after two 'bad' reads, why turn your 'rage' at the third and fourth book as well. Life is too short to read things that don't enchant you, and life is definitely too short to be angry about the things you don't like, turn your attention elsewhere, right? I secretly believe a lot of those hate-reviews are based on envy. Stephenie Meyer has been able to climb into the minds of many young women (and older ones, and even men) and given them a modern Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria, star-crossed lovers. What is not to like? But maybe these readers are more in love with Gossip & Gucci, or Prison Break, or anything totally different. That is fine too, not to my taste, but I do understand and accept that. All I'm saying here is, be nice to each other. Respect is not a word but an gesture. If you don't like apples, don't hate them or throw them out, but eat a banana and enjoy that instead.

Right. Too much words on something I can not influence. Sorry about that.

To conclude. I enjoyed reading the Twilight saga very much. I fell in love with it. And as I stated before, I am way too old and way too happily married to write this off as a teenage infatuation. I just like fantasy worlds that are almost 'normal' with interactions between characters that are enlarged, zoomed in. It speaks to the child within me. A modern fairy-tale, very dark sometimes, but hey, Grimm wasn't all cheery either now was he?!

I think I did not spoil anything did I?


~ The end ~






[Ha, just had to do that ;-) ]

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