A while back, my BFF, Mama invited me to join her new Blogger Book Club. I love to read, so this was a no-brainer for me. Unfortunately, I am worthless at writing a book review. Please bear with me while I fumble through an exercise that has haunted me since second grade. What did the author mean when.....AAHHHGGG! Why can't you just let me enjoy the book???
I was unfamiliar with the series prior to Mama telling me about it. Perhaps that's because my daughter has never been a voracious reader like her mother. It seems that these books were originally written for a much younger target audience. But, hey, isn't 42 the new 16?
After purchasing the book, I started seeing trailers for the movie. I am not a big fan of books being made into movies (As in: Stephen King should have NEVER allowed his books to be put on the big screen. Except Misery & Christine. But I digress. What's new?) That being said, I ignored the hype and vowed to formulate my own opinion of this novel.
The first thing I realized was that the book was about vampires. WOOT! Can you say "Kiefer Sutherland was totally HAWT in The Lost Boys"? I just LOVED his Billy Idol mullet and pointy teeth! (Sorry. That was a brazen attempt to incorporate Kiefer into my blog.) BUT, once I started reading, it dawned on me that a whole new breed of vampire had come to town.....specifically, Forks, Washington.
These vampires came out during the day. They lived among "normal" people. Sure, they had pasty white skin and gold eyes, but doesn't everyone who lives in a state that only has about six sunny days per year? The ice-cold skin and "sweet breath" were an interesting addition to the mix. I had always assumed that all vampires reeked of cave funk and blood. Who knew?
Here's the gist of the story: Bella, a tormented teen, falls in love with Edward, a vampire with a bad boy attitude. I would like to say that this is a classic literary struggle between good and evil, but Edward isn't REALLY evil. Surprise! They open their hearts to one another, which puts each of them at great risk....from others who ARE evil. Two worlds collide, and the ending is exciting!
I really enjoyed Meyer's contemporary take on vampires. The Cullen characters were well developed, and left me wanting to know much more about them. (Especially Alice) I will definitely be reading the other three books in this series. I may even see the movie!
My copy of this book is now in the custody of my sister. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did:)
FOR SOME REASON, BLOGGER IS NOT LETTING ME SEPARATE MY PARAGRAPHS WHEN I POST. I'M TIRED OF TRYING TO CHANGE IT. PLEASE FORGIVE ME!!!!