For the second book to read on my new Kindle, I chose Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, the first in her series of Young Adult vampire novels. The Princess is also reading it, and since the books seem to be something of a phenomenon, it seemed it might be a good idea to delve into them myself. Since it's a huge paperback that would be heavy to hold, and since YA books are less expensive to download from Amazon, it met my Kindle criteria, and after a minute or two to download it, we were off.
First let me say that I am not a vampire genre fan. The only vampire movie I ever liked was "Love at First Bite." (If you're like me you're now singing in your head, "Please don't talk about love tonight…" and disco-dancing with George Hamilton…) The only other vampire book I managed to read from beginning to end was a YA title I picked up while working in the Children's Room at the Public Library, The Silver Kiss. I tried Anne Rice, but her stuff is just too much for me. I've seen "Bram Stoker's Dracula," and it just upset me.
So, to be clear, I am not a fan of teh vampires. (Though I did go out once with a guy whose extra pair of black pants hung upside down in his office at a theatre, just like a bat. And he looked much better after dark than by daylight. Really.)
But I read an interview with Stephenie Meyer and found the premise intriguing. Meyer is a Mormon housewife and seems to feel writing about vampires on the fringe of a human community speaks to the condition of Mormons. (I am not making that up.) She also made a case in the interview that the books support abstinence.
I found that fascinating.
The book is pretty engaging and becomes very suspenseful in its final third. I don't want to spoil the plot in any way, so I will just say some general things about the book here. However, if you have read it and want to discuss plot, feel free to do so in the comments, and let other readers consider this to be a spoiler warning!
I found the book to be surprisingly erotic, which just goes to show that not doing things can be as sexy as doing them.
The last section is upsettingly violent, or it was to me, although I suppose that was inevitable. The Princess hasn't gotten that far yet, so I can't tell you what she thinks, but I guess it's no worse than the battle scenes in the last few Harry Potter books.
I had planned to read this one and not go on in the series, but that is clearly going to be impossible. I'm just waiting for The Princess to catch up before I move on to the next one.