Books, Kindle

Book #23: Twilight

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.

13 thoughts on “Book #23: Twilight”

  1. I’m looking forward to the day when the kids are old enough to read the same books I do. My oldest is just now starting Harry Potters – it must be fun to get to share books. To answer your question, yes, we’ve been out of school since the end of May. Hard to believe school is still going for you guys! Hang in there – the fun is coming!

  2. So you’re not a Buffy fan then? 😉
    I hope you’ll write more about the reading experience on the Kindle. How is it compared to a traditional book, etc. I’m intrigued but not quite willing to give up books yet.

  3. My teenage daughter has always said that vampires are symbols of the fringe of society….she identifies that as varying things depending on the phase she is experiencing.
    Interestingly, she has had that “discussion” with each of her creative writing teachers at her “we are the magnet school for the extremely talented artists high school” and none of them have really agreed with her opinion.

  4. I’m with Teri, please share your thoughts on your experience with the Kindle. I am curious as to what you think.

  5. A lot of my children’s friends love this series. I bought Mallory Twilight and she just couldn’t get into it. She said she’s discovered she doesn’t like vampire books. Rory is too scared to read it.
    The Mormon take is interesting. I know a Mormon blogger who loves it, and I was surprised. Didn’t realize the connection.

  6. I will definitely offer up a post about the Kindle, itself, soon!

  7. Thanks for the review. Looking forward to hearing about kindle over here, too.
    Also, did you agree with the author that the book was pro-the stuff she said? (I suddenly find I cant spell abstinence at all – ah, there I got it, I think…)

  8. WonderGirl is reading these. As soon as she said “vampires”, though when I asked her about them, I said “no thank you.”
    I guess I’m not very adventurous that way.

  9. I just saw this thick thick book in the stores. I’m out of the loop since the boys are grown now, but just figured out it’s kind of a phenom. thanks for sharing this.

  10. Politica and I just read that! It is a large book, but it handles surprisingly well.
    I liked the premise of the book better than the plot itself as it went along–I just wasn’t too iterested in the lovey-dovey teenage angst of it all (so I found it a little more tedious than erotic, which perhaps means I was reading too quickly, or that I am of limited imagination). But the more lovesick Bella got, the less interested I was in her.
    I can’t believe Meyer thinks the books advocate abstinence, though. They don’t have sex b/c Edward is afraid he will kill her in the doing of it. Hardly a transferable message to modern youth (or is it?).

  11. Ah! An answer to my question! I wondered who the heck Stephanie Meyers was, who had (I believe) 3 books on the hardcover fiction list and one at the top of the pb in yesterday’s Portland paper bestseller list. I find that list more interesting than the NYT list, by the way.
    I like Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels, and enjoyed the original Stoker Dracula (book) but Anne Rice and Laurell Hamilton are not for me. Probably not Meyers either.

  12. Abstinence!? Advocated in an erotic vampire novel? I may now have to read this, although I’d greatly prefer not to. Sigh.
    🙂 Thanks for stretching my bounds!
    (ps: I read some Rice in college. No thanks.)

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