I’m going to take a sort of detour from my usual articles, to review not a movie, but a book – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I know most of you have already read it (probably all the parts) or have watched the movie, but I would still like to talk about it before the trance like state, I usually enter when reading, wears off. (Mind you, I tend to talk too much in detail when it comes to reviewing anything).
Stephenie Meyer has come up with a beautiful idea – that of a romance between an ordinary girl-next-door and a heart-breakingly handsome vampire.
Isabella Swan (who likes to be called Bella) is sure her troubled life is going to take a turn for the worse when she decides to move to the gloomy, almost always rainy town of Forks to live with her father, Chief Charlie Swan. For one thing, she loves the sun and the big city of Phoenix where she was staying with her mother and her partner, she hates the rain, and another, she thinks she is a foreigner in Forks and therefore will find it difficult to fit in with the other kids at school. Not that she minds it. She is quite fine being inconspicuous.
But the daughter of the Chief’s flighty wife returning to the town is always topic of gossip and everyone at school knows who Bella is. She doesn’t get the anonymity she had desired. In fact, to her bewilderment, she is liked by everyone. Girls enjoy her popularity and every boy wants to go out with her.
Warding off requests to the school dance, Bella notices Edward, a strikingly handsome boy, who seems to loathe her for reasons best known to himself. Try as she might, Bella cannot seem to get her mind off Edward. Eventually, after Edward saves her life twice, Bella discovers that he is a vampire, who finds the smell of her, intoxicatingly delicious. This increases Bella’s fascination with Edward, instead of scaring her. She soon realises that she is “unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him”. It is interesting to see Edward’s priorities shift from drinking Bella’s blood (ewww.. That does sound yucky!) to protecting Bella.
Bella later finds out that Edward’s is a family of vampires who have learnt to quench their thirst by hunting animals and therefore can now live in harmony with humans.
The story is narrated by Bella in an attention-holding, humorous way and you cannot help but laugh out loud at the funny points. The only drawback is that the story becomes boring and seems to drag on during the blooming of Bella and Edward’s romance. The conversations seem to be drawn from old romantic movies! But once the romantic part is over, the story suddenly becomes fast-paced as a different group of vampires arrive in town and their prospective victim becomes Bella.
How Edward and his family try to save Bella? Will Bella evade the predators? How trustwrthy is Edward? (Because honestly, I thought he was after Bella’s blood all along!). Will Bella turn into a vampire too? You have got to read to find out! :)
Twilight is the first instalment in the Twilight series, which consists of three other books - New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I have not read any of these, but I will definitely review them when I read them. However, when that might be, I don’t know.
Another novel by Stephanie Meyer is The Host.
Twilight is essentially a love story. If you don’t like soppy romances (like me), then read it for the fantasy it is. If you are not a fantasy freak (unlike me), read it for the thriller it is. But READ IT!