Book Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
This is the first book of a series that has fascinated millions of readers. It is a publishing phenomenon that has topped bestseller lists, attracted fan groups and been made into a movie. But putting aside all the publicity and hype – is it actually a good read? In my opinion Twilight more than lives up to the hype. It is a wonderful piece of storytelling that grips from the opening sentence right through to the sensational climax.
Seventeen-year-old Bella moves to a perpetually rainy town in Washington and meets the unpredictable Edward Cullen, an impossibly handsome classmate who is hiding a gigantic secret: he’s a vampire who is thirsting for Bella’s blood. It is not long before she discovers his secret and they embark on a relationship that threatens Bella’s life, especially when a new group of vampires arrive on the scene. Sounds melodramatic? Definitely. This is Romeo and Juliet with bite. Twilight has a Wuthering Heights quality of heightened passion and unrequited desire – and I predict Edward Cullen will go down in the halls of literary fame as one of the most appealing heroes of recent times – he is handsome and devoted to Bella, but also dangerous, unpredictable and capable of intense jealousy and passion. I couldn’t put the book down, and was delighted to discover there are three more books to devour after finishing the first. Like many people I know who have read this book, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.