Unfortunately, I’m not one of the superfans of these novels, but I have mixed feelings about it.
My main problem with the book I have is with Bella. I couldn’t relate to her at all. She’s kind of emo and a Debbie Downer. The people at school try to befriend her and she completely shuts them out. I never felt like she really liked anyone or anything until she met Edward. I know a love interest is supposed to make you a better and complete person once you have met and get to know each other, but it’s like she is no person at all unless she is thinking or obsessing about Edward.
I know a lot of people said that Edward was abusive in the relationship, but I didn’t get that vibe at all. I really liked Edward and besides Jacob he’s my favorite character. The only problem I had with him is that every so many years this man who is over 100 goes back to high school just to fit in….let me just say if you have to go back to school every so many years you probably aren’t fitting in well, not to mention all the moving around you’d have to do because people might freak out if they remember you. A teacher who was a classmate of yours and now your teacher might really be confused and then the jig is up.
Also, to have all that knowledge and to waste it by going back to an inferior time in your life seems meaningless. And not to mention falling in love with a 17 year old when your 100 even in a smokin hot body seems kind of pedophileish to me. I mean wouldn’t you prefer someone with a little more intellect than a 17 year old? Maybe it’s just me…
A redeeming quality was the fact that Edward can read thoughts, but he cannot read hers. That seems to me the one and only reason Edward can be attracted to her.
Even though I have a lot of complaints there were a lot of things I did like about the book. Like I said, I really liked Edward. He is very interesting and it’s fun to unravel his mysteries with Bella. I also liked the vampire world Meyer created. It’s a society of vampires I hadn’t seen yet so it felt very unique, even if these vampires sparkle, that really doesn’t bother me as much as Bella’s co-dependence on a boy she just met. It’s also the first time I’ve read a book where the vampires can freely walk around during daytime with out dying.
Over all, I don’t regret reading this series, but I probably wouldn’t read it again.