So I finally, finally got on the Twilight bandwagon. It was all over blogs, all over Twitter, even a male coworker kept asking me if I had read it since his wife was so obsessed. I got the book Friday, really started reading Saturday afternoon and finished it this afternoon. I had heard once you start, you can’t put it down and boy that was an understatement.
Twilight is the age old we-can’t-really-be-together-like-we-want-to-be-I-would-die-for-you-kind-of-Romeo-and-Juliet-love-story. There wasn’t anything spectacular there I suppose but there was something to this vampire thing. I have never been a big fan of anything involving Vampires but I actually enjoyed learning as Stephenie spent a good deal of the book explaining the rules through Bella’s questions. Who this Edward was and why he did what he did. While Edward couldn’t get into Bella’s head, it seemed just as frustrating that we couldn’t get into HIS head. I think that first day of school was just as confusing and frustrating for me as Bella.
And gosh, how many of us can relate to that first love? Wondering what they are thinking, looking for them in every room you went in, having so many questions, feeling that electricity at every touch or even near touch and never wanting to be apart. It’s that feeling everyone wants and only happens a few times in your life. And yet somehow, you relive it through Edward and Bella.
But not only that first love but there’s that forbidden love as well. All those feelings above but with someone you can’t have them with. Normally a first love is done freely, drinking in all you can. But not with Edward and Bella. He has to restrain himself and while feeling all these feelings, he can’t live them out. It’s really quite intoxicating to read how he wants to touch her so badly and yet reigns himself in..both physically and even in telling her things to protect her.
Beyond that, there is the whole bad boy persona Edward has. The guy that makes it ok to skip class and stretch the truth in order to go out of town on a date.
And not only bad boy, OLDER bad boy. There was something about him being experienced, technically old and yet so new to this love thing.
And let’s not forget he’s the stalker guy. The guy that was so obsessed with her that he stared her down at lunch and eventually watched her sleep with her knowing. Yes, stalking is in some weird way flattering.
And all while being bad and older and stalkerish, he loves her through and through, protects her every single chance he gets and says the sweetest things out of the blue.
Yes, I’m beginning to think Edward Cullen is one of the best leading men I’ve ever read.
However, I wasn’t completely taken away with every part of the book. The first person was hard to get into at first but ended up working. And it was a little slow to start. Stephenie definitely likes including lots of mundane details. Honestly, the book went a little uninteresting after the baseball game and the tracker appeared. It meant less time for Edward and Bella together but I understood the need for the drama and it was good to see her interact with his family. I’m a little concerned because the movie seems to hover over the whole tracker mess for dramatic effect but I hope that’s not the main drama of the movie. I want to see Edward and Bella live this book (and mostly the first 3/4 of it. The book was at its best about 1/4 to 3/4. I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be though) out on screen.
With my blog-cap on, I actually left tab marks on favorite moments. It’s kind of funny that the moments I loved, are also well-loved by others. And in chronological order, here they are (Source):
I wasn’t interesting. And he was. Interesting… and brilliant… and mysterious… and perfect… and beautiful… and possibly able to lift full-sized vans with one hand.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 4, p.79
About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn’t know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 9, p.195
His face startled me — his expression was torn, almost pained, and so fiercely beautiful that the ache to touch him flared as strong as before. My goodbye stuck in my throat. He raised his hand, hesitant, conflict raging in his eyes, and then swiftly brushed the length of my cheekbone with his fingertips. His skin was as icy as ever, but the trail his fingers left on my skin was alarmingly warm — like I’d been burned, but didn’t feel the pain of it yet.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 11, p.220
Bella, I couldn’t live with myself if I ever hurt you. You don’t know how it’s tortured me. The thought of you, still, white, cold… to never see you blush scarlet again, to never see that flash of intuition in your eyes when you see through my pretenses… it would be unendurable. You are the most important thing to me now. The most important thing to me ever.
Edward Cullen, Twilight, Chapter 13, p.274
So are you on the bandwagon yet? What are your favorite parts/quotes?