Writers: Stephenie Meyer

  • Heidi Polk

    Left unsatisfied...is this really how it ends???

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    *Spoiler alert* This book is the last in Stephenie Meyer's now (in-)famous Twilight series and, as such, it sums up the story of Bella, Edward and all other assorted characters. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book; admittedly, coming to the end of a series is always challenging for the author and the readers alike, as it's the final chance you have to explore a world within which you've become invested. The following is a list of things that I noticed and/or things that caught my attention. First, I think it holds up better as the conclusion to the Twilight story arc, rather than an individual novel. In fact, while I personally don't mind reading books out of sequential order, I believe the average reader would have trouble if this work was their introduction to the series-at-large. I loved the fact that Meyer believably explained how/why the vampires had their individual gifts. I also found the depiction of the larger vampiric history fascinating and utterly be...*Spoiler alert* This book is the last in Stephenie Meyer's now (in-)famous Twilight series and, as such, it sums up the story of Bella, Edward and all other assorted characters. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book; admittedly, coming to the end of a series is always challenging for the author and the readers alike, as it's the final chance you have to explore a world within which you've become invested. The following is a list of things that I noticed and/or things that caught my attention. First, I think it holds up better as the conclusion to the Twilight story arc, rather than an individual novel. In fact, while I personally don't mind reading books out of sequential order, I believe the average reader would have trouble if this work was their introduction to the series-at-large. I loved the fact that Meyer believably explained how/why the vampires had their individual gifts. I also found the depiction of the larger vampiric history fascinating and utterly believable. Hearing about the various vampires, both individual and those in covens, their gifts/talents was brilliant, especially when they all began to make appearances at the end...I didn't even mind the fact that it seemed a bit reminiscent of particular storylines lifted from the marvel/dc comics worlds, as I found Meyer's interpretation so interesting... however, the flip side of this meant that the reader was completely drawn in, prepared to witness this epic battle, and the ending was completely and utterly anticlimactic...she built and built and built and then it just seemed to fizzle out and all the various characters, with their abilities and powers just disappeared into the woodwork... I really, really disliked the fact that the book was broken up to depict different viewpoints too (i.e. Bella, then Jacob, then Bella)...I can understand why Meyer might do this, and it did provide a lot of insight into Jacob's constantly evolving character, but i think it made the overall story structure weaker, as it fractured the narrative and wasn't "pulled off" in an entirely believable manner... i REALLY disliked the view that meyer presents of marriage, the loss of virginity and pregnancy...it really surprised me that her depiction was so negative and misogynistic...how much more dramatically effective would it have been to show edward swamped with remorse after bruising bella's body, rather than consumed with rage, and determinedly manipulative in keeping her so physically busy so that she would literally collapse from exhaustion and wouldn't want to make love...and how surprising that the child growing in bella's stomach seems almost parasitic in nature, indicating bella's loss of sanity in wanting to carry the child to full-term...and how disturbing that with each day, as the child consumes more and more of bella, she becomes almost like a hollowed-out madonna...and the manner of bella's actual death...that she dies in childbirth...that rather than showing a positive scene with everyone welcoming and celebrating a new life, the scene is instead one of chaos that results in bella sacrificing herself and only being saved because of the vampiric poison pumped into her body...and the fact that her daughter is nicknamed 'nessie'??? i think the name renesmee is quite possibly one of the stupidest names i ever heard...but the fact that everyone comes to call her after what is essentially a prehistoric swamp beast is disturbing, to say the least... but not as disturbing as the fact that jacob imprints on nessie....i don't care how meyer cloaks this in werewolf and native american mythology, etc. etc...it's bordering on the obscene to have a legal adult in love with an innocent child...and the fact that she's bella's daughter introduces a whole slew of other issues that would no doubt preoccupy freud for many hours....not to mention the yeats-ian overtones... reading the book, there's definitely the feeling that meyer was rushed through it, to get it out for publication...and maybe it would've been better to allow her to work at her own pace...while there were some great points and characters, i was definitely dissatisfied with this last offering...and felt it was a bit of a letdown for the twilight series as a whole... 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  • Cashe Kidd

    So it ends...

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    I was so excited to read the last installment, but so sad at the same time. I don't like the way it ended. I think there should be a follow up...but thats just me.

  • Emma Rogers

    Can't help but feel I'm too old for this series

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    I read this book originally because members of my course were raving about it. As I had been oblivious to its existence and out of sheer curiosity I decided to borrow an edition of the first book and see what all the fuss was. In a word this book is pure indulgence for the lovesick teenage girl. I couldn't help but get aggravated at the the 'heroine' Bella. I couldn't help but rant about why a 17 year old would act like a 17 year old. Sounds quite simple really but considering I was once part of the Buffy/Angel following it is only quite obvious what has happened to the then me and the now me. I've matured and gained experience - so although it is a well written (never a dull moment) kind of book, I can't help but wonder whether this is just an attempt to fulfill the void left by the Buffy/Angel following which matured as David Boreanaz started Bones. A good read as long as you leave maturity outside the bedroom door. Think 'I am a silly 17 year old who asks a lot of silly questio...I read this book originally because members of my course were raving about it. As I had been oblivious to its existence and out of sheer curiosity I decided to borrow an edition of the first book and see what all the fuss was. In a word this book is pure indulgence for the lovesick teenage girl. I couldn't help but get aggravated at the the 'heroine' Bella. I couldn't help but rant about why a 17 year old would act like a 17 year old. Sounds quite simple really but considering I was once part of the Buffy/Angel following it is only quite obvious what has happened to the then me and the now me. I've matured and gained experience - so although it is a well written (never a dull moment) kind of book, I can't help but wonder whether this is just an attempt to fulfill the void left by the Buffy/Angel following which matured as David Boreanaz started Bones. A good read as long as you leave maturity outside the bedroom door. Think 'I am a silly 17 year old who asks a lot of silly questions!' (more)

  • Alice Herbert

    Love love love....where's the action?

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    Having heard ravings about the cult following of this novel I thought I would give it a go. Despite being a little beyond the age range, I feel I can still appreciate a teen classic when I read one. In fact, with the success of Harry Potter and the Northern Lights trilogy, it seems to be all the rage these days. Possibly because of my high expectations, Twilight struggled to meet them. Firstly, I felt that the concept of the novel was far from original. Vampires seem to be in vogue at the moment. Having recently read 'The Historian', Dracula and Fanu's Carmilla I think I was all bled out with vampires (excuse the pun). Twilight felt like a rehashed formula in a teen context. Despite this, I persisted, thinking that at least it would give me a bit of classic vampire thrill. Wrong again. It is 400 pages of longing looks across the canteen, spine-tingling hand touches and steamy bedroom scenes. Only in the last 50 pages did it pick up pace and get exciting. I can only hope that Meyer i...Having heard ravings about the cult following of this novel I thought I would give it a go. Despite being a little beyond the age range, I feel I can still appreciate a teen classic when I read one. In fact, with the success of Harry Potter and the Northern Lights trilogy, it seems to be all the rage these days. Possibly because of my high expectations, Twilight struggled to meet them. Firstly, I felt that the concept of the novel was far from original. Vampires seem to be in vogue at the moment. Having recently read 'The Historian', Dracula and Fanu's Carmilla I think I was all bled out with vampires (excuse the pun). Twilight felt like a rehashed formula in a teen context. Despite this, I persisted, thinking that at least it would give me a bit of classic vampire thrill. Wrong again. It is 400 pages of longing looks across the canteen, spine-tingling hand touches and steamy bedroom scenes. Only in the last 50 pages did it pick up pace and get exciting. I can only hope that Meyer is building up the chemistry for the benefit of the remaining saga. (more)

  • Natasha Callis

    A Pleasant Surprise!

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    I first heard of this mainstream novel by Stephenie Meyer through the film Twilight released this winter. At first I was unsure about reading this novel for two reasons; 1. It is a love story between a vampire and a teenage girl set in the small town of Forks in America- not very original. 2. Being a third year English student I thought I was far too superior to read anything this commercialised! However my snobbish attitude was soon to be corrected as I fell instantly in love with the characters and the plot. The text flows in a poetic form with the descriptions of Edward at times mesmerizing, while the sexual tension between Edward and Belle seeps from the pages. I usually don

  • Heidi Polk

    Light, enjoyable reading...

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    I borrowed this book from a sister after the second one (_New Moon_) had already come out in hardcover - I figured the topic would be fairly lightweight and be a perfect summer vacation read... What a pleasant surprise! The tale concerns Bella Swan, a young high school student who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father after her mother's remarriage. Bella quickly catches the eye of Edward Cullen, a handsome and mysterious young man. As the story unfolds, Bella is drawn deeper and deeper into her relationship with Edward and the secret that his family is hiding... (I left it vague for those who haven't yet heard the details - is that actually applicable to anyone in the world? lol) Stephenie Meyer possesses neither extraordinary talent nor an entirely original storyline, and yet there is something oddly endearing about this book. I think its overall appeal stems directly from the character of Bella Swan, and the excellent manner in which Meyer depicts Bel...I borrowed this book from a sister after the second one (_New Moon_) had already come out in hardcover - I figured the topic would be fairly lightweight and be a perfect summer vacation read... What a pleasant surprise! The tale concerns Bella Swan, a young high school student who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father after her mother's remarriage. Bella quickly catches the eye of Edward Cullen, a handsome and mysterious young man. As the story unfolds, Bella is drawn deeper and deeper into her relationship with Edward and the secret that his family is hiding... (I left it vague for those who haven't yet heard the details - is that actually applicable to anyone in the world? lol) Stephenie Meyer possesses neither extraordinary talent nor an entirely original storyline, and yet there is something oddly endearing about this book. I think its overall appeal stems directly from the character of Bella Swan, and the excellent manner in which Meyer depicts Bella's interiority - her deepest thoughts, insecurities, fears and wishes. I love that Bella is clumsy and does not see herself as beautiful or special; her character taps into all the anxiety that accompanies that painful transition into adulthood. And (despite my 21st-century-feminist sensibilities), I can admit to a vicarious thrill when the most handsome boy in school not only notices her, but appears to truly treasure her for all of her qualities, both good and bad... To be sure, Meyer does delve a bit far into the melodramatic, teen angst, but regardless, it's still a good read and was much better than I had anticipated... (more)

  • Brenda Crampton

    Twilight

    I thought that this book was excellent! Can't wait to read the second book

  • Tracy Rich

    Twilight

    Do you have to buy certain books in order to read them online.

  • Emma Rogers

    Slightly Emo actually

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    This book is the second in the Twilight Series and generally a good book. Its easy to read, slightly predictable and quite meaty for one book. I did get slightly annoyed with how much time was spend on the depression that Bella fell into after Edward had left her 'for her own good'. There were points where I could understand where Bella was coming from but mostly I felt for Jacob Black, her Were-wolf Best Friend, who she promptly dumps when Edward reappears. And yes despite meaning to be a typically teenage type fictious book it comes across quite emo. Its surprising how generic Stephanie seems to view this particular group of teenagers... curious really.

  • Heidi Polk

    The second (and best) book in the Twilight saga

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    *Minor spoiler alert re: plot details* I was pleasantly surprised by _Twilight_ , yet it was _New Moon_ where I think Stephenie Meyer truly rose to greater heights as a writer... [Disclaimer: I don't think Meyer can be called 'brilliant' by any means - I just think this book is the best of the series] This book picks up shortly after _Twilight_ leaves off; Bella and Edward are together and happy, though the first-love-bliss does not last for long, as Edward soon departs to allow Bella the opportunity to live a 'normal' life. Bella goes into a downward spiral, and is only able to seek solace from the company of Jacob (briefly mentioned in the first book), who brings Bella back to a semblance of her former self. Jacob is going through his own changes (no spoilers here - read the book people!) and is also head over heels for Bella. The real climax comes when the Cullens reappear in Bella's life and she must save Edward... Though some would say that this book is filled wit...*Minor spoiler alert re: plot details* I was pleasantly surprised by _Twilight_ , yet it was _New Moon_ where I think Stephenie Meyer truly rose to greater heights as a writer... [Disclaimer: I don't think Meyer can be called 'brilliant' by any means - I just think this book is the best of the series] This book picks up shortly after _Twilight_ leaves off; Bella and Edward are together and happy, though the first-love-bliss does not last for long, as Edward soon departs to allow Bella the opportunity to live a 'normal' life. Bella goes into a downward spiral, and is only able to seek solace from the company of Jacob (briefly mentioned in the first book), who brings Bella back to a semblance of her former self. Jacob is going through his own changes (no spoilers here - read the book people!) and is also head over heels for Bella. The real climax comes when the Cullens reappear in Bella's life and she must save Edward... Though some would say that this book is filled with more teen angst than the first one, I actually think this book is quite a good exploration of the pain and distress that one goes through at the end of a relationship - if one accepts the premise that Edward was Bella's first love, then one must also accept that she would be devastated by the fact he leaves, even if cloaked under the guise of 'doing it for her own good'. In addition, the reader gets to see how Bella tries to put herself back together, form new relationships and move on with her life. For me, the charm of Meyer's books does not come from her imagery of Edward, the 'perfect' man, or from the longing that accompanies the (unconsummated) passion that Edward and Bella feel. Above all, what is redeeming about Meyer's work is the detailed interiority of Bella - in this respect, Meyer is great because she really probes the highs and lows of being a teenager. And, though the end does showcase the return of Edward, Meyer performs a reversal of the first book - here, in the end, it is the central _human_ character, the one without any powers or supernatural abilities, who is responsible for sweeping in and saving the love of her life. I liked the fact Meyer turns the 'white knight' myth on its head a bit and that she took such care in detailing not only the pain of a break-up but the strength that Bella finds within herself to continue on with her life... Very nicely done... (more)

  • Gbarielle smith

    eclipse

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    This is one of the best books i've ever read in my life!

  • Juliana Stephanie

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  • Tracy Rich

    Eclipse

    It was great.

  • Emelda Brooks

    Drawn out

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    I don't really understand the need of this book. Nothing much appears to happen.

  • Anna Lewis

    I can see why it is popular...but not for me!

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    I decided very belatedly that I should try and read Twilight to see what all the fuss was about. I had watched part of one of the films (New Moon) when I was on a plane and thought it was pretty boring, but wasn't sure if it was because it either wasn't as good as the book or I just wasn't 'getting' it because I hadn't seen/read the previous instalments. So, I read through the first third of the first book, and I can, in a way, see why it has become so popular - but I wasn't too bothered about finishing it. I asked people on Twitter if I should keep going, wondering if anyone would say 'Yes, you absolutely have to because it gets really good towards the end!' But they didn't. So I think I will leave it. It's a bit too full of teenage angst for my liking (I think I have quite a low tolerance for that!) but on the other hand, had I read this book 15 years ago, then I probably would have enjoyed it. I did quite like watching Buffy when I was at school and this seems like it is not a m...I decided very belatedly that I should try and read Twilight to see what all the fuss was about. I had watched part of one of the films (New Moon) when I was on a plane and thought it was pretty boring, but wasn't sure if it was because it either wasn't as good as the book or I just wasn't 'getting' it because I hadn't seen/read the previous instalments. So, I read through the first third of the first book, and I can, in a way, see why it has become so popular - but I wasn't too bothered about finishing it. I asked people on Twitter if I should keep going, wondering if anyone would say 'Yes, you absolutely have to because it gets really good towards the end!' But they didn't. So I think I will leave it. It's a bit too full of teenage angst for my liking (I think I have quite a low tolerance for that!) but on the other hand, had I read this book 15 years ago, then I probably would have enjoyed it. I did quite like watching Buffy when I was at school and this seems like it is not a million miles away...though Bella is much more timid than Buffy! (more)

  • Emelda Brooks

    this is a book where the film is better.

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    I was so disappointed with this book. it is the best out of all four but still pretty dire.. i found the way it was written too intense to take seriously, not like other romance books. However i am pretty much the only one i know who feels this way. others love it and read them over and over.

  • John Phoenix Crane

    A Good Read! Stephenie Meyer Deiivers!

    I like a good vampire book like the next guy,but Stephenie Meyer brings her characters to the reader to life and realy grabs your inner thrist for blood and romance. I could not put the book down.

  • Chanelle Frost

    AN UNBELIEVABLE STORY

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    Its abut a teen girl(bella) falling in love with edward ,a vampire. Ok it`s not that simple.just read it & see for urself. ITS TOTALLY AWESOME!

  • Emelda Brooks

    made me laugh.

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    and not in a good way. disappointing ending.. don't worry that's not a spoiler, just my opinion. I like to feel like i've been enlightened when i finish a book, especially a saga. but truthfully i thought not much happened, could have been bigger and better. suppose that is just my view. As i have said before, it is popular for a reason and the majority love these books. i just think there are better written books and this saga has just been hyped up so much that the majority will follow just because its popular and has a hunky vampire in it. Sorry!

  • Bernadine Mascarenhas

    Love the series

    I am a Jacob fan!!! i thought the book was well written.

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