So I was writing a review for New Moon for my school blog, and it turned into something a lot longer…
Synopsis (of New Moon):
The ever-popular sequel to Twilight, New Moon, has been constantly praised by “Twilighters” while being bashed by, basically, everyone else. This is the new hype, if you will, of glittering vampires and the fragile human who just wants to be like them. New Moon takes place only mere days before Bella’s 18th birthday, which she truly does not want to celebrate. Why, you ask? It will make her, officially, one year older than Edward. But her birthday comes, nonetheless, and with it a birthday party (planned by Alice, of course). But while she is opening a present, Bella gets a paper cut, and Jasper’s bloodthirsty side takes over. Edward soon decides that it is better that he leave Bella alone, because he believes she will be “safer” that way. While Edward is gone, Bella becomes close friends with Jacob Black (whom she soon discovers to be a werewolf), rides motorcycles, and jumps off cliffs. There you have it.
Ah, Twilight. More of a right of passage, really, than a well-written, memorable saga. There are two ways you can feel about this saga: You can love it.
Or hate it.
Most of the people who still love it, did not read books previously, and are still blinded to the fact that Stephenie Meyer is just appealing to that teenage fan-girl part of our brain. There are also children out there, little fifth graders, who have read the series and essentially become hypnotized by the fact that there might be a real Edward out there for them. I have seen this first hand.
The people who hate it either discovered at the first page that this was a terribly written series, or discovered later after their “Twilight Phase” (like me) that Stephenie Meyer basically just took a bunch of adjectives, threw them in with 1/2 of a good idea, and then dragged it on into four books.
Truly, Twilight is written as more of a girl’s obsession over a boy. There is no character development (Bella is the same boring, hollow person she was in the beginning, just in vampire form), the book is anti-feminist (Bella completely relies on Edward even for walking so she won’t trip), and Bella is a Mary Sue. A Mary Sue is a character that is essentially “perfect” and “flawless”, the kind of character that anyone could fit themselves into. And…I just realized I’ve written a lot, so I’m just going to stop here. (Oops.)