I'm not completely blind to the vampire craze that has taken over lately. But then I couldn't tell you the name of any of the vampire-related tv shows, although I think True Blood may be one of them.
I've never been 'Team Edward' or 'Team Jacob', and I don't have a Twilight pillow case, bookmark, magnet, bag, blanket, curtain, or any other related items.
I once owned the first three books in the series, but sold the first two after reading them, knowing I probably would never make it through them a second time. Like I said, I'm not blind to the craze, although it is a bit lost on me.
I bought the first book shortly after its release, after reading someone's rave about it in a personal online journal. Typical me, I didn't read it until I heard there was a movie coming out. I'd much rather read the book before seeing the movie. So I finally read Twilight, found it a good, quick read, then I saw the movie. It struck me as a low budget movie, or something you'd be more likely to see in the 90s, but it was enjoyable enough.
Book 2: New Moon? Boring. Bella going crazy and doing all sorts of weird stunts after Edward left her? I found it annoying. I found it annoying and a bit sad that young teen girls would be reading this romance novel all about Bella's obsessive, crazy, almost suicidal feelings for Edward.
Now I'm not heartless and I believe in love and all that funny stuff, but I wouldn't want my child reading about how a girl jumped off a cliff, rode a motorcycle dangerously and other unsafe things just to hear their lover's voice. I would not want my child to read about how a girl falls into a crazy depression after her boyfriend leaves her, to the point of basically putting her life on hold. But then it's all okay because he comes back. It's creepy.
I'm now halfway through book 3: Eclipse. It feels like I've been reading it forever and maybe it's because I'm a couple of years older than when I read the first two books, but I really feel that the writing is targeted for a young adult audience. It just seems so mindless and slow to get through. Or! Maybe it's just because I'm getting incredibly sick of poor, helpless Bella, always being chased by Victoria and every other vampire that ever exists. Queen Bella, we all must die to protect her! I'd just like to see the girl cross the road without help for once.
Now I've also just finished watching Eclipse, and I can admit that I enjoyed it enough. The story flows a little faster than the book is going, as I still haven't finished the book, but is still slow at times. I also plan on reading and watching Breaking Dawn when the time comes. I believe in finishing what you start. I'm not saying I hate the Twilight saga, even though there's a lot that annoys me about it. I'm interested in the end.
I won't get into how awkward I find "Bella" to be in the movies. As I haven't seen Kristen Stewart act in anything else, I won't blame her until I have more evidence.
I just think this entire saga has a lot more popularity than it deserves, and maybe that's because everyone is so concerned with how attractive 'Jacob and Edward' are. Or maybe it's because people really are getting wrapped up in the human/vampire/werewolf love triangle. Who knows. Either way, I find it odd that a set of books written for a teenage audience is being obsessed about not only by teenagers, but by women in their 20s, 30s and even 40s. It's a little too much to wrap my head around.
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I'm all for a good love story. Especially a good love triangle, but I just don't find this to be the best one.
What are your thoughts? Love it, hate it, or never cared enough to bother with it? I'd like to hear other sides to the story. Ps, I'm not hating on anyone who likes the series, this is just what I think of it. To each their own.