Blurb: (Film Trailer)
When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town.
But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.
Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away – until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.
Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires – and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.
Review: (Video review)
This series was obviously a big hit when it came out. I have watched the film several times and read the books. I found that in this occasion the books and the films were word for word similar and hence if you have watched the films don’t waste your time reading the books. The film has it all – AND Kellan Lutz. Yes, you heard me. Kellan has been my long standing TV boyfriend since 2008 and no one seems to be able to knock him down from the No. 1 spot. I think that the success of this book lies in the timing of when it was released, but also the simplicity of the plot which made it feel more like a normal love drama than a Paranormal Romance. Bella draws the attention of the most eligible bachelor in the vampire world, who has not found any woman worthy of his attention. It almost seems as if Bella is the desirable one, rather than the rare vampire boy Edward. This is only emphasised when the new pack leader of the werewolf also wants her. So, handsome and powerful men fighting for one girl’s heart – what is not to enjoy!
Message & Moral
The book is all about rivalry; between the Vampires and the werewolves, and the Vampire clans vs the Volturi and in addition all the supernaturals trying to stay hidden for the humans. There are the ones who wants power even if it needs to be through war and there are the ones who wants to establish treaties and keep the peace. How races are able to live together in peace is an ever pressing message in todays society. The fear of cross bread rocks the authority and the fear leads to war. This is a common topic, yet important.
Creatures & Environment
These books describe the backstories of the vampires and the werewolves, which contributes to the depth of the characters and the readers’ understanding of why the situation is as it is. I liked that every sub-main-character has their own spotlight and it makes the entire package endearing. As the setting is in the USA, in a real place, it isn’t hard to imagine all the physical laws of nature and the interaction between teenagers at a school. I would say that except for Edward Cullen, Carlisle and Alice are my favourite characters.
Captivation & Continuity
I would say that levels of reader captivation go up and down in the books. I love the first part where Edward and Bella meet, but find the second book tedious when they are apart. Then the action picks up in the third book to once again ebb down in the first part of book four. The last part of the fourth book sort of steps it up again. The continuity is good, however I found it hard to believe that the Volturi wouldn’t listen to the Cullen family when they wanted to explain that Renesmee was half-human. I mean, they do know of the circumstances already. A more likely feeling around to have felt would have been curiosity. As they are so powerful they would probably rather capture and experiment on her than attempt to kill her.
Language & Flow
The language was simple and I didn’t find it inventive or colourful, yet it was satisfying as an easy read.
T.M. Caruana’s Philosopher’s Stone Award