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It Burns
As I said, it burns. This book has a poor plot, and the romance is even worse. I hate to agree with all of the crazy nay-sayers, but I do. I used to be a HUGE fan, but after a while... it starts to burn the skin. The Aesops in this book are downright painful. Rampant sexism, and disturbing paedophilia even! Before you start with the "imprinting is not necessarily sexual", it is! It is designed for reproduction, as such, it is SEXUAL. At no point does Bella make a serious choice for herself. Even the choice to be a vampire, her biggest planned choice, was not made by her. It was Edward who chose when and Edward who chose how.

Their romance is bizarre at best. I ask you, what do Bella and Edward talk about? I'll tell you- being vampire and human. Now that Bella's a vamp, what is left for that little relationship? They never even really bonded, other than Edward asking her some silly and pointless question. Never do they seem to spend time really getting to know each other. And their love was a completely instant thing. Bella fell in "love" with him because he was cute. Edward fell in "love" with her because she smelled nice. The characters are pretty interesting for the most part, and that I'll admit. The problem is that all of the really main characters are flat and dull. The side characters are actually pretty interesting. Bella is completely uninteresting, Edward was shooting for a angsty and complicated cynic, but completely missed. While Alice is described as bubbly and optimistic, I can't remember reading more than 2 moments of her optimism. She and Edward are both quite controlling too.

Another main issue is the mental abuse. Everyone says that it's there... because it actually is. I read through the profiles of the mental abuser and the victim. Guess which two characters fit almost perfectly.

On the whole, the series is alright if you only want some entertainment. If you read too deeply, be prepared for some wall banging. The worse part? All of the bad messages aren't intentional. They're just there! So don't hate on Meyer for all of the bad Aesops. She doesn't mean it. It just happened.

Yes; the glorification of adolescent lust, the stalking, and the horrid prose really turned me off to the book. About the only things that Twilight is good for are a stepstool and a doorstop. And it wouldn't even be very good as a stepstool.
comment #580 Nyaru 12th Jul 09
I'm inclined to think that if a series is so extremely sexist, then that reflects the author's views. That doesn't mean it was intentional, and in this case, I don't believe it was. Rather, I think this is Stephenie Meyer's view on how a fantasy guy should act in a relationship, and what an ordinary girl's response would be.
comment #666 whatever 25th Jul 09
It may not make a good stepstool, but I'm actually using it (and some other tomes) as a makeshift footrest, thus validating its tree-killing existence.
comment #819 Penguin4Congress 16th Aug 09
I loathe the burning of books, so I will not be making a bonfire of this horrible sexist, flat writing they dare call a novel. I will be following prior suggestions and use them for a foot-rest. I will never understand how persons my age, younger and older than I am actually enjoy this book. Ever.
comment #1198 190.197.19.124 29th Oct 09
comment #1577 User/Weegee 2nd Jan 10
"what do Bella and Edward talk about?" I heard someone ask that question about a friend and his girlfriend. That is a problem with a lot of love stories (and even some Real Life relationships). To me, the ideal mate is someone who has stuff in commom with you. Apparently not everyonme agrees with me.

Personally, I fiend the men in this book to be the ones abused. Bela is the kind of women who sits their and looks helpless, and nice guys end up doing stuff for her because she looks so helpless. She uses the men around her.
comment #1629 72.93.181.57 8th Jan 10
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