BOOK REVIEW – STEPHENIE MEYER: TWILIGHT

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I surprised myself… I actually liked TWILIGHT more than I thought I was going to… in spite of its numerous grammatical faux pas.  Or, perhaps, because of?

I do have to remind myself that TWILIGHT is written for the young adult demographic and the level of… how shall I say this… sophistication and technical writing is appropriate for that audience.

TWILIGHT is addictive… I will give the author that.  Having now written four books in her vampire/werewolf series, Stephenie Meyer seems to have found a formula that works… a simple story line… simple, if rather ‘un-complex’ characters… and a somewhat blurred line between good and evil.  Nothing too deep that the average reader would get mired in.

Her treatment of the vampyre is a bit predictable, but then… I don’t suppose she has had much experience with them to have any real understanding.  I find it odd though, that having given the Cullen clan a degree of humanity, the author refers to them as less than human… I refuse to refer to a vampyre as a ‘creature’!

I am now just a bit more than half through with the second book in the series, and likely will finish all four… unless the author ‘runs out of steam’ between the second and fourth books.

I can’t in good conscience give TWILIGHT more than three stars… some might say that was being generous, but I honestly did like the book.  I just can’t get past the predictable and rather formulaic story line.  And, I do think some of the writing is a bit sub-par, even for a young audience.

Veronica Marie Lewis Shaw
Portland, Oregon
28 December 2011

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found athttp://veronicathepajamathief.blogspot.com/ andhttp://veronicathepajamathiefwritespoetry.blogspot.com/, andhttps://veronicathepajamathief.wordpress.com/
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