2012 Twilight Series Challenge: Twilight Discussion

Posted April 16th, 2012 by in Uncategorized / 8 comments

It is time to discuss the ever popular Twilight!


Well this is certainly the story that started a phenomenon.
I’m just going to throw out some questions and my general thoughts and feel free to add your thoughts/opinions in the comments below. Even if you are not participating in the challenge but wish to say something about Twilight please feel free to join us.

1. For those of you who have read this book before, how did you rate the book this time vs when you first read it months/years ago for the first time?

2. For those of you who read it for the first time this year please share how you thought it was, did it live up to the hype?

3. Do you still love the characters, even though Edward and Bella were ruined in the movies? Many people say all Edward does is sparkle and that Bella is a whiny pathetic character, do you agree?

4. Vampires, can we still live with them?

5. Ultimately, was it worth reading/ would you recommend?


Here Are My Answers:

1. Since I have read the story before, way before the hype of it all I get to answer the first question! I rated this book just slightly lower than I would have back then. Back then it was this amazingly awesome fabulous story that I feel in love with. Back then it would have gotten a rating of 5/5. I felt just slightly different now. I did greatly enjoy the story and I can’t believe how much I remembered such as favorite quotes but there were also things I completely forgot about. I gave the book a rating of 4.5/5 this time around so I obviously still enjoyed it, which was surprising to me.

3. I still love the characters! I think that Edward and Bella were ruined by the movies and that they are so much deeper and much more complex than in the cheesy movies. I forgot why I had once fallen for Edward and reading Twilght made me remember! Edward is a really great character in the book because you can tell he cares about Bella and he thinks in such a fashion that is much more mature than most YA male leads. His thought patterns are intellectual and deep which can not be said for a lot of YA characters. Apart from Edward I did like Bella, she is smart in her own way and soemtimes people think she is annoying but I like her. She is simply trying to come to terms with vampires and everything changing. Of course the secondary characters are still just as great.

4. Vampires probably became overused due to this Twilight craze but hey people are still reading about them aren’t they!? I mean come on Julie Kawaga just came out with a vampire book! The writer that a lot of YA readers really love and they are willing to read about her vampires due to the popularity of her Iron Fey series. I still think vampires are making their way into the teen world, just maybe not to the extent that they once did.

5. Yes, re-reading this book was well worth it. While I have read Twilight probably 5 times over the years it had been about 2ish years since I last read it so it was great to come back for the re-read. Now I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to see how I feel about it because I know Breaking Dawn was a bit of a let down for me. I basically am excited about finding out how I feel about the rest of the three books in the series.

Now tell me how you feel!



8 Responses to “2012 Twilight Series Challenge: Twilight Discussion”

  1. M.R. Merrick

    I haven’t read the series yet, although I have the box set sitting on my bookshelf, among with dozens of other books I still need to read. However, my wife read the series and she agrees that Edward was ruined by the movies. Not just in character, but appearance alone.

    I do have one comment about your post that deals with Edward though;

    “Edward is a really great character in the book because you can tell he cares about Bella and he thinks in such a fashion that is much more mature than most YA male leads.”

    This makes me want to read the series, because I think this get missed in a lot vampire books. These creatures are immortal and in many cases, the character is centuries old by the time we meet them in the story. I think it’s misrepresented in a lot of ways to have an immature, or mentally “young” vampire who is hundreds of years old. You’d think after being around for that many years, they wouldn’t act like the teenagers.

    Okay, that’s my mini rant. Regardless of the fact that I’ve seen the movies and really didn’t care for them, I still do look forward to reading this series one day.

  2. Bianca

    I am a little behind on this 🙁 I just started to reread it last week and although I could read it in a day before other things are getting in the way. I am really enjoying rereading it though. I will have to come back and answer these questions once I finish 🙂

  3. Janiera

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Although I didn’t take part in this challenge I read Twilight before the hype as well and fell in love with it. In fact, this is the book that made me truly fall in love with reading and for that I am always grateful. I loved all four books and the movies. Twilight and Titanic are my weak spots lol. Happy Reading!

  4. Rita J Webb

    I have a bad habit of reading library books before I read the books on my shelves. With library books, I have a deadline. With books I bought or were given to me, I often forget about them. And thus I have not read this series. Crazy me.

  5. Nicci @ Paper Dreams

    I didn’t take part in the challenge, but I love discussing Twilight. 😛
    I read the books before they became the phenomenon that they are now, and I absolutely adored them. It has been about a year or so since I last reread them, but at that point I still liked them. Bella and Edward may not be perfect characters, but I don’t think they deserve all the hate that they get.
    I still enjoy vampire stories, but I prefer those where the author takes the vampire mythology and really makes it their own.

    Ultimately, I am forever grateful for Twilight because it was the series that introduced me to YA literature. Growing up I jumped from Little House on the Prairie and American Girl straight to reading adult fiction. I discovered the YA genre right as I was becoming an adult, and I fell in love with it.
    Personally, I still enjoy rereading Twilight (at least the first 3 books), but I get really fed up with all the hype surrounding the series (both good and bad). So that often has effects that reflect negatively upon the series for me.

  6. Jennifer

    I cannot lie. I have a love hate relationship with Twilight. I love Jacob, and I love many of the minor characters, but Edward is borderline abusive and I think Bella got lost in the adjectives. I have read the books many times and I feel there was so much more potential.

    I do not think the movies ruined the books. Most of the script was taken right from the books.

    If anyone is interested I am working on a fan version of each book that focuses on the characters and less on excessive word use. It is a shorter more dramatic re-write of the originals.


  7. Bianca

    Goodness took me long enough but here I am to answer the questions…finally. The first time I read Twilight I was so into it I couldn’t put it down. The second I was done with it and knew I didn’t have the second one I started rereading it immediately. Of course I rated it 5 stars/hearts. I haven’t reread it in a very long time. This was my third time reading it and since it had been such a long time I fell in love with it all over again. I rated it 5 stars/hearts again this time around.

    I have to admit I love going to watch all the movies. Yes, I will say they are not the best movies lol but they are a guilty pleasure. Rereading it though reminded me of a lot of things. I have to agree with a lot of things you already said. Especially the stuff about Bella. In the movies I guess you could say she is pretty whiny and I feel like she doesn’t show very many different emotions. I don’t dislike her from the movies as much as some people do but I do like her way more in the books.

    I have always loved vampires (in movies, shows, books) and I think I always will. I don’t know if I will ever get sick of them.

    It was worth reading and rereading. I know a lot of people don’t even want to try and read it but I would say to at least give it a try.

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