So this past summer, Emily Rachelle did a series called Tackling Twilight in which she read and reviewed every Twilight book and movie. No...

Ten Things About Twilight That Almost Turned Me Into A Twi-Hard

So this past summer, Emily Rachelle did a series called Tackling Twilight in which she read and reviewed every Twilight book and movie. Now I’d already done that when I was a younger teen, so I’d always felt entitled to spew my opinions all over the place (whether positive or negative, I had very strong feelings about Twilight); but reading her reviews, she mentioned a lot of things that I didn’t remember noticing. Things that would kinda change my view on certain characters, that book, or even the series as a whole. It intrigued me to think how my opinions might’ve changed from the past few years of life, so I took it upon myself to reread the first book and spout my new opinions all over my corner of the blogosphere.

That particular post was supposed to go live last month. It did not because it was half as long as a college research paper and more incoherent than my baby sister’s stories (and she does not know her full alphabet). Upon realizing that I am incapable of communicating my thoughts about even the first book coherently in a normal book review, I decided to do it this way instead, hoping that a list would help me organize my thoughts and keep them concise.

So. Let’s see if this thing works.


1. Isabella Swan: Okay, so I tried to go into this book with an open mind, but I kind of already hated Bella based on my past opinions (basically everything was her fault, including but not limited to global warming and the price of tea in China). So it really surprised me, when, upon opening the book and meeting the girl for the second time, I actually liked her. She was 17 going on 70, didn’t deal well with most people, super clumsy, and OH MY GOODNESS, SHE WAS SORT OF SARCASTIC. In so many ways, Bella Swan was me, and I connected with her, related to her, and was completely drawn into her story. Within the first few pages, I actually liked Bella Swan, and I did not see the coming.

2. The Beginning of the Story: Another thing I didn’t see coming: the beginning of the story actually grabbed me. I found myself wanting to return to Twilight rather than dreading it. I thought about it during the day, strangely fascinated by the time I’d spent there, until I was actually eager to return to Twilight of all things. I was shocked, slightly mortified, but strangely intrigued by the grip this novel had on my heart. I was actually enjoying it, and I could see it turning into a story that I could (grudgingly) fall in love with.

Only the beginning, though. Later, everything annoyed me. But we are not talking about that today.

3. Edward Cullen: I’m going to complain about him extensively next week, so I figure I oughtta be nice and sweet now. When he’s not annoying me to the very edge of my sanity, Mr. Cullen-Boy is a tragic, little fluff-bunny heart-explosion waiting to happen. Honestly, I’m disgusted with myself for even thinking that, but it’s true. He was exactly the kind of character I’d absolutely adore--if he wasn’t so ridiculous the rest of the time. I mean, in Bella’s own words, he was: 

The vampire who wanted to be good--who ran around saving people’s lives so he wouldn’t be a monster.

Honestly, that quote makes me get all feelsy on the inside. And I can actually understand why girls would like him. In this book at least and when he’s not driving me insane, Edward is adorable and tragic and amazing. Everything a fangirl’s heart so desperately desires.

4. Baby Jacob (technically 15-year-old Jacob, but whatever):

Move over, Edward. Because Baby Jacob still reigns supreme.

LITTLE JAKEY IS TOO CUTE. HONESTLY, CAN I JUST HUG YOU, DARLING? He was adorable. He really acted like, well, like the kid he was, and I loved it. He added a perfect sense of normalcy to all the craziness going on with everybody else, and it really just made me want to embrace that precious little puppy.

5. ALL THE SECONDARIES: From Charlie to Angela to the entire Cullen clan, all of the secondary characters are actually quite interesting. They all have their own stories and backstories and lives and difficulties... They’re all just fascinating, especially the Cullens, these powerful, majestic, undead beings who practically starve themselves because they don’t want to feel like monsters.

Fluff-bunnies, the lot of them.

6. Edward and Bella’s Romance: YES, OKAY!!! I ADMIT IT!!. I’ve been a staunch Bella-and-Jacob-only shipper for years, but after reading this book, I found that Ed and Bell are actually kind of adorable. If you ignore the fact that they’re both idiots (yeah, Bella starts annoying me later too), they’re... they’re... *gulps down pride* perfect together, okay?????!!! They are. When they’re not being silly and pathetic, Edward is adorable and amusing, Bella is beautiful, sarcastic, and brave, and they just plain make an almost-perfect couple. I MEAN, THEY TALK ABOUT BOOKS, FOR HEART’S SAKE. I could literally ship it right now if they didn’t spend the rest of the time annoying me so much.
Look at them! Just look at them! They are so cute.
7. The Sarcasm: I never would’ve imagined that anything in Twilight could make me laugh. But goodness gracious, Bella can be snippy, in a quite funny kind of way, and Ed’s sarcasm is absolutely gorgeous. The way he jokes about her clumsiness (honestly, her falling into a dryer could happen) is both adorable (look at the cutesies teasing each other!) and amusing (because seriously, she is that clumsy).

“Don’t be offended, but you seem to be one of those people who just attract accidents like a magnet. So… try not to fall into the ocean or get run over or anything, all right?”

Edward said that. Edward-freaking-Cullen said that. It shocked me like you would not believe, and that’s not the only one in there; there is much more sarcasm splattered throughout this book (though in my opinion not nearly enough), and I laughed almost every time.

8. The Writing: I’ve heard some people say that Stephenie Meyer’s writing isn’t good or something crazy like that. I’m here to tell you that that is just that--crazy. Mrs. Meyer is a great writer (either that or she has a fantastic editor), and if you don’t believe me, feast your eyes on this bit of description:

I tried to describe impossible things like the scent of creosote—bitter, slightly resinous, but still pleasant—the high, keening sound of the cicadas in July, the feathery barrenness of the trees, the very size of the sky, extending white-blue from horizon to horizon, barely interrupted by the low mountains covered with purple volcanic rock. The hardest thing to explain was why it was so beautiful to me—to justify a beauty that didn’t depend on the sparse spiny vegetations that often looked half-dead, a beauty that had more to do with the exposed shape of the land, with the shallow bowls of valleys between the craggy hills, and the way they held on to the sun.

Seriously, is it possible to not be in love with Phoenix, Arizona after reading that? I don’t think so.

9. The Climax And Final Battle: While they could be adorable, I was beginning to get sick of the romance issue being totally solved when BOOM, James sprung up on the scene and tried to kill Bella. And this part, the climax through the ending, it was actually exciting. I already knew everything that would happen, yet the emotion of it all came through so strongly that I was glued to it all over again. I knew it was crazy to be this invested, especially since I already knew the outcome. But I couldn’t help it. From James being a terrifying and sadistic genius, to the Cullens all banding together to protect the useless little human they’d adopted as their own, even to Bella being sort of brave in that stupid, hero-complex kind of way... I liked it. I really liked it. It was exciting and intriguing and.... dare I say it? Almost awesome.

Yes, in case you were wondering, I’m still choking on my swallowed pride.

10. Baby Jacob: Because seriously. He’s too precious.

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So there you go, the ten things about Twilight that almost turned me into a Twi-hard. Next week, I’ll expand on the things that annoyed me and kept me from falling irrevocably in love” with the series, but for now, let’s just fangirl: What’s a super fluffy, adorable couple you’ve shipped (or almost shipped) lately? Have you ever read Twilight? What’d you think of it? Ever gone back and reread a book to find that your opinions on it completely changed? Tell me about your experience, and I’ll see you in the comments!


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8 comments:

  1. *high fives* I definitely agree with you on a lot of points here! The first one I want to address, though, is actually number 8: like, sure, Stephenie Meyer isn't the best writer ever in the history of humanity, but if Twilight is the book with the worst writing you've ever read, you are the most lucky reader I've ever met. Because seriously. I have read some things. *stares in horror at the memories of books she wouldn't wish on her worst enemy*

    Anyway, you're totally right. I love the writing.

    I also felt like I connected to Bella a lot, in a lot of ways just because we do care about some of the same things, I feel like we might have the same fatal flaw, and she thinks in a process similar to mine. And I think a lot of girls felt that way, which is why the book became popular.

    I too was shocked when I really wanted to know what happened next in Twilight... And then I read the whole series in two weeks and then reread them two months later. And that's all you need to know about that.

    Edward and Jacob were both cool, but I do have to admit that I also like the secondary characters, especially Charlie and Carlisle, the MOST. The most most most most most most most. <3

    And, last but not least, I do love Victoria and James! I WBIed them both just because they are so complex, and don't even get me started on the Volturi. *swoons*

    Anyway, I look forward to seeing your criticisms! It'll be interesting to see how you link all your thoughts together.

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    1. Exactly! If Twilight is the worst writing you've ever read, then PLEASE introduce me to the wonders that you have been feasting upon?! Because I have not been so lucky.

      lol, really? Wow. I don't remember how quickly I read them the first time, but I'm afraid I still haven't had time to move on to New Moon. I /will/ though. And sometime soon. :)

      Yeah, I read your James WBI! (don't think I read the Victoria one though) and have you done a post on the Volturi? I don't remember for sure, but I don't think I liked them that much and I'd really like to know what drew you to them. :)

      Thanks! I'm looking forward to it too.

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  2. This is actually interesting. I'm not a great twilight fan, but I think it's become the scapegoat of the blogoshpere in some ways and just gets way too much hate. I read the first book, and it really wasn't bad (I was, I think, 12. But anyway) but got bored partway through the second. This post (and Heather ^, the expected long twilight heather fangirl comment (Heather, I do love your predictableness sometimes)) are almost enough to make me want to read it again. (Oh gosh, what am I getting myself into?)

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    1. Yeah, I'd have to agree there. Honestly, I feel like it's not /nearly/ as good as some fangirls make it out to be (I'll expand on that this Thursday), but it's also not nearly as bad as other people say it is. It's just somewhere in the middle, in my opinion.

      Lol, well, if you do reread, it'll be a long and crazy ride that's for sure. But hey, if you want to, maybe we could all do a massive rereading of Twilight together, post all of our opinions, and see what everybody thinks. The Great Twilight Reread, lol.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  3. I haven't read it, but only because I've been warned to stead clear of the series ;)

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    1. Haha, well, there's definitely some validity to that argument. But like I said above, I don't think it's nearly as bad as some people think. :)

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  4. Gah, stop making me want to read this so much! Just kidding. No, I really want to read this series at some point, and also finish watching the movies since I watched the first one way back when. I liked what I saw, although I'm sure the book is rather different from the movie, and I'm curious to know more. But I've been watching The Vampire Diaries for a while now and I'm not sure if those will ruin Twilight for me. I don't know if you've watched them, but if you have, I think Damon and Elena are adorable and I ship them so hard.

    Also, while I haven't read anything Twilight, I have read Meyer's The Host, which I really, really love. And that one made me fall in love with Arizona, so I get the feeling she really loves that area and has a knack for sharing that love with others. :)

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    1. Actually, they're not that different. One thing about the Twilight movies is that they stick almost perfectly to the books. I think some of the lines were even pulled straight from the novels.
      I haven't, but I've heard a lot about that series! I could be mistaken, but didn't it start out as books too?

      Haha, yeah, I guess she does. :)

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