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Thursday, May 08, 2008
Audiobook: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
In Twilight Bella goes to live with her father in Forks, to let her mother travel with her new baseball playing boyfriend (husband? I can’t remember, it’s audio, so I can’t look it up! LOL!). Feeling kind of like she’s been exiled to the gloomiest place on earth, Bella tries to get used to her new life, and make new friends. She seems to fall into a ready made group of friends without any effort on her part, with boys falling over themselves to get her attention. She’s really just fascinated by the Cullens, a “family” of kids at the school that seem to keep to themselves, not associating with the other kids, who have beautiful clothes, expensive cars, and look a little too perfect to be believable. She’s immediately drawn to Edward Cullen, but he seems to be angry with her from the start, even though she’s done nothing, and didn’t know anything about him. Edward finally admits to and stops fighting his attraction for Bella, and that’s when we begin to learn more about him and his family. Their love story develops in between episodes of danger to Bella, which Edward is alternately amused and terrified by, and he’s afraid to leave her alone for too long, figuring she’ll get hurt somehow! LOL! There is a sad edge to this first book though, as you get Edward’s feeling that ultimately Bella would be better off without him, as much as she adamantly disagrees with that sentiment. I’m interested to see where the next books take their relationship.
I very much enjoyed the story, and liked the characters a lot. Meyer did a good job of making Bella somehow very attractive, but seemingly completely unaware of how much or why she was. Meyer’s twist on vampires was a little different, plenty of the traditional aspects but with some new ideas thrown in. I’m looking forward to book two, and would recommend the series to YA and Vampire fans.
The reader for this one was ok, though it seems as if she was reading a bit slow to be comfortable for me, it didn’t detract from the story, and I got used to the style after awhile.
Here is Stephenie Meyer's Official Website if you're interested.
Twilight is apparently being made into a movie! Darnit, guess I'll have to see it! ;)