Friday, July 3, 2009

Giveaway and Review: Twilight - Why I Don't Feel the Love

Jo, you are the winner of last Friday's giveaway for "The Notebook." If you email me your address I'll send it out asap. I hope you enjoy the book as much as the movie.

This week my copy of "Twilight" is up for grabs. Leave a comment and next Friday (July 10) I'll pick a "lucky" winner. Read my review below and see why I'm just not feeling the love.

What young girl doesn't love gorgeous, sexy vampires? Some of us older girls do too, so I really anticipated watching the screen adaptation of Twilight. Unfortunately for me it didn't live up to the hype. Its demographic was teenage girls and I admit I'm long past that stage. But because I usually find the book better than the movie I decided to read Stephenie Meyer's best selling debut novel, "Twilight." I guess I'm in the minority on this one. It just didn't do it for me.

Bella's mom goes on the road with her new husband, a minor league ballplayer. So Bella moves from Arizona to Washington State to live with her biological father. She's popular at her new school but the guy she's interested in, the gorgeous Edward Cullen, remains distant. There's a reason - he's a vampire. Bella finds out and isn't afraid of him, so they fall in love. But when rogue vampires target Bella it's up to Edward to keep her alive.

I enjoyed "Vampire Academy" and "Marked," both of which are marketed for young adults, so why did "Twilight" miss the mark? First off, the plot is stereotypical. Forbidden love - human girl falls for vampire - nothing new there. The action seemed like it was thrown in to relieve the repetition of the first half of the book. The characters are flat as pancakes. Bella is a klutz and Edward is hot. They fall for each other immediately, no developing romance to speak of. And what is this hundreds year old vampire doing in high school? The first person narrative does sound like the voice of a shy young girl, I assume that was intentional, but reading it was painful. Twilight has certainly struck a chord with a large segment of the reading population, but I'll be giving the rest of this series a pass.

Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Standard edition (October 5, 2005)
ISBN: 978-0316160179
Hardcover: 544 Pages
Price: $19.99

Gail Pruszkowski reviews for "Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine and her work has been published in the "Cup of Comfort" Anthologies.

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