Twilight

13 06 2008

There is a secret in the sleepy town of Forks and no human is in on that secret, until a century old boy falls fatally in love with an eighteen year old girl.

Isabella Swan is an odd ball growing up in Phoenix. With the sun constantly governing the land it is unlikely that one will ever be pale. But that is exactly what Isabella is; an awkward girl who’s too white on a city where it’s constantly sunny. She is very much aware that she’s an oddity.

Edward Cullen is a beautiful young boy loved by his teachers and  family but the other kids in school shy away from him.  There is something unusual with his good looks, that even if the others don’t admit it, it’s the one thing they are quite afraid of. In fact, a handful of people are troubled with Edward’s family.

Twilight is the first of four series of vampire novels written by Stephanie Meyer published in 2005. Isabella or Bella moves in with her father in the cold outskirt of Forks, Washington after her mother remarries. Reluctant at first, she slowly found herself at home given her very pale skin. Realizing that she fits well she makes friends with the locals and starts to build her relationship with her father who is a police officer in their town. But Bella begins to get anxious around a boy that parades his resentment towards her. Never once in her life has she met someone who would suddenly stiffen in anger just by seeing her.

One fateful wintery morning, a van suddenly loses its grip and skids toward Bella, realizing evident doom she closes her eyes to meet it only to find Edward Cullen, the boy who observably hates her, stopping the van from crushing her. No one sees aside from Bella what Edward is capable of and Edward is feigning the true details of the accident. With this, Bella starts investigating the Cullen’s and might have just bitten more than she can chew.

About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be – that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him

I started reading the book late afternoon and found myself incurably hooked to it and not letting go until it was over. I was involved and immersed deeply to the curious thinking of Isabella and the mischievous but tragic Edward. For moments in some of the pages, the fight that ensues between characters carry you to rage just as they are feeling it. With the complexity of the Cullen’s (family of vampires) it leaves you thirsty of who and what they are. Meyer was also able to describe the town of Forks vividly leaving you with a gloomy feeling. It adds to the sadness and mystery that wraps the lovers and it creates a solid jump off point for emotions every time it’s described.  

For one, I am very careful in picking up books that are considered ‘romance’; I have had strong aversions with over-rated articulation of love and its general sappiness, however this is an exception to the rule. Twilight is captivatingly frantic, compelling, and bitter sweet … you almost want to meet a real Edward Cullen.

 

Notes:

Twilight

Written By American writer Stephanie Meyer

Published By Little Brown

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