If you follow me on Instagram or on Goodreads, you will know that I have been slowly rereading the whole Twilight Saga for the last few months. This wasn’t something that I had planned. When my nan died in November I was in need of a distraction from my own head, but at the same time I couldn’t concentrate enough to read something new so I decided that I needed a bit of comfort reading. I reread a couple of old favourites including Twilight, and I fell in love with it all over again and I decided to reread the whole saga and do you a review. so, let’s do this.
Full disclaimer, I love these books. I have read them, probably, around a dozen times at this point, although this is the first reread of them for about 4 or 5 years. Twilight (and Potter) is what got me into reading. It sparked my love for it. and, it introduced me to the YA genre. Each time I pick up these books I instantly feel at home. I had honestly forgotten how much I loved them. I use to be kind of ashamed of that fact and would publicly slate them and talk about how shit they were. And yeah, they are kind of crap, but I do still love them. there is just something about this series that you cannot help but love. there is a reason so many people still read them now (I work in a bookshop and we sell at least two copies of Twilight every single month).
There is just something about these books. Despite the fact that the storylines aren’t particularly original or well written, you cannot help but be drawn into them. every time I start rereading this saga I am instantly addicted to the story again. I love that throughout this series you can see Meyer growing as an author. In each book the writing style is slightly better than in the last and the storylines get more complex. It is almost a shame that she has never written any spin offs to this series as she really did start to build an incredible world in these books. There is a lot of potential there.
Although I love all four books, I personally think that Eclipse is the best book in the series. It had the perfect balance in it. the first book is very much centred around this budding romance and learning about vampires and their world, New Moon is very similar, but with Werewolves. Breaking Dawn is just kind of weird. And anticlimactic. Eclipse did it best. There was the perfect balance between romance, drama and action in this book. Each book brings something different to the table and I love that. my favourite scene throughout the whole saga is the clifftop fight in Eclipse. It is just perfect. But each book has different things that I love about it. I love seeing the pairs romance develop in the first book, I like watching Bella trying to figure out her life without Edward in New Moon, I just love all of Eclipse, the mystery and drama of it all. And I like finally getting the Happy ending in Breaking dawn.
Then there are the characters. Trust me, I know that they are all a bit flat and don’t have the best personalities, but I still love them. Edward was my first literary crush. And I fell in love with him a little bit all over again while rereading these books. I know that he is controlling and more than a little possessive, but I can’t help it. I like him. I also like Bella, even though she is kind of annoying. I like her more now than I did the first time I read the books and I don’t know if is because I have grown up and can rationalise with her more or if I have just naturally grown to like her due to the amount of time that I have read these books. I don’t know. but I do like her. as I said, she is a bit annoying. She makes some really stupid decisions throughout this series and she can be very gullible and easily manipulated, but, I think that it almost adds to her charm.
There are two things that I have realised while rereading these books though. I really, really, dislike Jacob. I used to like him. I still do like first book Jacob and I like him for the first half of New Moon. But after he becomes a wolf he turns into such a freaking jerkoff! I cannot stand him. he is rude, he is offensive, he is generally an arse. He manipulates Bella on more than one occasion. He also, effectively, assaults her in Eclipse (the non-consensual kiss). I just can’t stand him. I can barely get through his section in Breaking Dawn. The other thing that I have come to realise is that I don’t know how I feel about Alice. As a character, fine. She is who she is. I like her. but, I don’t know how I feel about her and Bella’s friendship. It doesn’t feel genuine to me anymore. To me, there isn’t any true connection between the two of them.
I will also admit that I did find myself questioning more the storylines this time around. Nothing major but little things like how did no one question the strange Cullen relationships. How did no one put two and two together and figure out the whole Vampire thing. Was Charlie really that oblivious. Why the fuck do the vampires sparkle?!?! Why do some have active abilities, but others not (I don’t accept ‘we bring something from out human lives’ as an answer). And other things. Nothing that will ruin my enjoyment of these books, but I do have questions.
Overall through, I really enjoyed revisiting these books. It felt like going home. I smiled the whole way through Twilight. It was the distraction that I needed at the time. I know that these books are kind of crap, but you should read them at least once in your life. They are practically a YA classic at this point.
5 out of 5
And there we go. A little (not so little) bonus book review for you. I wasn’t sure if I was going to review these books or not, but I am glad that I decided to do an overall wrap up review for them. have you read The Twilight Saga? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.