If you haven’t heard of the book Twilight by now, then you haven’t been paying attention to recent popular culture. The book was very popular before the movie came out, but when the movies were made the popularity of the franchise exploded.
I resisted reading Twilight mainly because I thought there were plenty of vampire stories already written. But when I saw it at the library the other day I thought I might as well check out what almost every young person in the world is reading.
The writing style of the book did not impress me. I often felt like Stephanie Meyer tried to hard to make her sentences flow. In most cases she was over descriptive, but in a literal sense, like a romance novel.
Pacing for Twilight reminded me of a roller coaster. The first 2/3rds of the book, and it is huge, had very little to do with vampires or the last 1/3 of the story. When Edward and Bella finally do get together suddenly the pacing picks up very quickly and does not stop until the abrupt ending.
I’m not going to say Twilight is a bad story. It’s not. It’s definitely not the best story ever, but I think it is pretty good for a first story attempt. If I wrote a story like that I think I would be satisfied with the job I had done.
Overall Twilight makes a good introduction to vampires. Personally I thought it was too closely related to the television series True Blood, but maybe that’s just me. In my opinion Twilight is True Blood light. My guess is that anyone over the age of 17 would prefer True Blood.