I first read the series back when I was 17, and although the first book was re-read sometime in 2011, I scarcely remember much. So, as yesterday was a gloomy, rainy day, with nothing to do, I gravitated towards it. This is such a well known book and I find everyone has so many mixed opinions, some love it some absolutely hate it. Where do I stand? Well…..I still love it.
Perhaps I see more know than before, but I will always think about it with fondness. It was one of the first young adult novels that I came across, borrowed from a friend, as my library was not particularly well stocked on that genre, it represented for me a serious escape at that time.
The novel was published first in 2005, and it tells the story of Isabella Swan, her journey as she falls in love with a vampire. Their relationship is explored throughout the 4 books, and it contains a lot of angst, romantic moments, love triangles and some mildly disastrous consequences .
Now, after going through the first book I have realised that there are some significant differences in my perception of it now as an adult, then when I was 17.
I fell for the insta love back then but it bothered me now. I still cannot decide if Bella fell for him because she was genuinely fascinated with him, or she was afraid and misplaces the feeling go love with some weird obsessive, middle hormonal love. Their encounters are extremely scarce, and while I get that he is “breathtakingly beautiful”, she does not really know him well enough to utter the word “love” so quickly. Maybe my notion of ‘love’ changed throughout the years.
Many also say Bella lacks personality or character; I tend to disagree. It is strongly hinted that she had to mature fast due to her mother behaving like a teenager, undecided and unreliable. Bella was awkward, not very talkative with others, and some low self-esteem, who does not think has much to say. I actually relate to her. Her focus was on taking care of others (namely Charlie, as well as her mother) and nothing else.
I will always enjoy this series as I have very fond memories attached to it, and I am really looking forward to Midnight Sun.
If you happen to have any recommendations let me know 🙂