Sep
26
2008

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Book Review: Breaking Dawn (Cliff Notes of the Stephanie Meyer’s series)

Look, I’m a big believer in reading what the kids are reading, so I picked up the first in this crapfest of a series.  I was a big Anne Rice fan during my middle school years, so clearly I’m not against trashy, vampire romances.  For some reason, vampires are sexy.  But Stephanie Meyer makes Anne Rice look like Shakespeare.   I committed to reading the series so that I could then intelligently discuss them with my students.

For one thing, the books are poorly written.  Where’s the craft?  For instance, I always give my students choice when looking for Golden Lines to mimic in order to learn grammar and sentence structure.  “Go into your independent reading book and find an example of Adjectives-out-of-order or an Appositive or an Absolute.” They couldn’t find a thing.  I didn’t tell them this.  They told me.    

For another thing, the message of the books is icky.  Wake up teachers and parents, these characters and their unemotional, dysfunctional relationships have been adopted as role models for our tweens.  But don’t take the book out of their hands.  Read it yourself, be a part of the discussion, and cast yourself as a voice in their head when they are thinking about things in the quiet of their alone time. Discussion over Censorship.

It’s easy.  It’s plucky.  It’s sexy.  I get it.  But they require responsibility in their reading. 

So for those teachers or parents who want the Cliff Notes version of this series, here it is so you don’t have to go through the torture that I did.  Not important, you say?  Well this series, supported in large part by tween girls, has outsold J.K. Rowling’s little juggernaut, proving the age-old adage that vampires and virgins do sell after all.

Here goes:

Book one, Twilight: outsider girl falls in love with cold, unemotional, tortured, vegetarian vamp who won’t tell her the truth about anything, including his feelings towards her.  Think Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites but with a great car and without the tobacco problem. Girl decides that she’s plain and vamps are beautiful and she wants to be one.  Her father (with the depth of Homer Simpson), meanwhile, is totally unattached to reality, doesn’t notice there’s a vampire sleeping in her room each night.  She almost dies.

Book two, New Moon: outsider girl still loves cold, unemotional vamp who has a hard time staying a veggie around her.  He still can’t tell her how he feels, breaks her heart by deserting her (for her own safety, but he won’t tell her that.  Why would honesty help things after all? I mean, there would be no plot if people were up front with each other in this book.  It seems dishonesty is this series biggest plot device.) Meanwhile, a sophomore who turns out to be a warm and fuzzy local werewolf falls in love with her.  He stays by her through thick and thin, protects her, and makes her laugh, but she’s not interested.   Count Coldhearted returns.  She still complains that she’s plain and vampires are beautiful and why can’t they have sex?  He says marriage before sex.  But college first.  She almost dies.

Book three, Eclipse: Despite the wooing of the warm and fuzzy werewolf who loves her, outsider girl still loves cold, unemotional vamp.  Vamp still sleeps in her bed each night sans sex.  They plan a marriage that outsider girl really doesn’t want because she thinks it’s stupid; but if he wants it, and as long as it then leads to sex, she’ll agree.  She still begs cold, unemotional vamp to have sex with her.  He refuses…coldly. Newborn vampires with insatiable blood-thirst go on a rampage in Seattle seeking outsider girl blood.  She almost dies.

Book four, Breaking Dawn: Outsider girl and vamp marry, have sex that almost tears her apart.  She loves it, bruises and all.  She gets pregnant with vamp baby who tries to eat its way out of her.  She gives birth to vamp baby who is soooo precious that everyone wants to protect it.  To save outsider girl, vamp turns her into a vampire but only if she’s under morphine to dull the pain of the conversion.  Morphine makes her unable to scream but she feels everything while it’s going on and can’t react to it, but nobody knows and they think it went all fine and dandy.  She becomes the first vampire with the ability to be vegetarian from the get-go.  Warm and fuzzy loyal werewolf buddy gets zapped by special love-bond with rapidly growing baby and marriage plans are made for yet another interspecies marriage.  Outsider girl finally becomes beautiful and feels accepted.  Oh, yeah, they all almost die. 

In other words, this is clearly a series about a girl who never feels comfortable in her own skin until she’s being emotionally abused by someone who constantly battles his urge to hurt her.  She makes excuses for his hurt and asks for more with each book.  The message in this series is being read by millions of tweens around the world.  

I certainly don’t believe in censoring a school library, and all four books are even in my own classroom library, but my question is this: Where are the adults in this conversation?  Tweens need guidance in reading between the lines.  Tweens need help interpreting and seeing beyond PG-13 sex scenes and vampire violence.  When a book is loved by a tween, they are relating to a character and a situation.  But while I have heard the phenomena of this series discussed by adults, the characters and themes seem to be nowhere in the discussion.  

 

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  • Dawn says:

    I’m glad to finally be finding people who agree with me. There were lots of disturbing things in these books. When other mothers and parent groups asked for my opinion, I ended up writing a 15 page essay on them. I was so disappointed that many couldn’t see those things. It not only seems to be true that America is dumbing down, but the rest of the world is too.

    • nichole says:

      your a retard :)the twilight saga is the most inspirational saga ever. obviously so because you know th

      • Nikky says:

        Whoa whoa whoa! Your calling HER the retard? Now im just confused. I fully agree with her because she is RIGHT. I thought i should try to read twilight to see what the commotion was about….i didn’t get halfway through the book. I had to keep looking for the meanings of the stupidest words that could have been replaced by normal english. The bloody book was so hard to read because of that. I had to keep going back chapters and reading them over to get a slither of understanding. And the characters are NOT hot, Romance isn’t the only thing people want to read, it’s poorly written and it makes me want to stangle bella. Twilight is the crappiest story in the world, just sayin’.

    • mike says:

      Why is it that every older generation dislikes the younger generation. This book is FICTION…if you really want to learn something you read what is known as NONFICTION or better yet JOURNALISM. I am a 28 yr old male. I dont care much for the books or the movies…I am a Hemmingway/Palaniuck/Hunter Thompson kind of guy. I have read all four books and im sorry but if you want more censorship maybe you need to move to down under (Australia where Censorship is extreme). These books are no better than the Goosebumps books i read while growing up. Although the Twilight saga is geared a little more towards girls than it is guys. Its still make-believe and fantasy. Taking these books from teenagers is like voiding them of an imagination. Without an imagination you grow old, dislike the generation that is younger than you, and become grouchy, miserable old people. I understand why parents want to know what their kids are reading, but seriously this review makes these books sound like pornography. And to think all those Nancy Drew books yall grew up reading….Are you trying to tell me there werent boys in those stories? love? passion? Im sure there was a series of books that you all read while teenagers that had most if not the same ideas represented in their pages. All in all its just crappy fiction. Im sure i could name off more than a dozen titles you definately dont want your kids reading instead…? And to think some of the best writers in history have some if not most of the same ideas and morals found in their pages; and Im sure some if not all you parents out there read some of the same crap. Ill agree the Twilight series is a little lean on the plot and a little cheesy on everything else, but what do you really expect out of FICTION? Its like believing everything you read on the internet/hear on CNN/or better yet believe a word President Obama says….. If you want your kids to read something worth reading then let them read some of the better works: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Sun also Rises, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Heart of Darkness, Edgar allen Poe (for dark sometimes violent themes and symbolism), Flannery O’ Connor stories, and im sure i could keep on going. The problem here is that Twilight, although has themes of brutal love, damnation, sex, and other adult themes; yall fail to realize that all these themes are already found in the books that the school system makes them read already…its part of becoming a better reader to find this stuff and make meaning of it. Watching violence on the news doesnt make you a violent person…..so therefore reading crappy romance novels doesnt make you a bad person or grow up to become an idiot. Let your Kids be free thinkers and have a great imagination!

    • lisa says:

      THANK you for this review. I was really disappointed with this series and how it portrays the girl we’re supposed to view as the heroine. While I’m all for motivating people to read, I feel that there really needs to be the dialogue between the tweens and parents – the books aren’t the worst thing in the world if parents are talking to their kids about them. But I found them to have a boring heroine, a creepy/stalkerish love interest, and too much violence for their story to be romantic.

  • Ashleigh says:

    Twilight encouraged many young girls to read, and I, as well as all the other Twilight fans, will hunt you down, torture you, build a bonfire and burn you if we see you in the street. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    In short, go f*&%k yourself, you b*&%h.

    • Monique says:

      Goodness, isn’t that a bit harsh! Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I for one totally agree with her! Twilight is taking an axe to feminism and cutting it down, we are spawning a generation of girls who will let men abuse them for love…Horrible!

    • Alice Moore says:

      You teach???? That’s sad. Really REALLY sad.

    • 55 says:

      I think the grown ups forget that they encourage young people to read all different types of material (fiction and non-fiction). People read to learn (prepare them for the world) but also reading for entertainment, I think you have to have a balance and never give up what you enjoy. Who knows you might become the next great writer; keep reading all different types of books.

    • Jessica says:

      For a brief moment, I thought you were actually going to make an honest and intelligent argument. How silly of me to assume a Twilight fan could use anything other than violent words and weak death threats to get their point across.

    • jessie says:

      easy there, crazy. Just because a book get you to show that you aren’t illiterate, doesn’t mean it holds any societal value, let alone good.

      From your obvious violent outburst and threats, it would be encouraged you try talking with a professional to help calm some of that rage.

      Just because mommy didn’t hug you enough is no excuse for this kind of behavior.

  • conner says:

    you are a stupid c*&%t and everyone who has writtin you a coment thinks your a d*&%$#t and you should actually read the book

  • janny says:

    well, i think that twilight is a REALLY GOOD book, and you are a REALLY BAD wratting books review.

  • RS says:

    Wow…what a lot of…opinions.

    Kudos to you anyway, for your review. It’s not that bad actually, seeing that most anti-twi’s just scream “TWILIGHT SUCKS”. At least yours breaks it down point by point. Too bad not many people realise that…

    That aside, being 16, i understand if many teens enjoy the book (i don’t, but i can understand why). However, i really don’t get why mothers, ADULTS even, are freaking over the book. They are supposed to be ‘mature’, leading good examples to their children. Is this really the behaviour children expect from their parents? Sure, they’re human, but i’d have thought that they were above the meaningless calling of names. That’s just juvenile.

    All the best in your teaching career (:

  • T.M.A says:

    THE WORST BOOK EVER IT RUINED MY LIFE EVERYWHERE I GO PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT STILL!

  • HP says:

    \Twilight encouraged many young girls to read, and I, as well as all the other Twilight fans, will hunt you down, torture you, build a bonfire and burn you if we see you in the street. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

    In short, go f*&%k yourself, you b*&%h.\

    I refer to this comment and the numerous others like it. In the politest of ways I’m telling you, you’re making yourself look really stupid and idiotic. I mean seriously, there are actually people that don’t fall in love with the old, pale, stalker of a dead guy that is edward and bella sue.
    There are people that can see that Twilight has no plot, makes no sense and is just stupid for the reasons that the wonderful, intelligent author of this article pointed out. People have a different opinion. Not all people think Twilight is ‘the best book EVAAA!’. There are actually people who disagree with you. GET OVER IT AND GET A LIFE. I don’t see why you need to go insane over these books. It’s unhealthy.
    By saying things like that, you’re not making yourselves look very intelligent. And you doing a great disservice to Twilight by giving the idea that it’s a book for idiots like yourselves.
    If you want to look remotely sane, remotely mature, why don’t you say WHY you think it’s a bad review apart from the fact that you like the book and she doesn’t. Give a REASON as to why you go completely ape. Bet you can’t.
    (btw, I completely agree with this review, think it’s great)

  • mrs.cullen says:

    i like all the other twilight saga fans love the books and the movie i just am so attracted to edward because he treats bella so much like he loves her not including the second book or move.i am going to cry when he leaves her in the second movie. i would die if my bf yold me he didnt want me. so i can relate to bella and cannot wait for breaking dawn. wowzers. so all you peeople who hate twilight get over yourselves you mother f&%^#@g
    c&^k suckers.

    • Nikky says:

      Quote: so all you peeople who hate twilight get over yourselves you mother f&%^#@g
      c&^k suckers.
      …… really? Wow. Your telling people who have their own opinion to you get over themselves? May im remind you of what you wrote? It seems that it’s you that needs to get over yourself.

  • jennifer says:

    I understand where the adults are coming from I am a young mother. If you look that deeply into the book that is what you will get but if you look into as a girl – teen- tween – it is a beautiful love story. Take it as it is.

  • somebody says:

    And I’m back.
    People are still just finding this …

    And there’s still hatin’. What a surprise. Seriously, it makes me sad. Maybe I won’t let my kids have internet until they’re like 16 and know how to respect people. Because some of these comments are awful rude, and I honestly can’t see how parents miss it. My kids would definitely be disciplined if I found out they’d been talking to someone the way several of these obviously tween/pre-teens have. I’ll probably end up getting cybersitter and only allow them a certain amount of computer time.

    Anyways, Tweenteacher I can’t remember if last time I was here you had the Breaking Dawn review, I think you didn’t but I’m not sure. And again, spot on. It’s crazy. Jen, that’s why I think tween-teen girls shouldn’t be reading this, no matter how deeply or not they look into it. I know not all are like this; but if any book caused my kids to ‘defend’ it by being rude and disrespectful like some of these who’ve commented, I’d throw it in the trash. There’s no way I’d allow my kids to read a book which caused them to swear at people and tell them to go die and all manner of things. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

    • mike says:

      Why is it that every older generation dislikes the younger generation. This book is FICTION…if you really want to learn something you read what is known as NONFICTION or better yet JOURNALISM. I am a 28 yr old male. I dont care much for the books or the movies…I am a Hemmingway/Palaniuck/Hunter Thompson kind of guy. I have read all four books and im sorry but if you want more censorship maybe you need to move to down under (Australia where Censorship is extreme). These books are no better than the Goosebumps books i read while growing up. Although the Twilight saga is geared a little more towards girls than it is guys. Its still make-believe and fantasy. Taking these books from teenagers is like voiding them of an imagination. Without an imagination you grow old, dislike the generation that is younger than you, and become grouchy, miserable old people. I understand why parents want to know what their kids are reading, but seriously this review makes these books sound like pornography. And to think all those Nancy Drew books yall grew up reading….Are you trying to tell me there werent boys in those stories? love? passion? Im sure there was a series of books that you all read while teenagers that had most if not the same ideas represented in their pages. All in all its just crappy fiction. Im sure i could name off more than a dozen titles you definately dont want your kids reading instead…? And to think some of the best writers in history have some if not most of the same ideas and morals found in their pages; and Im sure some if not all you parents out there read some of the same crap. Ill agree the Twilight series is a little lean on the plot and a little cheesy on everything else, but what do you really expect out of FICTION? Its like believing everything you read on the internet/hear on CNN/or better yet believe a word President Obama says….. If you want your kids to read something worth reading then let them read some of the better works: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Sun also Rises, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Heart of Darkness, Edgar allen Poe (for dark sometimes violent themes and symbolism), Flannery O’ Connor stories, and im sure i could keep on going. The problem here is that Twilight, although has themes of brutal love, damnation, sex, and other adult themes; yall fail to realize that all these themes are already found in the books that the school system makes them read already…its part of becoming a better reader to find this stuff and make meaning of it. Watching violence on the news doesnt make you a violent person…..so therefore reading crappy romance novels doesnt make you a bad person or grow up to become an idiot.

    • Random Eco-warrior says:

      Im a teenage girl and I really don’t like the book

    • Random Eco-warrior says:

      hear hear! (to “somebody”) this book does make girls savage! I noticed it around my friends!

  • Icefire says:

    *Claps* Nicely writen!

    Twilight is, what I think, one of the worest books ever writen. Yeah that’s right, go and cry, Twi-hards!

    For one thing, it’s kind of repititive. A.K.A Bella almost dies every book. But, none of the “Good people” actually dies. A good book need a protagonist to die. I could rant and rave all day but Im leaving it at that

  • BookLover says:

    Their is always two sides to a window. These books I agree can be understood at many levels…

    I have worked in the school system and with troubled teens (in home counseling). These books really show you what is going on inside a teenagers head. YOUNG ADULTS REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT. They want so many things. They are so indecisive that is almost appears they are bipolar. From Bellas point of view she wants him soooo bad but Edward reminds her of what is important. Excluding the vamp thing this is our teenagers…

    These books really have a good moral story… Abstinence

  • Dianne says:

    I must admit, I could only make it through two of the books so when I looked for a summary of books 3 and 4, I came across this one. Great job! Doesn’t anybody have a sense of humor anymore?

    I agree, it’s great to get young adults reading and I would have loved this series when I was 12 or 13. Lighten up everybody.

  • anonymous says:

    well i like the twilight books. i used to nvr read and i was reading like 40 pages a day. im not obsessed with the books like many other girls but i really dont like you belittling the parents of children who read them. you have your own opinion i know, but a classic love story doesn’t need to be gramatically correct. it needs to have adoration of one another,and hope that there’s someone out there that you can grow old with. its an amazing story, and fwi the reason edward left was so he wouldn’t hurt bella anymore. he cared about her that much… and bella wanted sex just like many other girls. i for one believe in marriage before sex, but its something girls can relate to. cant we all jst accept each other’s opinions instead of shooting them down and trying to convince them otherwhise. and to all those who were cussing the writer of this out- cmon…seriously? your making those of us who actually like the book dumb. watch your language….STEPHENIE MEYER ROCKS!!!!!

  • MikyDebater says:

    “a classic love story doesn’t need to be gramatically correct”
    Well, that just made me laugh out loud, because of course if the story has good-looking people in it, then it would never need proper grammar!
    “and bella wanted sex just like many other girls”
    That is a disgusting stereotype. I don’t know who you are, or who you think you are but really, how dare you pigeon-hole ‘many other’ girls. People who think that are close-minded. I am a fifteen year old girl and I hate this book for setting feminism back fifty years.
    Also, an aside to ‘Mrs.Cullen’ – ‘so all you peeople who hate twilight get over yourselves you mother f&%^#@g
    c&^k suckers.’
    That is utterly ridiculous. You do realise, that by including foul insults like that you have made your post completely pointless, because instead of talking rationally about the subject you simply cursed haters out.
    Twilight- Promoting abuse and sexism since the damn thing was penned from SMeyer’s wet dream.

    • twilightcougar says:

      It going to go away someday but the people who are capitalizes on the series are making it overrated.
      I would have been better off if I never read the books it is addictive.I will say Stephanie put alot of thought into her books and all over one nice dream that begin in a meadow between a boy and girl in short the series is Stephanie living her dreams through her stories.She never thought that it would have had this much affect on the world.Sorry if I offend any one not intended

    • Nikky says:

      damn straight!

  • Anna Buffaloe says:

    Yes, I just found this, but I need to thank you for it. I lost interest in Twilight before even seeing a physical copy. Something about a vampire glittering made my stomach churn. But I work after school with a high school volunteer who is crazy about them, and I hoped to understand the obsession. Here I have my info! And so smartly written.

  • Cinabuns says:

    I am not a teacher, nor a student, parent or teen. But, I do know enough about kids to know that they will come to their own conclusions about the story. They do not need extra help over-analyzing a science-fiction book, especially when your personal belief is that Bella is being abused. Bella abuses herself physically and emotionally. Edward tries to stop her, but she is stubborn and will do as she pleases. Pretty typical for an 18 year old girl, am I right? She puts HERSELF in those situations and the people around her know that they can either support her in her misguided decisions and try to lessen the blow of the consequences for her or they can fight to stop her, only to lose the battle and have her do what she will anyway with more disastrous consequences. As for their marriage, Edward and Bella make it work because he initially pushes her away and she says (in so many words) “I don’t think so, buddy! I’m not going anywhere and you can’t make me! You’re staying right here with me, where you belong!” I think the true underlying emotion for Bella regarding herself is that she’s plain, but she doesn’t really care what anyone else thinks, except Edward. Besides, what teenage girl DOESN’T feel uncomfortable in her own skin? What grown woman doesn’t have some sort of body issue? It is the way of our life and it’s not all society’s fault. It’s our own. If you think you can honestly say that there’s nothing you dislike about your body (or that what you don’t like about yourself has more to do with outside influences than your own personal criticism) then you’re lying to yourself. People are emotional masochists and we are our own worst critics. Why do you think we pick at our faces and our teeth in the mirror every morning or fuss over our hair or turn every which way trying to fit into a pair of jeans that’s just one size smaller than we are? It’s a daily ritual of striving to be one step closer to being as comfortable as we can be with ourselves. In my opinion, your standpoint on the books is off the mark. Edward is a little controlling at first, yes, but Bella really only becomes more confident in herself as the books move forward because she begins to realize her own potential and finds ways to achieve the end result that she wants without too much disaster. As she does this, Edward releases his grip a little, knowing how capable she is and shows more of a proud, loving and encouraging position in her life. If proud, loving and encouraging are abuse, then sign me up! I’ll take that kind of abuse any day.

  • Katrina says:

    so i’ve been reading all the comments and in my oppinion the twilight series is over-rated. I understand many teenagers love it but it’s extremely pointless and a waste of time. I read all four books and it took me over a year to try and finish them because they were’nt interesting and i lost interest so easily. I couln’t even finished the fourth one i got so bored. i can understand how many teens can relate to them by the whole “teenage, one true love” stuff but its this kind of writing that make teenage girls believe that they will find there “edward” one day. It makes me mad hearing all the girls running around talking about twilight like its the best thing in the world. Stephani Myer can’t write and these books do not have a good storyline. Just my oppinion. The books were awful, and i dont even understand how they became movies. This series is over-rated and hopefully people will stop boosting it up.

  • Machele says:

    ok i love thins review because it is true i use to watch this lovely young girl and she was responsible typical girl with great friends but ever since she started to read these stupid awful vampire books that are not traditional about a sex obsessed teenage girl and an abusive stalker vampire this thirteen year old girl i use to watch has a b****y attitude runs away pretends to trip is gonna name her children after the novel’s characters and had sex in her parents room with her boyfriend AT THIRTEEN!!!!! she claimed that “i am a Bella with no rules” wtg crappy writer don’t you have children good effin job now your children are gonna be W*****s all this stupid series proves is that vampires are p*****ys and teenage girls are retarded selfish brats that only think of themselves good effin job steph!

  • sandra says:

    I am also dissapointed but for a reason called WOMENS DIGNITY… obviously… I think this writer is very councious of the message she is sending to girls and boys all over the world.. Girls are hollow until we find a man who will have all the authority to tell us what to do… And we only become interesting when we get married and have kids… The sex begging is all a distraction. I really hated Bella until she got a personality, unfortunately that just happens when she gets married.. And all the fantasy about the perfect baby and the protection powers makes just easier to get the message in peoples heads… Caution! Stephanie Mayer just may had done a deal with the devil: Teach girls how to be idiots!

  • Robbie says:

    Great review. I applaud you for reading the books yourself, and your well-thought out critiques. I personally enjoy the books, although I cringe while doing so, because the writing is so poor.

  • Peige says:

    Ah yes the Twilight. I am actually in search of cliffs notes and not because of my children (they are too young) but because an adult friend gave me the book and keeps asking if I have read it. I tried but for one, could not bring myself back to high school and for two, it is just pretty lame. I did manage to see the movie and appreciate the subtle “abstanance” message for the younger generation. But from what I hear somewhere in the seriese the Bella gets pregnant very young. I just hope it’s after college and then I will have no problem with this tweeny seriese.

  • Maricela says:

    Your dumb! what the hell do you want us too read then?
    teachers make us read and now they even want too choose what we should read? i think everyone has a different opinion and your talkin like if urs was the right one.. i think EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE what do you care on what Stephenie writes or what we should read.. seriosly! Go F%^%^&^ off

    • twilightcougar says:

      I know stuff. I read in high school and college was crap but I read it.Its a love story and lets face it some of the classics got some warped storylinesbad language and other sick things.I like it Twilight has some good and bad messages,
      heck tvs got way worse story lines. My motto is if someone hates Twilight just ignore those who do nobody willmake the haters love it
      .

    • Nikky says:

      you do realizes that telling her to ‘Go F%^%^&^ off’ it’s made you reply pretty pointless

  • Ida says:

    Just remind your kids that Bella and Edward didn’t have to live or exist. The story is a make believe story.

    I really don’t think Twilight is any worse than other things out there we read to children like Cinderella, Snow White etc. If you look too deeply into those stories, you might say that the only escape from a sad, tortured life would be to marry a rich handsome man, royalty. Then all your problems will go away. We all know that is not true. LOL

    • Random Eco-warrior says:

      actually snow white and Cinderella have deep roots in mythology and folklore and aren’t just – so they lived happily after. I you read between the lines, you’d find its not just about prince charming.

  • twilightcougar says:

    well let just say that some things in the Saga are probably not for younger under 18 to be reading but in this time .
    Alot of the younger generation reads it and probably shouldn’t.some parts of the series annoy me violence,hate,
    abortion and death.I think it just a thing some hate others
    love it.I think those that hate it are going to have an opinion, and the ones who love the series just have to take the haters with a grain of salt .It will not be going any where; the movies keep the series alive at least for a few years then there will be something else for the haters to complain about:)
    I like the movies and books they have helped me through so rough patches.

  • WhyIsAmericaSoDumb? says:

    First of all, thank you so much for the summary.

    Given that there are bad books everywhere, and as Mike said- Goosebumps wasn’t a completely inspirational series either, but you make a great point. Tween girls are so easily molded and desperate to fit in, this book might make them feel like the cold, lying, emotionally destructive guy is actually their prince charming they’ve been waiting for, as opposed to Goosebumps, where it might have given you a nightmare or two when you were in middle school. I just don’t see why people are so OBSESSED with this series.

    Also, if you’re going to try to have some sort of rebuttal against this article, can you at least spell correctly?

    if you say “your a retard” then wow. you are indeed the retard.

    and I’m not an ‘older generation’ person either.

  • Ethereal says:

    Breaking Dawn’s just plain gross. i can’t believe Meyer wrote crap like that. for one thing, she’s completely ruined Edward & Bella’s sweet love. lust & sex & babies- they’re just teens too- so not cool. its not what i thought she’s created at all. she’s practically butchered the whole story.

    the plot has so many flaws & so does Meyer’s logic. why did she bother writing Twilight at all if this was what she was driving at?? it started out as something great- a whole new world (a world she never utilized though as J.K.Rowling for instance would’ve done)& the extraordinary, highly complex character of Edward Cullen. but finally it ended up with teen pregnancies, gore & utter meaninglessness.

    she could’ve done so much better. maybe she could’ve widened the scope of the saga by bringing out a theme of good and evil with Carlisle & the other Cullens actively striving to show other vampires that there’s another way- a humane way to live which eventually leads to war with the Volturri. & she could’ve made it so that Bella stumbles upon this world & that her bond with Edward epitomizes Carlisle’s idealistic belief in co-existence. i think something like this would’ve made Breaking Dawn a great book. & the unrealistic ‘happily ever after’ is plain stupid. for one thing, its not living, but existing.isn’t that what all the Cullens think about their lives? Edward himself keeps saying that its something like eternal torment. so why couldn’t Meyer have done something about that?? since its fantasy, she could’ve for instance made it so that they defeat the Volturri in open battle with casualties on both sides & find a hidden stock of an elixir or something in underground vaults of Volterra brewed by an ancient alchemist which does the opposite of what the elixir of life does.

    just how could the deep, unique,almost spiritual love of Edward & Bella end up in ugly craving for carnal pleasure & all that filth?? if Meyer really wanted to insert a child in the story, she could’ve done it with a difference- like in X-Files or in Dan Brown’s ‘Angels & Demons’ (Pope)- keeping it clean & yeah,waiting till Bella & Edward have finished college.

    Breaking Dawn is a huge failure & its one of the worst books i’ve ever read.

  • Ashley says:

    I’m not Englisch but I understood pretty much every horrible word you said in your stupid review!
    Seriously, go all the people who will hunt you down on the street. If I’d live in America I’d do it myself, but unfortunately I don’t…

    Have you ever thought about the fact that YOU might be the one who got the wrong idea out of the book? Instead of us (the so-called oblivious and naiv teens)!

    Because you just go on and on about the cold and unemotional vamp, but maybe YOU’RE just not open to the concept of the books. Because the veggie vamp is so NOT unemotional. If you would REALLY read between the lines (and the actual lines btw), you would see that he is very emotional, loving and sweet.

    And the part about where you say that the vamp never says how he really feels about Bella is very strange. Considering the fact that the second book, New Moon, is mainly about him telling her how much he loves her!

    And the fact that Bella can’t believe that Edward loves her is pretty normal to. I understand, cause I too, don’t quite understand why my best friend loves me.. why I am her best friend instead of someone else. Those are very natural feelings. I bet a lot of teens know those feelings, wether about a lover or just a friend, as I do.

    Another thing, Bella is so not plain. YOU are plain. You could only hope you will ever be half the person that she is! She cares about everything and everyone and puts herself in a lot of awkward positions because she didn’t want to hurt anyone.

    And she so does NOT love Edward because he’s a beautifull vamp… she loves him because of his beautifull inside. Which is said a lot to in the books…
    Edward also, só doesn’t love her because of her smell. If you’d really read the last book you’d have read that he is really happy when Bella doesn’t smell that way anymore.

    It’s pretty obvious that you haven’t really read the books, considering the fact you were wrong on so many points.
    But I guess we can all have an opinion about the books.

    I just don’t think you get the concept of the books better than I do, or the other teens, because I’ve read the books a dozen times (and a lot of the other teens probably have too). And every time I discover new things that make the books even better. So if you’ve only read them once rapidly, you really have no business telling us how we should read the book and what the books say.

    I think you know, deep down, that how you discribed the books is so not how they are and certainly not how the auhtor meant them to be! But I guess you were just too eager to be done with the books so you didn’t REALLY read them. I suggest you do that first, before you wright another displaced review!

    I have just one more thing, maybe the language that the author used isn’t great. I too, can see that. But she didn’t start writing a book. She started writing down a dream she had had, for herself, not for an audience! By the time the first book was finished no-one was more surprised then the author herself that she’d actually finished a book! And that’s a quote!

    So, obviously, if you want to read literature, you have to read a different book. But that is something that I think everyone understands. Not every book you read for fun has to have perfect, difficult Englisch!

    So you can have your opinion, but I think we’ll still have ours. Or a least, I will!

  • Ashley says:

    Hhahha, your a retard. Hahah, yeah… that’s definitely funny. But maybe that person just wasn’t English. I’m not either.. so I’m sorry if I spelled something wrong too…

  • BG says:

    This is a good review i read the books and thought they were crap.

  • goldie says:

    how is possible to get preggers from a vampire, aren’t they like sterile, i thought a vampire can only be born by being bitten not birthed! OMG, so jacob (werewolf) fallss inlove with renesme(the vampire)…….that is the other interspecies marriage! im just sticking to watching the movies, its too fictional for me to take it seriously to actually sit and read the books!

  • DISAPOINTED! ;c says:

    That’s rediculous im 14 & wow, that’s not what the books are about at alll! disappointed~

  • Bin says:

    cannot waiting the breaking down !n.n

    thanks the author

  • AliceRoseEsme says:

    … people are looking way to far into this its a love story plain and simple harry poter wasnt writen very well either but you dont see people bashing it. and i agree with disapointed! ;c thats NOT what the books are about at all your clif notes are biast at best, im 15 and love twilight (alice and esme and rosalie are my faves)

  • Random Eco-warrior says:

    Thank you! some words of sanity!

  • Alliela says:

    You need more detailed information in your cliff notes. That, what you have above, looks like the summary off of the back of the book! You need to take some information chapter by chapter. That is what cliffnotes are! Dur!

  • cat says:

    I have not read the books as vampires have never interested me. However I have a niece and nephew that wanted to see the movies when they came out so I have seen them all so far. In regards to the review I am really puzzled by the assertion that Bella is abused throughout the series. Edward doesn’t hit her so no physical abuse. Doesn’t talk down to her or belittle her, if anything he keeps telling her how great she is so no mental or emotional abuse. As for lack of passion he explains why he has to keep things more on the platonic side so he doesn’t hurt her, tries to protect her and talk her out of being a vamp. Seems to me the bad character is Bella who is coming off as selfish, pushy, bit of an idiot and rather self centered. Maybe the books read different from the movies.

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