Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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

By on September 26, 2008

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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  1. Kayla
    January 4, 2009

    I’m A Twilight Fan and the Article it is an article that bashes Everyone frim Shakespeare to Parents of Children,and as a Teacher Forcing your students to read Twilight To force your thoughts on children. And I don’t think you have a right about How adults raise their children.Some Parents my not let them read it, and some might.But you are over minding your authority as Teacher.Their are worst things in the world than judging people that like and don’t like it.The works of writers should be respected but I think you don’t respect their work if you use Their names for personal gain.

  2. somebody
    January 4, 2009

    She wasn’t forcing her students to read Twilight, Kayla. Some of her students were interested in it so she picked up the books to see what they were about. She obviously didn’t like them. And no, the article does not bash Shakespeare. She meant that, in her opinion, Twilight and the other books were so bad that it made Anne Rice’s books (which she called trashy) seem as amazing as Shakespeare’s work.

    Kristyn, I’m not too sure it would turn young adults away from reading. I value all of my teachers’ opinions but as far as it comes to reading, I read whatever … meaning that I’ll read a book whether or not they liked it. Of course, I’ll duly note that I’m only speaking for myself; though I do know many, many people in my college who also read certain books the rest of us think are not so great. 🙂

  3. Hilary
    January 8, 2009

    First of all, kudos to the author of the article. I think it is wonderful that you read the books in order to be able to discuss them with your students.

    I am not a Twilight fan and if I hear the “it’s fiction” argument one more time I am going to scream! Fiction is an art form. True literature does not mean that anything goes because it’s not real. Fiction must be even more believable than reality because you want your readers to believe your words! It doesn’t matter that it’s about vampires – I would love to read a believeable story about vampires (not saying that it’s one that could happen in real life, just that it’s one that I believe in – please note the difference), but this is not one.

    Did Stephenie Meyer ever take a fiction class? I know that my fiction teacher would not have passed her with the work I’ve seen from her so far. After just one semester in a fiction course, Meyer should have known that her story was full of shallow characters who are completely unsympathetic and poor, poor writing.

    I will not go into details, because the only point I want to make is that there is good fiction and there is bad fiction – it is an art form and art is open to criticism! Step foot on a college campus and see that there are classes devoted to criticism; people have been doing that for years, so there is no need to take offense to someone criticizing your favorite story. In fact, we can all learn how to better writers by picking apart the way Twilight was written, as with any book, poorly written or not. Criticism helps us find what works and what doesn’t.

    The plot might have worked had another author written it. Also, many people have touched upon the themes and ideas in this story; for me, it’s not the themes that bother me, so much as the way it was written. Authors are free to write whatever they want! Honestly, a story could be written about anything and I will enjoy it if it is well-written. Twilight is not well-written and that is the only reason I dislike it.

  4. summer
    January 8, 2009

    Alright,
    wow.. this was just and opinion set by one person. And honestly I loved the books, and my opinion is completely different then from a lot of yours.

    But have you guys even took the time to comprehend maybe these books weren’t written for 40 year old teachers that have read the most amazing love storys of all times, by the most amazingg authors. But maybe they were written for teenagers like many of the girls who have submitted a comment and loved the book.
    Teens like books like these, you knoww… to them there is lust, love, confusion, hurt, and that vampire attraction. Plus, these books were written in a language that teens can understand and relate with, not for mature woman who know what real love tastes like.

    So if you have an opinion, state it… but you do not need to be harsh, and bash this person for speaking what is on her mind.

    I loved these books, and i think they are simple, and they drag you in to read more.

    thats my opinion… have anymore to sayy?

  5. somebody
    January 9, 2009

    I’m still a ‘teen’ and I really didn’t like the books. That’s just me, too (my opinion). 🙂

    I’m really not into books with lust and vampires; so that could be part of it, of course, that and I have read much, much better books.

    And actually MOST of the teen girls who submitted comments were fans and did the usual dissing of the woman who didn’t like Twilight, saying all the usual ‘she’s never had a love life, she’s probably really old, etc.’. There were a few who liked the book immensely and gave good reasons, a few who didn’t and also gave good reasons.

    What I mean is that most people who don’t like the book are responding in the way they are because of how most of the fangirls act, jumping on anyone who hates/dislikes Twilight. If you want someone to like a book you are enthusiastic to be sure, but you don’t shove it down their throats; and if someone dislikes it you certainly don’t act completely insane and ruin your own ‘fandom’. You act like that and that is exactly what drives people away and what causes them to label all fans as crazy hormone driven tweens who don’t know how to spell.

    You give good reasons why you like it (as you did) and more, and act nice when people dislike your favorite book, and those with differing opinions may try reading it again. And maybe they’ll like it. At the very least, they will not label the fans as they did before; and their opinion of them will change for the better.

  6. Lynne
    January 10, 2009

    Potter to Twilight comparisons=apples to oranges comparisons.
    Harry Potter is alternate reality where the magic actually works; of course people aren’t going to try a Cruciatus curse on the school bully.

    Twilight, on the other hand, is supposed to feel “real”; therefore, those of us who criticize this series are concerned about impressionable young people thinking that the relationships in this book are healthy ones and that the main character is anything but a Mary Sue/wish fulfillment blank placeholder. My students coo over Edward “he’s soooo hawt!!” I point out that he stalks Bella and swipes her distributor cap so she can’t go see her friends on the Queleute reservation. You say protective, I say possessive. This is not a healthy relationship.

    My son’s sophomore English teacher has this atrocity on a recommended reading list. Luckily there are other, better books on it too; it’s not a required book. But that English teachers are recommending it at all is sad and scary to me.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! *mwah*

  7. andrea
    January 18, 2009

    Are u seriously a teacher? to think that someone as narrow minded, and to tell the truth dim witted as you are (sorry hunny, but thats the overall impression you give with your oh so succint interpretation of a series), can actually teach at a school to the same “tweens” you’re trying to protect. Seriously, people.. its fiction, a book… Did you ever stop and think hey… you know what? maybe the whole romeo and juliet “Tween” love and suicide story is not a good role model, let’s Make believe like this is all just a plot from the author to make teenagers have a horrible and totally harmfull view of reality and burn the books at a stake… U might think that me comparing Shakespeare to Stephenie Meyer is laughable… and so it is… but im not compraing the authors… im comparing the overall picture that the story represents… and for that matter SO many much more stories that are out there.. Come on, we all KNOW that teenage girls tend to overreact when it comes to relationships and “love”, and/or boys… its has nothing to do with the supposed “message” of the story.. or do you seriously think that teenage girls and for that matter (yes parents this is for you) your daughters are so incredibly stupid as to believe that that is something real and probable?? Its really sad that parents say that books/movies/music, influence their children to do bad things. When actually what is happening is that they have done such a poor job as parents in the first place that their precious little kids have no mind of their own and thus get carried away into little fantasies and suicidal dreams just for the sake of it. stop blaming the medias and informaiton, and turn around and look at one teacher (like the one who wrote this “article”) is teaching your kids, to be completely judgemental of the things that they can’t understand, or for that matter won’t even try to.. It’s called tolerance people and the world, teenage girl/boys and everyone in general would be much better off with learning a bit of that, than with having all this incredibly “supposed to be like pro feminism” ideas lodged into their heads…

    By the way in case you didnt get that I LOVE the books and no, Im not 14 years old.. Im just someone who understands the ACTUAL idea of the books and doesnt get carried away with all the imposibilities of it.. after all, it is fiction..

  8. somebody
    January 19, 2009

    This is why most Twilight fans are disliked … and yes, I’ve listened to teens gush about the book like it IS real. A LOT of teens. That’s why this is such an issue. Because there are a lot of tween and teen girls who DO really wish it were all real and are completely obsessed with it.
    By the way–Yes, ‘tweenteacher’ is seriously a teacher, NO she is NOT dimwitted or narrow minded, and she most definitely can teach.

    If it were really JUST fiction and JUST a book, you would not have called ‘tweenteacher’ dimwitted and narrow minded. Obviously it is more than just a book to you.

    Of the two, I think that Twilight is worse than Romeo and Juliet. Because it causes a great many tweens/teen girls to actually wish that vampires exist, have dreams they’re married to Edward, buy all the sparkly body glitter they can, and consider a relationship where someone only talks about how hot the other is as a ‘healthy’ relationship.

    And I’m getting really tired of hearing the ‘it’s just fiction’ argument when the person gets so uptight about people disliking the book and they prove exactly the opposite.

  9. somebody
    January 25, 2009

    Really?
    Wow …

    That proves my point. Some people are getting a little too obsessed over these books.

  10. Awesomeperson
    January 30, 2009

    I strongly disagree with your review. First of all, this “abusive relationship” stuff is crap. In every single book Edward feels guilty for ANY pain he caused Bella, which there wasn’t really much of to begin with.

    Also, the thing about their love being “shallow” is just ridiculus. If you’ve read Midnight Sun, Edward repeatedly talks about how brave and smart and kind she is. And in New Moon, Bella says that there is a lot more to Edward than money and looks.

    And this stuff about Twilight fans being violent is irrevalant to the story. At least 10 of these responses to your article disagree with it without insulting you or threatning you.

    There are absolutley no sex scenes in the first three books. You say that this series is trashy; it has so much less sex related content than most romance novels out there. If you want to whine about how “horrible” this series is,go to twilightsucks.com or something, and don’t try to keep parents from letting teens read these books.

  11. somebody
    January 30, 2009

    It is relevant because there have been a number of Twilight fans bashing tweenteacher and for other reasons I don’t feel like getting into because I hate repeating myself (there were 10 smart enough to disagree without accusing tweenteacher of anything–though I already knew this. Brilliant! There is hope for Twilight Lovers yet). Except for the fact that someone doesn’t like the series and of course they’d have to trash tweenteacher because “obviously someone who hates Twilight has no love life/has never known true love” and all that fudge.

    About the going to twilightsucks.com–which is a hilarious site, to be true … tweenteacher can ‘whine’ (though tweenteacher wasn’t whining) for all eternity, and it wouldn’t matter, since this is TWEENTEACHER’S site. If somebody told me on my blog I couldn’t, well, BLOG I’d be severely ticked off.

  12. Awesomeperson
    February 1, 2009

    This is my second review, yes, I know but I am pissed at the review written by “somebody”. I am insulted by these reviews that say that “these books make teens believe in vampires”. Really? I am 15 and I don’t think that anyone my age without mental problems is really that stupid. If you actually know of someone old enough to read the book that was led to believe what this book says, please tell me. They clearly have some kind of mental disorder because anyone who is at least 5 knows the difference between stories and reality. Seriosly, please don’t ruin this for people who enjoy reading these books and convice their parents to confiscate them, or their schools to ban them from the library. Just because almost all someone talks about is a book, it doesn’t mean that they believe in it, or are throwing their lives away for it. A lot of teachers actually LIKE the book because it has gotten people to read more. And i’ve got news for you: it IS just fiction and it IS a book and that can be true while tweenteacher is NOT dimwitted and narrow minded. I have nothing against tweenteacher except the fact that she could be convincing parents not to let their kids read these books because of what she says, which isn’t all true. And for “somebody”: we are not idiots so don’t say that anyone under 18 who reads a book claiming that they are a majical unicorn will believe it, and don’t say that twilight is poisoning our “dear little children’s” minds!

  13. Awesomeperson
    February 1, 2009

    Yes I know I’m writing another review, I just left something out. You can enjoy a book enough to disagree with someone absolutley trashing it, while not liking it enough to refuse to accept that it is only fiction.

  14. Awesomeperson
    February 1, 2009

    This is responding to V.M.T.’s response on Dec. 31: Just because you are a writer and think your writing is SOOOO PERFECT doesn’t mean you have to trash other people’s. This is what it sounded like to me: “This book is not REAL literature because it wasn’t written 100 years ago and doesn’t sound just like a classic. I read about 10 pages of the book and decided that it was crappy, so I told everybody else not to read it. I am not 15 so I know what love is and this book tells kids to go out with abusive sparkly people. I now have to write 4 times better than my already amazing, so much better than Stephanie Meyer type-writing. Beacause I write in the paranormal genre I should be the governing queen/king of anyone who writes romance.” Either you are trying to brag about your writing, trying to get everyone who reads twilight to read your books instead, or you are not confident about your writing at all and you feel the need to trash other people’s. You said that Stephanie Meyer “must hate literature”. Isn’t that funny, because she WRITES? Do you think her book is not real literature because it doesn’t copy the plots of old classics (I have nothing against the classics, just stuff that has the same plot with a diofferent title on it)? I have read the book and I don’t think I am going to go get an overprotective, abusive boyfriend who sparkles in the sun (btw i disagree that Edward was abusive at all,actually) and I really don’t think that you should tell someone that they can’t fall in love with someone who looks good, even if it isn’t because of their looks.

  15. Awesomeperson
    February 2, 2009

    I meant Dec 6 not 31…srry

  16. somebody
    February 3, 2009

    I know you’re not all idiots. If you try reading my comments again you will see that I noted while there are a few (like yourself) who are intelligent, most of the teen and tween girls I know really do believe all the vampire stuff and want to marry Edward Cullen. Eugh. If you just type ‘Twilight Lovers’ you’ll get plenty of results with fangirls who are 8-14 or younger, or sometimes even a little older who are completely over-obsessed with the book and declaring themselves the fictional character’s girlfriend. Not to mention you’ll also see most of them ‘screaming’ at those who dislike the book. Really. It’s all over the stinking Internet and I do not understand why some cannot see the obvious.

    I was saying it was the standard. I have friends who love the books; but they don’t scream at those who hate/dislike it, and they certainly know how to spell, which is a plus.

    And while it is good that the book is ‘just fiction’ and getting teens to read more, it’s sad that is the standard for literature now. Because it’s fudge and so many tweens and teens now believe it’s alright for someone to watch you while you sleep, sparkle (and yes I can say that because now they have ‘Edward Cullen glitter or something of the like), and keep you away from your other friends. I’ll say again, I’m not saying this just to make a point–it is a FACT, and like I said the Internet is choke-full with websites and comments that prove many, many tweens wish they could marry Edward Cullen and who’ve bought body glitter and scream and wish miscarriages upon people who hate the book and everything in between.

  17. somebody
    February 3, 2009

    Oh yes … if you googled ‘I love Edward Cullen’ or something of the sort you might get more results.

  18. somebody
    February 8, 2009

    Nice site. 🙂

  19. not so dazzled
    February 23, 2009

    IAWTC

    Twilight is ridiculously overrated- so much so, that I bought the first actually expecting a good read. Needless to say, I was mortified at the ridiculous purple prose, lack of character development, and an extremely messy storyline and structure.

    To be honest, I felt I was reading one of those harlequin romance novels, or a repetitve, boring fanfiction. It deserves no credit, and to anyone who thinks this is worthy of it’s insane popularity, I think less of you for worshipping such crap.

  20. Elizajh
    February 26, 2009

    OK…so on October 30 i left a comment about how i couldn’t believe people on this website could be so dense-and though i still feel this way sometimes-i see that perhaps ALL of you are right about the annoyance of the fan basis.If you must know when I wrote this comment i was in what we can call…twilight rehab. I was addicted, i must admit, at first, but I’ve since then seen the effects this book has had on other people. I see their conversations in the hall, and the way they scream and jump when the name Edward comes up, (i have now became a Jacob fan because of this:)and personally i can’t believe i ever humiliated myself with my addiction, because I’m quite positive i acted that way.
    So, though i haven’t changed my stance on the fact that it is an entertaining book, i must say that the hype on it shouldn’t be as high as it is. Since that point i must say i have read other books far more entertaining (Vampire Kisses) and have found there are boys much more worthy of my addiction (Alexander Sterling of Vampire Kisses) (Taylor Lautner:)
    And this causes the question i now pose: Do you think that the book will soon fade, or that it will only get annoyingly worse over the years?!

  21. somebody
    February 27, 2009

    Well, considering they are making New Moon a movie, and Meyer MAY write another book chronicling the ‘adventures’ of the Cullen Clan, the book/Deadward/Meyerpire/movie craze won’t be fading for at least a few years. (I think)

  22. Mel
    February 28, 2009

    Before I get to the point of my comment let me say to all of the twiligh fans who say “Well if the books aren’t good then why are they making another movie and Meyer is writing more books about it?” Because it’s cash cow. They just want to make more money off of what was a poorly written, obtuse series.

    I thought that the 2379 pages was ridiculous. The series should have been cut to probably something more along the lines for 800 to 1000 pages. Even then, that might have been too long.

    At first, I liked the series, if only because I found Edward interersting. But as I read, I noticed that he was really emotionally abusive. He was stalking Bella for a start. He’d spend nights watching Bella sleep. He’d scan the thoughts of her friends to see what they were thinking about with regard to her because he couldn’t read her mind. He lied to her more often than not. Especially in the first two books, he constantly wrestled with his urge to kill her because her scent was so captivating.

    That may have been the case for Edward, but that girl had nothing else going for her. She was perfect and everyone’s darling, yet she thought she was some horrible person. All Bella ever talked about through her narration was how beautiful/awesome Edward was. All she ever was interested in was how hot he was. She was so insecure that she entered this disgustingly codependant relationship with Edward. Even after he abandoned her for her own good, she still went all the way to Italy to save him. When he asked her to marry him, she only did it because she wanted to have sex with him, not because she wanted to be married. After they finally did get married and had sex, she was covered in bruises. This did not faze her. After she became pregnant (how a vampire’s sperm actually function I don’t understand, but Meyer tried to explain it away with some flimsy “Men can father children into their 80’s, so male vampires probably can still father children” reasoning. Meyer is forgetting that in order for men to ejaculate they need blood flow – the one thing vampires lack.) she was content to die in order to have the child. Of course Edward would not have this. I’m surprised he didn’t force her to abort it.

    Then there’s this whole creepy issue with the werewolf tribe and how they imprint. Meyer explains that werewolves just know who their mate for life is going to be. That it’s an instinctual and irresistible pull. But why is it that two of the werewolf tribe imprint onto very small children? Meyer explains it by stating that the werewolves just become like big brother figures. Sure, until the child is old enough. Then the werewolf will wing his way in to “offer support” when the kid reaches puberty. Sure when Bella found out that Jacob imprinted on to her child, she just about killed him. But by the end of the last book this accepted, even by Edward.

    When Bella is finally turned into a vampire by Edward after something like 1500 pages, she somehow skips the newborn stage and is easily able to not kill humans. The idea of “vegetarian” vampires is silly to begin with, and clearly ripped off from Anne Rice. How truly dangerous could a vampire be when he doesn’t want to chomp on your neighbour’s neck? Then after another 700 pages of building up all the way to an utter anticlimax (which seems to be a talent of Meyer’s), Edward and Bella happily go on with their codependency for eternity, presumably.

    I know this series was aimed at teens, but even I think they would reach similar conclusions. The characters were one dimensional at best, and the story was in the end, nothing that couldn’t have been condensed into about 800 pages, and that would have been generous. Now that I’ve read it all, I really wish I hadn’t. I want my money and time back. With interest.

    And so you know twilight fans, I’m not an old cat lady whose womb is poison and has never known the touch of a man. I’m an articulate 27 year old woman who just wanted to know what the fuss was about.

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  24. SamTheTweenster
    March 4, 2009

    I wish you could be my teacher and/or librarian!

    I, myself am thirteen have read the Twilight series books, and utterly hate them. I, too find no depth or technique to the story whatsoever. Maybe I think this because I read actual “classic” stories that have made some of the foundations and standards that writers follow today. (Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Nabokov’s Lolita, Stendhal’s Love, etc.) I just can’t seem to find the value in reading this…garbage. I am constantly asked by classmates and friends why I dislike the book. After being tired of explaining my reasons I just walked away from them. This book did get a lot of people to read, but love reading…I think not. To love reading you would have to read a good book. These books are just giving teenagers and older a “teenage romance novel” at the reading comprehension of a ten year old.

    As far as the adults reading these books and liking them. Did you completely blank out during high school? Many of the books we are required to read are much better than this series. Or even in college (if you even went) did you even bother to read the books or did you waste your time partying and then cramming some cliff notes into your head? This book doesn’t deserve the time of anyone.

    Granted I hate teenage novels in the first place. I always believe that we could be feeding our generation with much more valuable literature. In any case twilight fans please take my response with a grain of salt.

  25. Dusti Hinson
    March 4, 2009

    while, i was reading i noticed you enjoyed describing Edward as a “cold, unemotional vamp”, seriously? did you read the books?

    how bout the truth for the foot-notes you read, since you can clearly didn’t, see no one could of written a review like the one you have especailly a women? crazy!!

    i think we have found the “cold, unemotional vamp”
    but, bad vamp.
    “”take this with a grain of salt, please””
    vamp-sucking exciting trilling good stories out of children, where’s your inner child, your wild, teenage years, mainly passionate side? where’s your human instincts? EMOTIONS??!!

    Book One [twilight] young insecure girl moves to drizzly old forks, hates it. gets in school, happens to fall for the vampire, Edward!! passionate (unlike some) caring ANIMAL BLOOD DRINKING ONLY!! he’s what he is, he has to live. he falls back.. but, trys to keep away, for her safety CAN’T first love hard, don’t cha think? he thinks he’s beautiful (she got inside he’s head, she knows, actually read it and see. =]) she wants to be one! of course.. teengers now do to. doesnt notice he’s in her room each night, for a while till he tells her, she’s clumsy and attracts danger books are wrapped around that.

    book two- bella still loves very emotional caring passionate vamp, which truelly does have a hard time styaing a “veggie??” around her. breaks her heart by leaving her. [he doesn’t say nothing because, she’ll talk him out of it, he doesn’t want danger for her, he has to lie, to get her out of it, he LOVES HER!, she is a very pushy person, he can’t just walk away, he had to run] a sophomore at does fall in love with her, she only needed a friend anyways, yeah, she had feelings for him but, she was in love with edward mostly, needed him to make her laugh a friend a rebound, he stuck by her of course but, that’s what friends do, get off TEAM JACOB!! Count Amazing comes back, she’s grateful to God! she does want sex but, he knows better and he believes in marriage before sex, go him.. MORALS!! =) yay! she urges, oh well, he sticks this time [pushy bella] she almost dies, danger edward loves her and is the to protect her of course.

    book three-She hates the thought of marriage thinks it stupid, not for sex she agrees because, she loves him and unlike, her parents that will last forever!! she still urges for sex, but, he disagrees way to stick to morals. makes me proud! =) Jacob still loves her but, disappears and hurts edward messes with he’s head out of hurt but, still CHILL JACOB! she wants him, no chance.. she urges for vampirness before marriage and college! he rufuses to complicated, rampage of thristy vapires on the lose in Seattle she almost dies, Edward protects her, not Jacob!! =D

    book four-my personal favorite despite the hard reading jacob was boring, i’m on the vampire part if you can tell, hopefully! =) edward and bella are married, they do have sex, he tried to be careful so, hush! she didn’t feel it and she was okay, edwars was more hurt then her. he thought he hurt her, he wants nothing more then to protect her, basically teenage wants too, FIRST LOVE!–he controlled himself through those hormones, yay!! MORALS! she gets pregnant, not even reliezing she could, who did try to eat HER not it ways out of her but, she was protected by edward, once again, what did jacob do? couldn’t do nothing, she did almost die from the kid but, didn’t edward saved her, turned her into a vampire best way to save her and she wanted it. even YOUR JACOB fell in love with the lion. [the kidd]

    the lion fell in love with the lamb.
    [both cases]

    “if you could live forever what would you live for?”
    -edward

    he lives for Bella, over came he’s cravings [hungery & sexual] he was stronge for her and protected her and i’m not being narrow minded, Jacob was good to her and i am glad he was the he loved her and she needed him, but, look this away she couldn’t live without edward, almost didn’t make it. he’s he life. so, just look both ways, edward and bella belong together but, jacob belongs in her life too.

    PG-13??!! violence is everywhere these days so, is sex, yeah, not right but, this is no where close to not appropriate, teenage horomones and vampire violence, not completely harmless!! not going to completely destroy our minds!! it also shows morals [edward] and how unconditional love is, and how alot shows how people should treate people, for instance Carisle taking in all the dying kids to help and raising them AMAZINGLY, family life and listen i’m don’t fit into this situation or any character i love the book because he gets you thinking and your heart beating love not hate, your emotions change with the charaters, which is what a good book is suppose to do, right? miss english teacher? RIGHT!!

    so, read and think, don’t read and type your first judgement think about it, teach how to think, my world geography teacher “coach mckeller” always says “before you say/write what you think….THINK!!”

    listen to it, think about it.

    thanks! =)

  26. somebody
    March 5, 2009

    We’ve been thinkin’ about what we write. It’s not like “Oh! I know a good reply!” *write*

    “Oh … oops. That didn’t come out how I wanted it to …”

    I didn’t find the books that exciting and they didn’t speak to my wild teen side because, well, they weren’t exciting. At all. New girl moves and goes to new school, everyone loves her, fascinated by Edward because he’s gorgeous and doesn’t seem to like her; finds out he likes her … it just wasn’t exciting at all. And that ‘only drinks animal blood’ bit is exactly what I didn’t like. He just ‘happens’ to be the perfect freaking vampire. In spite of everything he can control himself, he only drinks animal blood, in spite of finding it ‘hard’ he still manages to not drain her of blood, he loves her so unconditionally that he’d stalk her and not let her hang out with her other friends. And then … he sparkles (vampires? Sparkling?)

    Everything is way too easy for him. Sure, Meyer says it’s ‘hard’ for him and yet every single time he ‘manages’ not to and all is well and good. :/
    No character development, no actual plot, Bella FAINTS when we might actually get to see more fighting (yes I know in one other book there is actually some fighting–whoopee), for some unexplained reason everyone loves/is fascinated by her, she never actually DOES anything even though people actually say ‘oh, she’s my favorite YA hero’.

    Me: … did you not read the books? Everyone bends head over heels to do whatever she wants. She does nothing, there’s no reason to even think she is a ‘hero’. And though you may disagree, ‘saving’ Edward so that he can constantly think about drinking her blood and stalk her is not something. REMINDER: STALKING IS NOT CUTE. Just because a guy is ‘cute’ and has the ‘hots’ for the girl he is stalking does not make it okay.

    Almost every vampire book I’ve ever read has been more exciting than the Twilight books, and actually had more of a plot. Those that didn’t at least had good characters.

    *end of rant*
    Everyone reading: Finally …

  27. Tiriel
    March 8, 2009

    I must admit that i have briefly looked over the books, and for the most part would say i like the Twilight collection, but in no way is it for the characters of Edward and Bella, i hate them. I think that the Twilight series is basically a published fanfiction, but i must admit that stephenie meyer can created some interesting characters, I love the characers of Carlisle and Esme, however they are so under used in all the books, I also like Alice, these characters are fantastic, but the entire story is just downgraded by the Mary-Sue of a character Bella.

  28. Cassadi
    March 18, 2009

    Okay! One–you suck! Not to be rude, just thought I’d let you know! Lol. So…
    Before I write my opinion I would just like to say that I was anti-Twilight. Than my BFFs forced me to see the film and I lovved it. So ya.
    1) Bella isnt emotionally unstable. She thinks she is ugly, as many other girls do in real life. She–on the other hand–does nothing like anorexia or buliema. She just pretends to be invisible. If she was anorexic it would kinda ruin the plot and pobably the whole story
    2) Yes, Edward can seem a tad bit stalkery at times. But he doesnt sleep, he’s been to high school like 75 times..and has nothing better to do. AND HE IS WRETCHEDLY IN LOVE WITH HER FOR HECKS SAKE!
    3) Honesty? REALLY! As soon as she tells him she know he’s a vamp, he tells her everything!! To quotethe movie…
    “I’ve killed people.” Edward
    “i dont care” bella
    “I wanted to kill you” Edward
    Thats pretty cut throat honest if ya ask me!
    4) You ended each summary with her almost dying. But see in each book she is near death for a different reason so HA! the first one James tries to killl her, the second one she jumps off a cliff for recreational reasons and then Jacob saves her. Thats like 3/4 wayy through so it shouldnt be at the end of your summary. The third one she almost kills herself again and then Victoria tries to kill her. And no one “almost dies” in the last one but Bella from being pregnant. They think the Volturi wantsto kill them but nobody fights…
    You have obviously carrlessly read through these books with your opinion already decided. I am 13 and alllllllll of the girls in my grade (the dorks, the jocks, the populars, the emos, my friends) have read this book and it’s like their bible. I think more guys should read it so they understand why girls love Edward so much. I could not live without these books and all the FanSites, FanFictions, and GoogleImages of the actors. It kinda has made me obsessed and now whenever my Social Studies teacher says Civil War my BFFand I laugh. If you dont get that you havent read the boooks well enough

  29. Mel
    March 18, 2009

    Cassadi: “I am 13 and alllllllll of the girls in my grade (the dorks, the jocks, the populars, the emos, my friends) have read this book and it’s like their bible.”

    …That’s quite disturbing, I must say.

  30. somebody
    March 19, 2009

    Thank God for Twilightsucks.com. That’s all I have to say.

  31. kc
    March 26, 2009

    i have a 13 year old diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder (NOS) w/OCD. Look this diagnosis up and you can imagine what i’ve been through for the past 13 years. Most of all she misinterprets her surroundings and lacks the ability to comprehend for her age level. These books are passed around the school and my daughter is obsessing over the movie and now she said she wants to read the books because there is sex. Yes, SEX. Not because of the storyline…sex. That’s all she’s concerned with-how does one raise a child in a world where everything seems to be based on sex to sell?

  32. Lyndsey
    March 28, 2009

    I totally agree.

    The entire series, I couldn’t help but see the mormon values between almost every line.
    Like..
    1.She was a virgin till married. (So insanely uncommon it makes me laugh. I’m a freshman and hardly everyone I know has already lost their virginity, not that thats a good thing.)

    2.There were no sex scenes. NONE! This book was not sexy. Not even close. She wasn’t even mature about it. She could hardly use the word sex, let alone describe it.

    3.She would not abort the baby, even though it would clearly kill her. Obviously Pro-life.

    4.How completely devoted Bella was to Edward. He could do NO wrong. That was ridiculous.

    5. How she needed to be saved all the damned time. How he saves her. How incredibly helpless she was, throughout most of the series. She needed her big strong man.

    Another thing that bother me was how immature Bella was. She was not old for her age. Not at all. She had the same thoughts as any other 13 or 12 year old.(Which is sad, since shes supposed to be a junior and senior in High School) I think Meyer did that to make girls would relate to her feel and special. Which would draw them into the fanasy.

    And I hated how easy it was to except that Vampires and werewolfs and all that jazz exsisted. I would try to commit Edward…without any sign of real proof, and if I actually believed him I would drive to the Insane asylum myself.

    I agree that it was poorly written. I wonder if she even thought about the plot or just wrote what came to her. It was so wishywashy. There were to many holes.

    Though, I did enjoy the books. Mild entertainment, like someone else had said. The story had would have been really great if it had a different writer.

  33. SomeoneWhoHatesTwilight
    March 29, 2009

    Look,im a twilight hater.Lets all agree on this.If your a twilight lover then u are one blind person.It clearly states in the first paragraph or two that she’s going to be ranting about twilight.Go see a doctor!Don’t even bother commenting on this unless you have a will that you just NEED to kill everybodies opinion and tell us Twilight is about a sparkling vampire that does barely ANYTHING but nearly kill Bella.I MEAN WHAT THE HECK?Who cares?We hate twlight.The end.

    And back on topic.I mean,this girl,two girls infact,in my class(the place,ages and more aren’t needed for this,but ltr,IT WILLL)Were reading twilight.I read the girl who sits enxt to me’s New Moon.I read 2 sentences,I SLAMMED IT SHUT and asked her if it was twilight.She nodded and was like”It sucks doesn’t it?’I was like”Why do you even have it?”I got no answer to that.

    This is another ecounter.A ten year old girl,whos about to be 11,IS READING THE TWILIGHT SERIES.Truth to be told,im 10.Im more mature then you adults think ok?Don’t judge me.Kira,was the twitard.I warned her over and over again that IT WASN’T FOR HER AGE.I mean,reading thigns that are like age 12+ and 11+ are fine with me,i do it too.But seriously,TWILIGHT?Breaking Dawn?Eclipse?NEWMOON?COME ON!We all know that a 10 year old shouldn’t be reading that.Its so clear.I even told her there was Mature Content!(okay,i never read it but im assuming)And when i was at reccess she was saying”OH MY GOD!EDWARD IS,LIKE,SO CUTE!HE LOVES BELLA SO MUCH!”….i barfed…..I nearly vomitted while she was tlking about twilight in the library.And i was trying to pick a good book that didn’t involve MR.I -LIKE-TO-NEARLY-KILL-PEOPLE.(im childish,i know :])Okays,enough of my rant.Someone can rant on and on and on,but my angers releived now ^__^

    PS.I think even I can write better then SMeyer….SERIOUSLY!

  34. Rebecca
    March 30, 2009

    I wholeheartedly and completely agree with you. As someone who used to like Twilight, I still can’t say exactly what it was that attracted me to the books. But once I started to think about them more and read between the lines, a lot of things didn’t add up with my own values. And in fact, I started to notice things that really made me squirm, to the point that I couldn’t enjoy the books anymore. Never mind the fact that the writing is desperately in need of serious editing–what shocks me the most about these books is their ability to suck you in and feed you these questionable ideas without you even noticing. Obviously, it’s happened to millions of the often rabid fans, because they can’t seem to find a single fault with the book and attack anyone who does.

    But you are right. You are completely and totally right. I’m also against censorship and believe that these books should be discussed in as many forums as possible–it was only through discussion that I came to realize that they were full of such antiquated ideas about feminism and relationships.

  35. Dawn
    March 30, 2009

    I couldn’t agree more with the very first comment! Thank you Lisa for posting it!

  36. somebody
    March 31, 2009

    I doubt she’s an 80 year old fat woman with a bunch of cats. Not to mention that saying such a thing is very rude. Unless you don’t agree with that part but with the second part of the comment. 🙂

    There’s something actually worth agreeing with.

    The problem I have with that is the way the ‘no sex’ is portrayed in the Twilight books, it might as well be sex. You can describe a person’s skin, the way they touch each other with just a regular gesture, and the attraction between one another so that it is ‘worse’ than if the author just described them having sex, and that’s what Meyer did. It’s very sensual.

    I ‘really read the books’ and I came to the same conclusions as the author of the article, ‘Tweenteacher.’
    And no, I am not an 80 year old fat woman with smelly cats in an old apartment, eating a container of cottage cheese while writing this and having Oprah on TV for background noise. -_-

  37. somebody
    March 31, 2009

    Actually, I am in college (so, of course, pets aren’t an option) I am quite the average height and I naturally weigh very little, I hate cottage cheese, and I don’t watch Oprah. 🙂

  38. Wowww180
    April 6, 2009

    A relative gave my 17 year old daughter (who is not a big reader but is an excellent fiction writer) a copy of Twilight to read. The book sat untouched on the coffee table for several weeks before I decided to take a look at it. I have agree that the writing is abysmal. I suffered through every page, and yet I did not put it down. The characters were interesting to me and I felt very disappointed that the horrible writing was such a constant distraction from the “dream”. Still, I read the entire series in a few days. Edward stalking Bella made me uncomfortable. Bella constantly lying to and deceiving her father in order to participate in dangerous activity, made me uncomfortable. IMPRINTING, made me UNCOMFORTABLE. But as for being entertaining, it was. And on that level, it’s successful. Mental junk food. If my daughter had any interest in reading the series (and it seems she has none – she read the first pages and didn’t think it was very good.) I’d want to talk about all the elements mentioned in this review. If taken too seriously it really does amount to what Tweenteacher says, BUT I don’t think this book was intended to be anything more than simple entertainment. I don’t think it was written to be “deep”. My biggest personal beef is that SM has had such success with no writing ability whatsoever. There are so many excellent writers out there who never enjoy such success… I don’t get it. The books just aren’t THAT good.

  39. Jane
    April 7, 2009

    Um.. These books HAVENT outsold J.K.Rowling.
    J.K.Rowling-400 million worldwide.
    Stephenie Meyer (twilight)- 30 million Worldwide.

  40. E
    April 10, 2009

    ITS JUST A BOOK!! WTF? Why would anyone be making it anything else than that? Too much time on their hands I guess… looser!

  41. Rachel
    April 12, 2009

    You’re absolutely right about everything you’ve said. And for all of you who are going to say that I’ve never been in love, I am now. The “forbidden love” that you all claim E and B share is not love, but lust–he wants her blood, she thinks he’s hot. That’s it. And it’s not forbidden, because show me something that is standing in their way. Vampire vs. human is not one of them. It is just an excuse for E to whine and angst for 1000 pages, and for B to admire his looks and praise him even though he’s acting like a jerk. The characters have no personality whatsoever. It’s simply a bad book series, and isn’t teaching the young girls who read them anything good. Because it’s okay to basically screw off your future because there’s a hot guy around.

  42. lexi
    April 15, 2009

    honestly, the one problem i have with any of this, is what you said about jacob (the werewolf), falling “in love with bella’s child.”
    it’s called imprinting, and it’s described properly as “gravity movies: suddenly it’s not gravity holding you here anymore, it’s her”.
    he does not fall in love with the child – it becomes kind of the most unimaginable, most wonderful brother-sister bond in existance. it’s not love.

    there is more depth to this book, if you don’t focus on the fore-characters and more on the cullen family, the werewolf pack, and the humans.

  43. Cleo
    May 8, 2009

    I personally think the Saga is Great, but anyone who thinks differently should be aloud to express their feelings toward the Saga. No has to like it some just do.

  44. erick
    May 9, 2009

    I couldn’t resist to share my thoughts.
    First of all i havent read the books, but just because of the unfair critics against it, I will read all 4.
    there is nothing wrong with the story, sure the kids in this story suffer, have personal issues, commint mistakes, and put in danger their lives, but who doesnt??? its part of leanrnig, in other words its LIFE! Despite being science fiction, vampire fantasy or however you wanna call it, its a fun story with valuable lessons. you meantion over and over again “girl almost dies” as if she was a stupid teenager who doesnt value her life, but you have actually missed a LITTLE detail (her reasons) which is the whole point. At the scene when she is about to get killed, she wasnt acting suicidal, but she was actually trying to save her mother. That’s what i call real love. Edward is not numb or unemotional, and anyone who thinks he is should look twice at the description of the book, Edward is a vapire!! nor a human, who knows how they behave or how they feel, (of course vampires do not exist) but if they did, as in books, such as this serie, then its is most logical that they would not be the most cheerful beings in the planet. just look at the definition of vampire: –noun 1. a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
    Give a break to this amazing story, and if you dont like it, then just dont read it.

  45. Anna
    May 27, 2009

    I think you are being a little bit over pertective but u r mostly right (exept for the pg-13 thing) I’m not a mom suprise suprise!!!!!!! I do agree with most of the negotive comments but the positves to but the positives to I think this book has many sides to look at I mean on the surface it’s pritty shallow but for some reson it fun to read alow it seems like true love and not lust it also dosent make senes they barily talk about anything and so thay couldent love each other that way the only other way is cemicle but that wouldent work because he’s a vampire but to spite these crige makers there is a romantic and sexy at the same time thing going I think you would get better comment if you dident say things like “are preteens need help reading between the lines” it makes you sound striked and undermining by the way I liked the books but still agree I just don’t care that much ps. I don’t think you are old and own lots of cats yay BYE!!!!!!!

  46. Chalupa
    May 30, 2009

    You’re an idiot. I hated Twilight and all the other books, but you’re an idiot. If Stephanie Meyer is such a horrible author then why did she sell like a million books? She’s a good author, she just could have changed some things to make a better book. Some of it wasn’t really writen for kids, but by what you wrote it doesn’t even sound like you read the books completely correct. That’s not really how everything happens.

  47. Meghan
    June 6, 2009

    So, I’m a teenage girl, too. I have to admit, I loved the Twilight series the first time I read them; and the second. But lately, when I run out of books and try to read them again, I cannot make myself read more than ten pages before setting them down and picking up something more interesting. I know there are many dieheart Twilight fans out there(I used to be one of them), amd I would urge them to listen to this review because they will probably come to agree with it in the near future.

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