February 15, 2009 by Kailani  
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I resisted for as long as I could but it looks like I’m caught up in the rage that is Twilight.

From the very beginning, I was adamant about not reading this book. I’m not into dark stories, or vampires, or teenagers involved in this kind of practice. Even when everyone around me insisted that this book was different and I should just give it a try, I refused.

Then last week, someone left Twilight on the plane. I asked if any other crew member wanted to read it during our break but surprisingly everyone else had already done so . . . except me. So while I sat there bored out of my mind, I decided to take a quick look.

I finished it in 2 days.

I’m not sure if I agree that this book is appropriate for a young audience but I can definitely see it’s appeal to older readers. The love story is so intense and so consuming that you almost forget about their differences and truly hope that they end up together . . . even if that means she’ll die.

I’ve already downloaded the rest of the series onto my Sony Digital Reader and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Have you read Twilight? What’s your take on it?

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51 Responses to “Twilight”
  1. Jackie says:

    Haha I feel the same way as you do! I have not read it yet though, I have it requested at the library…so i am gonna do it!

  2. AmyG says:

    Ahhh…. you went to the dark side! lol I haven’t read it & have no desire to. I saw the book at Walmart, was tempted to pick it up, to look at it, but didn’t. Doubt I will read it.

  3. Em Dy says:

    Twilight’s the best book of the four. Book 2 is okay but it got too crazy in Books 3 and 4.

  4. Julienne says:

    I thought the general story was good, but Stephanie Meyer *really* needs a good editor. The book was excessively long for the plot line.

  5. Teri says:

    I enjoyed the book. A quick read with a good story. Not too deep though. I am working on New Moon right now. Are you going to check it out.

  6. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    I have the book, but I have not read it. My best friend swears if I start I won’t put it down…which is probably why I haven’t started! I really don’t have time to read extra books at this point. Maybe I’ll get around to it one day.

    I actually think it’s healthy for children/teens to learn/understand the difference between reality and fiction. I love Harry Potter, but I know it’s not REAL! LOL :)

  7. Jen E @ mommablogsalot says:

    I love it – I agree that sometimes I wonder if it’s really appropriate as a young adult read – but looking back on those years through this book was wonderful.

  8. Qtpies7 says:

    I have not read it, but my 16 and 17 year olds have read the entire series. I am not fond of the idea of them reading the books, but they are pretty grounded, smart Christian kids and I don’t see them getting caught up in it.
    But, I am extremely thankful for the books! Devon couldn’t read until sometime in the 5th grade due to mercury poisoning. He has struggled and struggled and struggled. Thanks to Twilight, he is an AVID reader. He reads for hours each night now. He has gone through the series several times, and it venturing into other books. I couldn’t be happier! Even if it is a Vampire series.

  9. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    Like you I have resisted the urge and have not read it. Maybe a trip to the library is in order!

  10. Lori Downs says:

    I havent taken n the plunge yet may have tooo soon!!

  11. TheAngelForever says:

    When I was stuck at home two summers, ago nursing my little guy, I kept hearing all about Twilight. I finally got them from the library. I never expected to like something about vampires. I was beyond pleasantly surprised. Like others have mentioned New Moon was my least favorite of the series. Love the author and hope to read her other book eventually. Tried it once, but ran out of time. Enjoy the rest :)

  12. Cathi says:

    I have.
    I too put off reading it but my curousity finally won out.
    I’ve read them all but the only one I really liked was the 1st one

  13. Margarita | On the Rocks | Lots of Salt says:

    Book 2 was my favorite. I like that it doesn’t have too much s-e-x for the younger audience, since it is in the teen section. All in all I think the series is a nice distraction from life.

  14. Heatherlyn says:

    I resisted too, because anything that EVERYONE likes must have something wrong with it. Right? Well, my HUSBAND bought the books to read and I was reading over his shoulder. Once I had started, I had to finish. And, in fact, finished all 4 books (plus there is a partial manuscript draft called midnight sun, online, which is very good and it is the first book from Edward’s point of view. It is very good. Anyway) in 2 days and then reread them. I’ve never reread a book before in my life before that time. And reread them again. I read the books 4 times in one week. The plot was very interesting. I enjoyed them immensely. They have far less to do with vampires and are far more about love and universal questions about life and relationships. I thought, the books just got better with each one. So, despite myself, I am now a believer.

  15. angela says:

    my daughter loves these books and has read the first two in the series in one week. THis is great as she has found something that she can not put down. GOod reading

  16. Shelley K says:

    I, too, was a bit hesitant about reading them. Once I started to read though, I was hooked. I wanted to know–what happened next?? I agree that I don’t really know if I would recommend it for really young readers. As with anything else, I guess, it would be something you would want to monitor with your teens. (Yeah, right, huh??)

    But, the MAIN story is truly just about love. Sort of like a modern Romeo and Juliet…yes there are vampires and warewolves around..but so far they haven’t caused too much trouble (I am only on book #2)

  17. Sues2u2 says:

    Well, Kailani, you’re ready now for the teen set! I actually loved them. I thought that while they weren’t literary geniuses they are a very entertaining read. I have read all of the subsequent books & even her venture into adult fiction w/ “The Host” (although I did find that one very slow going initially).

    I would & have, heartily recommended this book to all adults & older teens. I agree that I would prefer my kids to be older teens when they read it. I’ve been putting my 6th grade son off reading it so far. Oh & my nephew read it when it first came out & I think he was 12 – 13 & he loved them (which really surprised me). They just have a very universal appeal, don’t you think?

  18. Renee says:

    It’s all the craze with a bunch of the moms I know. One mom has seen the movie about 8 times so far.
    DD isn’t interested in it…It is a bit over her head actually…I believe it is more for a 16y/o or even older.
    I haven’t read it yet…so if you wanna pass it along I would be happy to take it off your hands. ;)
    I know when I worked the Scholast book sale we had tons of folks looking for it and while we had the book we didn’t have them for sale because they were needed to fill orders. Most folks were okay with that and they snatched up the other books in the series instead.

  19. Melissa says:

    I ended up buying them all.
    I ended up selling them all on eBay :)
    They were okay, but not something I felt I would read again… Twilight was the best out of the 4 books. Did NOT like the last book. And book 3 just felt like filler… I have more opinions… STRONG opinions about Edward, but I won’t share them before you’ve finished the series :)

  20. Summer says:

    This was my take after book three:

    And I still feel the same. :)

  21. The Social Frog says:

    I have been refusing to read it, I am still holding out. As of right now I still have no plans to ever read it, but who knows eventually. I am glad you enjoyed it though. I still feel it is geared towards the teens but since I have not read it all the way through I could be wrong.

  22. Carey says:

    I have not read Twilight yet, but it is on my list to read. I was never interested in reading it, and still not that much, but my daughter has read it and loves it, and I want to see what its all about, so im on the same page(or somewhat same page) as her.

  23. Holly Schwendiman says:

    It’s time to talk dear!


  24. Lisa in California says:

    I feel the same way you did, and have not read it. I don’t plan to read it either. There are several books on my list that I would rather spend my precious free time reading. I’m glad you found it enjoyable, it’s just not my genre.

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  26. Carolyn Reed says:

    Hi…I was introduced to this series in January 09. When the movie came out I had no idea what it was all about, I thought it had to do with some t.v. series. Anyway, my girlfriend said I had to read it and gave me book one. When I finally picked it up I had finished it in 3 nights of reading and was ABSOLUTELY HOOKED. So I then read the next 3 books in about a week and a half of night reading (after kiddos are in bed, etc.) and let me tell you my work suffered for that week and a half because I was so tired. I do agree that this is not for young teens, my 10 year old is desperate to read it but I’m holding her off of that for quite sometime. Can’t wait S.M. to finish the 5th book!

  27. Jenni Jiggety says:

    I loooooved those books. So enjoyable to read and get wrapped up in!

  28. illahee says:

    i haven’t read any of them. maybe a benefit of living out here in the middle of nowhere… lol

  29. Kari says:

    I’m a huge Twilight fan! I will say, that the third and fourth books, especially, maybe aren’t appropriate for some younger readers. I struggled with letting my seventh grade daughter read them, but, I felt like she was mature enough and we talked about them enough together that it was okay for her. Let us know what you think of the other books.

  30. witchypoo says:

    I’m still holding out. I don’t want to get sucked in.

  31. Stephanie says:

    I love the series. I just started the last book yesterday.

  32. BlapherMJ says:

    I didn’t have the chance to read it, but did see the movie with my oldest daughter (a huge Twilight fan!). I know what you mean about hoping they end up together…. I’ll be reading the other three books!

  33. Pamela says:

    No. Maybe someday.

  34. Debbie says:

    lol I felt the same thing when my neice(15) brought it to me two years ago. Nope, I said, not into dark,vampires,etc..then a few ladies in BN bookstore
    told me more about it and they were my age. Hmmm..okay. So I read book one in two days like you! And went back and bought the second book. I’ve read all the books and went to the movie by myself last year. I was surrounded by young girls/moms and a few guys.
    I rambled on here, but I got hooked! I was pleased there wasn’t profanity and blood and gore. Well written. Glad you like it! Enjoy the rest! :)

  35. HeatherY says:

    I’m not much into vampires and such but everyone is raving about it. Maybe I’ll have to give it a look.

  36. Mama Bub says:

    I resisted for a while and didn’t want to like it, but I got sucked in. I read books 2-4 in one week and then HAD to see the movie. And I liked it. AND? I’m reading the unreleased draft online of the rewrite of Twilight from Edward’s perspective. It’s hard to resist.

  37. Forgetfulone says:

    Love stories do nothing for me. It was too mushy and gooey. Besides, I don’t really think SM is a very good writer. All the teens love it, but I can leave it. I also read the host. Not much better, but at least it’s written for adults. She’s too wordy. Definitely not a fan here.

  38. diana/sunshine says:

    i was like you- adamant that i wasn’t going to read a series on vampires. i try not to judge, but had a hard time understanding why anyone – young or old, would want to read about vampires.

    but then i agreed to go to the movie with my daughter. i hardly ever turn down a movie and figured this was something i could do for my daughter (she’s the one that bugged me the most to read the books).

    i didn’t “love” the movie like her and so many others, but enjoyed it and found myself intrigued with the characters and more of the story. i found myself wanting to read at least the first book. which i now have. i will read the rest of the series but over a period of time. i don’t have a need to “devour” them.

    i don’t see a big problem with younger readers reading it. edward is a polite and caring beau and the relationship between he and bella has remained pure. compared to other books young people are reading, this one is pretty mild and has good morals.

  39. Amanda says:

    Another one succumbs to the dark side. I have had no desire to read the books. I picked up one, briefly leafed through it, and couldn’t get past the writing style. It’s not for me. Hard to beat Anne Rice when it comes to vampire stories.

  40. maria says:

    I LOVE scary stories, and loved all the Anne Rice vampire books, but cheesy love stories get to me. SO I have put off reading these, because once I start something I get obsessed with finishing. I think I may like parts of it, but roll my eyes at others.

    Anyone else feel/felt this way, but read them anyway?

  41. ciara says:

    i think your blog ate my comment lol

  42. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor says:

    Wow, I thought I was the only one left who had not read the book yet! Looks like I’m going to have to go get it soon. I’m feeling so left out of the school ground discussions with all the other moms! ;-)

  43. Jeannie says:

    I’ve wanted to read it just haven’t!!!! I’m glad to hear you liked it!!!! I feel the same way as you….I didn’t know if I would really be into it?!?!?

  44. groovyoldlady says:

    Haven’t read it; probably won’t.

  45. Dee says:

    i read the first two books, I had the same reservations as you did.
    It’s an interesting story line, but some things bug me.

    There’s a lot of ” his icy fingers touched her lips” and my favorite word that the author uses a lot. “glowered” LOL

    But I will read the next two books that are out now, But I’m finishing up another series at the moment

  46. Ladybird says:

    I have read all four books. The first was by far my favorite. By the end, it was a little strange. I am not a fan of dark stuff, but I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so everyone kept telling me that I would love this books too.

  47. Kari says:

    Welcome to the addiction, woman!! :) LOVED them and couldn’t stop til I was DONE!!! :D Enjoy!

  48. jaime says:

    I read all 4 books in a week. I resisted it for awhile and then I got sick and needed something to read… it’s not so much about the vampire thing as the story of bella and edward, which i loved.

  49. Heather C says:

    I have to say, I resist series, only because I don’t want to wait for the next release, a la Harry Potter. Someone gave me a copy of the first book, thus I did the same thing with the remaining books after I read the first one (downloaded ebooks) – - finished all four in three days. My husband was relieved when I finished, as I would go back to cooking and sleeping. haha.
    There were some problems, from my point of view (like, okay, yes, he’s beautiful, we get it), but all in all, a good series. I can’t wait until she puts out the first book from Edward’s point-of-view. Sweet!

  50. Ginny says:

    I started reading it in the summer & enjoyed it. My 11 year old is currently reading it. She got it for christmas though & is only about 70 pages in, lol. She hates reading, i was hoping this book would help her enjoy it more.

  51. Connie says:

    I’ve not read it for the same reasons you hadn’t. I’m still not convinced it’s for me. I’m hoping to hold out, but who knows :)

    Thanks for sharing.


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