Twilight, the series that was equally loved and hated by people all over the world and has become a multimillion dollar franchise, is based on a relationship between a junior in high school and her vampire boyfriend. The relationship that ensues is one that no parent finds healthy, and yet every teen would give their mortality for it. The book originally inspired by a dream, became the dream for millions of young men and women, and has continually topped best-selling lists. This four book series has gained such popularity even parents have become engrossed in the story of Edward and Bella.
The story follows the taboo love of a vampire (Edward) and mortal (Bella). The novel is told in the first person, from Bella’s very shy and awkward viewpoint. The narrator comes off enraptured with Edward, and yet as a character she seems a bit…boring. She has no outstanding feature, intelligence, or aspect other than her brain appears to be unreadable to telepaths. This and only this is what inspires Edward’s fascination, and only through his dialogue can we see a glimmer of why he cares one iota for this slightly simpering character. As the story continues, we follow these two lives, their families, and of course another suitor, Jacob, who just so happens to be a werewolf. Interestingly enough, what follows is the general angst of teenagers, mixed with some mild fantasy. The first three books were written as one full story by Meyer, she had no idea what length a novel should be and so she had written a massive story which was then split into three parts. Once the publisher read the novel, however, they wanted a final book, thus producing Breaking Dawn, which doesn’t flow like the other three. The clunky way it forces its way to an ending is obviously forced and causes a bit of a challenge to finish.
Although Bella comes off as annoying, the story has many intriguing insights that makes the reader unable to put it down. Stephenie Meyer writes the ache and intense love between two people extremely well, even if character development is lacking. Any reader who has been in a deep relationship where the world falls away and every feeling is enhanced will understand the allure of these novels. The pain and struggle of this couple is all too real for those who have loved and lost, making it easy to root for the happy ending that Breaking Dawn, the final of the four books, provides. The draw this couple has leads to night sneaking into bedrooms and leads to a list of lies that Bella feeds her father to continue her relationship. These messages are the ones that are wrong, yet readers gloss over those and put it down to love, not bad decision making.
Although the novels are definitely a fluff love story, riddled with messages best not learned by our children, Meyer manages to have glimpses of insight. She touches on the subjects of kismet, soulmates, and the irrevocability of true love. She captures the small moments of love and brokenness perfectly, like she has captured them in jars and spills them down onto the page for us to find throughout the pages of her work. Its relatable reading which makes it so incredibly popular.
As a writer Meyer has slowed, with only five novels to her name, she seems to have stopped writing altogether for now; however, she has made a lasting impression on the reading world with her Twilight series. Oddly, the author manages to create a passionate series, that pours the hearts of these two characters out and it’s still chaste. So even though she may be a one series wonder, she still has some serious writing talent and assures that Meyer will continually gain a following.