Page 249, exactly halfway through this book. It’s been a long time coming, but once I got going I have to agree that it is difficult to put down!
I first heard about the Stephenie Meyer books about a year ago. A friend and former coworker of mine often discuss books and craft projects we might be working on. She is the one that mentioned these Stephenie Meyer’s books to me. I had not heard of them and when she mentioned they were geared toward a teenage audience that made them even less appealing to me. She excitedly exclaimed they were supposed to be making a movie out of it and she couldn’t wait! So, went to the bookstore to check them out.
‘ About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him-
And I didn’t know how dominant that part might be-
That thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”
I read on the back of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ book.
Yuck, it sounded silly, too fictitious and too fairytale-like. I had been reading memoirs as of late and just couldn’t see myself getting into anything fictional at the time.
I wasn’t too surprised months later to see a young coworker reading a copy of ‘Twilight’. She seemed to be enjoying it very much, but then again, she was closer to the audience it was written for. I asked if I could borrow it when she was done. It didn’t take her long to finish; I think she read it in 2 or 3 days.
I began the book with high hopes, curious and eager to see why this would appeal to women in their 40’s and 50’s.
The story starts out pretty uneventful, with Bella, who’s mother recently remarried, moving out of state to go live with her father in another state and finish the last of her high school years there.
I read about that much of the story, which was only about the first 5 pages. It wasn’t drawing me in and I wanted to go back to reality. I returned to reading the memoir I’d recently started, leaving ‘Twilight’ at my desk for weeks. I even tried returning it to my coworker telling her I didn’t think I’d get around to it. Having already read it she was in no hurry to get it back and insisted I hang onto it. So, there the book sat for a while longer.
Then, with the release of the movie and the few previews I caught sight of, my interest was peaked! What really did it for me was hearing a clip of it on the radio while riding into work one morning. It was that scene where Edward and Bella are in the woods and she’s talking about how he never eats, moves really fast, and has super human strength. She asks how old he is, and he says’ he’s seventeen, and been seventeen for a while. Then he forces her to admit what he is and to say it out loud, wanting to know if she was scared!
Somehow, that mental visual gave me a little bit of adrenalin and I decided to pick the book up again and give it another stab. I knew now that I’d want to see the movie, but I wanted to read the book first so the movie wouldn’t ruin it by taking too much of a turn from the true story.
I must say, that at this point, halfway through the book, I have a very good idea of why this book appeals to both young and older women. A quote from the back of the ‘Twilight’ book says it best: “DEEPLY SEDUCTIVE AND EXTRAORDINARILY SUSPENSEFUL,…”
Without giving away any of the storyline, I can tell you that Stephenie Meyer does an exceptional job of illustrating the emotions between these two young people. Her descriptions of Edwards’s beauty and perfection are so intense that it easily sends shivers throughout ones body. It also brings back those teenage feelings of a really bad crush that you thought were gone for good! The intensity of sitting near someone you’re attracted to and trying to contain yourself. Looking for that person in each class and secretly spying him out in the cafeteria. Oh, and ladies, the way he treats her and watches out for her! Plus he always says just the right things!!!
So, at this point in the book, I’ve pretty much gotten Bella figured out, and now that she and Edward have finally come together and she has handled the news of his ‘condition’ with surprising ease, it’s time to find out more about the workings of that gorgeous hunk, Edward and the challenges he faces. It’s difficult for me to understand how he could be attracted to Bella, yet want to kill her at the same time. I know he doesn’t really want to kill her; he just, instinctively wants to suck her blood.
A couple of other unanswered questions I have are about his siblings, their wealth, and why for heavens sake they are even bothering to attend high school if they’ve been alive for so long and most likely gone through it or even experienced history in person.
Then, there is also, the issue of the Native American legend and the ‘deal’ they made long ago with the ‘cold ones’. What happens when Bella’s Native family friends learn of her relationship with Edward?
I also suspect there is something going on with Bella’s father that he knows more about the Cullen, vampire family than Bella knows.
Most of all, I’m anxious to see how this relationship evolves. Bella is cute enough, but she doesn’t seem to be the prettiest girl Edward could have fallen for, that’s another thing that makes this story interesting and romantic for all women. Also, while Edward has to repeatedly ‘save’ Bella from getting hurt, she doesn’t come across as the token ‘helpless’ female, she is pretty mature and responsible at her young age. Bella appears to be an ordinary girl and sees herself as such, yet Edward is unable to ‘read’ her as he can most other people. So, is there something special about Bella as well?