Stephanie Meyer: Twilight Saga series Part One

by Rachel Baker on October 11, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, I told you I’d received all four of the Twilight Saga Series books. I also told you I didn’t think I was going to get to them until after November.  Well, the draw was just too much.  I had to read them – had to know what the attraction was about.  Read all four of them over a period of four days.  The only time I stopped reading in four days was to eat, shower, and sleep for five hours each night/morning.

I couldn’t put the damn things down.  I wanted to, desperately!  But I couldn’t.  It was like I was a vampire and I ran across a human with the sweetest blood I’d ever smelled.  Totally bizarre behavior!

Did I like them though?  If I had to rate them on a 1-10 scale, where would they rate?  I’ve actually been asking myself this since I finished the last book, Breaking Dawn. 

Let’s lay out some inarguable facts:

  1. I read the books in four days.
  2. I wanted to read more of the story after I completed the last one.
  3. I’ve now been thinking about this saga for two weeks.

Here’s my conundrum:  I don’t know if these facts equal a positive review of the series.

In a quest to figure out what my overall thoughts on the Twilight Saga Series are, I did something I absolutely NEVER do…I read reader reviews prior to writing my own.  That’s not to say I don’t look through amazon and read reviews on books to decide if I want to read them or not.  I’m saying after I read a book, I don’t read other reviews until I’ve published my own.  I feel this is important as not to be swayed by other’s opinions on a specific book, because the review was fresh in my mind.

Which I’m sure leaves you with the question:  If you don’t read reviews prior to writing your own, how did you know there was a lot of hype about the Twilight Series?  Well, strange story… facebook brought them to my attention.  See, Facebook has an application called Flair – think TGIFriday’s waitstaff and their overalls with lots of flashy buttons.  I saw lots and lots of flair talking about how amazing Edward Cullen or Jacob Black was.  It was the oddest thing I’d ever seen.  So, I googled Edward Cullen and Jacob Black, found out who they were, saw the author’s name and went to her site.  Stephanie Meyer has a really informative site in regards to the “background” behind all four books.  You know what got me though?  The idea of a mormon writing books about vampires and werewolves.  I have no idea why that struck me, but it did.  So, Facebook Flair and Stephanie Meyer’s official website – sucked me right in.

Okay, back to reading reviews. I’ve read some really good reviews about the books, some really bad reviews about the books and some very interesting critisms about the books.  BUT…not a lot about the series.  This is a bugaboo of mine when it comes to books in a series.  It is incredibly shortsighted to write a review on ONE BOOK as if it were the only book in the series.  There are VERY few series where one book could truly stand on its own – Stephen King’s the Dark Tower Series definitely comes to mind.  And unfortunately, I don’t think the Twilight Saga Series is included in the list.

In all fairness to other reviewers, I read these books one right after the other. I went into this inquiry of mine knowing I was reading the whole series.  As far as I was concerned, I was reading something like three thousand words broken up into smaller books to make holding easier on my wrists. I’m not really sure I would have gone out of my way to read the subsequent books if I had to wait for each of them to be published.

I’m going to bring us back around to two questions:  Did I like the series?  If I had to rate them on a 1-10 scale, where would they rate?

My dear friends, the absolute honest answer is I’m just not sure.  So far, I’ve written more than four thousand words on the Twilight Saga Series by Stephanie Meyer, trying to break this down by what I thought of the characters, what I thought was the main draw of the books for young adults, and what I thought of each book.  What I’ve decided to do is take you on a journey through my thought process.  Over the next few days and (possibly) weeks, I’m going to publish a series of mini reviews discussing aspects of the Twilight Series I’ve spent time considering.  I’m hoping at the end of all this, I will be able to give you some definitive answer on what I thought of the whole series.

Twilight Book One New Moon Book Two Eclipse Book Three Breaking Dawn Book Four

To read Part Two (the main characters) of this review, click here

To read Part Three (Conflict) of this review, click here

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