Two takes on “Twilight”

Paige Evers '22 and Becca Koch '22

Becca’s Review:
Twilight was both one of the worst and one of the best books I have ever read. It’s the principle of teenage literature. Cheesy romance, bad writing, and no plot other than the two main characters miscommunicating as they fall in love. Let’s be honest. No one is reading Twilight because it is good. There is something so comforting and inviting about how truly awful the book is. Despite everything wrong with it (and yes, there is a lot), I actually really liked Twilight. Sure, the characters are all either too perfect or deeply flawed, but it’s interesting. I couldn’t stop reading. I always had to know what was going to happen next. Bella and Edward are so completely unsuited for each other, but it works somehow. I am wholly invested in the saga now and will be continuing to read the rest of it. I give the book a 6/10. It did lose some points for the basics, like writing and character development, but also gained some because of how purely mind-numbing it is.

Paige’s Review
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer met the expectation of a corny romance between two rather odd characters. Almost everyone has heard of the Twilight series before, it’s another book series that can be compared to the Harry Potter series. Both have big fandoms and can fit into the fantasy fiction genre. But Twilight is about vampires and werewolves, rather than wizards and witches. In the novel, it follows the two main characters, Bella Swan, your average teenage girl and Edward Cullen, a vampire who is her on again off again lover. The whole plot of the book is a long tension between the characters where they go back and forth to speaking to not. I thought these two characters had a decent foundation, but as for the other characters, like Bella’s friends and Edward’s siblings, it was lacking. Either way, it is actually quite an enjoyable book if you can stand the tension between the characters, which everyone will have different opinions on. Personally, I don’t mind it. Therefore, I would rate the book at 7.5/10 and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good teen romance with a sprinkle of fantasy.