Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the dates or any of the set up things I normally do in a post, so I’m just going to jump into the story. Also unlike my other posts, I am not going to give you a synopsis, simply because I gave a synopsis for Twilight in this post, so check that out if you want to know what happens. But, this is the story of Twilight from Edward’s perspective, so the overall purpose of this novel is to provide an unique viewpoint of the original series.

The beginning of this novel is a little rough mainly because Edward is trying to battle the “monster” inside of him. There is a lot of aggressive and crude descriptions of violent attacks. We had some idea of how bad these thoughts were from Twilight, but it is a completely different thing reading his plans from his head. But above all of that, I think the way that he portrays Bella in his head gave me a completely different perspective on her personality than the original Twilight books. I always looked at her as selfish, mainly because she described her feelings of Edward as simply not being able to live without him, so I never took the things she said as an act of thinking beyond herself. Having Edward piece together things I never did opened up my eyes to a completely different way of looking at the books, even if I still think there are aspects that are weird.

When it comes to their relationship, I didn’t think that his point of view enhanced the original story at all. In fact, I prefered only knowing Bella’s point of view at this part. The only part that I think really was enhanced by Edward’s thoughts was when James began his tracking in order to kill Bella. I don’t want to give a whole lot of details about this part, mainly because it is so incredibly unique to what we knew from Bella, but it completely changes how I look at New Moon in relation to the series.

So is it worth it? I think that the overall answer is yes, but that there are a lot of sections that I don’t think add anything to the series. I will also say that I truly do not think that we need Edward’s perspective on any of the other books, and that I hope she doesn’t do this to any of the other books. I even thought about whether or not we need a Jacob book for New Moon, and it boils down to no. There is nothing else that I really think Meyer will be able to add to the overall series the way that this particular book did. I realize that I never rated the series, but as an addition to the series, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you just picked up this book and had no idea what was going on, probably 2.5 out of 5 stars.

But as always, if you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Well, well, well. So here’s a way to tell how old I am, the book Breaking Dawn came out while I was in middle school (my best guess is 7th or 8th grade based on memory, based on released date, I am going to guess that it was probably 7th grade), and I remember this because it was a banned book at my school. But to give you guys an idea of how long I have had these books, my Twilight book (which had to be from middle school since I distinctly remember reading it on the bus) still has the Borders barcode on the back. Yep, ladies, gents, and nonbinary folks, I’m that old.

My plan for this month is to read the original 4 novels (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn), The Life and Death of Bree Tanner, Life and Death, and Midnight Sun. There are works that have come out of these novels (including the Fifty Shades of Grey series), but I will not be focusing on these this month (or really ever).

I have read the original 4, and I have seen the movies, but I have not read any of the other books. Very recently (August of 2020), Stephenie Meyer recently released Midnight Sun, which is the book Twilight, but from Edward’s perspective. It has definitely been awhile, so hopefully these are as good as I remember from when I was a young’un.

Twilight

Isabella (Bella) Swan is forced to move to Forks, WA to live with her father after her mother’s new husband is working on finding a new job.  Having moved from always sunny Pheonix, AZ, Forks is an incredibly depressing landscape. Since this is such a small town, Bella becomes the talk of every conversation, leading to teenage drama galore.

And look, this town has some weird characters. There is this family called the Cullens, and they are incredibly beautiful, they talk to no one, and there is this dude named Edward who is the sulkiest and attractive-est of them all. So, when Bella and Edward meet, obviously things take an interesting turn.

Turns out, Edward has a secret. He survives off the blood of animals. Yes, dear reader, he is a vampire. Dun, dun, dun. Now, to normal people, this probably would be a red flag. But for our dear Bella, this leads to a really toxic and uncomfortable relationship. But when a group of vampires come into town and catch Bella’s scent, we go on a wild ride trying to hide from the tracker.

New Moon

 So after the vampire adventures of the last book, Edward starts to believe that maybe he is putting Bella in too much danger. To make matters worse, Bella got a paper cut at her birthday party and ended up in stitches. Edward goes “oh that’s crazy, maybe I should leave” and he tells her in the middle of the woods and then abandoned her.

Bella went bat-poop. She became catatonic (because that’s a normal reaction), and for months, she essentially becomes unable to function. Her dad gives her an ultimatum, get yourself together, or I’m shipping you back to your mom in Florida.

At this point, Bella starts trying to get her life back in order. She begins to realize that when her life is in danger, she hears Edward’s voice, which is a totally normal thing and not a sign of overdependence. Bella ends up finding a couple of motorcycles, and goes to her childhood friend, Jacob, to rebuild them.

A lot happens and also not a lot happens, but when we break down to the exciting parts, we learn that Jacob turns into a werewolf, and that this is a part of his heritage. Also, Jacob helps pull Bella out of her depression, but their friendship leads to a weird extreme sports competition.

Anyway, Bella jumps off a cliff. Yea, it’s a thing. Anyway, Edward thinks that she died, and now he is headed to Italy to do the only type of suicide that vampires know. And of course, Bella has to save him, because this is a romance saga after all.

Eclipse

There are a lot of deaths in nearby Seattle, and that has Bella’s father, Charlie, on edge. And with Edward back and Bella on essentially house arrest, there is a lot of tension going on. Charlie decides to take Bella off her house arrest as long as she spends time with more people than just Edward and the Cullens. Due to the whole werewolves vs vampires thing, Edward doesn’t want her anywhere near Jacob.

So this becomes a whole thing, and Bella starts sneaking around so that she can get her sweet sweet Jacob fix. Anyway, so we figure out that the stuff that is going on in Seattle is caused by newborn vampires. Someone is trying to form an army in order to hurt the Cullens, the werewolves, but most importantly, Bella.

Now, on top of all of this, we spend the entire book grasping with Bella’s future change, and her upcoming graduation. Add on that a dash of potential werewolf love, and we got ourselves a book about dilemmas and the choices we make during them.

Breaking Dawn

 Okay, so Bella and Edward get married. And after people get married, they tend to go on a honeymoon, and that honeymoon includes some adult times. No one thought that a vampire could get a human pregnant, but surprise! Bella gets pregnant.

We spend the first half of the book getting to the point where Bella gives birth to her daughter, Renesmee. We then spend the second half of the book preparing the Cullens and friends for the unfortunate arrival of the Volturi when they find out that there is a child in the mix.

The series as a whole

Okay, I have a lot of opinions on this one. I was 12 when I first read these books, and I was in high school when most of the movies came out. Genuinely, the fandom related to these books is a lot of my childhood. HOWEVER, now that I am looking at these books as an adult, they aren’t as good as I used to remember. I have a lot of problems with these books, which I plan to talk about this month, but I just can’t look past those things in my head.

With all of that being said, let’s talk about what these books do right. Firstly, these are a really good baby step into the YA world. Keep in mind, these books do not have explicit language or sexual content (although there are some scenes in Breaking Dawn that imply sexual situations, Meyer doesn’t describe the actual sex like some other YA books), so they are okay for the younger end of the YA spectrum. There are some things I picked up that have slightly sexual connotations, specifically a scene in Twilight where Edward swipes a tear from Bella’s face and then sucks it off his finger, but I can guarantee that younger young adults probably wouldn’t have picked that up. Secondly, we all need a Charlie. Write this down parents, be the person who your child can’t imagine losing, even if it means that they can’t tell you everything about their choice (or lack thereof). Support your child through their sexuality, their gender identity, and/or their partner choices.

I’m going to be spending the rest of the month trashing these books, so I’m going to leave this here. But, uh…. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!