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Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
by Stephenie Meyer
Amazon rating
Critique Circle rating 
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date2006-09-06 (added to CC 12 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank61
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Member Reviews
(18 Dec 2016)
Not the best book but not the worst. If you can get past Edward being mysognistic and unrealistic vampire lore then it's not too bad.
(28 Jun 2015)
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(8 Mar 2014)
The first time I read the series, I loved it. Then, after hearing dozens of people say how awful it is, I decided to read it again to remind myself that it's not as bad as everyone says it is. It's definitely not as good as I remembered it being, but it's hardly the worst piece of fiction out there.
(15 Jun 2013)
(19 May 2013)
(6 Apr 2013)
The Twilight series is spiked with something.
(27 Feb 2013)
I first read this book in high school and I could not put it down. I finished it in one night. Since then I have read it an additional 3 times and I enjoyed it each time as much as the first.
(7 Feb 2013)
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(19 Dec 2012)
The book is essentially sex between the author and reader. In my case it was rape. Like a train wreck, I felt a need to take in all it had to offer - even if it horrified me and left me worse off. The characters are blank, almost cookie cutter, shells of people but this serves a purpose. It allows the reader to thrust themselves into the mold of the character to experience the story in much the same way an action film does with it's equally shaky characters. The book could serve as a very interesting subject of study but in and of itself it is not something to cherish.
(8 Dec 2012)
(4 Dec 2012)
I definitely enjoyed the novel a lot more than the movies themselves, but that being said I still really liked the films. But generally the book is better than the movies, eh? At least in my opinion that's how it usually works out.
(1 Dec 2012)
I've always been in love with twilight.I'm just disappointed that the movie isn't as good as the book
(20 Nov 2012)
(19 Apr 2012)
(3 Apr 2012)
Well, if one comes to it with very low expectations, after all the hype, one gets the classic reaction: 'It isn't that bad . . .'

Seriously, didn't think it was awful, didn't think it was fabulous. Not a bad yarn. The one reaction I had that might be of interest: It struck me that Bella's redeeming virtue is her ability to accept an extraordinary premise and deal with it without constantly jibing at how unbelievable it all is, or freaking out, or failing to process it. She simply accepts, on sufficient evidence, the existence of vampires, and calmly sets out to learn the ground rules (at those times when she's not dizzy over Edward, of course). All the vamps are nonplussed by this reaction, and not surprisingly so. It may not make her an epic heroine, or an Action Girl, or even account for her mysterious attractiveness once she's transplanted to the Northwest, but it does give her more levelheadedness than I had anticipated.

Rick
(31 Dec 2011)
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(25 Sep 2011)
It has an interesting premise to the story, but it fails to live up to it. The characters end up being dull, the writing is empty and simple, and the fact that Stephanie Meyer dares to call them vampires is an insult to the mythical being world. Granted, it's better than the ones that follow, but it's still not worth reading in any way.
(25 Sep 2011)
I think the Twilight book was awesome, a lot better than the movie! Took me a while to read it, but I really enjoyed it. Bela can be a little weird at times, but aren't all teenager girls? I thought it was funny and almost cried at some parts, over all, a great book and one that I plan on reading over and over.
(20 Sep 2011)
(27 Jul 2011)
THe greatest compliment I can give this book is that I found it very readable. It has very good pace and kept me reading with its suspence. However It is the candy bar of the literary world — I was reading that when I should have been reading something of more substance.
(6 Jul 2011)
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(3 May 2011)
I personally don't like this book. As an above reader has stated, the book is amateurish and slow, and definitely equates stalking with love. I'll be nice and give it one star.
(18 Apr 2011)
(10 Apr 2011)
Terrible writing combined with the view that stalking equals love makes for a difficult read.
(20 Mar 2011)
(6 Mar 2011)
(31 Jan 2011)
Without ruining it for whoever hasn't read it, awsome book. Simple but you definently fall in love with the characters, personnely the end of the last book was a major let down though.....
(18 Dec 2010)
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(14 Jan 2010)
A slow-moving, grammatically incoherent pile of masochistic tripe penned by a cultist hack.
(27 Dec 2009)
The style of the prose is amateurish, and unpolished, but it is readable, and certainly not the worst thing I've ever read.
The basic storyline is decent, and the world-building is creative. My only problem was that, at almost any point in the book, I could have put it down, walked away, and I wouldn't have cared what happened.

This is due to the character of Bella, who is the book's greatest detriment and greatest strength (depending on the audience).

She has absolutely no personality. She has no real problems or conflict. Her only negative trait (clumsiness) comes across as more endearing than problematic. She secretly thinks she's smarter than everyone around her. She has a horrible self image. She falls in love with a guy, for no other reason than because he's "beautiful." (Could she have told us that one more time?) When she finds out that he's a psychopath, who can barely contain his desire to kill her, she doesn't flinch or even question her feelings for him. When she finds out that vampires cause their prey to be attracted to them, she, again, never questions her feelings. I'd say she's the ultimate unreliable narrator, except I don't think it was intentional.

Through the whole thing, I was constantly reminded of a woman in an abusive relationship, who's self image is so bad, that she can't bring herself to leave the guy who might one day kill her. That might make a good story in itself, but only if there's some change by the end. Bella never reached the point where she said, "This is crazy," and left Edward, and Edward never reached the point where he tried to kill her. If either one of those things had occurred, and then they reconciled on other terms, it would have been a more compelling story. As it was, the drama of the relationship was just a steady descent into blandness.

As for why it's loved by millions... Bella is the ultimate Mary Sue.

A teenage girl, reading this, can just insert herself into the role. She has no personality of her own to get in the way. She has no problems or conflict. Her only negative trait is endearing. She secretly thinks she's smarter than everyone around her. She has a horrible (but obviously incorrect) self image. Edward is the coolest guy in school, who suddenly falls in love with her, for no apparent reason, and she's transported to a fantasy world, leaving behind the pedestrian world of high-school, and the poor saps who inhabit that world.
(28 Jul 2009)
I think the cheesiness level is appropriate because this is a YA book. As an adult reader, the characters could have been more believable and less over-the-top, and the plot could definitely have moved quicker. That said, it was good enough to hook me into reading more into the saga, and I was glued to the further books (2 and 3.... don't even get me started on 4!). So, for what it's worth, I think this is an entertaining, "light" read.
(8 Jun 2009)
(5 Jun 2009)
I thought that this book doesnt deserve the high praise it has recieved worldwide. Its a chick-flit with depthless characters, is full of mary sues and gary stues and cheesy lines. I suppose it is an interesting read if you're considering a little comedy, because thats how I see it.
But then, thats just my opinion
(30 May 2009)
Most certainly does not receive the high praise it has received. My personal thoughts are that the critics who reviewed this book well were blindfolded, tied with cables and held at knife point by ferocious Twihards with sharp teeth and forced to write 'a compelling tale...ow, ow, not so hard! Okay, okay, a fantastic tale.'
The editor, of course, was a raving lunatic.
(7 May 2009)
(5 Feb 2009)
I loved it... this book is amazing and it is really easy to fall in love with th characters in the book
(1 Feb 2009)
This is definatly one of my all time favourite books... i can read it over and over again and still find different parts within the book that i hadn't noticed before... if your willing to sit and relax for a day then this is the prefect book to do that with... i have recommended to many many people and they have all thoroughly enjoyed it as much as i have... and i will keep recommending this series
(29 Jun 2007)
If you're feeling lazy, this is definitely a good book. Heavy with descriptions, with slow plot movement, but in this case, it's a good thing. The characters are fleshed out and believable.
(6 Jan 2007)
Technically a YA novel, but has a mass appeal beyond explanation.
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