This isn't so much a review, but just some of my thoughts on 'The Twilight Saga'. Nevertheless, this may contain spoilers, so if you haven't read any of the books, then you might want to look away now!
Nearly everyone knows the story of 'Twilight',whether
they have read the books/ seen the films or not, but basically this is
about a teenage girl called Bella, who moved to Forks to live with her
father Charlie. At high school she meets Edward Cullen, a boy who she
falls in love with and who, Bella discovers is a vampire. Mix that with a
best friend Jacob who is a werewolf and is also in love with Bella and
you have the basic plot for the saga.
However, even though I know that this collection of books are fantasy and
could not possibly happen, there are a few things that 'The Twilight Saga'
should be criticized for. Firstly, I think the writing is extremely
poor. Meyer's vocabulary is limited and unimaginative. For example,
every type of emotion is described as 'sanguine' and I found that I
became extremely frustrated by the endless use of this word. Just
because her novels are aimed at a younger audience, that doesn't mean
that Meyers' audience is unable to understand more complex language. I
know it may be unfair to compare 'The Twilight Saga' with 'The Hunger Games Trilogy', but Suzanne Collins adds diverse, exciting use of language for the same age group, so why not Meyer?
I also found that Meyer lacked ability to write decent speech between
her characters. Characters reactions to what people are saying to them,
are often over dramatic and downright childish. Quite often characters
start conversations that are supposedly serious, but actually end up
going around and around in circles, without the characters having said
anything at all. This I found very frustrating, because I don't feel
that many of the conversations drove the story forward.
Writing style aside, the point that I wanted to talk about in this post,
was how disturbed I felt when reading this series. Edward and Bella's
relationship is seen as forbidden and romantic, but I think something
much more sinister running throughout it. On many occasions, in my
opinion, Bella and Edward's relationship borders on abusive. Not
physically, but their relationship shows classic signs that Bella is
being controlled by Edward. Particularly in 'Eclipse',
Bella is held against her will by Edward, with the pretext that he is
worried for her safety. Also Edward will only let Bella she her best
friend Jacob, only on his terms. Edward insists
that he deliver Bella to designated place and even supplies her with a
mobile, so her can keep track of her. Then there is the fact that Bella
is made to feel guilty for everything she does and for keeping the
company of certain individuals, when in fact it's Edward that is the one
responsible for what is going on in the story. This a classic sign of
an abusive relationship.
On the positive side, Meyer also conveys the idea of astinence and the
love of a family, but is that enough to hide the darker messages that
she conveys in her writing? I'm not sure. All I know, is that 'The Twilight Saga' makes me feel quite uncomfortable.
Have you read this Saga? What are ypur thoughts on the messages it conveys?