About a month ago, I went by to help my sister fix her computer, and she was reading Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I laughed at her, having found the general Twilight obsession amongst the estrogen enriched population to be quite amusing. My sister said, “Remember when you made fun of everyone about the Harry Potter obsession? What happened when you finally read one? Yeah, this is the same situation.” My sister and I have very, very similar taste in both books and movies, so I decided to give it a shot.
A few days later, I got around to starting Twilight…and it was absolutely amazing! The story was unique, the characters were interesting, but most of all I was amazed by Stephanie Meyer’s ability to convey a story by describing sensory experiences. She makes sights, sounds, smells and emotions leap off the pages, dragging the reader, willingly or not, into an absolutely enchanting story. I bought and read all 4 books in less than a week. My wife had also never read the books, and quickly joined in a new obsession. We were hooked, eagerly anticipating the release of the movie.
This morning, my wife and I went to see the Twilight movie, and found it to be absolutely fantastic. Like most movies adapted from a book, it does not follow the storyline verbatim, but the essence that made the Twilight Saga so riveting to read was abundantly present in the visual presentation. While I was originally skeptical about the casting of the movie, all of the characters played their parts marvelously. Nothing important was left out, and the visuals were masterful. The Cullen’s home was just as I pictured it. The baseball game rocked!
One thing that I found amusing…the ratio of women to men at the theater was probably 50:1. While I understand that the romantic part of these books (Edward 🙂 ) appeals greatly to women, the story has everything a guy could want. Gorgeous women, hot cars, incredible action, vampires, werewolves, a plot….guys, take my word for it. If you like to read, READ THESE BOOKS! If you don’t like to read, then see the movie. It’s worth your time and money, hands down.
I’ve read thousands of books, and have a personal library well in excess of 10,000 books, and I can say hands down that the Twilight books are some of the best that I have ever read. Stephanie Meyer has literally performed a JK Rowling like miracle, having created, as a first time author, a saga that will continue in popularity for many, many years to come.
Thank you, Stephanie, for creating such a masterful work of art!
For those who have not yet experienced the magic of Twilight you can find the books here: