Why are bad boys so attractive?
Synopsis: While on an outing to the beach, Bella learns the Cullens are possibly vampires. It’s ancient Native American legend, and Bella believe this may explain Edward Cullen’s looks and behavior. After some online vampire research, Bella becomes more confused and curious about Edward, who continues to haunt her dreams. On a girls’ trip to Port Angeles, Bella is separate from the group and gets lost. Finding herself on the “wrong side of the tracks” being stalked by four men, she is once again saved by Edward who seems to have followed her to the town. (Note: I have been to Port Angeles several times and there is no “wrong side of the tracks” in that one-horse town.) Edward finally reveals his true nature and surprise! He’s a vampire. The two begin spending a lot of time together, despite Edward’s repeated warnings about his dangerous nature.
I wasn’t planning on writing back to back chapter reviews, but this book is a fast, easy read.
As we age, most of us realize the bad boy (let’s call him Mr. Fixer Upper) requires a lot of maintenance. A fixer upper is bound to have breakdown after breakdown and this gets old real fast. But at 17, the bad boy is so alluring. Edward is the perfect bad boy; not the kind who smokes behind the school, or has a tattoo, but one who kills and stays alive by imbibing blood. Wow! How gosh darn exciting for a 17-year old girl like Bella!
In chapters six through ten Edward still smolders and Bella still stumbles around like a clumsy, lovesick teenager. But as the story unfolds, it gets a little easier to overlook Meyer’s silly style. Although, I am truly tired of Edward’s continually smirking.
According to the dictionary, smirk means “to smile in an affected, smug or offensively familiar way.” I think Meyer is using it to mean the last definition, “offensively familiar way,” however, I’m not sure exactly because it doesn’t seem to fit well with the character she has developed for Edward.
Why didn’t an editor take a red pen to this manuscript? If someone would have taken out all the smirking, smoldering, and snickering, “Twilight” would be a much tighter read, and probably considerably shorter.
I must admit, despite the dreadfully flawed writing, I am ever so slightly caught up in the story. So if you comment, don’t be a spoiler!!
A commenter from my last “Twilight” post, wrote “Do we over-analyze a piece of chocolate when we eat it? No.”
“Twilight” isn’t quite as good as chocolate. I’d say it’s more like a bag of greasy chips I just can’t seem to stop eating.