Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer (2008)
YA Fiction | Paranormal Romance
“To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.
Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse– seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?” -Goodreads
How to write a review on the Twilight Saga…that is the question. Honestly, I suppose I shall have to write a two-part review for each book in the series: a) How I felt when I first read the books at age 12-14 and b) How I felt every other time I read the books. Yes. Yes that shall be my format for the following four Twilight Saga book reviews. Now let’s proceed.
pooled ink Review:
AGE 13: If every vampire in the world tells you that sex with a vampire is a bad and potentially deadly idea then you need to take their word for it. If a ghost that died from the Bubonic Plague and every doctor in the world told you that the Bubonic Plague was painful and terrible and more than potentially deadly then you should listen to them and stay away from it. Okay maybe this comparison between human-vampire sex and the Bubonic Plague doesn’t make a boat-load of sense but basically, Bella, you’re an idiot and you don’t know what you’re talking about and because of your ridiculousness honestly you probably gave Edward the most stressful and awkward honey moon in the world and you almost died which almost led to Edward dying and an all-out vampire-werewolf war plus a global vampire show-down. Bella, you need to get your priorities straight.
But it was pretty cool learning and meeting vampires from other parts of the country and world. Way cool. The intensity of Alice’s visions and the oncoming battle was insane and had me amped up from start to finish! This book is an epic conclusion to an epic romance.
AGE 16+: This book is the most awkward and disappointing thing to ever be seared onto the flesh of trees. It pushed me onto the verge of supporting book burning. The honey moon and baby part? Incredibly awkward beyond belief, also graphic and gross. The vampire battle? The most disappointing event that never happened in fictional history. Stephenie Meyer, GET OUT.
…Okay I’ve been spitting lots of hate and I feel a tad bad about it so I will say that I genuinely like the characters Charlie, Alice, and Carlisle, and Sam…and yeah I guess Jacob most of the time. I think Stephenie Meyer can write (maybe not as well as other authors but she’s not the worst) and she whipped these books out pretty quick and they’re definitely filled with a lot of imagination and creativity. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I really liked these books when I was 13 so I get it. But I grew up and it was like I took my head out of the sand and finally saw all the cracks and chipping paint and I began to develop my own mind and yeah I found issues with these books so no I’m not a fan anymore, lol clearly.
P.S. The movie Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is even more awkward than the book and also way more gross. The spinal snap? I still want to throw up. The movie Breaking Dawn, Part 2 is infinitely better than the book. The director made a clever choice, the audience’s collective gasp in the movie theater was priceless, and there was an epic vampire battle and I finally got to see them all die (well I felt bad about Carlisle because I actually like him…but yeah watching everyone else go down was glorious and I swear I could hear the trees cheering with sweet revenge on their fellows who had been cut down to make all of the Twilight books).