I have not read any of the Twilight books (because from what I’ve read here, they sound like they’re awful – like published Mary Sue fanfic), but out of curiosity I finally rented Twilight and I suppose I’ll go and see New Moon next week. I thought the movie wasn’t good but wasn’t bad, either – beautiful to look at, certainly, and it did a good job of introducing us to this lonely girl who falls in love for the first time. Still very Mary Sue, but okay. And yes, this 44-year-old found Mr. Pattinson very easy on the eyes – like a younger and prettier Brendan Fraser (and with a flawless American accent as well). Now then:
Why do Edward and his “siblings” have to go to high school over and over? That’s just cruel. He’s got a line about how it enables the family to stay in one area for a longer period of time or something, but I didn’t get it. What’s that you say? So he can meet Bella? Do they all get perfect grades because they’ve learned it all already, or do they goof up so as not to stand out too much? Wouldn’t it be easier to hide if they claimed all the kids were out of high school, and they all just kind of hung out at home or in the forest? I take it Carlisle is the only one who works, and he supports the whole family.
Incidentally, are the books written entirely from Bella’s point of view? Does she ask a lot of questions about the vampire world, or do we just have to pick it up as we go along?
Does Edward seem to be “stuck” at age 17 emotionally, or does he wobble between 17 and 108? I’d think someone who’s been around that long would find a 17-year-old tiresome (what do they talk about when they’re alone together?), but he seems to act like a 17-year-old himself much of the time. I kept thinking of this book, Tuck Everlasting, about a family that unwittingly drank from a spring that gives them all eternal life, but they stop aging right where they are, both physically and emotionally. So not only do they have to keep moving on and losing everyone they’re close to, but the 17-year-old boy in that story stays as a goofy teenager forever.
Is Bella supposed to be pretty mature for her age? I picked up some information about how her mom is kind of a flake and Bella was used to being the “grownup” with her. She calls her dad by his first name when she arrives, so I gather they’re not particularly close. I suppose such a girl might be especially vulnerable to a romance, especially one that involves difficulty or danger. She’s certainly intelligent enough to understand that she really is in danger being with Edward and yet she stubbornly sticks to her “I know you won’t hurt me” line. Poor Edward! She’s not really taking his position into account, is she? He’s the one who has to struggle to restrain himself when he’s with her. He must be even lonelier than she is, as well – endless years of being isolated from everyone (especially if he has to go to school and be “one of those weird Cullens,” being surrounded by silly teenagers whose thoughts he can read and yet be discouraged from getting close to any of them). OTOH I was a teenage girl once and if a boy who looked like Edward fell crazy in love with me, well…!
I saw the trailer for New Moon today and I wondered if or how much their relationship changes – do they start bickering about stupid stuff now? Anyway.
Any and all feedback appreciated.