Thanks to a glowing recommendation from Katie, I finally read Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, last weekend.
Isabella (Bella) moves to dreary Forks, WA to live with her father, while her mother goes off to travel with her new beau who plays baseball. When she begins school, she immediately feels out of place, but notices another group of kids that look even more separate than she does. They are all pale and beautiful, and noticeably never seem to eat. When Bella sits next to one of them in her next class, she soon finds herself falling for the handsome young man that behaves so strangely. Edward is a vampire. But after he saves Bella’s life more than once, she finds herself hopelessly in love with him.
Marketed to the young adult crowd, this romantic fantasy would appeal to most genre-loving adults as well. Of course, the subject matter is tamer than most vampire stories, which I find refreshing. And besides the intense, teenage romance, the story flowed well and kept me enraptured from beginning to end. The story centered on Bella and Edward pretty exclusively, so their characters were much more fleshed-out than the others. But Bella was easy to relate to. She has her insecurities and struggles like every other teenage girl. Her boyfriend just happens to be a bit different from the other boys.
I’m not at all surprised that Twilight made it to the NY Times Bestseller List. A bit of mystery, sweet romance, vampires, and an intense, suspenseful ending gives readers a bit of everything.