I love my Sony eReader so much that I decided to load it up full of books (purchases, author reviews, and library loans) prior to leaving Canada last month. I had around six electronic novels waiting to be read and I thought I would be set.*
One of the books I brought along, electronically speaking, was Twilight by Stephenie Meyers. Twilight has such a bad reputation - before purchasing it on my Sony eReader account I ummed and awwed while wondering if I really wanted to bridge into the universe of Twilight. I remembered reading one chapter after the first movie was released and deciding it just wasn't for me. Was it time for me to revisit this book?
I had heard a lot about Twilight, YA, and teenagers after a year of library school where we are taught to 'know' our patrons' needs. Twilight was discussed as many people's secret (as in: "oh I read that, it's so good and addictive, but such bad prose"). Occasionally people mentioned the weak female lead character and what that could represent to female youth. There is a lot of buzz on Twilight in library school and I figured I might as well try it out again on a long, 9.5 hour flight.
I finished reading Twilight last night. It is definitely a quick read and extremely addictive. I was surprised that I craved to read another chapter, to find out where the story ends. I want to read the other books in the series but have yet to locate copies.
I think Twilight is so addictive because it is something so many young females dream of -- what unpopular girl wouldn't crave to move to a new school where boys shower her in attention, make instant friends, and fall in love with a supernaturally handsome guy? Minus the fact that vampires and big fight scenes are involved, and you are left with an interesting and twisting love story. I think that is what drew me into this book.
* Sidenote: I, being the bookworm that I am, ended up buying thirteen books while in England. So many books, in fact, that my carry-on bag had to be emptied at the airport before departure due to weight!
Meyers, S. (2008). Twilight. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.