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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jumping on the Bandwagon

When a book or series of books becomes so popular as to cause a virtual frenzy, I try to stay away... think Harry Potter... but peer pressure (every one discussing the book they've read) eventually draws me in... I admit to having read the entire Harry Potter Series to date...

Now enter Twilight. I know... I know... I have fought the raging river of popularity for 3-years...but was finally pulled under... I found the first book in the series at a thrift store... I have difficulty passing up a good bargain on a book...

 Now, perhaps, you're wondering what I think about this book. I understand the fervor over Twilight. It's a good story, well told by an author, Stephenie Meyer, that knows how to write. Writing in a first person narrative, Ms. Meyer does a wonderful job describing and defining her characters. Now, while some of the story is way out there (it is a fantasy love story about a vampire), it's spirits you along with the characters... mainly Bella (from whose perspective we read) and Edward, her vampire Romeo.

A good fairytale fantasy for sophisticated (mature) readers...
Enjoying the fairytale, down here in French Lique...

14 comments:

KBeau said...

I have to admit that fantasy has never had much appeal for me. When I taught English, a lot of my students read the Tolkein books for book reports. I just couldn't get into them.

I read the first Harry Potter. It was okay, but it didn't grab me.

I've heard about the "Twilight" rage, but I just don't think I'm interested. However, maybe I should take a cue from you and try it.

Anne B. said...

Welcome to the club....it is fun!

bj said...

Mornin', Dixie...
Oh, yes...I think we all love a good fairy tale and Twilight is one of them. I haven't read the book...too busy on this blasted machine...but I saw the first movie with grands and, expecting to be goofy, I was pleasantly surprised. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed it very much..and the grands ? Well, when we walked out, the oldest one, 12, said, "Well, Memaw, I think I am in LOVE!" :)

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

My sister read the entire Twilight series. She talked me into reading the first book. My problem? I was just getting into the Mitford Series by Jan Karon when I picked up Twilight. Ick. I could appreciate the characters and writing in Twilight. But, I was ready to get back to the maturity and realistic Mitford the minute I finished that first Twilight. Funny. I, like you, resisted for quite some time. Will you read the next book? ~Mindy

Ann said...

Rofl.NOT only did I resist for three yrs but I actually criticized grown woman for reading "teenager crap". Yeah, I was pretty nasty about it.
Until... I saw the movie and then that very night ran out to buy not just the first book but all of them.
In two weeks time I had read the entire series. I'm hooked and in love with Edward.
Oh well, what can I say!

SmilingSally said...

I enjoyed Twilight, but NOT Harry Potter, so your instincts are still good.

Keetha Broyles said...

Hubby read both Harry and Twilight - - - me, not so much.

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh, but I DO read - - - I love Bodie Thoene, Jan Karon, W. Dale Cramer, and others!

Joy said...

My daughter read all the Twilight book and loved them. I read to page 13 of the first one. My daughter is annoyed I didn't read it. I guess its not my genre, but I did watch the movie with her.

Glad you enjoyed it. You held out a long time.

Joy

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

All my DIL's have read the whole series and saw the movie, I must admit I haven't but am planning on giving it a try...I love fantasy, even though my Niece tells me I'm letting the Devil into my life by reading it. I believe we are old enough to know the difference in real and fantasy.
Glad you enjoyed it. I didn't read the Harry Potter books, but did enjoy all of the movies.
Molly

mbkatc230 said...

I resisted the Harry Potter series also. But then I decided to try it, as I was impressed with anything that could get kids to read. And I'm glad I did. I'm not usually one for the fantasy genre, but the story hooked me from the get go and I was totally able to suspend disbelief. And I still want to see a quiddich match lol. Haven't decided to try this one yet, but our reading lists are very similar so I think I might give it a try on your recommendation. Thanks! Kathy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I such a long list of books that I want to read. I've seen people who cannot pull themselves away from Twilight, so I'm afraid to get started. Thanks for the review. laurie

Laura said...

Haven't read it but bought the series for my niece who loved it! First time visiting...lovely fun blog..will be back to visit again!

Candy said...

We did have a good time hitting all the thrift stores, well, most of them. I have been wanting a certain something for a long time and they it was in you booth. Well I grabbed it and headed for check out. Thanks!
Glory B was happy to see us and we gave her your HI!
Blessings ;-)