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Twilight By Stephenie Meyer February 28, 2010

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The following video is a requested review of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I discuss the different attitudes towards Twilight, as well as reviewing the novel.
Click here to read my written review of Twilight.


A film/book comparison: Twilight July 24, 2009

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Twilight the Film vs Twilight the Book

Twilight the Film vs Twilight the Book

Twilight the book by Stephenie Meyer has hit the ground running and not stopped, becoming more and more successful as its fame increases tenfold. The film, therefore, has shared a great portion of this fame, with the entire fan-base on the edge of their seats as they anticipated, watched, re-watched, bought and repeated the film.

The film, starring Kristen Stewart as Bella, and Robert Pattinson as Edward, was directed by Catherine Hardwick and produced by Summit Entertainment, and is said

to have had input from Stephenie Meyer.

Overall the film is very close to the book, often using direct quotes (“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” “I hadn’t ever given much thought to how I would die…” etc.), and taking into consideration the greatly detailed descriptions to perfect the scenery and the action.

The book manages to entrance the reader extremely well, stealing them from the real world and not letting them go. The intense relationship of Bella and Edward is beautiful, realistic and inspiring, and this is held onto with unbelievable strength by the self-proclaimed “Twilighters”. It also has very deep characters with flaws, strengths and different ideas and thoughts which allow the reader to truly imagine the story.

The plot is thick and complex, allowing an interesting and gripping read, whilst the chapters all have excellent, intimate description which increases the power of the novel.

The film has excellent chemistry between Bella and Edward, where the viewer can sincerely believe that these characters are soul-mates in every way. The lines are well written, although out of the novel can sometimes seem a little cheesy or unlikely to be said in real life. The vampires are very close to how described in the book, although the sparkling effect is disappointing.

Through and through, this is a film for the fans of the book. In its own right it is a well produced film with an excellent soundtrack and flawless acting, but without reading the book, the story told would be confusing.

The film also cuts out a lot of the book, thickly condensing the chapters that I personally found the most thrilling and beautiful. It has a hard time explaining the relationship between our protagonists, balancing out the love and danger, whilst also focussing on the action scenes and added twist of the “bad” vampires.

What the film does well is show the intensity of the relationship, and also the close relationship which Bella develops with her father.

In conclusion, the book is, of course, better than the film, as the film is strictly just the book acted out. Not much is added, it’s very strongly a companion to the book. The book is more intense and describes and explains Bella much better, but the film does portray this well and works excellently for the original fan-base.


Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer June 8, 2009

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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Brief warning: Only read this review if you have read Twilight and New Moon! I do reference those novels, although I give no spoilers for Eclipse.


Eclipse; the third installment of the Twilight Saga, more than lives up to the introduction and sequel which Twilight and New Moon gave. This novel shows the story after the return of Edward and the reconciliation with Jake. Once again Meyer delivers a fabulous combination of developed characters, spine-tingling horror and deep, forbidden, love.


Edward’s soft voice came from behind me. He pulled me into his arms at once, and kissed me. His kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge on the way his lips crushed mine – like he was afraid we had only so much time left with us.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Following the international bestsellers Twilight and New Moon, Eclipse is the much-anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer’s captivating saga of vampire romance.”

Eclipse, as the absolute centre of the beautiful saga, is filled with drama and emotions; so much love, so much hate, so much tenderness one heart can hardly bear such a novel, yet as your heart is torn apart and roughly sewn back together, no matter what team you’re on, you will find yourself once again absorbed into Bella’s world of mythical creatures. 

Bella, once again heroine, has to find a ground where she is comfortable, unwilling to give up either gorgeous hunk in her life, but being forced to choose by each, she is now in the predicament of all predicaments, and as she slowly tears her life apart on a quest for something it seems she cannot have, yet more drama unfolds as Victoria is still after her, the good vamps are back, but the increasing wolf pack is also still around.

I can promise you three things from this novel:

1) Edward is more romantic and more desirable than ever; he shows how much he cares for Bella and what a good person he really is. In this novel I felt so much pain on his behalf, and this is clearly well written by Meyer, as she once again gets the reader to connect with the characters

2) Jake gets his look in; we all know that Jake would never let Bella disappear from his life without a fight, and so the situation between Edward and Jacob is created – pick your team and get ready for great heart ache!

3) The violence and action, the horror and thrills aren’t nearly over yet – remember you still have Victoria prowling around out to get Bella, not to mention the Volturi’s ominous warning that they’d check up on Bella’s vamp status… if you think New Moon had action you haven’t seen anything yet…

This novel is a truly great continuation of the saga, and although the feeling is general more of despair and hatred rather than love and hope, Meyer still captivates her audience as the plot becomes darker, and not only are our favourite characters given further depth (even shallow old Rosalie) but we have a whole new cast who are equally as deep and complex.

Bad points? Well, once again Bella spends far too much time complaining and feeling sorry for herself 0- she still needs to be more constructive and the heroine a bit, instead of the moaning damsel in distress. However, she does grow up a lot in this novel, which is definitely something to look out for.

In conclusion, a darker and fuller plot with the amazing characters which Meyer has created will make you longing for Forks long after you read this gorgeous novel.


New Moon By Stephenie Meyer May 25, 2009

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Following my post on the New Moon poster I thought I might as well review the amazing book it is based on. 


The blurb of the book is as follows:

“Shoot I muttered as the paper sliced my finger; I pullet out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut.

It all happened very quickly then.

“No!” Edward roared…Dazed and disorientated I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm – into the fevered eyed of six suddenly ravenous vampires.

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just begining…

Passionate, riveting and deeply moving, New Moon, the compelling sequel to Twilight, irresistibly combines romance and suspense with a supernatural twist.”


The plot of this captivating sequel is enough to tear someone’s heart out and shatter it as various events occur determined to make the forbidden love between mortal and immortal remain forbidden forever.

I promise you now that this journey will cause you to cry with happiness and cry with pain at the events, circumstances and occurrences which the story methodically encounters, reacts and changes with.

The plot begins with Bella happily in love with the infamously gorgeous and sexy Edward Cullen, who possesses all the true characteristics of a born gentleman and all the chivalry one could wish for.

However, things begin to change dramatically and soon enough Bella has to deal with something far worse than she has encountered before.

During the journey she is taken upon by the turn of events she makes new friends and encounters another aspect of life in the form of Jacob Black.

Once again Meyer shows an amazing ability at relating the reader to Bella and consequently producing a whole spectra of emotions which few authors can persuade their reader to feel.

New Moon has often been criticised by even the most avid fan as a let down, unnecessary or simply a plot device. However, I feel that the characters would be much shallower and flatter if this novel did not follow a route such as it does as it explores a path which few authors are brave enough to take their characters. 

Without inducing spoilers this novel is the ultimate test for the Twilight characters and the saga would not be complete without it. It is far darker and even scary compared to the previous novel, but still deals with the themes of forbidden love, morals, and following your heart.

Bad points? Much the same as Twilight – even some of the mortal aspects are unrealistic and Bella can once again be criticised for being a moaning damsel in distress rather than a constructive heroine as desired by nowadays’ standards. However, here I must defend her by pointing out that we are listening to her whole soul and for her not to complain and moan at what is occurring would be totally unnatural.

In conclusion; a dark and epic novel happily follows the powerful first novel in the beautiful Twiligth Saga. Meyer easily shows her capability at writing with force and passion which fully develops the chemistry necessary for such an epic story of  love, courage and…ermm..vampires.

Of course, I feel I should point out, this story although featuring the supernatural isn’t actually about the supernatural; more so about very human feelings, which can only be truly shown when contrasted with the possibility of not being human at all.

And so I urge you dear reader, to pick up Twilight and then New Moon, in order to sweep you into the favourite love story of this generation!

theBookGirl KJ Reading

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer May 3, 2009

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TwilightTwilight: the most talked about book in the world (quite possibly).

You have to have been living on planet Zog to not have heard about the chick-lit young adult love story of Bella Swan, your typical teenage girl falling for the sexiest and most gentlemanly vampire in the history of literature…

The plot? Bella Swan is the new kid in town as she moves from sunny place-to-be Phoenix, Arizona where her Mum previously lived, to rainy, small town dullsville Forks, Washington where her dad, cheif cop Charlie, has always lived.

Bella dreads her first day of school, despite having a swanky new car, sorry, beat up old Chevvy Truck.

There she spots the sex God, archangel, embodiment of all things a girl desires, Edward Cullen *swoon*

Unfortunately, he’s a bad-guy-vampire (but with a conscience) and wants to drink her blood. Cue the most passionate and intense forbidden love story since Lizzy Bennett and Mr. Dashing Darcy.

Soon enough Bella has to suss out exactly what Edward is and then fight a battle with herself about what she wants, and what he might want.

This story is epic, written well, despite criticism, as Meyer manages to really get the reader to be Bella. Soon enough you will find yourself trapped in the frightening and fast-paced world of Bella Swan, and you will be rooting for her the whole way.

The story manages to dramatically capture exactly what a dream guy would be like for many a girl (too bad that to be this perfect he has to be immortal). This beautiful story stays with you far beyon the too few pages, even after the three equally awesome sequels.

To live as Bella and see these events unfold through her eyes is an unforgettable journey, especially with the perfect, sigh-enducing, fangirl-screaming lines Edward oh so casually drops, where in the real world would be so out of place, but are what many a girl would love to be told.

Bad points? Well, to start there are far, far too many typos throughout the book – seriously, the editor should have checked through this one more time!

On the style? Well Bella is developed, but there is room for more – she does complain an awful lot, where if I were her I would be dancing and giggling my life away. Also, the book focusses a little too much on looks – people are shallow but most people would want personality over looks; especially in a friend, but this isn’t always how Bella seems to feel.

Anyway, to summarise, Twilight is a light and funny novel, perfect for a summer read on the beach. It’s great for all ages (above 13 I would say, if you go on to read the whole series) and although Meyer is nowhere near being the next Austen, she has potential. She has potential.

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