Finished Reading Twilight

Well, I finished reading Twilight yesterday afternoon.  I was in the home stretch with less than a hundred pages to go at about 230pm, but the weather was so nice here yesterday that I had to take a break and go for a walk in the sun,  (I checked, but I didn’t sparkle…)  so I didn’t finish until about 530…

 My overall impression was that it was an ‘okay story,’ but I struggled a bit with it because of some obvious reasons:  It was written for a much younger audience than me, it was written in the first person from Bella’s point of view, and it was full of teen angst-y moments which I struggle to relate to at my <ahem> “advanced age.”  Nonetheless, it was a fun read.  I was struck by the fact that – outside of the love story element, and the discovery that the Cullen family were actually vampires – “nothing was really happening” in the book until maybe the last quarter of the book – after the Cullens encounter the other, wandering group of vampires.

I agree with Dale’s assessment in his comment to my earlier post that Stephanie Meyer is not a great writer, but a good storyteller.  He also pointed out that he held a similar opinion of J.K. Rowling (but that “the Twilight saga was no Harry Potter”).  And also, just last night when meeting my friends Tim & Ann Marie for dinner, their daughter Katie pointed out that Harry Potter was better because “…if the world does end in 2012, all the Harry Potter movies will have been out, but NOT all the Twilight movies.”  I like that.  I also have to admit that I read this entire book at home (as opposed to reading on my lunch hour at work or in coffee shops where I also get a lot of reading in). Why?  I was too self-conscious about carrying around “a book that was written for teenage girls.”  I pointed out to one of my nephew’s friends that “Hey, I know a lot of adults who have read the series,” but was quickly rebutted by “I know a LOT MORE fourteen year-old girls who have read it.”  Touché.

 Of course, a lot of other fiction has been written about vampires, and while reading I found myself wondering what did this book bring to the table that was ‘new’ in the genre.  I guess the whole ‘sparkle’ in sunlight thing is new (well, new to me), and I’m not sure if the conversion process for ‘making a new vampire’ was similar to other literature.  I do remember reading through several of the Anne Rice novels back when they were popular, and Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, and of course, the original Dracula by Bram Stoker.  I also realize there are a lot more books out there dealing with this subject matter, although clearly none have reached the level of popular success as this series has.  Will I read the others?  I haven’t decided yet.  I’ve got so much other stuff on my TBR list, that I hate spending time on “fluff” like this.  We’ll see…

What about you?  Are you an “adult” that has read Twilight?  What were your reasons?  Did you go on after finishing the first book of the series?

Should I Read the Twilight Series?

I’ve been taking an informal, in-person poll.  Most of my reading friends think I would like it, even though it’s not my usual reading fare.  My recent ‘success’ in reading Beastly has made me think I should read this series as well, just to keep ‘culturally literate.’  Any thoughts? Opinions?