My literary tastes are quite different, although I do appreciate series like Harry Potter, which are less deep but still highly engaging. Fantasy literature is also a favorite of mine.
The Twilight series is extremely popular, yet a lot of what you’ve heard about it may make it seem ludicrous. Isn’t the idea about an elderly vampire falling in love with an adolescent girl? Is the story solely about their relationship?
Is there any substance to the plot, and are the ‘intellectual’ criticisms of it unfair? That’s what we’ll be looking at. Are there any metaphors lurking beneath the surface? Is there anything profound to be learned about human nature and society other than the fact that people read it?
All in all, would you want to read it? Well, let’s have a look.
The Twilight Series
In my opinion, the Twilight series is something that I read as my sister had recommended it and I definitely think that it’s worth a read because I like to read many things to get a good concept no matter If the book itself turns out to be good or bad.
People have different opinions, so I think it would be better if you have read the book yourself rather than take someone else’s word for it but as you are here, let’s look a little closer at the series.
Is the Series a Good Read?
For Millennials and Generation Z, the Twilight franchise has been nothing short of life-changing, playing a huge role in the entertainment landscape for several years. Twilight’s success isn’t due to the love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob, as the marketing for the film adaptations would have you believe.
As every real Twilight fan knows, Bella’s feelings for Jacob were never even near to those she felt for Edward, therefore eliminating the “love triangle” from the novel series.
Twilight’s attractiveness lies because all the characters (except for the newcomer in Breaking Dawn) live in a world that combines the finest of the young adult and fantasy genres. Stephanie Meyer made vampires even more appealing than they previously were, and had her main character become completely infatuated with them, emulating the feelings of fans. The setting of Forks, Washington added to the attractiveness of the Pacific Northwest and all of its gorgeous landscape, highlighting the universe’s beauty, which was already abundant due to the Cullen and Hale family possessing several of the world’s most attractive human individuals.
What Is the Appropriate Age to reading Books?
Twilight reviewers recommend twilight for youngsters aged 9 to adult. A range of ages, which is not always dictated by its content, reflects the readability of a message.
Are Books Better Than Movies?
The Twilight Saga books are far superior to the film, and I thoroughly loved every minute, even the dull parts. Even though I was a great Twilight fan, I was excited to see the films in theaters as soon as they were released. When a film adaptation is based on a book, I usually start with the first chapter.
It’s a little more difficult to interpret a movie when I talk in the first person, whereas in books, practically everything is told from Bella’s point of view. So reading the books is more than required to understand why Bella is the way she is: how she was reared, who she is, what inspires her, and whether she is happy at all times of the day.
Unfortunately, Catherine Hardwicke omitted a lot of context (and romance) from the “Twilight” film, making Edward and Bella’s narrative seem ridiculous, improper, and unhealthy. If you’ve read it, you’d be aware that the tale was considerably more complex than the film depicted.
In contrast to the film, Stewart has no emotional range, and the production failed to portray her growth because it was simply too ambitious. Breaking Dawn is divided into three portions. Many of the novels are recommended.
What Was Different in the Books and Movies?
- In an attempt to explain himself to Edward, Bella informs him that he is a vampire.
- Charlie and Bella weren’t regulars at the Diner in the books.
- The cult character Cullen Crest did not dominate the Twilight series.
- Jacob Black is the topic of countless novels, standing taller than much of what he reads.
The Twilight Books Ranked From Worst to Best
We’ve evaluated the Twilight saga’s volumes from worst to greatest, including Midnight Sun — also known as Twilight from Edward’s point of view. These picks may or may not be controversial, but certain novels stood out far more than others, introducing lore that continued to transform the world the characters lived in or providing additional characters to become fond of.
5. The Breaking Dawn
To be honest, there’s just one reason Breaking Dawn is at the bottom of the list: Renesmee. The last thing Bella’s vampiric journey needed was a baby who caused issues that were, to be honest, difficult to care about. Her new, ever-growing infant, who had already been given a strange love story with Jacob Black when his fixation with Bella moved to her offspring utterly eclipsed Bella’s long-awaited transformation into a vampire.
Readers will spend the last two-thirds of the book wishing the story had ended with Eclipse and Victoria’s death after finishing the final part. Bella’s commitment to her pregnancy, as well as the child’s, makes little sense to the character. Bella will risk everything in order to become a vampire, to leave everything behind in order to begin a new life. Bella was almost killed by having a child before it became a reality. And, given Edward and Bella’s unending love for one another, which they would always place ahead of anything else, bringing a kid into the mix seemed impractical and unnecessary.
4. New Moon
New Moon, the second book told from Bella’s point of view, is a hit-or-miss experience for readers. It was a miss for this reader. Bella’s new and ideal life goes apart after Edward leaves Forks, beginning with the birthday party from hell (and convinces the rest of his family to tag along with him). Given how early in the series it is, Edward’s decision to leave seemed hasty, and it was difficult to understand how quickly Bella and Edward’s relationship slipped back into place upon his return. Especially considering, as Edward knew when he left, there was still a homicidal vampire – Victoria — out to avenge her lover’s death at Edward’s hands by killing Bella.
As far as Edward was aware, he had left her vulnerable, with Victoria and her buddy Laurent still out in the world, aware of Bella’s location. Her only defence was the Cullen family, who had all abandoned her. Bella bonded with future werewolf Jacob Black, unbeknownst to the Cullens and fortunately for her. Her friendship with Jacob saved her life after months of being a zombie and treating her loved ones badly following Edward’s leave when Jacob and his pack murdered Laurent when he reappeared in Forks and made an attempt on Bella’s life.
While Jacob and Bella’s bond is a feature of the New Moon, the manner in which they depict it is problematic. Despite Bella’s ongoing opposition to Jacob’s love and affection for her, he continues to set those expectations on her and is angered and frustrated when she does not reciprocate. Overall, New Moon is a letdown for the reader than an exciting next step. When the focus is solely on how Edward abandoned Bella, Laurent’s demise and Victoria’s growing presence fall flat, and the historic vampire group known as the Volturi, whom Edward attempts to kill when he believes Bella is dead, is better in principle than in practice.
Eclipse seems like the conclusion to the Twilight saga that it should have been. Victoria’s plan to bring an end to Bella and the Cullens takes shape more than a year after James’ death, demonstrating her to be quite the menace (even without the support of other experienced vampires behind her). She’s raising an army of newborn vampires, who are more powerful than normal vampires since they still have human blood coursing through their veins. The vampires and werewolves will fight each other in a “final battle.” And, of course, any minor love triangle that may have existed is forever ended when Bella agrees to marry Edward on the condition that he turns her into a vampire after their wedding.
Readers can now discover more about the folks who have been around Bella now that the universe has been formed. She grows closer to Jasper as she learns more about his life, just as she did with Rosalie. Bella feels like a part of the Cullen family, which is a big step forward considering the goal is for her to leave Forks and her loved ones behind forever.
None of the others, however, can compare to our first encounter with this amazing planet. Bella Swan’s life of love, vampires, and clumsiness begins with Twilight, a lovely and bold start. From the beginning, the picturesque (and imaginary) town of Forks, Washington comes together as the ideal home for Bella. Readers are immediately captivated by the characters and the possibility of their relationship, thus her bond with Edward doesn’t hurt either. Edward is the ideal fictional love interest at this stage, passionate and dedicated to his love.
The simplicity of vampires glistening in the sun and residing in coastal, gloomy, small town locales to live out their immortal days is impossibly seductive before the world becomes too complicated.
Each character serves a purpose, no matter how minor it may be. Even Bella’s human acquaintances can be enthralling, and their perspective on the Cullens emphasizes how odd things are in Forks.
James, the story’s Big Bad, is also a fantastically fascinating villain. His determination to pursue his prey provides an odd and stressful situation for readers to follow, allowing them to experience the other side of the Cullens, the part of them that knows how to defend itself and has spent decades as the world’s worst predators. Twilight is about as flawless as it gets when it comes to starts.
The novel strikes the ideal combination of romance, action, and fantasy, establishing an universe and cast of people that will be difficult to forget.
1. Midnight Sun
Without a doubt, Midnight Sun is the best book in the Twilight series. Midnight Sun is the exhilarating first instalment recreated from Edward’s considerably more sophisticated perspective, and it will be released on August 4, 2020, just over 12 years after the book series concluded with Breaking Dawn.
Bella was only learning about the Cullens and she was being introduced to a world that was far more complicated than she could have imagined. Edward, on the other hand, had already lived for nearly a century. He had already gone through so much in his life that meeting Bella feels like she has changed everything for him.
Readers are shown a very different account of what happened when Bella initially arrived in Forks from Edward’s perspective. As Edward reads the minds of everyone around him, we get a greater picture of how his power works, emphasizing how it fails him with Bella (and Charlie, too, at least to an extent).
Edward’s reluctance to be around Bella offers a much clearer picture of why he struggled to control himself around her, something that was badly lacking in the books from Bella’s perspective and made Edward appear a lot weaker than he was.
Furthermore, because Bella has little contact with Edward’s other family members, readers get a glimpse of Edward’s connections with them both with and without Bella there.
Edward grows into much more than Bella’s guardian, and his family is fleshed out, with new characteristics of each character introduced, such as Alice’s reaction to finally understanding who she was before becoming a vampire as a result of James’ attack.
Even with Bella’s human friends, Edward can read their minds and has a tremendous insight of who they are and what they want, thus each character is depicted far more clearly than from Bella’s cynical perspective.
The intolerable ones, such as Jessica, become even more unbearable, while others, such as Angela, are revealed to be pure, kind-hearted people, something Bella could never perceive since she never paid much attention to them.
Because the universe had previously been built through Bella’s books, Midnight Sun flourished and became the best of the series. However, Edward is such a fascinating character that even if we were learning everything via his eyes and thoughts, the installment could have been the finest. He’s a character who’s been around for a long time and has a unique perspective on everything that happens in the universe.
It’s a lot simpler to understand Edward’s attraction to Bella and his need to protect her, and it’s much apparent why Edward’s family was willing to risk everything to help Edward protect Bella. Aside from Bella, the characters in this book are the strongest, making it a fun and exciting journey despite knowing where the plot is going.