Monday, December 14, 2009

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, reviewed by Vedanth Sachdeva Govi

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Reviewed by
Name: Vedanth Sachdeva Govi
School: Delhi Public School Rohini , New Delhi

“About three things I was absolutely positive.
First – he was a vampire.
Second –there was a part of him - and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood.
And third - that I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

Isabella Swan (Bella) may have moved to the strange and gloomy town of Forks for her mother’s happiness, but what she doesn’t realize is that she herself has opened the Pandora’s Box for herself - A box full of excruciating and perplexing emotions.
Her conspicuous presence at Forks High School wins her many suitors to choose from. Bella’s choice is the least desired on any girl’s list –the alluring yet dangerous Edward Cullen. The author from this point onwards has indeed proven that teenage romance is her forte. The Birmingham pass-out has not only managed to trifle with teenage emotions of first love but has also hypnotically encapsulated the possible sexual tension when one falls in love with the most gory monsters of all-vampires. The author manages to keep her readers hooked when Bella explains her love for Edward.
In layman’s language, the author’s USP is, refraining from ambling into unnecessary details. This can be amply seen during Bella’s quest for Edward’s true identity. Unlike most authors, Meyer shows that she has realized that often too much suspense doesn’t kill the cat but kills the curiosity instead. Thus, she has drifted away from the usual melodramatic teenage romances.
Further, she has dared to break an infinitesimal number of vampire traits and has carefully replaced these with more human traits. At the same time, she has also maintained a balance by not making too many reforms and has let the very intrinsic character traits remain. However the first timer proves to be a stereotype towards the end. The readers may be chagrined at the end as she has opted for a non –innovative end. The villain –James and his plans seem to be the plan for any new age villain. Though, the book may go down well with the Indian readers as Stephenie ends this story in the typical Filmi style. Edward-the hero suddenly appears from nowhere to save his heroine –Bella. Typically Indian cinema style ! Also there seems to be a lot of incoherence about why she has named it TWILIGHT.
After critically evaluating the pretty good story and not so good ending, one can conclude that Stephenie Meyer has certainly made a niche for herself in this competitive world of teenage trash. While any readers club may rip it apart, I being a teenager will give it the most befitting title –The Vampire Mills and Boons.

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