A teenage girl named Bella is leaving the big city and all she left behind to move in with her father who lives in a small town known for its gloomy weather. Since her parents have separated (divorced), Bella has decided to leave custody of her mother and live with her father so that he can be the primary guardian. In the novels we see everything from her perspective as she tries to settle into her new life. On her first day at school Bella becomes quite popular and receives quite a bit of unwanted attention. However there is one boy at the school who appears (at first) to be seemingly uninterested in her. In fact the boy appears to harbor a extreme dislike for her, but one day he vanishes for a bit.
The name of the mysterious boy’s name is Edward. At times described by Twilight fans as “moody”and “complex”. Of course in the movie Bella falls for Edward due to his “supposed” unattainability. But he also saves her life, frustrates her and changes her life forever in the small town with more excitement and danger than she ever thought possible. Bella soon learns that there are dangers are out there that have no moral qualms of making her their breakfast/lunch and dinner and so falls under the protection of Edward.
Some unanswered questions
Of course it seems the whole Twilight series seemed to be written primarily for women. Interestingly it seems that Bella appeals to the insecure, dependent demographic (which may or may not live with a full litter of cats). Also there is the question of why a one hundred year old vampire is hanging out in a high school? I guess because the older Edward gets, high school girls always stay the same age? Another thing which seems slightly baffling is why the vampires seem to be able to stay out in daylight. Also are the vampires allergic to garlic? And even though the vampires are powerful can they be killed with a stake in the heart like typical vampires?
Romantic stereotypical plotlines
“Vampire Academy” and “Marked” grabbed a huge segment of the young female adult population. Despite the modern age’s cynical stance on real life romance. The stereotypical “forbidden love”, “unavoidable danger” and “vampire wooing and swooning” has created many female fans of this vampire saga. From male perspectives the characters seem awfully flat and one dimensional, Bella is the clingy insecure female who Edward finds annoying as hell and first avoids because of his burning blood lust for her, but then after just simply lusts after her
The suggested reading target
The Twilight series is suggested for readers 13 and older. There is violence in the novels but nothing graphic. The same can be same for the romance parts of the book.
Twilight was published by Little, Brown and Company, a Division of Hachette Book Group, ISBN 978-0-316-03837-9.