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I read Twilight for the first time: Video

Hello Readers & Friends,

I read Twilight for the very first time. Yes, I'm 20 years late, but better late than never, right? I watched them all back-to-back for the first time in October and you guys loved my instagram story commentary, so I thought it was only fair that I read book 1 and shared my thoughts.

So, here we go.

First 100 pages: 

  • Bella is actually quite relatable. She is 100% more normal and less socially awkward than the Kristen Stewart depiction. I almost like her. 
  • However, the descriptions and mentions of her falling over are so many and so insinuative that I actually started to wonder if she was maybe disabled or had a neurological impairment.
  • Edward has a bit of banter in this, and is more of a normal teenager than Robert Pattinson's depiction. Listening to CDs in a car? Yes, this is an Edward I can get on board with, much more than the film version. 
  • However, the use of 'Edward laughed' as a descriptive response to EVERYTHING is extremely jarring, especially when nothing he is laughing at is even remotely funny. All he does, in response to everything Bella does, is either storm off or laugh. Which is odd.

Next 100 pages:

  • It actually references Bella being potentially disabled now, which somewhat satiated my annoyance at the repetitive falls.
  • Dragging on a bit now.
  • More of the school setting in the book than the film, which makes everything much more relatable and less weird
  • The mind-reading thing is MUCH clearer in the books. In the films I didn't know what the heck was going on or how Edward kept popping up everywhere but the books make it all clear.
  • The infamous 'I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him' quote happens here, after A SINGLE CAR JOURNEY WITH HIM! So far, all they've done is avoid each other and make painfully awkward conversation and now Bella is being all poetic declaring her undying love for him?! This was the most painful instance of insta-love I have read in a long time. 

Next 100 pages:

  • The amount of questions Book-Bella asks Edward about being a vampire versus Film-Bella is much more normal and understandable, and it feeds us a lot of explanations that were missing from the film about the Cullen family history, and why he watches her sleep like a freak. 
  • There's a lot more easy, natural banter between the two of them in the book, HOWEVER
  • Nothing has happened so far, making it a very boring book.

Last 100 Pages:

  • Everything happens very quickly and the car-chase scene feels a bit weird and not very well thought out, but it's the first action we've had for 300 pages so I'm invested anyway.
  • I like seeing more of the Cullens personalities, particularly Emmet, Jasper and Alice. (Sorry Rosalie, but you're just kind of a bitch so far.) Petition for a tv series just focusing on them? Potentially why meyers wrote Midnight Sun, to be fair.

Final thoughts?

3/5 stars. Won't be reaching for the second anytime soon but glad I finally got this one off the list. For anyone after another paranormal love-match YA, I recommend Shiver or the Crave series, both of which I found stronger than this first Twilight book. I'm sure it gets better, I'm just not sure a 3-star rating is going to make me run to finish this series unless I'm really in the mood for some cliche-riddled YA.

The rambly video-version of my review:

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