Sunday, August 10, 2008

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

I finished reading Breaking Dawn today. There might be a few spoilers, if you haven't finished reading it yet. Here are my thoughts:
First, let me say that I first started reading Twilight about a year ago just to see what the big deal was. Stephenie Meyer has a way of sucking the reader in with an intriguing tale and interesting characters. I've heard all the complaints from people who don't like the series or can't see what the big deal is. I agree with some of it. Yes, Bella is immature and spoiled. Yes, Edward is controlling, and yes, Jacob is immature. Despite all their flaws, they still make for interesting characters and for fun reading. I'm not reading these books in search of morals or because I think the guys are dreamy. So, I've read each book one time and have borrowed them or checked them out of the library. I did buy Breaking Dawn because I wanted to read it right away and wouldn't be able to get it from the library soon. I don't think I'd ever reread any of them. One time is enough. Bottom line, Stephenie Meyer is a great storyteller and has created intriguing characters. She's getting a lot of flack for the choices her character makes in the books and for how she depicts Bella. She's also getting a lot of negative reviews because it ends too happily and because Bella gets everything she wants. No negative consequences for her poor choices. I say, geez, it's just a book.
So, here's my honest review. Breaking Dawn pulled me in right away. I read the first half quickly. I loved the part that was from Jacob's point of view. I thought the titles for each of his chapters were fun & creative. It was so refreshing to watch the story unfold from his point of view. That was my favorite part of the book. When it went back to Bella's point of view, I was disappointed, and those first two chapters after Jacob's part were very annoying and hard to get into. Bella was so annoying, and I stopped reading for two days. It really bothers me the book and all the secondary characters revolve around Bella. They would all give up everything for her and her baby, like their lives don't matter.
After those 2 chapters, I got back into it again. Overall, I thought it was well-written and kept me wanting to read. (Once I got past those 2 chapters) Sure, some of the things that happened were a little strange, like Jacob imprinting on the baby. But, I'm not up-in-arms about it. The ending was fine and yeah, she lived happily ever after. Fine with me. So, I give Stephenie Meyer credit for an overall enjoyable series of books and congratulations to her for her success. Sure, I recommend the book if you can get past Bella being annoying.


Jen said...

I think it makes the characters more real, that none of them are "super-duper perfect" (despite most 13-yr-olds' views of Edward). And i agreed about those first two chapters. Not enough to make me stop reading, but it was somehow very awkward and slow. I wonder if that was an intentional ploy to get the reader to feel the strangeness in her new life that she herself was getting used to? Or maybe that's giving her too much credit. Basically, I understand where you're coming from, but I REALLY liked it. A lot.

My major issue was with small things... like when did everyone start calling Jasper "Jazz"? It's like stephenie forgot about the original flavor of the story in light of so many fans, fan pages, and fan fiction. That bugs me a lot.

Karlene said...

Overall, I liked it. There were a few stupid things--like Renesme? Give me a break on the name here. Also, the fight scene at the end was a great big build up to nothing. But again, I liked it.

Josi said...

I haven't read it, but I'm manipulated the information from people to know what happens. I didn't think I'd like the series, but it totally caught me. Like you, I can handle the limitations. For whatever reason Meyers writers in a way that wraps its way around me.

Queen of Chaos said...


Interesting take. There are lots of reactions and opinions on this series.

I for me- I loved it! Bella doesn't bother me like so many other people feel toward her. I think she acts like a real teenager. I remember being whiny, self absorbed etc...when I was a teen. I think these books were as close to perfection as they could get. {and I'm not just saying that because Stephenie is a good friend of mine. I didn't care so much for The Host.}

It's interesting for me to read so many takes on these books. It goes to show that we are all unique individuals with different tastes. :)

Brittany said...

Favorite line: "I'm not reading these books in search of morals or because I think the guys are dreamy."

LOL! I haven't read the series but I cheated and read the synopsis on wikipedia. I just posted a whole thing about it on my blog. I know, I haven't read it but I blogged about it. It doesn't make sense.

Pink Ink said...

I didn't finish reading the third book because I found Bella really annoying. Eventually, I might give this one a try.

Anonymous said...

I loved the Twilight books. I don't know, I didn't really think they were all that immature. I like the characters. But everyone has their opinions...
I just happen to be a huge twilight fan, i read all four in the space of three days.
I don't know. I found it better than Eclipse and New Moon, but nothing is better than the first book.
But yes, overall i liked it. It bugs me how everyone else that is LDS says it's bad...yes, there is some language, but there's nothing graphic. It's not immoral, really.
But I'm a Beehive, and I loved it.