Review: Twilight

I don’t think there is a living, breathing person on the planet that does not know what Twilight is about so I am going to spare you the synopsis and just gush over what I loved about it.

1. Stephanie Meyer did an excellent job of taking me back to the days of girlhood. All those awkward moments. The clumsiness. The teen crushes that you swore would make your heart break into two. It all came rushing back to me while reading about Bella and Edward’s romance.

2. I loved the dangerous quality of it all. Edward has that naughtiness that you know you need to stay away from, but can’t. Bella has that “forbidden fruit” thing going on. It’s an impossible relationship that you want to see work.

3. I loved the setting. The rainy, gloomy town of Forks. An ideal place for a family of vampires to live. They are isolated but sort of not, with Seattle just a stone’s throw away.

4. Edward has got to be the most charming vampire ever known. I mean, who would even care if they were bitten by someone like that? Not me.

5. I also loved the innocence of Bella. Fragile, beautiful and somewhat naive. I usually do not like femme fatales but for some reason, I didn’t mind her being saved all the time. She truly seemed to need it.

6. I enjoyed the family dynamic. Both Bella’s family and Edward’s. Two very different families for sure, but ones that I cared about.

I held out for a long time before picking the book up. I have this thing about reading blockbuster books when everyone else is reading them. I like to take my time… ease into it a bit. I’m also glad I haven’t seen the movie yet. I really wanted to read the book first so I could picture the characters in my mind without the movie influencing me.

As for it being geared towards young adults, I found the storyline to be appealing and I am forty-years-old! My son is ten, and although Bella and Edward’s relationship is mostly innuendos, I do feel that it might be a bit much for a ten-year-old, unless that ten-year-old is more on the mature side.

Overall, it was thoroughly enjoyable and I cannot wait to read New Moon.

The Sunday Salon: January 11, 2009

My entire day is centered around the premier of 24 (Season 7) that begins tonight at 8pm PST. I love Kiefer Sutherland. I love it when he goes nuts and runs all over heck to save the world. I was especially entertained when the City of Santa Clarita was nuked a couple of seasons back (as I live in Santa Clarita). They shoot 24 here quite often so it’s a little bit too real for me sometimes, but fun!

We plan to order Chinese take-out, put the kids to bed and then enjoy the show. That means I have to get a few things done today. For one, some reading. Still working on Twilight but should be done today. I am also starting The Terror. A friend of mine said it was the best book he’s ever read so I can’t ignore it any longer. I have to put some props together for the production of The Music Man which is in two weeks! I also have to rehearse some lines and blocking with my son as he was so out of it from the surgery this past week and couldn’t stay for the entire blocking rehearsal. I am also in need of a new printer and the market is tossed in there somewhere.

That’s a lot to do, isn’t it? So much for a lazy Sunday. I’m still waiting for the male part of this family to wake as they got home close to 1am from the Monster Truck show last night. Hopefully they’ll wake soon as I feel the need to get going.

On a side note, it is absolutely beautiful here in Southern California today. Blue skies and I can tell it may even get warm! What’s on your plate today?

Chatting with friends about books and life…