About the Book
Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father when her mother remarries and goes on the road with her new husband. She's not too keen on Forks as it rains most of the year. On her first day at school she becomes intrigued by the Cullen family, particularly Edward Cullen. After a bad beginning.
We read this book for book club. This was the second time I've read this book. I seemed to gloss over the things that annoyed me the first time I read the book, such as Bella constantly saying how ordinary she is, and how perfect Edward is. It still had the "this book is bad but strangely addictive" hook that it had the first time I read it. A couple of the book club ladies felt the same about it. It was nice to know it's not just me. This book isn't the best written book I've read. But there is something about it that makes me want to keep reading, even though the characters are annoying and this could be an abusive relationship. The first time I read
it, I was quite annoyed even angered by Edward's possessiveness which gets worse with each book. I couldn't believe that Bella was so willing to put up with it. We had a discussion in book club whether Bella going to meet the Vamp in the Ballet School was in character. The book clubbers didn't think so, but one of my colleagues did think it was.
I like the movie much better than the book because it's not so directly from Bella's point of view, and Edward's possessiveness is toned down a bit. I can see why teenagers would get into the series though. It is a pretty romantic story and everyone wants to "be taken care of".