Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Verdict on NEW MOON by Stephenie Meyer & ECLIPSE by Stephenie Meyer ; The Vampires, Love Triangle, Anti-Climax, and Romeo and Juliet Theme

   I read these books and I wasn't that attached to the 'Twilight Series,' any longer.  Maybe the final book 'Breaking Dawn' will excite me a little bit more just as the first, 'Twilight,' did.

   These two books continued with the dramatic emotional rollercoaster that Bella Swan embarks on in the first book.  'New Moon' begins the over-redundant story of her epic 'friendship' with the wolf, Jacob Black, as her former addiction, the vampire, Edward Cullen, decides to leave town for her own safety after his brother attempts to have a turn at her desiring blood during the event of her birthday party thrown by the Cullens. Spoiler?

I think so, but in the end I don't think you really should care too much about me spoiling these books, if in case you want to read them, because you will never get to reading them to the end even if you do attempt to give it a try.  Why?  Well, they are just so absolutely redundant, patronizing, and extremely emotionally lengthy.... I felt very frustrated with these books in that sense, like I was supposed to be this stupid, naive, and an emotional drone programmed to follow Bella's lengthy confusion with her life.  I was longing to be enthralled more by the story after the first book, and these book did nothing but plummet my interest for the 'Twilight Saga.'

In 'New Moon,' Bella is slowly building her relationship with Jacob.  But what's the fun in that without a little suicide attempt, which ultimately leads to the reappearance of Edward Cullen back into the picture.  Oh, the theme of Romeo and Juliet has obviously not been played enough, this book takes another shot at it.  Alice, has a vision that Bella jumps off a cliff and dies.  She hurries off to find out if she can save Bella, but gets there too late, she's already been saved and is still alive.  Well, Edward Cullen doesn't know this.  In fact, he hears quite the opposite from his other sister, Rosalie, that actually Bella has died... And just like Romeo couldn't live without his Juliet and ended his own life, Edward also decides that his life (or immortality) isn't worth anything without Bella's presence in it.... I mean WOW!!! HAHAH, talk about cliche.... Um, whatever happened to Jacob up to this point?  Is it even relevant?  I don't even care at this point that ninety percent of this book was really about her relationship to Jacob.  All I care about now is whether Edward is going to die?  And I know the answer there too, he's alive, he's obviously in 'Eclipse'... lmao.  There's no mystery.  Everything is fed to you, it is what it is..... If I liked anything about this book, it was the ending of how Bella chases after Edward with Alice so they can save him from ending his immortality, and that doesn't carry too much weight in terms of substance and quality of good writing, leading me to make my point that this book is pretty weak.  Bella is supposedly the star of the series, but in the book, you truly realize it is, in fact, Edward Cullen.  And I write this with a sarcastic essence to it because of the ludicrous plot to play with your emotions and your mind.  I didn't even want to see the movie based on this book...(Updated 1-7-2011;On The Movie: I finally got around to watching this movie.  It's absolutely just as good as Eclipse.  It's vivid in color, saturated with nature, and pretty exciting, far more exciting than the book, I think.  It was well work my one hundred and thirty minutes of viewing.)

As for 'Eclipse?' I, fortunately, saw the movie before getting to read the book, somewhat by mistake.  So far, in terms of movies, I liked this movie the best, much more than the first 'Twilight.'  If I were to recommend one movie of the three to watch, it would be this movie.  It's great directing, great cinematography, it stands pretty well by plot line, and just really well done.  I enjoyed watching this movie.  There is one scene that will drop your jaw, that's for sure.  I won't spoil it.  So after watching the movie, I decided to just skim the book in a day.  I never thoroughly read it and I didn't really have to since I was exhausted from reading 'New Moon,' and 'Eclipse' is along the same style - redundant and too emotional again for my taste with very little in plot happening.  All the major points in the plot that I wanted, and needed to know, were already shown in the movie.

On the Movie:
I enjoyed the movie, though, like I mentioned before.  It captures the events of 'Eclipse' and some plot points of the previous two books... so if there is a shortcut you'd like to take towards these series it's watching the movie based on this book and then read 'Breaking Dawn' and you will be caught up with the upcoming movie and plot as well.

All I have to say is that I have started 'Breaking Dawn' and I very much feel immersed in the story again, it's much more sophisticated than all three combined, and it's a book that can stand on its own with various plot points explained and detailed to help you understand why things are the way they are.  I wish someone would have told me this, I would have watched the movies and now I would just be reading only ONE book - 'Breaking Dawn.' There really is no need to read these heavy and overly redundant books.  If I were to advice anyone it would be to read the first 'Twilight,' watch the second and third movies, and then read 'Breaking Dawn.'' That's all you really need in terms of these series to know what the saga is all about.  And then of course, if you still feel like you need to be surrounded by the drama, you can watch the two part movies based on the last book.

Talk about a series that has been milked for all that it can be worth....

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