How the Lion Fell in Love with the Lamb

“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. “What a stupid lamb,” I sighed. “What a sick, masochistic lion.” ― Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

Any book series that has sold over 120 million copies deserves respect. Also, books that changed how people see vampires deserve lots of respect. Books that make people read are great. First part in Twilight series is very fast-paced, Twilight is like roller coaster. One event after another. I like that. So there is a girl named Bella, she moves to small city called Forks and falls in love with Edward, who (surprise!) is a vampire. It’s genius idea! When Twilight was first published, humans didn’t fall in love with the vampires, they were terrified of vampires and Meyer turned it upside down. I do prefer my vampires scary though and what I didn’t like about Twilight was the same thing that I liked, the fast pace. I don’t usually like romance in literature and it seemed like Edward and Bella fell in love with each others in what…nanoseconds? It lacked depth.

“Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second-hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.” ― Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

Next part was the New Moon. “For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen”. Obviously! And when Edward moves away to protect Bella, I wish the Bella was less depressive. Luckily, then she finds out something new about Jacob. In general, I don’t get Bella and Edwards at all in the series. You’ll maybe like Bella because she is so normal. But I just don’t get how girl who reads  is that normal? And that stupid…and she sure complains a lot. Maybe it was all that first person narration that I didn’t enjoy. And Edward…  I just ask myself, if I would be 100 years old vampire, would I hang out in school all day long?  And vampires don’t sleep so hey I will go and watch Bella while she sleeps is creepy, not sweet o.O  My favorite character was maybe Jasper, he at least didn’t pretend to be anything else that what he was.

“Forbidden to remember, terrified to forget; it was a hard line to walk.” ― Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

In the third book, Eclipse, “newborn” vampires have been created to battle the Cullen family and murder Bella, meanwhile Bella is compelled to choose between her relationship with Edward and her friendship with Jacob.  I don’t get love triangles and Eclipse seemed to be concentrated on that and it was really long read compared to two previous books.  In Breaking Dawn Bella and Edward are happily together and then BAM! Plot twists were crazy and especially Renesmee…I did not see that coming. I was disappointed with the ending as well, I was expecting something more and something more dramatic.

“Now you know,” I said lightly, and shrugged. “No one’s ever loved anyone as much as I love you.” ―Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn

What I like in Twilight series is how original it is (whole sparkling vampires concept and vampire and human falling in love) and plot twists were good and unexpected I think Eclipse and Breaking Dawn could have been divided into two books because both books were over 600 pages.   I never have been a big fan of Twilight series (characters + romance) and I don’t like books that become so hyped, so 2,5-3/5.

How-To Read Twilight Series
If you like romance genre, you’ll like this way more than if you don’t. And if you like more YA.  Also, it’s “a vampire story for people who don’t like vampire stories”. I think if you love Dracula, you better not read this.
2. Kind of similar to Vampire Diaries.
3. First two books in the series are quite short and fast to read, next two books are longer.
4. If you don’t like first person narratives, better not read this. Or if you need interesting and complex characters in your books.

Have you read the Twilight Series? What do you think of the Twilight Series? 

                By the books: Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse / Breaking Dawn on Amazon

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  1. Wow, good job! You summed up the whole saga in a concise post. It was easy and fun to read too. I agree with you that the concept of vampires in this saga is very original. And I love how you treat the series with respect. As for me, I think it is so-so. I neither like or hate it. Whenever thinking of Twilight, I think it is both overrated and over–hated.

    1. Definitely overrated and over-hated 👍
      That was nicely put. Twilight was revolutionary book, it changed and affected lots of things and people but seriously some parts were (in my opinion) hilariously bad 😂
      Thank you for commenting! 😏

  2. The movies are better, you get to see whats going on with the “bad guys”, like Victoria building her army and Edward going to see the Volturi. I liked the first book, but that was it. Alice is my favorite. However, I think she had an interesting concept, I just think her execution was off. While I haven’t read TVD, I have seen every season (minus a couple of eps in season 1) and they aren’t that similar. I like the TVD vamps better, and the mythology.

    1. First book and first movie were good but I think the very last movie installation was bad 😐 I see, yeah I haven’t read whole TVD either but it had kind of the same humans falling for vampires setting.

      1. TVD does have the same girl meets vampire and falls in love plot line, but it has a much more complicated mythology and storyline, not to mention a larger world, at least in the TV show.

  3. I’ve read the series and I am one of the few people who will say up to this date that I liked it. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not the world’s greatest literature masterpiece ever written. But it has that je ne sais quoi that made such an impact on the book world. Call it marketing or whatever you want to call it, it made an impact on the world, and IMHO it is a more positive than negative impact.
    I’m sure that if I re-read it now, I would be annoyed by the typical YA sterotypes and situations. My taste in vampires has evolved and grown up I guess. ha ha ha But I can’t deny that I enjoyed reading that series. It was the perfect getaway I needed at the time.
    Haven’t read the vamp diaries, saw some episodes in the first season but I didn’t get hooked on it.

  4. I appreciate the balanced review you’ve presented here–kudos for not being a hater even though you didn’t like these as much. :) Personally, I’ve like both Twilight and Dracula . . . but I think that’s because I acknowledge each for what it is and don’t try to see them as the same sort of story. Maybe? Anyhow, great review!

    1. Thank you 😊 I tried to write a balanced review. Haha that’s a good point, have to develop my reviewing skills in that. Comparing book to other books is perhaps my weakness 😃

  5. Vampire romances are not really my thing, but it’s remarkable how this series of books became a worldwide phenomenon. I also find it strange how ‘Twilight’ etc, begun only in 2005, seems to have eclipsed [forgive the pun] the much earlier works by LJ Smith.

  6. Can I punch you in the face? First, what was the point of writing this? Second, people saw themselves with vampires WAY before twilight, the vampire diaries DUH and before that as well, Dracula. Just a little simarlities to the vampire diaries???? There’s tons to list! They’re almost identical.

    1. :D Please don’t punch me in the face. I’m sure they did, I just used the most popular examples. Fantasy is my favorite genre but after some time everything starts repeating itself. Or even if we pick a different genre. You can’t really come up with anything too new on mystery genre.

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