Thursday, August 28, 2008

Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer

Total: Two and a half stars.

(This review is spoiler-free!)

It would be the understatement of the century to say that the latest instalment of Meyer’s mega-popular teen vampire series, Twilight, is the perfect ending. It’s not.

I’ll admit that I didn’t come into Breaking Dawn one hundred percent spoiler- or review-free. I’d read tons of reviews for this book, some of them ardently liking or loving it, but most of them despising it.

That being said, this book was not awful.

The fourth and final novel finds Bella Swan with the same old problems as before - marriage, sex (although the word itself is used only once or twice), friendship and vampirism.

If the term "jumped the shark" was applied to books, it would fit BD perfectly. Stephenie Meyer took a great thing with a giant fanbase and threw all her previous works out the window. It was almost like this book was a parody - I'm kind of expecting an update on her blog to say "Whoops. Forgot to tell you guys - Breaking Dawn was just a prank! The real book is coming out next year!" or something.

Low on characterization, heavy on descriptions. If I hear the words "glorious," "angelic," or "godlike" one more time, someone's gonna pay. For a book that is supposed to be teaching the teenage generation good morals, it sure is shallow.

Bella, especially. She seems to care far too much about appearances one paragraph, while degrading her own looks and personality the next.

The background characters are given their chance to shine (i.e. Alice, Rosalie, Seth, Leah...) but none of them are further expanded upon.

All in all?

This was a big letdown, and, if this is any indicator as to what's to come, I won't be purchasing Midnight Sun or any other Twilight-related novel.


Jena said...

jumping the shark... LOL. nicely said. and I agree completely.

Lee said...

I agree 100% with Gabbi. This 4th installment was a complete letdown for me. No characterization to speak of; Bella, never my favourite character, is even less so now. What happened to the Volturi? Where once they were terrifying, they are nothing more than buffoons. Disappointed doesn't begin to cover it.