…Okay. Confession time, folks. (Note: if you don’t want to read random gushings, I’d move along to a different post, lol). Hmm. Where to start?
I love books. But there are a few series that make my heart explode, and then encompass my mind to the point of actually believing in the characters and absentmindedly gossiping about them if I’ve indulged in too many drinkie-poos (Yes, that HAS happened, seriously, no joke, le sigh).
Now, please don’t write me off for some of the, ahem, cliche-ish series that make my obsessive-list. Trust me, there is always a HUGE sense of anti-band-wagon-ism when I hear a particular series get touted as “the next classic.” Not one of the series below actually lured me in before the 3rd book’s release, and never without some snobbish reluctance, a fact I’m not so fond of and often successfully fool myself into thinking otherwise. Oh what a cleverly delusional sheep I am.
Harry Potter was one series. Tolkien’s LoTR is another. Jane Austin’s complete works. Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander series, Shannon Hales books (Goose Girl, Princess Academy, Enna Burning, River Secrets, Austenland), The Edge Chronicles from Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart, His Dark Materials Series from Philip Pullman, and…
The Twilight Saga: Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse… and now I’m on count down for the fourth book – Breaking Down (coming out in August of this year) and then Midnight Sun ( the future companion to Twilight in the voice of Edward).
I literally INHALED these books within 24 hours. Couldn’t. Stop. Reading. Each book picks up where the last left off with just a SMIDGE of retelling (which I appreciate, I hate when stories feel like they have to step back in time to regurgitate it all to you), and each has enough of a cliff hanger where you’re left slightly worried about what will happen to Bella, Edward, and crew the next time around (I’m currently VERY panicked about the fourth and final novel due Aug). Stephanie Meyers does a great job of balancing happiness of the tip of a very sharp, dangerous knife, where JUST when you think you’re getting comfortable you remember – very sharp dangerous knife. It just never goes away. Brilliant.
Now, although they’re not spectacularly illustrated in words like some orchestrated tapestry of verbose beauty, you know what? Good. Honestly – they’re just easy to get invested in, somewhat relateable (in context to a teen’s “first love” and being @ odds with something in the universe), fantastical, and they seem to read your brain and dish out the exact detailed conversations you WANT the characters to have – all the difficult and confused and the heart-break you want from impossible situations and an epic couples (oh, the love triangle, how I will never grow weary of you). I tend to be an irritating critic when it comes to the conversational chess game between characters in situations (I think manly because it’s one of my own doubt-filled weaknesses). And I’ve mentioned recently how I’m not so big on the horror genre (Vampires, Monsters, Werewolves, etc), but this is the SECOND time I’ve proved myself wrong. At least I can admit it right?
Sigh. I think I’ve become not only a fan girl of Stephanie Meyer‘s brilliantly addictive series, but also of Dear Edward Cullen himself. No office, Jacob Black fans. It’s all about the Edward.
Sure, Sure… the movie is coming out. But I’m wary of it. Why? It’s the Darcy thing (actually… more like a Jamie Fraser thing, but I’m not sure how many people will follow that lead). No Darcy is really ever better than the Darcy in my head (Although the most recent from Keira Knightley’s version was much better than Colin Firths… don’t hate me mom). Plus, I’m just afraid the movie will skimp out on the Cullen family, the school kids, and all the minor highlights of stories that typically get dropped in lieu of budget and time.
Okay. Well, I think I’ve blog-barrassed myself enough with my gushings. I just hope that if you’re a tween/teen book reader, an appreciator of the romantical fantasy stories, and have heard enough previously of this series to tempt your reading appetite that you’ll go pick this book series up and enjoy it as much as I have.