Sunday, August 29, 2010

Book review – Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer

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If you are a huge fan of this franchise, you might not want to read any further because I am not.

I finally finished the 4th book of the Twilight Saga. I made myself read the books because my daughter and then several people I know, became major fans of the books and movies. And you can’t take that away from Stephenie Meyer.

But I just don’t know why. The writing is ok but not spectacular. The story is predictable and most of the characters (especially the main ones) are quite boring, simplistic and inconsistent in annoying ways.

I want my vampires to be packed with suppressed passion and my werewolves to be bursting with unsuppressed passion and the people attracted to them agonizingly conflicted about wanting them. But I didn’t get any of that. The evil in the books is so sanitized. The final battle is blah. There’s no really conflict in any of it.

This quote from Publishers Weekly says it best:

Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily--in other words, grandeur is out. This isn't about happy endings; it's about gratification. A sign of the times?

There’s no blurb about the book on the website without loads of spoilers.

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I give the whole series 1 out of 5 butterflies. Read them if you want to know what prompted the phenomenon but this is not Romeo and Juliet.

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william said...

again another great review, love these reviews xx

Nessa said...

william: Thanks. My daughter is not happy I didn't like her favorite books.

quilly said...

I didn't even finish the first book in the series. They are so insipid, I fear the mentality of the book buying populace!

Nessa said...

I agree. It was hard to read them. It amazes me how rabid the fans are.