Yup you heard it right – A vampire and a mortal fell in love and yes there is a happy ending to it. Yay!!!! I found this love story highly unusual and unorthodox when I picked up the book; but reading through it, charmed me completely. So much so that I have been giving myself paper cuts to just have Edward appear magically – sigh!!!
Title: Twilight series
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Fantasy Fiction / YA
Publication: Harper Collins
Stephanie Meyers is an American author whose claim to fame is the four book Vampire love story series titled Twilight. Meyers says the idea to write this book came to her in her dreams one night. Twilight series have sold over a 100 million copies world-wide with translations into almost 40 languages. This series was also adapted onto screen with 5 movies made out of the 4 books – each one a huge success.
Isabella Swan (Bella) is a high school teenager who moves from sunny Arizona to rainy and cold Forks, Washington to live with her father who is the town chief of police. Her mother and stepfather wanted to travel and couldnt do so with Bella living with them. Bella is not very expressive, just like her father Charlie and they learn to “co-exist” without breaking each other’s rules/boundaries. Bella also has low self-esteem, is often clumsy and hates the cold.
She detests the overt attention being paid to her in school on account of her being new. She can’t comprehend the interest of boys in her and tries to avoid all talks leading to dating, etc. Shopping for an upcoming prom dress becomes a nightmare for she hates dancing.
Bella notices a set of students in school who seem far apart from everyone else. Their looks, attitude, clothes, cars – all speak volumes of money, pedigree and class. She wonders who they are and is told that they are all part of a foster family.
Sparks fly between one of the boys of that group and her as he is a lab partner in biology class. The boy – Edward Cullen, tries desperately to change his class schedule to ditch running into her. A fact that she finds offensive and lets him know so.
“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,
On a trip to the seaside with some of her school mates, she runs into the local Quileute boys and one of them develops a crush on her. Jacob Black tries hard to impress Bella with the folk-lore tales of his clan who morphed into werewolves whenever the “cold ones” or the vampires come into the area.
Through a series of events, Bella puts together the fact that there is something different about Edward and his family and confronts him with it. Thats when Edward gives into his attraction for Bella and tells her the truth about himself. He is a 104 years old Vampire and has been living in this area with his family for decades, on and off. The other 6 members of his family too are vampires but they all sustain on animal blood and don’t harm humans. Each Vampire has a special supernatural skill ranging from reading minds to foreseeing the future.
“And you’re worried, not because you’re headed to meet a houseful of vampires, but because you think those vampires won’t approve of you, correct?”
“That’s right,” I answered immediately, hiding my surprise at his casual use of the word.
He shook his head. “You’re incredible.”
― Stephenie Meyer,
There is a sudden spurt of growth among the quileutes owing to the proximity of the vampires in the area and many of the young boys find themselves turning into werewolves. Soon an amicable treaty is ensued between the werewolves and the vampires to separate their hunting grounds. A tug of war ensues over Bella which she handles with great aplomb.
“You’re not like anyone I’ve ever known. You fascinate me.”
― Stephenie Meyer,
Bella wants to become a vampire so that she can never grow old and die. Edward doesn’t want to hurt her chances of a normal life and refuses to do the change. She wants to marry him and live with him forever. In between she faces the threat of death from two different sects of bad vampires who are out to kill her. Each time she is saved by the Cullens amidst great perils to their number.
The series charts the love between Bella and Edward while the other characters have their own tales to tell. Does she become a vampire? Do they get married and live happily ever after? What about Jacob? Did he get his happily after?
No spoilers here though I am sure many of my readers would have read this series.
“Twilight, again. Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end.” ― Stephenie Meyer,
Lasting impression on me:
What do I say – it’s a love story! A vampire falls in love with a mortal. A lion falls for the lamb! But what a lion this vampire turns out to be. Being 100 years old, he was old world charm and manners, he plays the piano with great finesse, composes music, is an accomplished reader……………… his list of virtues are endless. Bella is the bumbling belle who manages to charm the beast and is unfazed with being friends with vampires or werewolves, alike.
The way the writer has treated this scenario, its straight out of a high school drama. One can almost ignore the fact that there are magical species involved here. It’s a very human tale of emotions, relationships, betrayal, trust, and above all love.
All the characters make their choices; Bella wants to be with a vampire. The vampires decide to lead a life of not hunting/harming humans. Jacob falls in love with Bella, despite the fact that she is crazy about Edward.
One would think that a vampire tale would only have the horrors of death; but this tale talks of choosing to live than die/kill. There is love and not lust between the characters who truly value their relationships. This tale is a lot about hope and tells you that no matter what life hands out to you, you and you alone have the power to change that vis-a-vis the choices you make.
This vampire-mortal love story does convince me that love conquerors all. I am a huge fan of the movies based on this series too and would recommend peeps to give it a fair chance.
5 ***** of course – I did say I am a sucker for love stories and this one is fabulous with its supernatural characters in present day world drama.
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