I read Twilight in two days. Two wonderful days in which I was transported to Forks, Washington and into the world of vampires. The weather in my own world was grey, drippy, and gloomy---basically perfect reading weather. It was so easy to lose myself in this book.
I'm pretty much the last person to have read Twilight, of that I'm aware. So I'm not really going to go into all the reasons why I liked this book. Simply put, it was just a really good story that I didn't want to stop reading until I was finished.
But I will tell you what kinda bugged me about it. More specifically, what bugged me about the author. I'm one of those nerds that reads every part of the book. I read the Table of Contents, I read the acknowledgements, I even read the Library of Congress cataloguing information at the front of the book. So of course I read the author bio at the back. Big mistake. Because then I looked up more information about the author on the internet and there is something about her that bugs me.
Stephenie Meyer is a practicing Mormon, which is a fact I couldn't care less about other than how it relates to the story. And I think it has a lot to do with the story.
In case you've been living in a cave, the two main characters are Bella and Edward. Edward is a vampire. A good vampire. Bella is a regular girl. Bella and Edward fall in love but obviously are met with obstacles they have to overcome. It all makes for a really good, compelling story. But I was somewhat pissed by a conversation that happens between Bella and Edward a little more than half way through the book.
They are discussing sex and why they can never have it. Edward tells Bella that she is too "fragile" and "breakable." He says, "If I was too hasty...if for one second I wasn't paying enough attention, I could reach out, meaning to touch your face, and crush your skull by mistake."
Maybe that doesn't seem like a big deal. But then I think about Stephenie Meyer. She doesn't watch R rated movies. So I'm betting that premarital sex between two teenagers (well, technically Edward is 100 and something) is out of the question in her book. This was about the time I turned to the back cover, stared at the picture of Stephenie Meyer and said, "It really feels like you're preaching to me Stephenie. And I despise that."
There are two thoughts I had when I realized that Bella and Edward were never going to have sex in this book. One being that I'm not real pleased with the way that Stephenie portrays sex as leading to death. And two, I think it's a very convenient way for Stephenie to not have to write about sex. As an author, I don't think she challenged herself at all and she certainly didn't leave her comfort zone.
Having said that, I want to make something clear. I don't go out of my way to look for sex in books. I don't read sexy romance novels and generally, if sex isn't there, I don't miss it. But I had always viewed vampires as sexual in nature, so I was expecting a little more. Also, I'm certainly not saying that every teenager should be having sex with the first vampire that they meet. I just don't want a lesson in abstinence from my romance novel. If I want to read about why sex before marriage is wrong, I'll go out to the backyard and get my bible out of the shed.
Despite the fact that I thought there was a small something missing from it, I really did love this book. I know I'm repeating myself, but it was such a great story to lose myself in. It's definitely a book I want to re-read. In fact, once I return this well worn copy back to Dawn, I'll probably buy one of my own. I would love to be a part of this world again. I'll just have to find my way out when I want to have sex.