Perfect for a brain break

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 September, 2010, 12:00am

Stephenie Meyer
Published by Atom
ISBN 9781904233657

This is the first in a series of four books which has become a multimillion-dollar, global franchise.

Filled with teen angst and clich?d expressions, Twilight is a whole season of soap opera crammed into a 498 page book. With violence, love, loss and rejection, there never seems to be a dull moment in the heroine Bella's life.

But, the centre point of the novel is Bella's romantic life. Meyer depicts first love in all its many facets, capturing the romance, pain and playfulness involved. This is done especially well during the romantic scene in the meadow between Bella and her vampire beau Edward, as well as the playful flirtation between Bella and werewolf Jacob throughout the book.

Twilight is an interesting take on both vampires and werewolves. Meyer believes there is a good and a bad side to everything and brings this out in her 'monsters'. It is a leisurely read, with absolutely no substance because Bella, Jacob and Edward never manage to see past their own egos. They all 'want and do the best' for their objects of desires, yet ironically forget to consider the results of their actions on that person.

Still, it's a good read if you're looking for a break.