- WA, Australia
- member since February 17, 2008
You're right, what was I thinking when I asked about reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"? :) I 've read the previous Harry Potter series books and I really enjoyed them. I just wanted to see if there was any hostile opinion regarding this last book.
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The books I was surprised that you read were by Nicholas Sparks, Mathew Reilly, John Marsden&Anthony Horowitz. I hope you didn't take my remark offensively. I was merely impressed because of the many young readers that I've come across, most have stuck pretty much to young adult novels. It was nice to see that you were trying some perhaps more challenging books to read.
This is what I said to another reader that asked about this series.
I have read both Twilight and New Moon and do plan on reading the next two, but I thought you should know I few things about this series before you read it.
When I began reading Twilight I was on my way home from a youth trip so I had a lot of time to read. From that day on I was always reading Meyer's book in my spare time and late into the night. I am wishing now that I hadn't acted like it this was the only good book on the planet to read. Don't get me wrong, this series is captivating and unique. I wanted something fresh in romance/suspense books and I found it. But if you don't look carefully you could miss some of the more subtle messages that are unwelcome.
In parts the series speaks of God, heaven, and hell. I think that’s cool but the characters or more pointedly Bella (the main character) doesn't care about her relationship with God as much as she does seeing Edward everyday. She says... "Compared to the fear that he didn't want me, this hurdle—my soul—seemed almost insignificant." Through out these books it is clear that Bella doesn't care about her soul, the core of who she is. "So let's both just be hopeful, all right? Not that it matters. If you stay, I don't need heaven," she later says.
Next of all she is a very typical American teen. She allows Edward to sleep with her, at times she does stuff she knows she shouldn't behind her dad's back, and she wants to be beautiful. I do not have a problem with people wanting to be beautiful, (who doesn't ever feel like they want to be prettier?) but it’s a problem when it affects your self esteem. And the other things are obviously wrong.
Through a review that I read, I also learned that Edward and Bella are doing a little more than holding hands and occasionally kissing, in one of the books ahead that I haven’t read. I might have to start skipping pages. I don’t know. But isn’t that sad? Do teens really need that kind of stuff in the books they read?
So in the end I am disappointed. As I once read, she embraces temptation, but he resists it. That is kind of the theme. I think Bella could have been a much better character. Besides these few things that I disagree with, and every so often swear words, Stephenie Meyer is a striking author. She really gets you into Bella’s head and it is a wonderful experience. Though these books should say on the front, READ WITH CAUTION.
We might not disagree on the same things, but let me know if this helps. I also wrote a book review on the New Moon that gives a summary of the book. I can post it if you would like me to. Sorry to make this so long and by this point you probably have already started to read these books, but enjoy them. I did!"
you should definitely read Twilight, the whole series for that matter, I read Twilight and I couldn't put it down, there is no descriptive love scenes you should be worried about, its age appropriate so don't worry. Many of my friends and basically most of my school has started this series and they have fell in love with it completely, its a book worth reading.
You should definitely try Twilight!
I'm not sure there's even a kiss in the first book, and there's no chronicled x-rated scenes in any of the following books.
There's a lot of teen romance anguish, but the first book in the series is pretty upbeat/exciting etc.
The trailer for the movie they're doing of the book is far more risque than the actual book. xxx
Ever have a huge crush on a guy who seems too perfect to be true? What if he turned out to be a vampire? You will love the Twilight series. Very age conscious (so Mom and Dad dont have to worry about inappropriate content) and you'll fall in love with every character from start to finish.
I agree with every1 here that yes you should read the book.I think it's amazing and that every1 who lives in this world should read it. the vocab is a bit hard but i can get the overall meaning pretty well so it was really interseting. Read it, u'll definately love it.