Friday, November 21, 2008
Review: Breaking Dawn
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I've been putting off reviewing this one because it's such a crazy-hot book that everyone's already talked about and I don't think I have much that's new or interesting to add to the discussion. I'm also amibivalent about it - I enjoyed the series but had some reservations about the writing in the last few books. But when I did the Weekly Geeks ask a question about a book I haven't reviewed thing, I got a couple of questions, so I'll just go with those.
Heather J asked:
Breaking Dawn - how does it compare to the other books in the series (I haven't read them yet, but I'll get around to it!)?
Hmmm.....well, I found the books, like the Harry Potter books, got longer and less entertaining as the series went on. I loved Twilight - 5 stars, thought it was really fresh and really something that teens would love reading. And while I wanted to find out what happened, I found them getting harder to slog through. Meyer really loves flowery prose and repetition, I find. She won't use one paragraph if she can use several pages. And by the 4th book, at 754 pages, I thought she really needed a good editor. I felt there were a lot of sections she could've left out and, without adding a spoiler, some parts were really creepy in a not-good way.
What do you think of the Volturi resolution? I ask because it's the thing that disappointed me :)
I agree, it was rather disappointing. It felt like there had been sooooo much waiting around for them to show up and then there just wasn't much action. I was glad of the happy ending, but something a bit more climactic would've been good.
Final verdict? I don't think we need another book in this series, but apparently there's going to be one. I honestly don't know if I'll end up reading it, I feel really OD'd on Edward and Bella and their forever perfect love. The series definitely has its moments and has turned into a phenomenon, but just because the characters can live forever, it doesn't mean the series has to. I am looking forward to the Twilight movie, though! :-)
Posted by tinylittlelibrarian at 4:50 p.m.
Labels: reviews, YA fiction
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Just saw the movie today. . .it was much better than I expected.
i'm going to the movie on monday with some of my book club members (we read Twilight together in 2007) and my two daughters. have you see it yet?
Janssen - I'm glad to hear it, I wasn't 100% sure from the ads.
Alison - No, I've got a date with a bunch of women from work who've all read it to see it in December - that was the soonest we could all go together. Hope you three enjoy it, though!
I haven't read any of this series and I don't want to. It took me years to read HP and yet I don't think this series will ever live up to the hype.
Just came across your site.. thanks for all the great recommendations. I read Twilight and Breaking Dawn earlier this month, and I agree. It seemed like things dragged on too long -- yet I couldn't stop reading! I would've loved a bit more action. The idea is really original, and the writing was good, though.
Sarah Pekkanen (a reader and new author)
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