I'm sorry, but I just need to rant now on this tree wasting abomination of a book.
Okay, so if I HATE the Twilight series, why did I read this book? I guess that every time I finished one of Meyer's books, I told myself, "The next one will be good,", but it just got worse. Where do I start? Sorry if this gets out of order.
Firstly, I like books that are fairly realistic; not realistic as in realistic fiction, as in believable plot line. This. Had. None. I mean, all throughout this miserable series, the characters were faced with challenges that built up but never actually resulted in anything happening. None of the characters made ANY sacrifices. The whole book was basically like the Fasttrack in Disney: OMG, we're going to hit that wall; no, wait, it moved, okay. For just a few examples, not actual quotes: Bella: I can't have kids if I stay with Edward, but I'm willing to sacrifice it. Next minute, kid. Or: Edward: When you become a newborn, you will have uncontrollable blood lust that consumes your mind. But not with Bella, no- she's perfect. Meyer writes her own fantasy, which is why nothing bad ever happens to the characters.
The message sent to young girls such as myself is horrific- Bella continually whines about her lack of good looks, lack of skill, etc.: way to give girls self esteem! Also stressed is the fact that the opposite gender is all that matters, with the main character having absolutely no interests other than Edward; what the heck did she do other than mope before him? Unfortunately, all we hear of that is how miserable she was at EVERYTHING SHE DID. Main characters are supposed to be the strong, brave, role model types, but it feels to me like Meyer was writing from a side character's POV. Also, with no offense to Bella- wait, yes, offense- I have absolutely no clue what a multilingual, musical, sportsy vampire sees in the girl who does nothing. Not saying that Edward is great, either: all he does (like Bella, our supposed to be role model) is blame himself for everything and kiss the ground that Bella walks on- doesn't HE have any self esteem, or are he and Bella identical in that. Additionally, Bella's always saying that the money bag Cullens are soooooo nice and good, but if they're really that loaded, why do we just hear about them bribing and forging and waving their cash around rather than giving some money to charity or something. I'm sure there's more, but I can't write anymore at the moment without hurting my hands. At least I did take one thing from this book as a young writer: how NOT to write. Now, I check when I write that I haven't used the same phrase or wording too much (like Meyer did). I also learned to stay consistent with my characters and make sure that their interest, appearance, etc. is significantly built up, rather than what Meyer did again. I truly felt like I was reading an essay scored 1 in class, one of those that everyone laughs at because of its lack of quality. My advice: don't read this book: it had bad messages that I haven't even listed yet for lack of time, Meyer OBVIOUSLY forgot that she was writing YA, and more. I'm sorry that this wasn't very much about the plot itself, whose errors could keep me up all night writing, and I hope you find this helpful and don't read the book. To those of you who do, I will say this; I warned you.