Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

Common Sense Media says

Love is a bit obsessive in suspenseful 3rd vampire book.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Even teens who don't consider themselves readers may find themselves racing through this long romantic fantasy -- as well as the other big books in this series.

Positive messages

There is a whole "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" theme going on here as ancient foes -- vampires and werewolves -- join forces to protect Bella.

Positive role models

Bella is a helpless damsel in distress, and her life completely revolves around her love, from whom she can't stand to be separated, and for whom she will make any sacrifice, including her family and life. On the other hand, readers will empathize with the difficult choice facing her (Edward's love or Jacob's friendship) and be impressed that two men are able to put aside their feud to work together.


Vampires fight and dismember one another, with some help from werewolves. Body parts fly. A helpless teen vampire who has surrendered is killed anyway.


Kissing. Lots of kissing. Bella wants to have sex, but Edward says no. Bella's father awkwardly tries to have a sex talk with her.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, aside from some kissing, some sex talk, and one violent fight, the main concern here is how Bella is portrayed. This book follows the conventions of a typical romance novel -- the heroine is completely helpless, and completely obsessed with her love, and this is portrayed as perfectly OK instead of troubling. In Book 2 Edward attempted suicide when he thought Bella was dead. In this one, Jacob threatens it if Bella chooses Edward. Overall Bella doesn't have healthy relationships, yet they're not portrayed as unhealthy -- just romantic.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Bella and dashing vampire Edward are back together, but Jacob (the teen Native American werewolf) wants to win Bella over for himself. Of course, she wants to become a vampire right after high school graduation, much to Jacob's horror -- but Edward refuses unless she marries him first (much to Jacob's even greater horror). Meanwhile Victoria, the vengeful vampire, is still out to get Bella, and Seattle seems to be infested with new, young vampires on a killing spree. And the two problems may be related. So ancient enemies, vampires and werewolves, join forces to protect Bella and solve both problems -- before the ancient Italian vampires intervene.

Is it any good?


Those who don't find hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of pages of mooning over hunky vampires appealing will read the plot synopsis, roll their eyes, and move on. Those who enjoy moody fantasy romance, though -- and we know there are lots of teens that do -- will find that ECLIPSE is very well done. Author Stephenie Meyer's writing style will keep readers turning pages even when there is nothing much happening (which is most of the time). Plus, there is a lot more suspense in this entry than in last two in the Twilight series, as well as a pretty entertaining climactic battle (though much of it happens offstage). Fans won't find a final resolution here, so they will be eager to bite into Meyer's fourth book to see what happens next.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Bella's relationship with Edward. It is portrayed as romantic -- do you think it is, or is it more like obsessive? Is it healthy?

  • Why do you think the Twilight series, with the books and now the movies, is so popular, even with adults?

Book details

Author:Stephenie Meyer
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:August 7, 2007
Number of pages:629

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Teen, 15 years old Written byteamjacobgirl2.0 August 29, 2010

Team Jacob!

Iffy 13? Really? How come? This one is the best and most action packed book of the series. There's some cool werewolf vs. vampire stuff toward the end but, the rest of the book is just as good. I don't understand why we're saying iffy 13+ that just doesn't make any sense. There's also some good messages etc. The wolf pack does anything its possible of to keep their people safe including Bella. And there's a strong sense of family from the Cullens. So you guys rating is insane. Any kid that can read by themselves should be able to read this awesome book.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 year old Written bycarebear5674 February 9, 2011
While I began reading the whole series, this is the one that stuck out to me the most because Bella began to put on the pressure to add sex to the relationship. While really young readers will not understand it, younger teens who are just starting to date may be confused about the message that Bella's actions are sending.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Educator and Parent of a 9, 12, 14, and 22 year old Written bySunniemom March 21, 2011

No plot or character development

This book should only be about 20 pages long, because the entire plot is 1) Bella loves Edward 2) Bella loves Jacob, but not THAT way. Passion, souls, melodrama, and Victoria rifling through Bella's underwear drawer. An anti-climactic fight scene about as exciting as watching grass grow. Bella's obsession with Edward is unhealthy, and the love triangle is juvenile. Edward's behavior is creepy. It isn't cute or romantic for a guy to pay his 'sister' to kidnap his girlfriend in order to control where she goes and with whom she speaks. I also think there are serious moral implications to teenage boys dating toddlers. But maybe that's just me. Too many trees have given their lives to publish this book already. Somebody call an editor- they could reduce Eclipse to one chapter that could be added to the end of New Moon.


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