Ever since novelist Stephen King pointedly remarked “Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good,” criticizing the writing abilities of the Twilight series author has become a book reviewing sport.
To prepare for the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse adaptation, we rounded up a few reviews. Share your favorite Twilight reviews in the comments section.
Jane L wrote this review at Dear Author: “It is hard to say at what point I realized that this would be my last Meyer novel, at least my last Meyer novel narrated by Bella. Bella is simply too immature of a character, the conflicts too false, for me to want to continue this series. The unnatural way in which this series was elongated through the insertion of this supposed love triangle has killed even my desire to re-read Twilight, which was one of my books of the year in 2005.”
Liesl Schillinger took a stab in The New York Times: “The author is well aware of the jarring contradiction between her real and imaginary lives. On stepheniemeyer.com, her Web site (created to satisfy her ravening fans), she admits, ‘I have been asked more than once, ‘What’s a nice Mormon girl like you doing writing about vampires?” Lucky for her, while her religion’s teachings may frown on caffeine and alcohol for humans, the Word of Wisdom has a flexible attitude toward human blood for monsters; and there’s no ban on big love in the mythical world.”
Finally, Publishers Weekly wrote: “The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story begun in Twilight, but it’s unlikely to win over any newcomers … The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer’s other strengths remain intact.”
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