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So, yes, I admit it, I read the Twilight saga. The whole series. I was going to say the whole series except for Midnight Sun, but I started reading it when I went to get the link, and I ended up reading the whole thing on the computer over two days. (If you didn’t know, Midnight Sun is the story told through Edward’s eyes. Stephenie Meyer was working on it when it when someone leaked it to the Internet. She freaked out and stopped working on it, but she did release what she had to the fans on her website.) Yes, I am a woman over 30 who is procrastinating by reading an unfinished manuscript about sparkly vampires.

So, in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, the Twilight saga is about a girl named Bella, her vampire boyfriend Edward, and, the third point of the mandatory love triangle, Jacob. It’s typical YA in a lot of ways – lots of angsty teen drama and everyone has flawless skin. But it’s extremely popular among teens, and, if you like YA and understand what you’re getting into, it’s not a bad read overall.

I thought the first one (Twilight) was pretty good. I know some people don’t like the whole emo vampire concept, but I don’t mind it; I kind of liked the direction she took the vampire mythology. It’s fantasy, people.

On the other hand, I didn’t like the second book, New Moon, as much. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so suffice it to say, both Bella and Edward behaved like twits for most of the book.

I thought the third book, Eclipse, was better, maybe the best of the series.

And now we come to Breaking Dawn. It started off pretty good. Then there was a long section in the middle where Jacob took over the narrative. (The rest of the published series is told in first person from Bella’s point of view.) Now this perspective shift was kind of necessary – Bella was incapacitated at the time. But I thought it went on way too long, and I liked Jacob much less by the time it was over. Then we came to the true conflict of the book. It was not great, but okay. Until the end. They pulled out this total deus ex machina, and then wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am, it was all over.

I guess I should comment on Midnight Sun, too. At first it was fascinating to see the story from Edward’s perspective. But if you thought Bella was just too, too perfect in the published books, this one will make you physically ill. He never tires of rhapsodizing about how beautiful she is, how loving, how selfless, etc. It’s just too much.

Bottom line: It’s worth the read if you have a kid who’s reading it (or wants to) so you can talk to them about it. If not, there are lots of other YA books out there that are better.