Book Talk: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

breaking dawn twilight series stephenie meyerI know this book came out over a month ago, but I just barely got around to reading it. And the first half I wanted to kill. I am just really sick and tired of 1. Edward’s “marble skin” and “golden eyes,” and 2. hearing Bella’s insecurities about her relationship with Edward! I don’t get why he loves her but he does and he has shown that so many times, she should know by now and not be questioning every other page! In fact, I don’t get why both Edward and Jacob are so into her – she’s really nothing special, is she? If she is, Meyer didn’t expound on her overwhelmingly loveable characteristics. I suppose I can understand Jacob’s love for her since they really developed a relationship during the time Edward was gone, but mostly I thought their obsession with her was totally pathetic.

I also didn’t like the silly made up name “Renesmee.” Are you serious? I’m not a fan of the made up names and thought that was just RIDICULOUS. (I guess Meyer has a knack for choosing bad names…Wanda?) It also was strange to me how non-maternal Bella was.

A few more things that bugged – all the hot and heaviness. Come on!!! Newlyweds are unbearable, do we really need to read about it?!? There were a few too many bedroom scenes for my tastes. And I thought the whole Bella-turning-into-a-vampire thing was a little lame since she wasn’t even really like a vampire. Finally, the ending was a bit anticlimactic. There was a whole lot of build up and nothing really at the end of it all.

However, lest you think I did not enjoy this book, I should stop my ranting and say that I did, overall, enjoy it. Meyer really does know how to write a suspenseful story that makes you want to keep reading into the wee hours of the night and neglect all other things during the day. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and although I thought the conflict was a anticlimactic, I liked the happy ending. I wanted everyone to end up happy, and they did. Of course it was unrealistic, but so are vampires and werewolves, aren’t they? Besides, I don’t read fiction to get more of reality. I read fiction because it’s creative, inventive, and unrealistic.

Overall, Breaking Dawn was a good story. I don’t know if I’ll let my teenage daughter read it, but I have enjoyed reading Meyer’s novels, and I will most likely read books that she publishes in the future. I’d love to hear what you thought of the book!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol September 8, 2008 at 4:53 am

I too was tired of Bella’s insecurities and the repetitious admirations of the love birds. However, I couldn’t put the book down. I don’t have teenaged children, but there is no way I would let my teenage daughter read 1 page. Bella is so insecure and so non-maternal, I would hate for my daughter to find any connection with her. Bella gives up every relationship (even the one with her mother) to dote over the two men in her life. Pathetic. But I was drawn to the storyline and the suspense and will definately read more!!

I also love the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich and, surprisingly, found alot of parallels between the female protagonists even though the story lines are completely unrelated.

2 Aunt LoLo September 8, 2008 at 5:45 am

I agree with most of your rants. HOWEVER, if you go to Stephanie Meyer’s site, you can find a VERY rough draft of her Midnight Sun book – basically, Twilight from Edward’s perspective. The one thing I did learn from that draft was that, Edward’s first night sitting in Bella’s room and watching her, he was “changed” – kind of the vampire equivalent of werewolf imprinting. Midnight Sun started out as simply a character sketch to explore Edward and his motives…but it helped to know that he had “imprinted” on Bella, and that was why he was so infatuated.

3 Kelly K September 8, 2008 at 6:55 am

I read the first two in the series and couldn’t put them down, It was like a drug. LOL I shouldn’t have read your post b/c I knew there might be spoilers, but I couldn’t help myself!! I had to know!! I’m looking forward to reading the 3rd and 4th books but will be sad when I get to the end.

4 Marne September 8, 2008 at 7:21 am

I might be in the minority here…but I hated them. I only read Twilight and New Moon…but I just couldn’t read anymore. In my opinion, the book just are not written well. And I agree with you…I would not want my teenage kids reading those books. So then I started thinking…why am I reading them? I don’t agree with the standards in the books so why am I wasting my time reading it and filling my mind with it’s contents? I read the summaries of the last 2 books online, and that was enough for me. There are so many other good books out there worth time reading….not those.

5 Brandy September 8, 2008 at 7:22 am

Took a few strange turns, but the story had to evolve. HATED the name Renesmee. HATED Nessie more!! She does write a good story. I was happy with how it ended. I actually liked the fact that she was able to become a vampire, but essentially stayed Bella. It was her gift that she took with her. LOVED IT, but yeah if I had a teenage daughter, I probablly wouldn’t let her read it.

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6 Kelsey September 8, 2008 at 7:27 am

I have never heard of the Stephanie Plum series – I’ll have to give it a go. I love getting book recommendations from others; it’s one of the main reasons I do Book Talk, so thanks!

7 Kelsey September 8, 2008 at 7:29 am

Oooh, good to know. I heard a long time ago that she was writing the book from Edward’s perspective, but I forgot about that. I’m glad to know that Edward had a reason to be so obsessed with her – that makes me feel a lot better. I just thought his obsession was so unfounded – I think Meyer should have explained a bit about his imprinting in the book so people would have understood. I think Midnight Sun will be very a interesting story. Thanks!

8 TLC September 8, 2008 at 8:17 am

I love the Twilight series. I think they are a fun read. I enjoy talking about them with my friends. I am currently enjoying reading Midnight Sun on Stephenie’s website. I think it rocks that a mother of three little ones had a dream, wrote a story from that dream, and has become such a popular author. I am one of those women who would not let my daughter read it though. One of the reasons is because of how obsessive Bella is about Edward, especially in New Moon. I do think it is too bad that her publishers (or whoever) marketed the book to teenagers. Just like Carol said, I wouldn’t want my daughter to relate to Bella.

I laughed out loud when I read your comment about the name Wanda (from the Host) because I couldn’t stand it either!

9 jenny September 8, 2008 at 8:34 am

Kesley, you really should read Midnight sun, Even thought it’s a draft, it’s better than all the other books she’s written.

10 Sandy September 8, 2008 at 9:15 am

I agree with most of what you said as well. I felt that she was to obsessed with Edward. She let her self become way to dependent on him. I was glad that it had a happy ending though. I really wish there would have been more to the fight scene though at the end of Breaking Dawn. There was so much built up anticipation and then it was over… But I really enjoyed all four of the books!

11 Emily September 8, 2008 at 9:20 am

I just started reading the first book (I’m even MORE behind)…but I’m really liking it so far. How fun.

12 Jessica September 8, 2008 at 9:30 am

being pregnant, reading about what the little freak vampire/human crossover baby was doing to bella really freaked me out and i still get a little nervous when my baby moves too actively now!
the ending was a big disappointment for me…COME ON…END THE BOOK! it just drug a war that wasn’t a war out for TOO LONG!

13 Teryn September 8, 2008 at 11:01 am

I’ve only read the first three so this was a bit of a spoiler for me too, that’s OK though. I kinda guessed she would become a vampire. Even though it made me SO Angry that she chose Edward over Jacob. I couldn’t figure it out until I finally saw the correlations in my own life- in my imagination the similarities were uncanny. Even though it was completely subconsious. I had an Edward and Jacob in my life as well. I chose Jacob (in my case Jason). And I’ve been so glad that I did. I know, I’m a bit crazy to relate my hubby to a warewolf but if only you knew him. (check my blog pics-LOL!)

I just wish she were a bit older in the story. The relationships were way too mature for the young age of the characters in my opinion. Couldn’t it have taken place in college or something? Graduate school? I wouldn’t want my teenager to think her high school romances should be that intense!

14 Amy September 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I agree with a lot of what’s been said… I enjoyed the first 3 books more than the last. I thought it dragged on much too long. I was pleasantly surprised by “new moon” though, it did take me a while to get into it- I ended up enjoying it. I wouldn’t let my teenager read these either…there’s definitely worse things for them to fill their mind with, but there’s also some better. All in all, I enjoyed the book but I wasn’t ecited like I was with the others. Just excited for it to end. Totally agree about all the build up, for what?! It felt weird- and how they included all the other vampire names, I got a little confused. I read fiction for the same reasons you mentioned, so I guess you can only expect so much! :)

15 Kelsey September 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I totally agree – this story should never have been marketed to teenagers. The first one, maybe, but the story as a whole is much more appropriate for college aged kids. The story would have worked just as well if Bella had been a little older. You’re right – way too intense for teenage romances.

16 Forgetfulone September 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Unfortunately, my teenage daughter has already read it, and she is such a romantic, this only makes it worse!

And seriously, Renesmee?

I haven’t gotten into this series, and I really doubt that I will. It’s all a bit much for me. Give me a wizard over a vampire any day!

17 Dawna September 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I couldn’t agree more! I read the book at the coaxing of my teenage daughter, and I have to say that I have definitely read many better. I am not sure what all the hoop-la is about. I also was a bit shocked by some of the newlywed scenes. I really was regretting letting my teenage daughter read it. Not a book that I would recommend.

18 Marie @ Make and Takes September 9, 2008 at 9:46 am

Ha! I agree on all accounts. Yet I still loved it, my girly self, and SO happy she became a vampire, finally. At least Meyer didn’t get us excited for nothing.

I am interested about the movie. I think it may end up being a little teeny bopish. I wish Brad Pitt could reprise his role and come back years later as Carlise or something. Even Tom Cruise could play the Volturi.

19 Lachelle September 9, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree with ALL of you. I absolutely hated reading, until I discovered this series! I read the first 3 books, in less than a week! I couldn’t put them down!

As far as talk, about Breaking Dawn being too “sexually graphic, ” are you kidding me?! If you ask me, it wasn’t GRAPHIC enough!!! :) And everyone I’ve talked too, agrees with me!! I knew that these books were marketed towards teens though, and probably wouldn’t be too descriptive. But how can you think, “they kissed……….the next morning they woke up together, ” was too graphic?? C’mon! There was nothing bad in that!

While Breaking Dawn had it’s weird twists, it ended well, and that’s all I could ask for. The only thing I remotely agree with you guys on, is the name Renesmee…..I wasn’t a big fan of that name. But other than that, I give the series 2 thumbs up!

As far as people saying how innapropriate these books are for teenagers, I strongly disagree! I will DEFINATELY let my teenagers read these books. I find nothing so bad in them, that would want me to prohibit my teens from reading these books. We live in a world full of pornography, sex, drugs, etc….and you guys are trying to tell me that these books compare to that? I sure as heck would rather my kids be reading these books than doing those other things! Some of you are saying you wouldn’t want your teenage daughters relating to Bella. C’mon! Yes, Bella’s insecurities bugged me throughout the series. But these books are FICTION people! They’re NOT TRUE! I’m sorry, but all of my teenage sisters, teenage cousins, and teenage nephews have read these books….and they turned out just fine. They know that these books are fiction. They have yet to find themselves a vampire, and fall in love.

Sorry, I don’t mean to offend anyone. This is just my opinion. These books are NOT trashy. They are a great read. I encourage anyone who has not read them, to start! :)

20 Amy :) September 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Once I found the Twilight series, I practically devoured the first three books. And even though I do agree with you on some points, I keep re-reading them! (now including the fourth) I simply cannot relate to Bella’s insecurities. Seriously, how many times does Edward have to reassure her? And when I read Breaking Dawn for the first time and got to the part where she finds out she’s pregnant, I thought maybe Stephenie Meyer had found some fanfic on the internet and just inserted it into the book. But I was happy with how that all turned out, and how the series turned out. And now I’m impatiently waiting for the movie!

21 Amy Rhoads September 16, 2008 at 1:42 pm

Seriously! I thought the same thing of Bella and her constant “does he love me” attitude. He did nothing but love her in everything he did. All of her books were page turners (however I do think that some of it could have been cut out). I loved how it all came together in the last book. I did want to see them fight at the end though…..I wanted to see a spectacular triumph of good over evil. But she showed that in a different way. It was great.

22 Pam September 18, 2008 at 7:04 am

If you go check out Stephenie Meyer’s Website you will find her explanation and reasoning for a lot of the things that bothered you in the book. For example, why it was so anticlimatic. I also agree with whoever it was that said that Midnight Sun was her best book to date. It really is! Too bad she won’t be finishing it! :(

23 savannah September 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm

i know i can’t wait either

24 Carolyn S March 27, 2009 at 9:09 am

Well, I enjoyed the books. All of them. and the movie, too. I do have a teenage daughter who is in no way interested in reading them, she is really into Jodi Piccoult, Kurt Vonegut, etc. Yes, she has her own mind and isn’t easily swayed by what others say. It wouldn’t bother me if she read them, she is old enough to make that decision. I did however see a friends daughter reading them, she is in 7th grade and I didn’t agree with that, but I’m not her mother. Anyway, I , too, hated the name Renesmee. I mean, come on. Geez! I do appreciate you all telling about the Midnight Sun book on her website. I will definitely check that out.

carolyn s

25 Katie January 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I am currently reading Breaking Dawn, and so far can’t quit reading it! I HATE the name Renesemee too, but what i like about it is, that Bella was creative and decided to mix Esmes’ and Rennes’ names into 1, but seriously!, she couldn’t have done better? And I too agree that it should be the daughters choice to read the Twilight Series! They have their own minds and are old enough to know that it’s a fiction book. And thanks for reccomending all these book series everyone! I’ll try them out! Hope I proved some good points!

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