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Schrijver: Stephenie Meyer
Jaartal eerste druk: 2005
Aantal bladzijden: 512
Uitgeverij: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance, vampire
“I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.”
17-year-old Bella Swan leaves the sunny state of Arizona to go live with her dad in Forks, Washington, where she will finish high school. When sitting in the school cafeteria, she meets Edward Cullen, who is inhumanly beautiful, but also an outsider. Edward and his family have lived in the gloomy town of Forks for several years but have never been fully accepted. Bella is immediately drawn to Edward, but after their first encounter, Edward disappears for a few days. When he returns and unexpectedly saves Bella’s live from a car crash, she knows two things for certain: one, Edward is a vampire, and two, she is irrevocably in love with him.
Edward and his family are vampires but consider themselves to be vegetarians. They don’t feed on human blood, only on animals. Nevertheless, Edward remains inhumanly dangerous and tries to keep his distance towards Bella. Her blood is very appealing to him, but he could never live with himself if he hurt her. Their love turns out to be too strong to keep Bella and Edward apart. Bella sets foot in this new world where both fairy tales and nightmares turn out to be a reality…
Bella Swan: Isabella, who prefers to be called Bella, is the main character. She is somewhat awkward, old-fashioned and mature for her age.
Edward Cullen: Edward is a 109-year old vampire who presents himself as a 17-year-old high school student. Edward has a supernatural gift for reading people’s minds.
Jacob Black: Jacob Black lives on the Quileute reservation and becomes Bella’s best friend. He tells Bella about his tribe’s legends that help her figure out that Edward and his family are “cold ones”, a term used for vampires.
Charlie Swan: Bella’s father, he is chief of police in Forks. He is best friends with Jacob’s father.
Carlisle Cullen: Edward’s adoptive father who turned Edward into a vampire and leads their vegetarian vampire family. He is also a respected doctor.
Alice Cullen: Edward’s adoptive vampire sister. Her supernatural gift is being able to see the future
The main theme throughout the book is the impossible love between a human and a vampire.
Running motives in the book are love, fear, good and evil. The main character Bella struggles with these when she falls in love with a vampire.
Twilight is the time of day it is safest for the vampires to be in public. This is because of their skin that glitters in sunlight and would reveal their secret. The word Twilight is also typical for the town of Forks, since it rains most of the time and is mostly covered in clouds.
The story is told by Bella. Her thoughts, as well as the expressions of the characters, are discussed extensively. You get a very personal perspective from Bella and the many dialogues are elaborate.
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” he murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. “What a stupid lamb,” I sighed. “What a sick, masochistic lion.”
The most interesting part of Twilight is how this vampire romance became a bestseller around the world and set a stage for a vampire fandom. Vampires are no longer just seen as characters for horror stories, but instead they are made appealing and romantic. The book references old classics like Romeo and Juliet several times and connects the past to the future in a fantasy setting. This book is recommended to everyone who enjoys love stories, supernatural beings and life threatening situations.
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