Ahh, I've been looking for this thread.....
I only found out about Twilight recently. I kept hearing about it and I thought it was a tv show or something and then I saw the trailer on tv and I was like "OMG, vampire love". I love some vampire love stories. When I found out it was young adult, I was a little dissappointed because I am an adult and sex and language is part of life at this age so I tried to step back and look at it from a teenage view.
After I started reading it, by the 20th page, I knew I was going to love it. The style of writing was great and I loved it. Twilight was soft and romantic and it was straight forward and thats what I liked about it, it wasn't too much beating around the bush to me. Every chapter in Twilight was pivotal to the series and it shaped how you thought of the characters. By the end of it, I couldn't be more happier with where it was going.
New Moon, *sigh*, I keep telling myself that it was a necessary evil for the series to go on but it was depressing and hard to read. Where I sped through Twilight, New Moon, I had to push myself to continue and read. I mean Jacob is a vital part of the series but I don't really like him and Bella's relationship outside of friends. I was already wearing my "Team Bella Cullen" t-shirt and Jacob was pissing me off. I hated how Bella acted and I couldn't wait till it was over. Of course it redeemed itself in the end with the return and the marriage proposal but other than that, I could have lived without it.
Eclipse was a great book, I loved it, I was pissed at Bella through half of it with her "selfless" self trying to save Jacob at every turn but I could deal and it made me want her and Edward even more. If there is another book I would read again first besides Twilight, it would be this one. I think she and Edward started shaping there relationship in this book where they were making bets and compromises and all of those things. I think this was the second best in the series but after I read them all again(because the first time I read all 4 in 6 days) I will have a better understanding of everything maybe.
Breaking Dawn was a love hate relationship for me from the beginning. I didn't like Jacob having a book, it made me mad but at the same time I understood him more and his feelings for Bells. I thought the book had some unnecessary chapters in it and then towards the end, I felt like it was rushing. I love the "..and they all lived happily ever after" ending, that didn't bother me. The pregnancy and the kid made me *sigh*, I can see how it went there but at the same time I was think "oh come on Steph", I think there could have been something else to it but I was ok with that. I was so happy with Bella becoming a vampire atlast but I would have liked her to have more chapters with that part of her life. I loved that by Breaking Dawn, it was pushing the series and taking a bigger adult stand. I loved that Stephanie was sliding the sexual aspect of the relationships into the book in a very respectable way.
I think the way it ended leaves it at the end but also with the option of the story continuing because there is more to think of. Jacob/Nessie, the retribution from Vulturi, and Leah. I think those all make the series want to go on but if the main characters aren't Bella and Edward and coming from their POV, I don't really see me reading any more of the series books.
Midnight Sun is weird for me because while I was reading what was on her site, I wanted to read Twilight again and go chapter by chapter with Bella POV and then Edwards POV, and I will probably do that when the official book comes out.
All and all, the first 4 books will make it to my hardback book collection because I can see myself reading this series more than once. Twilight was obviously the best and I think Eclipse was the second. The story is pouring over in romance and I love that, the characters are deep and not overly strange and I love that.
I love how she took vampirism and swung it to another angle. The only part of it I didn't really like was the venom in there mouth, and the no fangs was interestingly strange...lol. I loved the walking in daytime and rainbow reflections in the sun. I loved the "vegetarian" choices and the granite, ice cold skin, that part of her change in the "traditional" vampire is what made her original and unique in the series. Her vampire can't really be compared to any other vampires really. I haven't read many vampire books but I've seen lots of shows and movies and hers are different and I love that.
If I could dream at all, it would be about you. And I'm not ashamed of it. ~Edward (TW ch.15)