Breaking Dawn

I just love this cover!
I just love this cover!

By Stephenie Meyer
Little, Brown, 2008

I’ve been sitting here for several minutes trying to wrap my brain around just what I want to say about this book and to do it without giving too much away.  I hope to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but I am pretty sure spoilers will leak into my review.  So, without further ado…

 

SPOILER

 

 

SPACE

 

 

There now, I feel free! 

First off, I want to say I loved this book.  

Flat.  Out.  Loved.  It. 

I’ve been looking around at Amazon and different blogs at reader reactions and I am mystified.  I do not understand why so many readers have their panties in a twist about Breaking Dawn.  What the heck were they expecting?  What Stephenie Meyer has done here is give us one heck of a wild ride and tied up everything nice and neat with a nifty little bow and it’s all ready for a sequel. 

So much happened in these 750+ pages!  The romantic in me is satisfied.  Bella got her Edward and Jacob is still in her life in a totally unconventional but satisfying way.  The feminist in me is reasonably happy as well.  Bella grew a backbone!   Although, I never had as big a problem with Bella as some, I knew she had a backbone.  She was just a little misguided about what it took to make her a complete and happy woman. 

So, I loved the sappy romance, the new and improved Bella, the surprise that she was made a vampire, the neat resolution to the end and the possibilities of more to come.  Yes, I totally did not expect Bella to become a vampire.  I really, really did not expect the new character we were introduced to.  I did not expect the resolution of Jacob, but I am not as bothered by it as so many others are. 

I’m thinking that since my expectations were not as HIGH as some peoples and that I already EXPECTED the way women and men and relationships and all that would be portrayed the way they WERE, I was able to just enjoy the book for what it was.  It’s not destined to be a classic.  I am sorry, but Meyer is NOT the next JK Rowling.  But it was what it was.  A sweet, vampire, love story.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I was glad that Bella got her happily ever after.  So, as an adult reader of the Twilight Saga, I am immensely satisfied with Breaking Dawn.  For those who hated it, I strongly recommend bringing Meyer down off her pedestal and do a reread.  And don’t hate me for loving it either.

If you have reviewed this book and would like me to link to you hear, let me know in the comments!

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So…what do you think?

Check this out!

http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1585900&vid=226476 Update – I fixed this link! Go watch!

This is some behind the scenes action on the set of Twilight. I’m still not so sure about this. I’ll probably go see it though.

Over at the MTV Movie Blog, they have been following the shooting and have lots of posts up about it, if you want more info. Interestingly, they have a post up today about how Robert Pattison (Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies and Edward in Twilight) is composing Bella’s Lullaby for the movie. If you recall, Edward wrote Bella a lullaby on piano. They don’t know if they will use it yet, but Hardwicke (the director) said if it was good, they would.