Breaking Dawn by Stehpanie Meyer: My Take

Yesterday afternoon I bought Breaking Dawn. Last night I read the book. Mainly because I know that some of you want me to read it so that you can borrow it — instead of getting put on the “wait list” at the library. Now you can be on a “wait list” with me, instead.

At any rate, here’s my take. Be warned: Spoilers.

The first half of Breaking Dawn took up right where Eclipse left off. Which meant that I spent the first half of the book annoyed. I’m not a fan of romance, and I’m not a fan of teenage angst. And I’m not a fan of detailed descriptions of what angst-ridden and romantic people do.

(Spoilers coming!) When Bella gets pregnant on the honeymoon, and she comes back to give birth to her half-vampire spawn, we switch to the Jacob view. Which is also annoying. But the titles of the chapters in that portion of the book are rather amusing. Things like “Sure as hell didn’t see that one coming” and “Good thing I have a strong stomach” and “You know things are bad when you feel guilty for being rude to vampires.” The titles made me laugh, despite the fact that the moment Bella’s baby is revealed a girl, I just knew whom Jacob was going to imprint upon a few pages later.

Happily, though, a little more than halfway through the book we have a shift (back to Bella’s narration — Jacob’s fairly useless now that he’s imprinted) to the Volturi threat. After all, we know that the Volturi aren’t going to sit back and watch Carlisle’s family grow by yet another gifted member. Plus, what if the little bundle of joy (who talks and deposits pictures into others’ brains) is an abomination? The political interactions and schemes are what held me through the end of the book.

Although I didn’t think it would actually come to a fight, I was still kind of disappointed when it didn’t. Like Stefan and Vladimir, I was ready for the Volturi to have their butts handed to them. This does leave the door open for further books, of course, but I’m not sure I would read them if they were written. Anything more would be mostly episodic. Maybe Meyer wants to set things up like Orson Scott Card did with the Ender stories. The potential for endless episodes of related characters. (Disclosure: I lost interest in Ender after Children of the Mind.) Or maybe the Twilight Saga is really ended. Whatever.

I liked the last half (but only the last half mind you) of Breaking Dawn better than any of the other books in this series.

But still not my favorite book. Not. Even. Close.

What do you think of Breaking Dawn? What do you think of the Twilight Saga?

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6 thoughts on “Breaking Dawn by Stehpanie Meyer: My Take”

  1. Everyone has recommended the Meyer books so highly that I thought I would be a fool not to read them. I got through the first chapter of Twilight but didn’t really get sucked in to it like our fourteen-year-old babysitter said I would.

    I prefer fiction that is much, much shorter. And written in verse.

  2. LOL. I like your reference to your babysitter.

    I prefer prose to verse, and I’m also a fantasy and science fiction lover.

    However, I see the Twilight series as an easy read — a bit of an escape. It’s like TV for the brain. I class it with Dan Brown in that way. Not the best books, but entertaining enough.

  3. I really enjoyed this series, and will admit that maybe I fell in love with Edward…just a little bit.

    The thing I think you have to keep in mind is that it is written for a younger audience.I found myself many times thinking, “okay what just happened was kinda lame.” but then I reminded myself to just enjoy it and not read into it too much. I agree that it is just an easy read which is nice every now and then.

    The book was definitely predictable, and it definitely got better halfway through even though I was a bundle of nerves until I knew everything was going to be okay, but I thought it was a great ending that wrapped everything up as much as possible while still leaving room for future story lines, which by the way, I read an interview where Stephenie Meyer said she was still considering more Twilight novels, but they would no longer be centered around Bella and Edward, with one exception, she is writing Twilight again, but with Edward narrating this time and from his perspective. Could be really interesting…

  4. Thanks for the perspective, Lindsie! It’s good to remember whom Twilight is written for. Although on the flip side, Harry Potter is also written for young adults, as are numerous other books that I enjoy much more… I guess in the end it’s just a matter of preference.

    I guess Twilight from Edward’s view might be more interesting. (And, honestly, Edward is my favorite character as well.) But I’m not sure how I feel about more and more books. It’s sort of like how I lost interest in Anne of Green Gables (even as an 8-year-old) when Anne got married and stories starting revolving around her children.

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