Twilight books

Merry - posted on 03/17/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )

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So for my birthday last year my husband bought me the twilight books. I read all 4 books in 6 days! Then a week later I re read them all!
It's been 3 months now since my birthday and I've read them about 5 times.
I have a friend who is also obsessed with the books, she has read them more then me, but started earlier then me too.

But my mother in law has this huge problem with the books, she hasn't read them but she is so quick to judge them saying they are bad morals and horrible models to set up for women etc.
My sister calls them junk food books, she said they don't even count as real reading! She also hasn't read them.

Have you read them?
So far I've only known people to love them after reading, all the opposers seem to have decided bot even to read them before passing judgement which bothers me.
If they read them and don't like them I'll listen to their opinion, but to judge without even reading it? Just seems dumb.

Ps, I'm not debating the movies here, my feelings for the movies are mixed, and I don't really think the movies are good representations of the books anyways. They don't do them justice in my opinion :)

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Laura you'll probably enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse "Southern Vampire Mystery" series by Charlaine Harris. The True Blood HBO series is nothing like the books. The books are better ;-) It is a light, easy read. Romance between the main character Sookie & Bill the Southern gentleman vamp! Plus throw in another hot vamp, Eric....there's a lot of paranormal creatures with each book in the series. Easy reading, nothing to strain your brain over and entertaining. The steamy scenes aren't too bad either! BUT.....if you're looking for something more erotic, then try the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There's a huge paranormal romance community on amazon.com that I browse for book ideas and opinions from other readers.

Jayce - posted on 03/18/2011

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I read them just to see what he hype was about. I didn't like them. I prefer my vampires to be blood suckers not tree huggers.

Minnie - posted on 03/17/2011

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I really don't seek to gain my personal definition of morality from fiction books. I would hope that most other people would do the same.

I've read novels since I was in third grade and not once did I ever base my sense of morality or my philosophy on fiction. I was reading Anne Rice at thirteen and they are far darker and dirtier than the Twilight series. It bothers me when people insist that a book will give girls/teenagers/women or anyone else a false sense of reality or be a 'bad model' for them- can't people see the difference between a novel and real life?

I did like the books, but they don't carry the weight of other novels I've read. I don't feel that the author's writing is as 'deep'- or maybe it's just that I lean toward a more complex or poetic style, I don't know. I think that her novels were geared to teenage or young adults, though, so that may be why.

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Tinker1987 - posted on 04/18/2011

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i loved the books more then the movies. you understand the characters so much more reading...!

Brandy - posted on 04/17/2011

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the books and myself had read them 8 times with in a year. I am a stay at home mom and my child loves to cuddle so she and I will cuddle up on the couch and I will be reading my book and she will be reading her book. Its a great experance for a child to learn how to keep them selves entertain and to know that reading is a wonderful thing. Children use there imaginations alot and it helps them define who they are as a indivual. So I say go ahead and read the books again and use your imagination while reading.

Amy - posted on 04/06/2011

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I only read original post. Sorry, life doesn't let me read it all anymore. :( I have read all of them since a friend told me they were phenomenal. Eh, I thought they were okay. Entertaining, but mostly a teen fluff story. I know they are considered young adult books, but i don't think i'd let my daughter read those until she was at least 14. The movies....were a disappointment to me. But then, all movies are if you read the book first. I think they could have made the movies great, but just seemed lacking somehow to me.

JUNK FOOD BOOKS: Hell yeah, I love my Karen Marie Moning - love the vamps/time travel/highlanders - love sherrilyn kenyon's dark hunter series - and currently my fluff waste of time is kresley cole's paranormals Immortals after dark. Love it. :)

Stifler's - posted on 04/06/2011

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No but I've seen the movies. I hate them lol I've heard the books are better. The harry Potter books were way better than the movies, the movies disappointed me because I had an image of what everything in Harry Potter looked like and the movie didn't do it justice. I have a feeeling a lot of Twilight book fans feel the same about the Twilight movies.

April - posted on 04/06/2011

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I prefer the Twilight books more than the movies but i also prefer to read books that are realistic. (Even though i liked the Harry Potter books a lot, it could be due to the fact i've read them since i was 13 LOL)

Victoria - posted on 04/04/2011

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I read the books because my sister made me. I figured I've made her enjoy things that I like, so now it's my turn.
I found the books to be written in "young teenage girl". The style of writing is exactly the way my, then 15 year old, sister and her friends talk. I thought is was an interesting twist on vampires and werewolves. I thought it was interesting that Bella was the one throwing herself at Edward and he said no, because it was his moral code. It's not often we come across media that has someone not only stand up for what they believe in, but I don't think it degraded the beliefs of others (as far as sex before marriage).
I seriously only watched the movies so I could heckle.

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I read the first book at the insistence of my friend who thinks they are the next Tolkien saga. I wrote better stuff in high school. The characters are vapid and Bella is such a Mary Sue it isn't even funny. I did not like Edward , I think he's a stalkerish perv. AFter all, what person who is essentially a very old man wants to hang out with a teenage girl? Other than looking young, we would all call him out on it.

Sunny - posted on 04/01/2011

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I don't like the Twilight books. I find that they are poorly written and some of the grammar even puts me off. Harry Potter on the other hand, I love.

Cherish - posted on 03/31/2011

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I like the movies I really want to read the books. And im 23 and I love harry potter, always have..ive been reading them since they first came out when I was 12. Every time another book comes out I read it, and in my opinion jk rowling is a brilliant author and writer.

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2011

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I love the Twilight novels! I wasn't a believer either until I tried the first movie before reading the book. Now I am reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels (Trueblood is a TV show based on these books) and there is where your mom can say books are bad for morals. Twilight doesn't even come close to being bad.

Brie - posted on 03/30/2011

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ok so i posted before i read... ladies if you are looking for good fiction to read.. an auther named Laurell K. Hamilton is amazing... I have read her books several times... They are definately adult readers but they are wonderful!!! She has two different series out a vampire hunter series and a fairy series.. both are great... the vampire series is called the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series and the fairy series is called the Merry Gentry Series... check them out there are like 20 books in the Anita Blake series and around 10 in the fairy series... IMO this woman is amazing!!! you have to read them in order!!! the first anita blake vampire book is called Guilty Pleasures and the first merry gentry fairy book is called A Kiss of Shadows.. they have everything you could want in a book from romance to thriller to mystery...

Brie - posted on 03/30/2011

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wouldn't this be a good time to use the "Don't judge a book by its cover." saying both in the figurative and literal sense???!!! lol.. anyway.. I have read the books and seen the movies.. I admit the movies aren't that great but oh well when is a movie ever as good as a book?? the books were pretty good I enjoyed reading them and they were hard to put down. I only read Breaking Dawn (the fourth one) twice. It takes an amazing book, IMO, for me to read more than once. I have a problem with getting bored and never finishing it if I really don't like it enough to reread. I agree with you that they shouldn't put it down until they read it. How can you have an argument unless they have solid facts or at the very least a first hand opinion? The answer.. You can't.. therefore they have no right to criticize either you or the books until they read them. Either way you can't change their opinion and the best you can do is ignore them if they won't at least attempt to read them...

Alexis - posted on 03/28/2011

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I have not read these books but I have read other books that people have labeled the same way, and yet I loved them. I wouldnt worry about the morals that the book may be representing, I don't learn my morals from any stephen king books, or most movies\tv shows I watch. If I did I would be one messed up person. If you love them, read them. It isnt affecting anybody else so don't worry about their opinion.

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My biggest problem with the Twilight series (and I've only read 2) is that they're badly written. I can forgive a lot of things but I can't forgive bad writing.
Like the others, my fiction reading doesn't define my morals or lifestyle!

Merry - posted on 03/20/2011

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I guess I might like more depth, but honestly the only books I've read in my adult life are Harry potter and twilight! And I liked the first few Harry potters better cuz they were easier to read.
I guess at 22 I'm still more of a teen in my reading styles. But oh well, I managed to enjoy the classics in high school like scarlet letter when all my class mates were struggling to understand it, so.....
I just want some steamy romance! So disappointing how they skipped over all the sexy stuff in twilight. I guess that's why we have imaginations and dreams :)

Minnie - posted on 03/20/2011

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Oooh- me too, but I prefer more depth. Went to the library and they didn't have any Dark Hunter series- only The League or something, by the same author.

I'm going to have to finish up the Mayfair Witches chronicles.

Merry - posted on 03/20/2011

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Sharon what would you recommend to me for a nice easy read book, like twilight, but with more romance! Any of the ones you mentioned, but I really don't read much and I have to say I enjoy the easy reads. But twilight was not exactly adult content romance :) and I'd love a great passionate love story. Any suggestions?

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I have always been a reader, and Anne Rice kick-started my passion for the vamp books. But I admit that Twilight energized it to a higher level. I taught 7th/8th grade Reading for so many years and was always interested in what my students were reading. But I did not get interested in Twilight until the excitement and release of Breaking Dawn. So, my 16 year old babysitter loaned me Twilight. Then another Reading teacher loaned me the other books. Soon I started to read more of the Young Adult Vamp/Paranormal genre-the House of Night series, Blue Blood series, Vampire Academy series, The Vampire Diaries-books my students were reading, and still are reading now that I'm teaching 9th grade this year. Then I was getting bored, and stepped it up to the adult vamp/paranormal romance genre-ya know the hot, steamy, erotic versions! I just can't put these books down. It started with the Sookie Stackhouse-"True Blood" series (Charlaine Harris), then the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (JR Ward) then the Dark Hunter series (Sherilyn Kenyon), The Demonica series (Larissa Ione), and now I am reading the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. I reread a lot of my Anne Rice books too over the past few years. I read other books in between, but I always go back the paranormal romance genre. It's pure entertainment, nothing to be overanalyzed.

Jenny - posted on 03/20/2011

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I found it difficult to read them (although i did force myself to read all 4 in a week) mostly because the writing just lacked depth! Seriously, couldn't she have been a little more descriptive about the character's thougt process? It was a bit too simplistic but what kept me going is that it has a great romantic story line! Got me hooked despite the bad writing :)

And it was very low key on the romance "action" department imo compared to what else is out there in romance department. So i'd have no issues with anyone reading them at any age! lol.

Charlie - posted on 03/19/2011

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LOL , I read all four in four days ( I was due with my first son and had nothing else to do )

I agree it's fiction people shouldnt try to over analyze these things .

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I enjoyed them. Team Jacob. He's seems more human (as in personality, I know he's the closer of the two boys to being human). Edward is too intense and controlling.

My sister and I have a deal where we'll each buy half a series and share. So I have access to them if I want to re-read, but it's not a series I'm interested in reading again. I didn't really like the ending. It wrapped up too neatly.

I just read a series called "The Hunger Games." LOVED it.

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I am interested in reading them but i have way to much reading to do for Uni so i wont be reading for entertainment for a while.
I also have not read the harry potter books and i am far from interested in them. I can't even stand the movies.

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I read them. I enjoyed them. Um.... bad morals and stuff? They are VAMPIRE books. Purely fiction for entertainment. I wouldn't let my 9 year olds read them, but would as teenagers.

Easy, entertaining reading. Don't like them? Don't read them. Problem solved. :) I wouldn't worry about someone else's opinion of them though. When choosing a book for me to read the only opinion that matters is mine.

Minnie - posted on 03/18/2011

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Well, he's not human either :).



Fiction is fiction- I'm not going to find a book that 100% falls in line with my personal morality and philosophy of life. I read Beatrix Potter to my young girls, and I'm an attachment parent who is against spanking. And her books are full of it. I just explain that some people do that but we don't and that we should have compassion for others, not hit them.



At five and two they get it. Just like I got that I couldn't go around killing people and summoning demons from reading Anne Rice.

Merry - posted on 03/18/2011

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Mil just thinks they are bad because he is like 90 years old with a 18 year old. And she thinks it's bad how she is so obsessed with him, like it's unhealthy she is so quickly devoted to him 100%
and she thinks the relationship is unhealthy because they are too serious too early blah blah blah
Like I said, she hasn't read them so I can't honestly understand why she thinks she can judge them based on bits and pieces.
I think the books have great values, I just think that sometimes love does find you young, and sometimes it's very strong right from the start.
Like fate
That's how it was with me and matt.

Rosie - posted on 03/18/2011

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books like that don't seem to draw my interest. the whole theme seems dumb to me, so i wouldn't read them. i do judge based off of the premise-vampires are not really my bag. i like crime, and funny novels. harry potter really doesn't peak my interest bookwise either. i'm sure they're wonderfully written, but IDK. *shrug*

as for the moral thing, i fail to see what's immoral about them? i don't base my morals off of sex before marriage, but alot of people do, and they wait to have sex until theyr'e married. pretty moral if you ask me.is the the whole supernatural aspect of the story that people find immoral? i really don't understand that whole argument.

♥TIA♥ - posted on 03/18/2011

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I enjoyed it. It has been the first in many years since I cared to read such books. It was good for the soul and enlightening for the imagination. Yet in reality we all have our own personal life to connect to it or not. My opinion, it is good in morals since the first time in a decade or more there have ever been a man that cared to do it right as far as marriage first. And a family that actually do have each others backs and the fact that we don't have such will power as much as the Cullens portray to do whats right for others first. And so forth. I also did read the 4 books within a week.

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Oh I LOVE Matilda it is THE book that really made me appreciate the magic of books - it was the first book that I truely lost myself in...sorry a little off track but I just felt I needed to share :-)

Amber - posted on 03/18/2011

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They were easy to read and I enjoyed them. I enjoy just about all books though.
I don't think they are classics that will be looked back on for hundreds of years to come, but they are fun to read.

April - posted on 03/18/2011

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I read all of the books and I agree with Lisa. It is silly to base morality on fiction. Besides, your mother-in-law could probably say the same thing about nearly every book. Here's a good example: When I was 9, I read the book Matilda. Matilda is a young girl-genius with supernatural powers. Her parents ignore her and she pretty much fends for herself. One could call that child abuse/neglect and choose to avoid reading the book.

Minnie - posted on 03/18/2011

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Hahah, I never got around to reading Harry Potter simply because when they came out my little sister was obsessed with them. I probably will though, if my girls ever decide to read them.

What I didn't like about the Twilight series is that they're just- simple. That's about it- simple.

Candi - posted on 03/18/2011

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I was thinking about reading them. My daughter read one page and got bored, so its been sitting on the shelf. My son feels its too girly for him. He read Eragon in 3rd grade, then the second of that series a few months later, so thats where his interest lies. He is in 6th grade now and says Twilight is "below his level and girly."lol. Who cares. I will read anything with words. I won't talk trash about something until I can base an honest opinion though. The only reason I hesitate is b/c my interest normally lies with nonfiction, but I will read it eventually. Don't take things so personally. If someone doesn't agree with your book choice, then so be it. Everybody has their own opinion

Lacye - posted on 03/18/2011

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I have not read the books yet but I want to. I have heard some good things about them and I've heard some bad things about them.

As for Harry Potter, I enjoyed those books. They could be kinda droll at times but for the most part I liked the story line to the whole series.

Merry - posted on 03/18/2011

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Yeah my sister was at least reasonable, I told her not to talk about them with me until she reads them first. She agreed because she understands that her opinion is all second hand. Mother in law, different story. Now she thinks the books played a part in her sons wife leaving hum last month. I mean, seriously they are just books, they can't cause women to leave their husbands!

I personally love them because I am an easy reader person. I haven't actually read a book in a few years, and I read Harry potter for the first time last year and loved them! I saw the twilight movies and wasn't impressed that much, but the third movie sparked my interest because I felt the books might give more details I was wondering about.
I wouldn't let my young daughters read the books, I guess I feel that romance books should be kept for later in life, but I can't imagine how mil has an issue with me, a married woman and mother, reading some teen romance!

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I really enjoy the Twilight books, and everyone who I know who has read them (including those I coaxed to read them) also love them - my SIL especially she has read and re-read them so many times and she normally doesn't read books.

I do agree with your SIL to a degree though, yes they are 'junk food' books or as I call them easy readers, by that I mean they're not a difficult read but they are incredibly enjoyable and although you may not be getting anything substantial from them you do get a satisfaction that only junk will give you.

Like Lisa I don't get my morals from the books I read, I read them for enjoyment NOT to decide right from wrong - I get that from my family, friends, people around me etc.

I would just ignore all the nay sayers and enjoy your reading, or even better say to them I would love to hear your honest critique of the series AFTER you have read the books, it'd be great to debate with you the good and bad points of the books - see if that shuts them up.

Ashley - posted on 03/17/2011

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Sorry i have to repost since i didint read he comments till after. You dident like Harry Potter OMG lol i cant wait to read that with my son o well every one has different tastes. I read everything and although i found books similar to the twilight books and to be honest better written i still really enjoyed them. Ignore the critics if it brings you enjoyment.

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I read about a page at a book store... they are trash. She doesn't know how to write. I felt like she was just trying to make the fans happy. I've read a few bits and pieces of the other books and that just made me hate them more.

It only got worse when there were 100+ drunk (like stink drunk) women standing outside the movie theater for the midnight showing.

But I also didn't like Harry Potter... I felt she couldn't write either. Although her books were meant for 12 year olds not 18+.

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