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Loving a vampire can get a bit too exciting. Reading about it is, of course, another thing altogether, writes Ruchira Hoon.

books Updated: Dec 06, 2008 20:37 IST
Ruchira Hoon
Ruchira Hoon
Hindustan Times

Breaking Dawn
l Rs 550 l pp 768
l Rs 350 l pp 488
New Moon
l Rs 350 l pp 608
l Rs 350 l pp 464
Stephanie Meyer

Blood, suspense, vampires and intense romance. That’s Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series — Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn — for you. The story revolves around 17-year-old mortal Bella Swan who meets Edward, a gorgeous vampire. As the two fall compellingly in love, they deal with their unusual, almost supernatural obstacle-laden situation.

For starters, their diets are different — Bella’s a regular meat-and-potatoes type of girl while Edward likes well, obviously blood. He’s frozen at 18 and has been a vampire for over a hundred years while she grows older with every new book. Stephanie Meyer has woven a love story so passionate that it seems almost unrealistic. Teens across the world have been extremely receptive to the series, identifying with Bella’s extreme love — bordering on pativrata — for Edward.

In the first and the best book, Twilight (2005), the all-consuming love Bella feels for Edward comes across powerfully. Book two is where it gets tame. In New Moon (2006), there’s the use of dark versus light, cold versus hot to depict conflict. But Bella is so caught up in her own life that she misses out on being a teenager. Book three, Eclipse (2007), carries forward the predictable thread from

New Moon — of revenge and subsequent compromise. It lacks the suspense that’s very evident in the first two books.

Breaking Dawn (2008), the final of this cult fiction series, makes up for all that the previous two books lacked. Meyer’s told the story superbly, making you want to bite your nails out of sheer terror at one point to feeling like big glob of mush at another. The only catch: you should have the stomach for oodles of blood. The ending is unexpected and is perhaps the beginning of a brand new series.

It’s no surprise that Meyer has been touted as the next J.K. Rowling. Her books are thrilling, perhaps not as magical as the Harry Potter series. But she’s used her imagination vividly and created another world.

First Published: Dec 06, 2008 20:22 IST