by Stephenie Meyer
“Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. ‘Be very still,’ he whispered, as if I wasn’t already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat.”
As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because—he’s a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.
Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. (...) The precision and delicacy of Meyer’s writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. - Patty Campbell
Don’t be discouraged that it’s a book for “young adults”! Come on, HP books are also under the YA genre and we all know how fantabulous they are. ;) BBC discussion will be on January 30-31. Now here are some questions that will be discussed on the first day of our discussion:
- The accident is the first great action scene in the book. Did you get all the details right in your head the first time, or did you realize you missed finer points when Bella thinks about the accident later? What did you think about Charlie’s response to the accident? What about Edward’s cool and even sarcastic comments regarding the accident?
- There are so many humorous quotes from Chapter 9. Which is your favorite and why? The chapter ends with the famous “three things” quote. What exactly do you think was the point where Bella fell “unconditionally and irrevocably in love” with Edward?
- Chapter 13 is entitled “Confessions.” What do you think is the most meaningful confession on Bella’s part, and what is the most meaningful confession on Edward’s part? The subject of humanity and what it means to be truly human constantly comes up. How does the humanity of Bella and Edward best displayed?
- What were your first thoughts about Edward’s age and human history? Were you creeped out at all that he was so very much older than she was? Edward tells Bella very little about the process of becoming a vampire. Why do you think he chose to keep this from her when he is being so very open about everything else?