I was watching an interview with Stephenia Meyer on Oprah the other day and of course, she was talking about New Moon’s imminent release. The interview was very interesting as Stephenie spoke about how New Moon was meant to be “the quiet novel” and how the action that occurs at the end was only ever put it in because her mom told her the book was too slow-paced to be really, really interesting. I guess her mom thought that the book needed a little more “pop” at the end and eventually, Stephenie agreed with her. Of course, this got me to thinking about New Moon and how yes, it is a quieter book but, it’s probably also one of my favorites in the series. That got me to thinking, “What is my favorite book in the series?” Funny, I had become so hooked on the story and the characters that I had never asked myself this before. So, which is it?
I’m usually one to go with the “first of anything is the best” mentality. Only because this is where we will find out what the story is really all about. And because it’s usually the most original of any series. But to be honest, I think I’ve seen and read the first Twilight just a few too many times for it to be my favorite. So that leaves the other three. Eclipse was out right away. Not because it’s a bad book. It’s just that nothing really happens in it. We do see more of how torn Bella is between Edward and Jacob but other than that, it’s the same old “vampires fighting vampires” kind of stuff. And of course there’s also the same “Bella and Edward love each other” kind of stuff. So, I guess my choices are now narrowed down to New Moon and Breaking Dawn.
The fact that both of these two books are dynamite is not in question. In New Moon, I loved reading about the legends of the werewolves, where they came from, and of course, Bella’s hallucinations. This is also the first book that we really learn of Jacob’s love for Bella, and there’s something so sweet about that throughout the remaining books that it simply cannot be overlooked. And Stephenie Meyer’s mom was right – the action at the end when the Volturi need to be faced is phenomenal and made me want to duck under the covers at times. But Breaking Dawn is filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that it really is a page-flipper and has things that you just wouldn’t expect. That being said, I think that Breaking Dawn has one of the most predictable endings of any book I’ve ever read. But that doesn’t make it bad, does it?
I think this one goes to Breaking Dawn. As much as I love New Moon, and as excited as I am about the movie, there’s just too much other stuff going on in the last book of the saga. If New Moon was Meyer’s “quiet” book, then Breaking Dawn definitely qualifies as her “noisiest.” With twists and turns happening from the very first page, and so many things going on within every chapter, I think I can overlook the fact that I knew how the book would end before I even read it.
So, what’s your favorite book in the Twilight saga?