Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (13 October — 18 October)

Twilight. Oh, Twilight. I wasn’t going to read this book, but I was recently visiting with my spoon (read: best friend) and she was shocked that I hadn’t read it. When I left her place, I had all four books of the series in my hands and instructions to read them so that I could go see the movie with her.

And, of course, the book fit with the RIP Challenge, which I have now completed. Hurrah! My first challenge, complete.

So I read this one. And it was okay, I guess.

The premise is somewhat clichéd… girl (Bella) meets boy (Edward), boy hates girl, girl falls in love with boy, turns out boy is actually in love with girl but doesn’t want to get too close because he’s a vampire. Oy. There’s also the usual “creating a new vampire mythology and then making fun of the girl for not knowing it” bit and the “but don’t worry, we don’t usually bite humans” bit.

The part I did like about the book was later on, when a second pack of non-“vegetarian” vampires comes along and one of them decides he’s going to hunt Bella. Complex escape plans are made, futures are seen, minds are read, a vampire comes to kill Bella… and then nothing. All the action takes place off-screen, as it were, and the reader finds out about it through lame exposition.

If I want a vampire love story in the future, I’ll just go watch Buffy. At least there are some good fight scenes there.

Rating: 5/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2005, RIP Challenge)