My Review of Twilight

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A few days ago, I gave you my list of 100 books to read as one of my goals for my 101 in 1001. And lo and behold, the very next morning, I got an email saying that Twilight was ready to check out. You really should look online to see what your library has for resources on it’s website. I downloaded an app that let’s me check out books. The only thing that sucks about it is that sometimes there is a huge waiting list for certain books. When I put T
twilight on hold about 6 weeks ago, I was the thirtysome person in line. Obviously, not everyone checks the book out because I would probably be waiting over a year for some books.

I can really go off on a tangent sometimes. Sorry. Anyways, my review of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

I didn’t want to read this book. I wanted to strike it from my list. I can honestly say I outgrew this type of book when I was about nine years old. It is geared towards teenage girls and doesn’t have that quality to it that would have me recommending it to any daughters I may someday have. I found it clumsy reading at times and the language didn’t have me imagining the book in my head like the Harry Potter series or Gone with the Wind did.

I also wanted to smack Bella most of the time. She is a twit. She didn’t seem to care about Edward at all as a person but was completely obsessed with the magicalness of him. It also drove me crazy that she constantly ignored her gut feeling that he was dangerous and to be feared. Did you know that gut feelings are caused by brain cells in the belly? Oh, how I wanted to smack her.

Edward just came across as a manipulative butthole. He took advantage of the fact that Bella was emotionally vulnerable after he saved her life and made himself seem like this knight in shining armor. What girl is going to believe all your warnings that you’re dangerous when you tell her he loved her too much not to let her ever be hurt? He also seemed to be incredibly jealous which throws up red flags that he could potentially become abusive. Well, he does tell her he has a hard time not killing her.

I didn’t completely hate the book. When Bella is being pursued by James, I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know how she got away. And I found Jacob’s character endearing, probably because he seemed like someone I would come across here in Wisconsin. I’m sure Ms. Meyer will ruin his character for me in the following books based on all the Team Jacob crap I’ve heard.

So final verdict: The first two-thirds of the book was hard to read. It didn’t have a good enough plot to keep me wanting to read and the language made me feel like I was reading a twelve year old’s diary. Once some real danger was added to the story, then I was interested but it was still hard to read. I look forward to seeing the character development of Jacob and Alice in the next three books but this is not a book I will go out and buy so I can reread it. It was like a Harlequin romance novel: predictable enough to make a good brain pillow but too juvenile for an adult to read to relax the brain.

Please remember that this is only my humble opinion. I didn’t know anything about this book except it was a teen romance with vampires. I haven’t seen the movies. I definitely won’t now.

If you’ve read the book, please let me know if you loved it, hated it or just felt kinda “meh” about it. Be respectful of other’s opinions though.

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Bridesmaids and Date Night

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For our anniversary, we had a date night at the movies. Since we didn’t want to drive to Appleton to go to the movies, we decided to head to the theater in Shawano. They were only playing four movies: Thor 3D, Fast Five, Something Borrowed and Bridesmaids.

I am not a fan of the Fast and Furious movies, neither one of us wanted to see Thor and Ken didn’t want to see a chick flick. So we decided to see Bridesmaids because I told Ken it was a female version of The Hangover.

It was not like The Hangover. It was wittier and funnier and written much better.

I could have done without the very awkward sex scene. It just made me uncomfortable and was completely unnecessary. They could have implied her boyfriend was inattentive in bed without being so graphic. I also didn’t appreciate the cuss words. I didn’t notice too many but I could have been laughing too hard to hear them.

Kristen Wiig shines as Annie, who’s asked to be her best friend’s maid of honor. Her fellow bridesmaids are a diverse group of women: the newlywed wearing rose colored glasses, the frustrated mom with teenage boys, the very unfeminine sister of the groom (the actress plays Molly on Mike & Molly) and the best friend from work who tries to prove she’s the better friend.

Major bonus is Chris O’Dowd playing a sexy Irish state trooper/love interest. He’s so cute in a dorky way. I have a new crush.

Ken laughed his bum off and keeps quoting the movie. Too bad it’s part of the movie that has a cuss word.

I could tell you more but I won’t. Go see this movie. If you don’t want to see the sex scene, go get popcorn the first five minutes of the movie. It is rated R so some may object to seeing it. Wait til it airs on cable to watch it.

It was funny and sweet without being a “chick flick”. Just see it and see.