Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Teenagers need fads. Even the brooding intellectual kind need a standard to conform around. The more fantastic, the better. Thus This explains the mega success of book series like Harry Potter or film trilogies like Pirates of the Caribbean.

Stephanie Meyer joins the breed of innovative fantasy fiction authors with her debut novel Twilight – the latest literary fad among young adults. Largely aimed at a female audience, the plot centres around the love story of a vampire called Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, a normal human girl. The author presents a sympathetic view of the Cullen vampire family, namely Carlise and Esme, and their foster children Edward, Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie. These vampires are ‘’civilized’’ and survive on the blood of animals, leaving humans unharmed. Nevertheless their behaviour in normal society is tense and strained, which makes for interesting chemistry between the two protagonists. You are treated to the gushing emotions of a vulnerable young girl, as well as the complex intrigue surrounding a supernatural being with a natural instinct for killing.

The story begins with Bella moving into her father’s house in the quiet town of Forks in the U.S.A. She meets Edward at her high school, and quickly realises that he has special qualities. Incredible speed, strength, a pale complexion and colour-changing eyes are some of his magnetic traits. The book is abundant in vampire lore, and lovers of urban legends will enjoy the bits where Bella unravels Edward’s secrets. Her friend Jacob Black is another interesting character with his own bag of quirks, and the later books in the series explore him in detail.

After Bella and Edward fall in love, their relationship continuously teeters on the brink of peril. Their own relation with each other is like one between a lion and a lamb – delicate, brittle and with great emotional depth. Some antagonistic vampires are introduced, who hunt Bella in a nail-biting chase. Of course, the dashing Edward predictably saves the day in swoon-worthy heroic style. The book contains a healthy formula of dreamy love, sexual tension, witty repartee and cutting action sequences.