In all honestly, when Twilight came out I missed it entirely. It wasn't until a review called it 'the next Harry Potter' that I even bought the book. This was about the time the movie came out. I read the books, I loved them, but more for the "Beauty and the Beast" type story that because they're "vampires". I was looking forward to the movie. Then I saw it. I HATE it, it ruined anything good about it. Plus all these fans who have never read the books, and now never will. They think Patterson is Cullen (Sheesh. Yeah, and Richard Cox is Inuyasha) and Stewart is Swan.
Personally, I've loved vampires all my life (Thank you Sesame Street. The Count, remember?) but I don't believe that the Twilight "vampires" are vampires. I read someone compare it to a person who's never seen a zebra, calling it a horse for lack of a better term. That's what they think she did: had a dream with a creature that happens to drink blood, but isn't a vampire. And I agree.
The "die-hard" fans, though, honestly get on my nerves. To say nothing of the trash that's posted on fanfiction.net. Not that there aren't good Twilight stories, but seriously, some of it is just sick.
Twilight has gotten a bad rap because of the way Bella clings to Edward (which to be honest seems to be a character trait), and just how controlling he is. As well as the constant references to physical beauty. To address this, may I bring up another couple I like: Inuyasha and Kagome.
About the only difference between Inuyasha and Edward is that Cullen has better manners for the most part. Inuyasha goes just as overboard as Eddy when he tries to protect Kagome.
And can you honestly tell me that it makes sense for a fifteen year old to be head over heels in love with a "demon"? Seriously? Kagome is 15 and she's ready to risk her life to save Inyasha. She also has completely blind faith in him to protect her, even before she realizes he loves her.
But the biggest problem most people have is the way that vampires are portrayed in the books. Personally, most of the traits they have remind me of a combo of the Immortals from Highlanderand traditional vampires. But whether or not they are some kind of hybrid species is unknown.
But I will continue to enjoy the series as is, and leave speculations on the reality of the "vampires" for another day.
But for all the fans of Bella and Edward's relationship, may I recommend The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts. Cian and Moira are, in a lot of ways, more interesting that their teenage counterparts. But that just how I feel about it. Feel free to comment. But at least think about what I said.
The book, told in first person, begins by introducing Honour Huston, a self-conscious bookworm of a girl whose humor and wit draw the reader to her in much the same way a straight-forward stranger quickly becomes a friend. Within the first few pages you learn the names of her sisters, her home life, and just how her five-year-old "precocity" earned her the nickname of Beauty.
Having been familiar with another retelling, I was surprised to find her sisters selfless and kind. However, it does make the story more interesting. Within the first chapter we are brought up to speed on the love lives of Grace and Hope, her elder sisters. Thankfully the story gets these plot points out of the way rather quickly.
Beauty's account of the loss of their fortune and move to the country is told with conviction and strength. My favorite part by far was the moment when we meet Greatheart, Beauty's hand-raised horse. For a person who once named a yellow cat Sunny it was a very touching scene.
Beauty adapts with slight ease to life in the country, becoming one of the guys rather than the ugly duckling. The foreshadowing is obvious in some ways but still enjoyable. But by the end of part one the real story has begun.
Part two introduces us to the Beast, and the many marvels of his castle. My favorite of these is the library, full as it is with as yet unwritten books. The romance between Beauty and the Beast grows slowly as well it should. While we never learn the true name of the Beast we are still left with a most satisfying happily ever after.