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Subject: Twilight
Date Posted: 7/25/2008 4:50 PM ET
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I know that this book (and the others by her - Stephanie Meyer, isn't it?) are hot, hot, hot right now and they wishlisted on here out the waz-oo, but who here has read them and what opinions are there are them?

Frankly, the thing that's putting me off a little bit is that I understand they are actually intended for a young adult audience and one of my co-workers had this at her desk at lunch today and I asked her what she thought of it and she said, "Interesting, but the writing is juvenile" - sooooooo, that gives me pause. 

In our local library they bear the YA (Young Adult) sticker - so what do you all think?

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 6:35 PM ET
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I'm barely out of the "young adult" category at 20, but I got hooked and passed the book on to other women in my office. We range from 20 - 55 and are all going to the midnight release of breaking dawn together. The writing is targeted toward a younger audience, but it is a must-read anyways, in my opinion!

Happy Reading!

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I read Twilight and I was sorely disappointed. No depth to the writing. I categorize it as a teenage romance. If you like romance or vamp stories you may enjoy it.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I read all three in about a week, I just couldn't put them down. I am 35 and consider myself way out of the young adult category, but they were great summer reads! I think there's a movie coming out soon, so I hope Hollywood doesn't blow it for all us Twilight fans!

I would borrow the first copy from a friend, if you don't want to buy it, but I think you will enjoy it and probably run to the store to get the other three.

If someone would have told me that I would have so thoroughly enjoyed a book about teenage vampires, I would have thought they were crazy, but they are really good!

Give them a try!

Happy Reading!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:20 AM ET
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I'm a sucker for vampires and paranormal romance in general and I hated Twilight.  Not only was the writing repetitive and dreadful, but the characters were maddening and unbelievable, especially the heroine.  She was whiney, obsessive and totally dependent on her darling Edward to make all the decisions for her.  Not my idea of romantic.  I prefer the Southern Vampire mysteries.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 7:20 PM ET
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I am 47 and totally enjoyed the books.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 10:37 PM ET
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I'm 61 and am enjoying the first book. I'm about half way through it. It was loaned to me by my teenage granddaughter.


Date Posted: 8/26/2008 6:24 PM ET
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Heehee, I agree with you sevenspiders.  I consider myself a fan of the Twilight series but at the back of my mind was always annoyed at Bella's seemingly complete dependence on Edward.  I think that's why I liked the changes to her character in BD.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 12:13 AM ET
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I'm 20, and I've read and enjoyed all the books. By no means do I think they're great literature, but they are fun and quick reads. Give them a try!
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 10:16 PM ET
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I've listened to the unabridged audiobook - loaned by a coworker.  There was an awful lot of who's sitting by who in the school cafeteria, and "what did that look mean?'  For me and my coworker, long parts of the book were like a flashback to high school, only with a few more vampires.