The Twilight Saga - A Romantic Fantasy
I have always been a sucker for romance. There was a time when Mills & boon, Silhouette romances were literally my bread and butter. But I grew out of them soon and switched to action packed adventures, spy thrillers, sci-fi thrillers and never looked back, till now.
I stumbled upon the Twilight series, when I was searching for a fantasy series similar to Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. HP literally spoiled me for any other books for quite some time because I couldn't find that kind of fantasy and magic anywhere else. Suddenly murder mysteries & thrillers looked very dull. What wouldn't I have given for another fantasy series with just the same brilliance!!
Even though the common link is fantasy in both their works, the series are handled quite differently by J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer. While the HP series is really more of a growing up kind of book, where you can actually feel how the characters grow and mature with each passing year, Twilight has characters that are literally frozen in time and the genre is more romance interwoven with fantasy.
Stephanie Meyer's narration has none of the simplicity and brilliance of J.K. Rowling (Maybe something to do with the fact that she is English!)It is a bit convoluted and dragging at places where it could have been shorter. Yet, her words create a vivid picture in your mind. You become Bella Swan and when she swoons at the sight of Edward Cullen, you swoon right along with her. There is extraordinary brilliance in some of her chapters while some tiny portions definitely lack the same lustre.
The characters in the books are simply too sweet; Bella Swan, the oddly intuitive but clumsy and plain girl who falls head over heels for a vampire; Edward Cullen, the gorgeous vampire who can't help loving Bella and of course wanting her irresistible blood and one of my most favourite characters, and for many people I am sure, the russet coloured werewolf, Jacob Black. He endears himself to his readers by just being himself - warm, brash, quick-tempered, loyal and loving till the end and not to mention the hapless human father of Bella, Charlie Swan, caught in between all this fantasy and yet holding his fort with just his love and concern for Bella.
Edward Cullen is literally too good to be true. His love for Bella which almost feels like devotion to a goddess, is straight out of a fairy tale (Something that Bella herself contemplates, now and then) He gives her whatever she wants and would have given her Jacob if that's what she had wanted(and if Stephanie Meyer had the heart to do it of course). In the end, most of the loose ends get tied with Jacob 'imprinting' on Bella and Edward's half-breed daughter, Renesmee conveniently, solving the triangular love tangle easily.
When I said most of the loose ends, I meant that intentionally as some characters are still half reconciled and you get the feeling that there is more to come. Like for example, what happens to Leah Clearwater, the were-wolverine, who decides to join Jacob's pack and seems to nurse a soft corner for him? And there is Nahuel, another half-human and half-vampire who may be a competition for Jacob later for Renesmee's hand. There is also an invitation from Zafrina, the Amazon vampire who insists that Bella visit their rain forest along with Renesmee at some point. While these are trivial, there is the constant threat from 'the Volturi' who would never take the implied defeat at the hands of the 'vegetarian' vampires of Carlisle family. Will they come back and take on the Forks' vampires one by one? Will Jacob and Renesmee really need to run for it this time? Would they probably run to the Amazon rain forests? What will happen to Edward and Bella then?
Just maybe Stephanie herself has these questions in her mind and would come out with a new book, 'The New dawn' or whatever, if not a fifth sequel in the Twilight series. Just maybe!