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New Moon

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD. READ AT OWN RISK.

New Moon is the second book in the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I’ve sort of talked about the first book in the series, Twilight, in a previous post. I started on the second book but only managed a chapter before I got distracted by something else. So it’s been sitting on a pile of books, among other piles of books, gathering dust for the past months. Then I realised that the movie based on the first book will be out in November and I have yet to finish the series. On top of that, reading that other bloggers are also reading the series, rekindled my interest in the book.

I just finished it a few days back and I have mixed feelings about this book. Some parts are brilliant, the way she describes the heart break that Bella felt when Edward left, the hole in her chest and the zombie-like life that she had been living. The sadness made me cry and it was embarrassing to be tearing up over a young adult novel in a public transport.

However, when she starts bandying about phrases like “truest love”, “I will die without you” and “I don’t want to live in a world where you don’t exist”, it starts to sound like cheesy Mary Sue-ish fan fiction. Trust me, I’ve read (and written) a lot of those in the past few years my time, so I know what I’m talking about.

Overall, it’s not a bad book. I can see how the deep love/bond between the main characters would appeal to the female fans, young and mature alike. I did enjoy the book despite the cheesy parts. Although, unlike other books of the same genre, I couldn’t get into it as easily. I’m easily distracted but then, my attention span isn’t as long as it used to be.

In a recent trip to the book store, I got the other two books in the series; Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I had to finish reading the series since I already have the first two books. I had to find out what happened, though I did read the spoilers at Wikipedia.

So anyway, long story short, I don’t hate the book. I read the book so that I that I know what to expect in the movies and also see how much they changed the book content. I might read something else first before going on to the third book in the series.

I leave you now with the trailer for the movie Twilight.

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