Blast from the past – “Breaking Dawn” review

What were you doing four years ago? I was starting my last year of college, living on far too little sleep and way too much coffee and sugar, and evidently hating on “Twilight.”

The release of the final movie installment of the “Twilight Saga,” “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” completely snuck up on me. However, four years ago, I was all over the release of the book “Breaking Dawn.” At the time, I was working for the college newspaper, something I did for all four years of college. This was the only review that ever won me award. Please don’t hate me.

“Twilight series tirelessly squeaks to a halt”

Reprinted from The Pioneer, the student newspaper of Pierce College, Lakewood, WA

Stephenie Meyer had thousands of readers in the palm of her hand. And, instead of giving them the ride of their life, she gently coddled them with fluff and fantasy.

“Breaking Dawn,” the fourth and final novel in Meyer’s famous “Twilight” series, was an epic let down. The buildup to the conclusion was tremendous. In fact, the majority of the book was intriguing and obsessive. However, the ending was enough to ruin it all. Instead of a satisfaction, readers will find themselves asking, “that’s it?”

The love story between the forever teenage vampire and the slowly but surely aging human was nothing but rocky. The drama and romance was stressful and gripping. And, for three books, the exhausted reader begged for more.

Yet, the conclusion to the series brought into light flaws that had been present all along, but missed because readers were blinded by the series’ one success – Edward Cullen.

Girls want to date him. Boys want to be him. After reading the first book of the series, “Twilight,” the Shakespeare-quoting, lullaby-singing vampire was better than any man on earth, even if he had the nasty habit of craving human flesh.

Throw in a charming and loveable werewolf for a best friend, and the audience is devoted.

However, the devotion was wearing thin after three books stuffed full of teenage romance and scattered adventure. In fact, the series very well could have been over after the third book “Eclipse.”

But, Meyer had more to write, meaning more of the reader’s time to waste. This may sound harsh, but the ending was enough to make the reader think that the past 2,000 pages of mostly teenage love and angst were in vain.

“Breaking Dawn,” contains a couple surprises that will catch readers off guard, propelling them to read more. And, as everyone could only hope, it leads to a battle – one that would promise to end all the fear in Bella and Edward’s life forever.

But, the ending cemented the fact that Meyer created attractive and desirable characters, but failed to write the epic novel people had hoped for.

Leading up to the conclusion of the series, many compared Meyer to Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Both have spent time on the best seller list; both have attracted obsessive fans who live and breathe their series; and both have movies being made about their books.

But Stephenie Meyer is not J.K. Rowling, and Edward Cullen is no Harry Potter. The plot created by Rowling is beautifully weaved throughout all seven books of the Harry Potter series. The series is propelled by more than just dreamy characters. It’s the story that demands attention.

Meyer failed at writing the adventure that Rowling created.

However, the starkest difference between the two authors and the series they created is that Rowling possesses guts that Meyer lacked.

Rowling wasn’t afraid to terrify and break the heart of the readers, leading them to believe that it was all for the greater good. Meyer, on the other hand treats her audience like the fickle teenagers she writes about.

For a brief moment, Meyer could really have been on to something. She could have given readers the ending they deserved – the ending that they had tirelessly read for.

But in the end, “Breaking Dawn” fails at breaking the mold, or even filling it.

That’s 19-year-old me with the newspaper staff towards the beginning of my writing career. I was the weirdest editor-in-chief ever: I enforced a swear jar, required frequent dance parties, and corrected copy with sparkly pens. And, I hated on “Twilight.” Pretty sure I still have that shirt. . .


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