A couple of my friends, who are girls, strongly recommended me to read this series. I bought the book thinking it might a little elementary for my tastes, but perhaps the story was written well.
I found it incredibly cheesy. Bella isn't a bad character if you ignore her blatant worship of "the hawtest boi evr!"...which nearly all of the book. She's almost as perfect as Edward except she's clumsy and doesn't know how cute she is. Note to writers, "clumsy" is not a character flaw. Inattentiveness is a mild irritation, that's all. Unless she's tripping over wheelchairs or set loose in a minefield I don't consider it character sculpting.
Edward doesn't act like a vampire who has lived a long time- just a robot; a robot programmed to only love Bella. He doesn't use his wisdom or knowledge to change the world or help people. In fact, he's bored. So he attends high school to be admired by people he finds boring.
Bella like, totally interests Edward because... Oh- he can't read her mind. And she's attractive, but not as hot as his sisters. She's not like other girls because...she's angsty? No, that's not it. She's clingy? No, not that either. I'm not sure but I think it's because she surprises him. That's right, this vampire has lived for lifetimes and never met an interesting girl in his life. Then again he's been looking for "the one" in high schools. The moron.
She buttraped everything that made vampires cool. They're dark, evil, life suckers that abhor light and purity. Unless they're super hot and nice who drive expensive cars and sparkle in the sunlight. Great change, I'm so glad she decided to be original.
I'm sure this was a fan fiction Stephanie Meyer wrote when she was 12, updated, and published.