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Book review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

So, I read Stephenie Meyer`s latest, the bulky tome titled MIDNIGHT SUN, (Hachette India) which tells the Bella–Edward story all over again, this time from Edward`s pov.

Fun Fact: The book has sold a million copies in the first week of its release.

Well, it reads like a Barbara Cartland story on steroids, what with endless ruminations, painful angst, many pangs of conscience, and a whole lot of ellipsis (dot-dot-dot) punctuating every thought that E. Cullen has. And boy, does he have a lot of tedious thoughts all through this 756- page book, mostly on the ethics of a vampire loving a human being. Be warned: the book`s all thought,  with very little action — that kind of action, as well as any other kind.

But hey, the book sold a million copies in the first week of its release.

I`m not even gonna talk about the writing. Twihards don’t love the saga because of the writing, right? But are there any new insights in here? Are you kidding? Bella Swan remains the clumsy, shifty-eyed, slightly dim girl she was in the 2005 book. Edward Cullen too, comes off as not very capable of thinking too many intelligent thoughts, which is a shame considering how old he really is…no, no spoilers here,  though I do wonder how many people on earth don’t know how old E Cullen really is.

But  hey, the book sold a million copies in the first week of its release.

The Sexual Abstinence Society will be happy to know that here too, the sexual tension is stretched out so thin that this reader, for one, lost interest after the nth nuzzle-and-no-more. I soon got to thinking instead of how this stalker, this surveillant, this controlling Immortal (aka Undead),  takes full charge of the girl`s life so damned easily.

But  hey, the book sold a million copies in the first week of its release.

The real point of interest in this long plod was Carlisle Cullen and his backstory. If Stephenie Meyer wants to mint a few million dollars more, maybe she should train focus on Carlise next.

I almost sat down to watch Twilight the movie,  after I turned the last page of Midnight Sun. Then, just in time, I remembered that three of the most wooden actors played the major parts in the film. From which you will gather I was never  part of Team Edward, Team Jacob or even Team Bella, for that matter.

So I er, abstained.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sheila Kumar • September 9, 2020


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