Book Review for “Eclipse” & “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer- Do They Hold Up To My Nostalgic Memories?

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Last week I reviewed Twilight and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer so today is Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I really recommend you go read the first review because it talks about my history with the Twilight series and why I wanted to reread it. As I said last week, I’m not going to be reviewing the actual stories and characters in depth because I figure most people have at least heard the general details about them. I’ll be giving you the synopsis for each book and then making a list of what I still love and what I don’t. Most of this list will apply to both books but if it’s Eclipse or Breaking Dawn specific I will mention that. There will be spoilers.

Synopses

Eclipse

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Breaking Dawn

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

What I Still Love:

  • The Volturi. We get to see the Volturi so much more in both of these books, mainly Breaking Dawn. They are some of my favorite characters and I wish we knew more about them. I would love a spin off series just about the Volturi.
  • Renesmee. I don’t really agree with the logistics of how she was created, which I’ll talk more about below,  but I do think her conception created one heck of a plot twist.
  • The wolf pack. In both of these books we get to spend more time with the wolves in La Push. Like with the Volturi, I wish more was known about them because their side stories were interesting to me.
  • The ending of Breaking Dawn and the series in general was fitting and I was satisfied with it.
  • Like with the first two books, I still love all the supporting characters around Edward and Bella.

What I Now Hate:

  • Cringe, cringe and more cringe. I’ve realized this whole series is cringey but Edward and Bella’s worship of each other is sickening and…cringey.
  • Bella doesn’t improve as a character once she becomes a vampire, in fact she gets on my nerves more.
  • Jacob. I have always loved Jacob but wow, I never noticed the rapey vibes he gives off. He forces Bella to kiss him twice and it’s not even made out to be that big of a deal. Also, him imprinting on baby Renesmee is super creepy. I get that it’s a “wolf thing” but it’s still super weird.
  • How Renesmee is created makes no sense whatsoever. Female vampires can’t get pregnant because their bodies can’t change but somehow male vampires have living sperm… Time for health class friends, a male isn’t born with all the sperm he’ll ever have like how a female is born with all the eggs she’ll ever have. A male creates new sperm around every three months, therefore, his body has to change which means this whole system of how vampires can make babies doesn’t work.

After rereading the entire series I am so sad to say these books did not hold up to my nostalgic memories. In the mid 2000s they were amazing but they just haven’t held up over time. We expect more from our YA now and that’s a good thing. However, these books will always have a special place in my heart. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my points! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

2 thoughts on “Book Review for “Eclipse” & “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer- Do They Hold Up To My Nostalgic Memories?

  1. thecorneroflaura says:

    I’m currently rereading the Twilight series and I definitely didn’t enjoy it a second time round. The relatability is just skin deep and, as you said, the imprinting is just wrong. When you dig deeper into Jasper’s and Rosalie’s stories, you find huge historical inaccuracies as well.

    Looking back, I think I told myself I liked it more than I actually liked it when I read it the first time. I knew there was a lot wrong with it but I pushed that little voice away because, hey, everyone else loved it so there must be something good in it that I’m not seeing. It took me longer than it should have to realise that it really was as bad as I thought and I shouldn’t force my tastes to conform with everyone else.

    Did you experience any of that?

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