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  • ISBN10: 0316027650
  • ISBN13: 9780316027656
  • Paperback
  • 640 pages
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer

Reviewed by deargreenplace

Rating: 2 out of 5

  • Posted 12 years ago
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  • Average user rating: (4.4/5)

Aaargh, make it stop!

Eclipse is the third book in the Twilight saga and my patience is running out.

Edward and Bella are as sickeningly "in love" as ever, Bella is still clumsy and in as much "danger" as ever, and Edward is still cold as stone. They graduate from high school, and Jacob and the werewolf pack have to join forces with the Cullens to protect Bella from a new predator. Again.

After reading these books in quick succession, the flimsiness of Meyer's writing really becomes apparent. Her style is flat and repetitive and doesn't elicit any emotional investment with the characters whatsoever. If I had to read about Edward's cold stone arms suddenly reaching out to grab Bella one more time I was going to scream.

While I'm on the subject of their "relationship", I'd like to make a few points for any teenage girls out there who think that Edward and Bella are the epitome of romance. This is not love. Love is not about blackmail and manipulation. If someone loves you, they won't try to tell you who you can and can't spend time with. Relationships should be fun when you're 18. Being with someone doesn't mean that you are their possession. These books can come across as a poorly disguised morality tale - Bella is made to feel guilty for wanting to sleep with Edward, who builds sex up into a life-threatening event that he will only participate in if they get married first. What century is this?! I was tempted to shout "Bella, he's just not that into you!"

And then there's Bella. What's the big deal? Meyer never accurately portrays just why Bella is so enticing to every male in Forks. Is the clumsiness (which we are battered around the head with every two minutes) suppose to be endearing? She is probably the weakest character in the book, and Meyer can't seem to decide whether she is feisty or submissive. She ends up being both, which just doesn't work, and her repeated whinging that she wants to be a vampire so that she can be beautiful is just pathetic. It's a bad case of telling rather than showing - a symptom of the awful writing.

The only part that I really believed in was the feud between the vampires and werewolves. As with New Moon, Jacob is probably the best-drawn character in the book, though he deserves better than to be stuck with Bella, who rejects him anyway.

There is one more book in the saga. Can I dare to hope that these hideous creatures get their comeuppance?

Buffy: (to Giles) See, this is a school, and we have students, and they check out books, and then they learn things. Giles: I was beginning to suspect that was a myth.

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askanison40 says:

Eclipse was when I actually started to love the twilight saga. For those who don't know their twilight saga history; eclipse was initially written to placate the Jacob black fans who thought he was slighted in New Moon. For me it stopped being a love story with vampires in it and it became a vampire story.

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