Sunday, June 7, 2020

Book Review: "New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon (Twilight, #2)
Title: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: "Twilight Saga" #2
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Page Length: 563 pages
Publication Date: September 6, 2006
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

Like with the first book, it has been years since I've read this installment of the Twilight Saga. I can't pinpoint the exact time I read it last, but it's been over eight years. However, I have watched the movie multiple times since then. In the past, I always said I enjoyed the movie more (simply because I didn't remember much of the differences from the book) but that has now changed.

I don't remember much from when I first read this book but I can tell you that for many years I thought of it as my least favorite in the series. I sometimes thought that it was boring and a waste of an installment when the big events could have been incorporated elsewhere. After rereading, I can now say that I was wrong.

Maybe it's just because I've grown older and can relate more to Bella or maybe it's just because I know the story so well that finding details I'd forgotten was so fun. Either way, I really enjoyed this reread. Whereas with Twilight I tried rereading slowly to make it last, I couldn't put New Moon down. I read half of it one night and then finished the rest in the morning.

I definitely think that my personal growth has impacted how I relate to Bella and view these books. I've grown as a person through reading other books and my own personal life experiences. I cannot speak for everyone, but I really thought that how Bella's struggles were portrayed made them actually very relatable (not all of her struggles, of course, but the healing process especially).

I can't make unbiased comments on this book since it's a series that I've loved so much for so long. This story is so well-ingrained into my mind from reading the books, browsing fanfiction, and watching the movies that I can't objectively discuss things like setting, characters, and plot. I think the movies definitely impact how I see the characters because I'm just vividly picturing the settings, scenes, and actors from the movie (which, let me tell you, is actually refreshing because my brain didn't have to work as hard).

One thing that continues to be refreshing on this reread is just Bella's character voice. In the movies, we don't get a lot of her inner thoughts, struggles, or snark but the books let us see into Bella's head. She really isn't that boring of a character and while she's not perfect and definitely has some issues, she is a lot more realistic to me after rereading these books.

I will say that the problematic aspects seemed a lot less in this book. There were definitely still some parts I cringed at or rolled my eyes at, but overall they seemed a lot less. Honestly it was probably because Edward was gone for most of the book (which makes him sound like a bad person, oops). I'm interested to see how my reread of Eclipse goes because I know the love-triangle aspect and possessiveness really ramps up in that one.

Overall, I just have to say that I can't objectively review these books so please take this review as commentary from a die-hard Twilight fan of 12 years. But I absolutely loved this reread and have a new appreciation for New Moon. Now onto Eclipse!

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