Twilight - Preface

There isn't much to say about the preface, really. It is vague, absolutely nothing is told about the situation or the environment that Bella is in, and it is mercifully short. There are a couple of things, though, that struck me as odd.

I stared without breathing ...

I wonder how long she'd been doing that for.

into the dark eyes of the hunter, and he looked pleasantly back at me.

Probably wondering why you're not breathing, you stupid girl.

The hunter smiled in a friendly way as he sauntered forward to kill me.

Sauntered? He sauntered? Harbingers of death do not saunter! They stalk, they stride, they ... tiptoe very menacingly! They ... do not ... saunter!

Meyer is going for this:

But instead I imagine this:

Even though it's not a particularly atrocious incidence, I award Meyer (+1 Thesaurus Rape) for making a deadly killer saunter, thus killing the mood of what had actually been a pretty good scene up until then.

Overall the preface is pretty good, if for no other reason than that it is vague and short. It actually made me want to read more of the book to see what happens. It is an effecting hook to draw the reader in, not overdone with a decent amount of tension ... well, except for the whole sauntering business.

And thus are so many lambs led to the slaughter. Little to we readers know which creek we just dove into. Here's a hint: the creek is brown, and it stinks.


melanie said...

It's great how this is exactly what I was thinking while reading the book, only worded way more humorously than what was going through my head. Nice job. Keep at it :)

melanie said...

P.S. I found this through, in case you were wondering.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved your review for this book.
you made me dislike the book more than I did before (after opening my eyes to just how SHITTY Smeyer's writing was, and how crappy her characters were, and Bella's bitchy attitude.

Your review had a lot of humorous moments ("NO, NOT THE TROUT!", "OBJECTION!", and the Joker part.) that made it really enjoyable along with your tearing apart of the book's sorry excuse for a story.

Many internets to you, on behalf of myself and my friends!
We enjoyed your review thingy.

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