While I've written about it before, with the release of the 3rd film in the saga coming out tomorrow, I thought I'd share my experience with the Twilight series.
It was Spring 2007 and I remember my roommate coming home from her job and all excited about this new book series she had just finished reading. She admitted, the books weren't that great, as the main character was like one of the overly obsessive lovey-dovey girls you see in animes and often want to smack around because of their stupidity, but... it has vampires in it! She insisted I read the first book in the series (which only had 3 books at the time) and left it with me.
I read the first few chapters but wasn't really that into it, so I sat it on my nightstand and kind of forgot about it until a month or 2 later when she asked me what I thought, if I was finished yet.
I picked it up again and finished it in a few days. It picked up quite a bit the more I read.
When I finished that one, I left it on her bed with a note asking if I could borrow the next one in the series, since she was already at work and I would be at work by the time she got back. When I returned from work later that night, the next one was sitting out for me.
I read that one in about 2 days (it was quite the easy read) and borrowed the last one and finished it by the end of the week.
I thought they were okay - nothing great, but easy reads and they kept me entertained while I read them. I definitely wanted to bitchslap Bella for most of the last 2 books though, especially for the way she treats Jacob once Edward's suddenly back in the picture.
By the time the 4th book came out in August 2008, my roommate and I were no longer living together - I had graduated and moved back to my hometown, and wanting to read how the series ended I bought the book the weekend it came out.
It took me 2 weeks to read that piece of crap!
Seriously, it was one of the dumbest books I think I've ever read. The ONLY interesting parts of the whole book were the chapters told from Jacob's point of view, as they were a nice change of pace from the rest of the book, as told by Bella.
And again, Stephanie Meyer threw out all lore and created her own, as (*spoiler*) Bella and Edward have a half human, half vampire child and while normal lore would be that the child would grow up and be destined to slay vampires (ie: Blade) well, of course that can't be the case in Twilight... although that WOULD make for an AWESOME ending to the series - their child grows up and stakes them and the entire clan! Also, the books builds up this vampire war between the Cullen clan and friends vs. the Volturi and then it doesn't happen. Almost as big a letdown as the final showdown in Harry Potter!
After I finished it, I tossed it in a box to be sold at a garage sale, although the people in my parents neighborhood must be smart, as no one bought it!
When the movie came out, I gave it the benefit of the doubt - I mean the books had such a huge following by this point that they had be decent, right?
When the 2nd movie came out a year later, I debated going to see it, as the first one was so bad. But all the girls I know that I had seen it said it was much better than the first one, both visually and story-wise.
Not wanting to see it by myself, hubby agreed to go see it with me, so long as I got him drunk beforehand because he didn't want to be sober and bored the whole time. Although his drunken antics and commentary were quite humorous, we unfortunately had to keep them to a minimum as despite the movie being out for a month already, the theater was still packed on a late Saturday night and we had a couple of middle aged women sitting in the row in front of us and they seemed to be getting annoyed. Needless to say, I was SOOOO bored!
Hubby said he'd go see the next one with me if I got him drunk again first, but to be honest, I don't feel like suffering through another Twilight movie. If anything, I'll wait til the Rifftrax version is online and we'll watch that one, as hubby finds the Rifftrax versions to be great, lol...
I think I'd much rather stick to my True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse vamps, weres and supernatural creatures, thank you very much!