Wide Reading Log – Twilight Franchise

 

“The gloom of the forest didn’t relent, though, for there were six primordial cedars that shaded an entire acre with their vast sweep of branches. The trees held their protecting shadow right up to the walls of the house that rose among them….”

The Twilight franchise is written by Stephenie Meyer is a fantasy-themed series based about a young woman, Isabella Swan (Bella), and her life living in Forks, Washington, and who falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. Mainly from Bella’s point of view. In the end, Bella is turned into a vampire after getting pregnant by Edward on their honeymoon. The Cullen Family also end up going and changing the Volturi’s perspectives on half breed vampires.

I think the author’s intention was mainly just to make entertainment for the readers the series is very drama filled, and has a lot of romance, and at the same time has that dynamic of gothic fiction as well the novels has a gloomy, dark settings such as the forest around the town “The forest spread out around us in a boundless labyrinth of ancient trees” (Twilight), and when Bella first gets to Forks she describes the town as gloomy: “…..a small town named Forks exists under a near-constant cover of clouds. It rains on this inconsequential….. It was from this town and its gloomy….” (Twilight).

One of the main gothic element we see in the series is the supernatural beings, such as vampires and werewolves. The main character’s love interest (Edward Cullen) is actually a vampire as well as his whole family, and in the last book Bella herself is turned into a vampire by her half-blooded baby. “And you’re worried, not because you’re headed to meet a houseful of vampires, but because you think those vampires won’t approve of you, correct?” (Edward Cullen – Twilight). “Laurent, these are Victoria and James.” He gestured to the vampires beside him.” (Edward Cullen Twilight) Victoria and James the first protagonists of the story, Victoria continues to be the protagonists for the first three books.

In the book there are three types of vampires, the half-blood (half- human half-vampire) very rare (because they are illegal), the ones who drink human blood (which are most of the vampires) , but there is also the very few vampires who only drink animal blood – like the Cullens and some of their relatives- Edward referred to them as vegetarian vampires “I can’t be sure, of course, but I’d compare it to living on tofu and soy milk; we call ourselves vegetarians, our little inside joke. It doesn’t completely satiate the hunger — or rather thirst. But it keeps us strong enough to resist. Most of the time.” (Edward Cullen Twilight). 

There are also werewolves in the novels as well, and it happens to be one of Bella’s friends is a werewolf, but we don’t really hear much about them until the second book “ He was a tribal elder, like my father. You see, the cold ones are the natural enemies of the wolf—well, not the wolf, really, but the wolves that turn into men, like our ancestors. You would call them werewolves.” (Jacob Black Twilight). 

A couple of vampires have special gifts, one vampire in particular (Alice Cullen) has the gift of foresight, so she can see into the future, therefore, foreshadowing everything in the books. “Alice,” Carlisle asked, “will they take the bait?”Everyone watched Alice as she closed her eyes and became incredibly still. Finally, her eyes opened. “He’ll track you. The woman will follow the truck. We should be able to leave after that.” Her voice was certain” (Twilight). This is an element of gothic fiction because in the second book Alice foreshadows that Bella will become a vampire: “Aro seemed frozen over Alice’s hand.”Dear Caius,” Aro smiled. “Do not fret. Think of the possibilities! They do not join us today, but we can always hope for the future. Imagine the joy young Alice alone would bring to our little household… Besides, I’m so terribly curious to see how Bella turns out!“, we can only assume that Alice showed Bella turning into a vampire because this happened, the Volturi wasn’t going to let Bella go, with her being a human and knowing the secret.

The series was really good, I liked all the drama in the book, the fantasy in the book. It was very well written by leaving many pictures in my mind. I also liked it showed the relationship of family, because in the books the Cullen’s sacrificed everything for Bella and Edward because they are family, and that’s what I loved about the book.

 

 

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