The first time I saw the Twilight movie, I was a little bit confused, a little uninterested, and somewhat turned off to the story. I never expected I would read any of the Twilight Saga books. All of my friends made fun of the movies and the books, even though most of them had not read any of the books. Well, one day it was rainy and I was sick, so I decided I would give the first book a try.
To my astonishment, I got lost in the book within minutes. The writing style was not at what I expected. Sure, it's pretty much geared towards young adults and the vocabulary isn't anything scholarly, however the movie did it injustice. The story almost follows the structure of Romeo and Juliet and the constant switches between romance and action kept me engaged.
By the time I read the third chapter I had a mental image of all the characters and their personalities. It was so easy to grasp their tendencies and attitudes that it felt as though they were real people. Stephenie Meyer did a tremendous job of developing the characters. There were times when I actually felt upset towards one of the characters (specifically Edward) and times when I was worried about what would happen to them. This is the first book since Harry Potter that I felt that connected to a character. In fact, I feel more of a connection in this book than I ever did with Harry Potter.
I can't stress enough how much of an injustice the movie did to this book. The movie glorified the action scenes while downplaying the romance. You can really get into the heads of the characters when reading the book.
I'm very surprised I enjoyed Twilight. I can't wait to read the next book, I'm on the edge of my seat! Even if you think the Twilight series is a joke, and you've only seen the movies, I would very strongly recommend you pick up the book. I can't guarantee you'll like it, however I feel that you will be genuinely surprised about the differences between the movie and the book.