For those of you not at all interested in this topic, sorry. A couple of days ago I posted my initial impressions of “Breaking Dawn.” I then went online and found that quite a few people felt the same way I did. I also saw some discussion about how the second read is much better. You know how when you read a book the first time you just don’t absorb it all. Sometimes you miss little nuances that are important the second time through. Well, I reread it (ok, I’ll admit it, I didn’t reread every word. I skimmed some spots), and I agree. I didn’t miss Edward the second time through. His role in this book was still there, he was still there, he did interact with his family, it’s just not the main plot element so it’s harder to spot.
Conclusion: Second time through, even better than the first.
I haven’t seen any other reviews out there yet (I purposely haven’t looked because I want to write my initial impressions first), so here goes. And if you haven’t read it yet, there is one little spoiler.
I LOVED the book. I thought Stephenie came up with some great solutions to little problems we’d all been wondering about. I also thought that even the “Team Jacob” people would probably be satisfied.
I only had one problem, and it wasn’t even a problem so much. It wasn’t what she wrote, it’s what she didn’t write. I loved the plot and the way things worked out, but I wanted to see more of Edward. Specifically, I wanted to see a scene (even one) where Edward was interacting with Renesmee. I mean, if he’s so passionate about Bella, wouldn’t he be about her also? And yet, we see almost no immediate interaction, no tender moments. If he wants marriage so bad, wouldn’t it follow he also wants a family (at least once he realizes Bella isn’t going to die)? Anyway, just a thought. I’ll have to go online and see if anyone else feels the same way.
About a month or so back, Kristen Nelson blogged about how good writing is sooooo subjective. She was specifically addressing those books that are million dollar sellers but that get a whole lot of criticism about the quality of the writing (i.e. Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown, Christopher Paolini). Here’s a link.
Her conclusion? “Millions of readers can’t be wrong.” And I would have to agree.
Let’s face it, most people read to be entertained. I know there are those exceptions who read for good writing, who will read almost anything if it’s written beautifully. I won’t. I’d much rather have a great story, written well enough, than a beautifully written but not that captivating classic.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I do think that if you can have a combination of both: a great story and something that’s written well, then you’ve got the perfect mix.
Personally, I don’t think my writing will ever win a pulitzer prize or anything, but that’s not my goal. My goal is to entertain, to make people love my world and my characters — and my story. Still, it has to be good enough to sell to an agent and publisher, and that’s why I am working so hard still, even though the story is actually complete.
Along these lines, I have to admit I can hardly wait for Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” release this weekend. Say what you want, her story is fabulous. (And yes, I am a little obsessed!!) My husband will be out of town Friday night, so I’m hoping to get a copy at midnight and read a little that night and the next morning. And for those of you rolling your eyes right now, I can live with that.