I read Midnight Sun…so you don’t have to.
You’re welcome! And by read I mean skimmed, cause it’s long and whiney, or wordy.
I am saving you so much time, pain, and frustration. Okay, you weren’t going to read it. Here’s a rundown of my thoughts on the book.
The book is long
It is noticeably longer than Twilight if you have both in your hands. Initially, I thought (hoped) it covered Twilight and New Moon. No such luck.
He just has a lot to say – or think as the case may be. Edward, being male, uses 1,000 words when 10 would do. He’s dramatic and has 24 hours a day awake to kill.
Edward is way more creepy than originally thought
And I thought he was pretty creepy. With his side of the story, he not only sneaks into her bedroom every night while she sleeps – including checking out her house and at one point finding her an extra blanket. He follows her wherever she goes by listening to the thoughts of people around her. This is all before anything starts. And once it does he continues it.
The following her includes knowing her plans for Port Angeles and following her in case something happened. He is a stalker. He waits for her to be mad at him when he confesses all of this, and of course, she isn’t. I’m leaving things out and forgetting some. Whatever level of creepy you found him in Twilight, multiply it by the biggest number you can think of.
I repeat, he is a stalker. He’s also a controlling boyfriend. Red flags are really everywhere – even if you take out the whole being a vampire part.
The bonus is you get the backstory on the rest of the Cullens. This is most of why I wanted to read the book. It turns out I only really like Carlisle. He is the best character in the entire book. The entire series. He is amazing. Esme is great too. I don’t actually like any of the rest of them.
First of all, let’s just get this out of the way: murder is wrong. It just is, and you shouldn’t do it. If, however, you are contemplating murder, make sure you have a serious wealthy vampire coven helping you. Covering up a murder costs a fortune and requires a lot of planning and work.
Okay, so Phoenix! It’s chaotic. Everything is explained in excruciating detail, and then they go and do it, in close to excruciating detail. A few stolen cars, arson, other property damage, new clothes, suitcases, hotel rooms all to fill the cover story. Oh, and add in the insane lies told to medical staff and Bella’s parents, who weirdly buy everything and leave her to the care of Carlisle completely. Edward is equally concerned with how easily they believe the story. It becomes clear how the whiney teenager is also the parent in the family.
Jacob and Edward
Their first encounter Edward sees Jacob as a little boy. At the end of the book, he’s jealous of him. There are zero interactions between those two times. I just loved it when he sees Jacob as a child.
There’s a weird mystery about Alice’s past and who she was before becoming a vampire. Alice doesn’t know anything about who she was before transforming. She woke up in a field (not Edward’s special field), with a vision of Jasper and Carlisle and just knew what she now was. She could see the future in her human life too, which wasn’t handled well by humans. The way the unknown is filled in is truly odd and MAKES NO SENSE.
I remember reading Twilight and I remember starting New Moon and being annoyed it was even worse. I don’t recall details from any of the books or if I read or finished the others. My final thought is, all of this seemed so different from the movie that I have to wonder how different it was from the original book. And if she’s been writing for so long, and both are by the same author, shouldn’t the basics of the story be the same?
I would absolutely hate-watch a movie of this book. But that’s mostly because of all the shots of the Cullen house.