There is a lot that Stephenie Meyer has in common with J.K. Rowling. The latter wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on paper napkins while her daughter slept, Meyer wrote her vampire romances while the family slept.
Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers, Meyer met 14 who either rejected or ignored her. Potter went on to become a sensation, while the Twilight series is a rage now.
Four best-selling books in three years — Twilight (the movie version will be released on 21 November), New Moon, Eclipse and now Breaking Dawn — make Meyer a stand-out author.
What could put one off from starting the book is the size — 750 pages — and it looks bigger because of the large typeface used. It took me a while to make up my mind to begin Breaking Dawn, but I discovered that Meyer has a style that makes you want to read on (I even went back to check some points in the earlier books).
This last book in the saga has progressed much beyond Twilight when Bella (Isabella) Swan first met vampire Edward Cullen — and fell in love with him. Edward, who has been 17 since he died in 1918, belongs to a vampire clan that doesn’t suck human blood. The Cullens prefer animal blood.
Edward, however, has an insatiable urge to drink Bella’s blood — an urge that he bottles up with great control. A reluctant Edward is slowly drawn to Bella and their life begins. A quick search on the Internet can get you a synopsis of the book. But if you want to get into the vampire and werewolf world with its deep secrets, go through this page by page. Now fast forward to Breaking Dawn. The book starts with Bella and Edward getting married. Good friend Jacob Black (a werewolf), who loves Bella, keeps away but keeps himself informed of news about Bella.
Breaking Dawn is three books. Acts One and Three are from Bella’s view, while Act Two is Jacob’s narrative. Bella, who had decided to become a vampire after she married Edward, changes her mind and wants to stay human for a little while longer. She gets pregnant with Edward’s child; complications develop. Jacob is angry that she is on her way to deliver a vampire child. Edward is unhappy because he knows that Bella won’t survive a vampire-birth. All is well, however, when the child Renesmee is born. End of story? Not really.
Just as everything is settling down blissfully and Bella has become a vampire — and attains immortality — the Cullens get a fright. Members of the Volturi Coven, a vampire clan (there are 10 covens around the world — check out the vampire index at the end of the book) turn up. Their mission: They want to destroy the child because they have been informed that Renesmee is a forbidden immortal child — a child who has been turned into a vampire. And such children can wreak havoc on the world. However, what they don’t know is that they are mistaken. Can Edward and Bella stop the inexorable turn of events? Can Bella’s secret weapon, the power of mind-privacy, help? And can she and Edward live happily ever after — in the literal sense?
Meyer stops short of describing the sex that takes place. It is as if she knows exactly what the teenage girls want. Allot enough time for Breaking Dawn. It is definitely not one of those one-night books — unless you are a teenager who loves paranormal romances.
The writer is the editor of Heek, a children’s magazine.
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