Disappointing Breaking Dawn

@jands1 (835)
United States
August 5, 2008 3:17pm CST
I found Breaking Dawn a huge disappointment and many fans of the series do as well sparking off massive returns to booksellers. Although this series is written for the teen, my son lent me Eclipse and I found it well-written. Has anyone else found Breaking Dawn to be not even worth the paper it was printed on?
6 responses
@Galena (9120)
6 Aug 08
I still enjoyed it, it just went in a rather silly direction, and was a bit cobbled together in places. I still liked it, but it's not how it should have ended, really. and I think someone major should have been killed off. it made it all a bit safe. I strongly suspect that the author planned to kill Carlisle, then couldn't bring herself to actually do it. there's just one sentence that made me think it would be him, near the beginning. and I was releived that it wouldn't be Alice. but no, the whole hybrid thing was a bit stupid, and violence that would have enhanced it was shied away from. oooh, here comes big, nasty, scary, vampire army, okay now they've decided to leave us in peace YAY! rather anticlimactic. but, I still enjoyed it. just not as much as I think I could have done if it had been different.
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@jands1 (835)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I got the impression that because the author was trying too hard to keep herself in the "teen author" category that she held herself back from revealing even more elegance and emerging even more solid. I, really felt lead up the garden path.
@Galena (9120)
7 Aug 08
it was only ever referred to though, rather than written *pretends not to be disappointed*
@jands1 (835)
• United States
7 Aug 08
LOL Galena! They can't all write in such graphic detail as other authors of this subject. I won't mention names *cough...Rice...cough...Brite...cough*. LOL Sometimes the alluded to is better than what really is. I have seen too many authors turn an awesome book into a "Harlequin Romance" by trying to go into this area in detail. Eeps! LOL
• Australia
6 Aug 08
no actually i loved it. i truly thought it was great. at the time i was displeased with some turns of events but now ive read it all im perfectly content wondering why you feel this way?
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@jands1 (835)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I think perhaps I have been spoiled by the variety of authors on this particular subject such as Poppy Z. Brite, etc. I do have to remind myself when reading this particular set of works that it is aimed at an audience my son's age. :)
@carlysle (271)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
such a let down really... i mean the story just became so ridiculous that when i was half-way through the book i was laughing at some part. and i could only had 2 reactions the all time.. it was just either huh???@!$! or what?!@#!@ then when nothing actually happens in the last part i was just too confused if i was really reading the right book.. hahaha.. oh well...
@carlysle (271)
• Philippines
9 Aug 08
i mean i only had 2 reactions the whole time.. what is wrong with me.. eheheh..
@jands1 (835)
• United States
9 Aug 08
LOL carlysle! I got what you were saying. That was pretty much my basic two reactions. I wasn't overly confused at the ending. I just thought it was too...anticlimactic.
• United States
9 Aug 08
I just watched the Breaking Dawn concert on youtube yesturday and for all of those who didn't understand what she was thinking it may help to clear up the confusion. I know I had one person who went from not liking the story to loving it after watching it...so who knows :) Stephenie also recommends reading it twice since there is a lot of information in it and a lot of hidden meanings. But even than that may not work since people are entitled to different opinions :) Coming from mine though I'll never hate this book, I loved every minute of it :D
• United States
8 Aug 08
I actually enjoyed this one a lot. To me it is probably my second favorite of the saga with New Moon being the first. There were points were it seemed to be boring or drawn out and the lack of a fight scence was a bit disappointing with all the hype that was set up, but all in all it was enjoyable. I think she did an excellent job at showing perspectives and the thought process involved not to mention all the changes that happened in this book. I really loved the ending as well where Bella let Edward see her thoughts...I thought that was so sweet and romantic (yes im a hopeless romantic lol). I loved seeing the "new" Bella as well. She is totally amazing as a vampire and finally is so sure of herself. She was finally able to accept who she was and proud of it instead of constantly complaining..the whole wanting to be with Edward, but not marry him drove me crazy. I'm surprised so many didn't like this one. I really enjoyed it and she made it as adult based as she could. I heard she wanted for there to be more violence but she couldn't with it having a teen rating. Maybe that is why she took "The Host" to an adult level so she can show her full potential to say. I think she is also planning on writing "Midnight Sun" which is from Edward's perspective as well so maybe there is hope that that will fix things for those disappointed with "Breaking Dawn". As for me I'm sad to see it end, I fell in love with this story so quickly and love all the characters. They are so easily to relate to and I find myself still wanting more of their story lol.
@jands1 (835)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Thank you musiclover505! I agree that the "new" Bella was one of my favourite parts of the book. I really enjoy when authors bother with the chrysalis of characters. With the amount of smutty vampsex (thanks Galena) I'm surprised she maintained the teen rating and held back on the violence. Unless she had to choose between the two...
• United States
9 Aug 08
Yes! It was so much fun watching Bella develop and change. I also just love how realistic the author is about it as well...I think it was well done :) I've got to say my favorite part of the book is how she ended it hehe...it was too sweet :) I was watching the Breaking Dawn concert on youtube where she answers a lot of questions about the book and she gives no response as to if the story it really over or not because she herself doesn't know, she just knows that it is over from Bella's perspective. She made it sound like after she gets a chance to write about some new things that we may just be brought back to the wonderful world of the Cullens ^_^ Anyways thanks for responding to my comment!
@jands1 (835)
• United States
9 Aug 08
I think that authors limit themselves when they declare that something is really over. On the other hand, some series just need to be put to rest.
30 Aug 08
The series is pretty trashy but I think you've got to ask yourself what you were expecting of a book, written by an adult, about a teenaged girl falling in love with a vampire. Let's be serious here. Twilight wasn't brilliant. New moon was slightly better, and Eclipse, well, eclipsed them both, but marginally. In comparison to the first three, then, Breaking Dawn was pretty fantastic. Although Meyer seems to not know how to resolve suspense effectively, there were some ridiculous names going on (I mean really, Renesmee) and implausible cooperation between warring tribes, it was better than I thought it would be. People don't read these books to become enlightened, read great literature or have life changing experiences. They read them because they're entertaining, in much the same way as VH1 or Who magazine is. If you don't place high expectations on things that will obviously not deliver, then I think you'll enjoy the book.
@jands1 (835)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I agree to an extent. I read books of this nature to occupy my time because I despise having my time wasted. Really great response studentkelly. Thanks!
@daninuk (145)
• United States
6 Aug 08
i think that's the first time i've heard anybody say that one of the books in the series is less than good. frankly, i have not ready any of the said books but i've been thinking about it lately. thanks for letting your opinion known.
@jands1 (835)
• United States
6 Aug 08
The good news is that apparently, many libraries now have a copy or two so I'm sure you can see for yourself. What is good for one, may not be good for another. And the reverse. :)