Being a long-time reader of the paranormal genre and a fan of many different authors; i.e. Anne Rice, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, etc., I had high expectations of Twilight, perhaps too high. This book is definitely not for the mature reader but should find huge fans among impressionable prepubescent girls, imo, it's very mild, and frankly, immature. The Cullen characters are not really vampires (or not in any sense I'd term them as such) they don't consume human blood, they don't sleep from dawn to dusk, and they can withstand the sun. Albeit, they only venture outdoors on overcast days because, unlike traditional vamps who'd combust and die if caught in direct sunlight, Edward and his family will "shimmer." Really? (I'll admit that made me laugh out loud). However, I imagine it makes a 12 year old girl's heart melt.
Other plot points I found hard to fathom were Ella's lack of personality yet immense appeal to all the school boys and Edward and his boorish attitude and lack of respect towards her. Oh, and that he loves her not for her kindess, intellect, beauty or great sense of humor, nope, it's her smell. Hey, maybe it's just me but EWWW, ok?
I can definitely understand whyTwilight appeals to the young teens with its broody male characters (teen girls love their bad boys) and their aloof, but so cool, attitudes. But why so many adult women are gaga over this book (or Edward) eludes me. There were a couple of points I did enjoy, such as, the baseball game and the heart-racing chase given by roving "bad" vampires who were more true to form to vampire lore. This, and the mystery behind the Blacks (ex. Jacob) was interesting. That werewolves are alive & well in Grand Forks will have many buying that next book. Not me though, I'm done.
Keeping it real high school style, for this reader, Twilight barely merits a grade of C.