Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer Book-Talk
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Page Count: 629
Genre: Young Adult Fiction (Romance / Fantasy)
Published: August 7, 2007
Movie Adaptation: June 24, 2010
Stuck in the center of a dangerous situation again, Bella Swan finds herself relying on both the vampires in her life and the werewolves to keep her and her family safe. In the middle of the chaos, she also has to figure out her feelings and how they impact her future. With graduation quickly approaching, endings and possible new beginnings are on the horizon. As long as she can survive a vengeful vampire, she has many decisions to make.
When I was first introduced to this series a decade ago, Eclipse was my favorite book and movie out of the entire saga. This is where all of the rising action finally comes to a head and there are true consequences for the characters’ actions. Looking into Bella’s mind as she is forced to look at her possible futures with both Jacob Black and Edward Cullen was a nightmare. Sometimes when I think about the Twilight Saga, I forget how young (most of) the characters truly are.
With the book sitting at 629 pages, it obviously holds more storylines and important details than the movie. Given the time restraint, I think the movie creators did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. There is only so much you can fit into a two hour movie. This book actually made me like Bella’s character more and dislike Jacob’s. They are, again, both very young characters, but there were many scenes where Jacob’s immaturity bothered me, particularly towards the end of the book.
I enjoyed the action included in this book. There was just enough to ensure the high stakes of the rising conflict were not forgotten.
Eclipse still holds up as a solid book in my opinion. I will always enjoy revisiting the Twilight series, especially in the Autumn season. The characters are not perfect by any means, but that helps make these otherwise outlandish characters relatable and more realistic. Though the book is long, I cannot complain since the pacing is done well.