What can I say, my curiosity got the best of me. Honestly, I’m not mad or glad about it. I was able to relive the story we all fell in love with over 15 years ago. That being said though, I don’t think this story holds up to modern-day critique. In the last decade, society has broadcasted and educated persons on what communication is. The good, the bad, and the lack thereof, the story of Edward and Bella doesn’t hold up to that. Not only that, but the relationship aspects between the two also don’t pass a modern-day emotional health test.
Now to the question of whether or not this book was needed, no. Twilight stans have already read this story. They’ve enjoyed it in multiple different forms: films, graphic novels, gender reversal, and whatever other marketing schemes the publishers could scrounge up. Apart from that, most of this book is redundant. Not because it’s a story that’s already been told, but because no one reigned Stephanie Meyer in when she was writing Edward’s inner monologue. It’s basically a diatribe on the ways in which Edward doesn’t want to kill Bella because it would kill him.
Readers don’t reach the violent plot point of this story until around page 500. The 499 before it are on Edward not wanting to kill Bella or turn her into a vampire and whether or not they would survive him running away. Do you see the redundancy now?
There is an aspect of this story that I have a prediction about. But while I don’t want to spoil the little unknown aspects of this book, I will say I believe there are some potential Easter eggs for spinoffs, so to speak. While I’m not positive on all of them, I am 95% sure there is one on Alice. If you know what I’m talking, leave your predictions down below.