Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Twilight and other characters comparisons

I really enjoyed Eclipse, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, it's one of my favorite books! It is about Bella Swan, a high school girl who falls in love with Edward Cullen, who looks like he is her age but is really a hundred year old vampire. When I was reading the scene in the tent with Edward, Jacob and Bella I was imagining the roles being played by the actors from Torchwood who play the team members Captain Jack, Owen and Gwen (the policewoman). The character dynamic fits them as well. The parallels between Torchwood and Eclipse: Edward, like Captain Jack Harkness is the more experienced one: although he looks young he has lived a long time. Jacob, like Owen the impulsive young doctor of the team, is new to the supernatural lifestyle. Bella, like Gwen, is their link to the normal human world, although she's discovering that a lot of her world is more strange than she first thought, it seems like werewolves and vampires, or aliens, are everywhere!

There is lots of great dialogue and writing in Eclipse, as the characters share their concerns and plans with each other. My favorite characters from TV are the Doctor from "Doctor Who" played by David Tennant and Captain Jack (John Barrowman). From books, I like Edward and Harry Potter, and Professor Lupin! I would watch David Tennant and John Barrowman in any show they were in! What draws people to these characters is that they are handsome (or beautiful), strong and smart. How fascinating that they have extra powers that set them apart from humans, like the Doctor's ability to travel through time and space, Captain Jack's alien origins and experiences, Edward as a vampire, Lupin and Jacob as werewolves, and Harry as a wizard. Edward even reminded me of Mr. Spock from "Star Trek" when he looked at the pack of werewolves and said "Fascinating" like the science officer when confronted with something new (392). Stephenie Meyer said in her interview with that she read lots of sci-fi as well as romance when she was younger. It is such an interesting world that Meyer has created with the Twilight series. Time magazine asked recently in an article, "Stephenie Meyer: A New J.K. Rowling?" I'm looking forward to reading her new science fiction novel, The Host, as well as the fourth book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn.

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