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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bella Should Have Dumped Edward: Edited by Michelle Pan

Title: Bella Should Have Dumped Edward: Controversial Views and Debates on the Twilight Saga.
Edited by: Michell Pan
Published: May, 2010
Source: Received for review from publisher.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The fourth Twilight book is out, but many controversial issues remain unresolved and open to debate. Now the devoted Twihards at argue passionately about what really happened and what should have happened.
Who should Bella have ended up with, Jacob or Edward? Should Bella have become a vampire?

Going into this I wasn't really sure what to expect. I used to be a Twilight FANATIC, but then I got over it, and I was a little apprehensive as to whether I would enjoy reading so much about a series that I'm kind of luke-warm about now. I shouldn't have worried, if anything this book brought me back to the first times that I read the books and reminded me why I loved them.

The book is divided into sections, each section is a question with a few responses by fans and then The Final Call made by the editor. I enjoyed this format. If there was a question that I didn't really care to read all of the responses to I could just read The Final Call for a summary. I liked most of the questions, especially the ones that made me think. The question "How would the book be different if Edward were the human and Bella the vampire" actually made my head hurt a little trying to wrap my mind around all of the different scenarios. 

Something that I noticed throughout the book is that most of the answers are by the same people. There are some others randomly thrown in, but I saw the same names a lot. I'm not sure if this is because they answered the questions more completely than others, if they worded them better, if they answered every question or what.

I also found it odd that they decided to compile this book when only two of the five movies were out. There were quite a few questions about the movies in here, and I think that it might have made more sense to wait until they were all out. I guess that the demand wouldn't be as high if they did that though.

Basically this was enjoyable. It changed my mind on a few points and validated my opinions on others. And then there are the ones that I just plain don't agree with. Read it if you like or have ever liked The Twilight Saga.

4 Stars! 


  1. This sounds interesting. I do love the Twilight saga and started reading it just after New Moon was published, but for awhile now I've definitely cooled. There is just so much out there to read and I don't know...I feel like Stephenie Meyer has faded into the background. She was what I liked about it all so it saddens me somewhat. I think I'll give this book a try in the hopes that it will have the same affect on me as it did on you.

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  2. I never really got into the Twilight books, so I probably wouldn't be able to relate much if I read this book. I love the concept, though! It must be cool to read what fans think.

  3. When I first saw the title I thought it would be something that would be dissing the Twilight books, because although I'm not a total fanatic anymore I still love them, but I'm glad I read your review. It actually seems like something I should look into :)


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