Thursday, October 28, 2010

Module 4: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Meyer, Stephenie. Eclipse. New York: Little, Brown, 2007. Print. ISBN: 9780316160209


"You don't understand. You may be brave enough to live without me, if that's what's best. But I could never be that self-sacrificing. I have to be with you. It's the only way I can live."

In this third installment of the Twilight series, we find ourselves in the middle of a love triangle of sorts. Edward is back and ready to prove his love to Bella, and Bella is ready for him to...except for this tiny problem of a werewolf taking up some of her heart. When the vampires and werewolves have to work together to defeat an evil they do no completely understand, Bella will finally have to immortal life with Edward or a mortal one with Jacob.

Although the first two books created a cult following for Stephenie Meyers, Eclipse is what brought her life-long fans. In this edition, the characters really developed independently and in a unifying way. The author plays down Bella's dependency, and we are able to see a stronger person taking her place. Although set in a realistic setting, everything involving the atmosphere takes on a sinister feel. At times you will wonder, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, but in the end, lines are drawn. The New York Times states, "Meyer's trilogy seethes with the archetypal tumult of star-crossed passions, in which the supernatural element serves as a heady spice." Readers of this series will not be disappointed with Eclipse.

Much of this book is based on folklore of vampires and werewolves. Students will write down some of the myths of vampires and werewolves that they know and that came out of the book, and then research where they came from.

"Eclipse." The New York Times. Amazon. Web. 07 Nov. 2010.

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