The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Now the problem with this post is that I must publicly admit that not only have I read all the twilight books but that I was interested enough to check out this “eclipse novella.”  Yup, I read them, and I liked them. I did not start until after they were all written and I had a few friends rave about them, but I did eventually cave, and I was addicted, and I read them all back to back, and my husband has teased me about it ever since. I have not however gone to see any of the movies. How you can make a movie out of a book where the main character just talks about how beautiful her vampire boyfriend is and then not have that beautiful of a guy acting as the vampire is beyond me, but I digress…

This book takes one very minor character from Eclipse and gives you her whole story.  I think I can do no better than what Stephenie Meyer says in the forward:

“I hope you end up caring about Bree as much as I do, though that’s kind of a cruel wish. You know this: it doesn’t end well for her. But at least you will know the whole story. And that no perspective is ever really trivial.”

I think it exemplifies the part of authors that awes me. To create and know your characters so well that you have all these back stories in your head, to not only choose what goes in a book  and what doesn’t, but to have enough knowledge of your creation that everyone no matter how small a part acts accordingly, whether we as readers know it the first time we meet them or not. It amazes me.

Would I recommend it? Now I feel sort of silly, and maybe I’m not making any sense tonight, but my answer to this is no. This isn’t really a book to pick up just to read, if you have read the rest of them then sure, its a fun (OK,well not super fun it is a very short life) read. But I didn’t think it was awesome in itself or a necessary addendum to the books.  It is what it stands for that amazes me, the actual book not so much.

There is no picture, becuase the book is black and shiny which I find mostly impossible to photograph. Not only that it is highly recognizable from afar as a Stephenie Meyer book, you don’t need my poor picture to find this one on a shelf!


5 comments on “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

  1. Marcia says:

    I read this, too, after having, like you, read the rest of the series. I enjoyed the series very much, for what it was, and I even enjoyed the movies, as well. Not great literature or film, but fun. (And Rob Pattinson grows on you in the movies, believe it or not. I had my doubts at first, but ended up thinking he was well cast. Much better so than some of the other characters.) I enjoyed this novella, and it sits on my bookcase right beside my copies of the other four books, much to my granddaughter’s delight. 😀 (And personally, if the series hadn’t been such a megahit, I don’t think people would be making so much fun of it now. But that’s just a bit of cynicism on my part. Probably. Or not.)

    • Jessie says:

      I think you might be right about it getting the flack because it was a megahit. There are lots of books out there to be read just for fun that aren’t any better than these and some that are much worse! I know, I’ve read many of them! 🙂

      • Marcia says:

        Meyers has a sci-fi-ish, adult book out there that I loved! They made it into a movie, too, but cast everyone as teenagers. Gack. It’s called The Host, and it really touched me. More love story than anything else, but she writes about love pretty well, and I very much enjoyed it.

        I’m very fond of Urban Fantasy, and have enjoyed the glut of books on the market in the last few years. But there are tons of them out there that are poorly conceived and even more poorly written. It makes the good ones all the better. I have a few series that I enjoy so much, I mark the new release dates months ahead on my calendar. Pretty much anything by Ilona Andrews, Seanan McGuire, Patricia Briggs, Maggie Stiefvater, and of course, Jim Butcher, goes into my library, sometimes in both print and Kindle formats.

        Now, I’m devoting a new shelf to Fantasy. I’m going to have to live to be 134 to read everything on my TBR pile. Plus, now that I write, too, I don’t have time to read my usual 3 to 4 books a week, anymore. No fair!

        • Jessie says:

          I’ll have to put The Host on my ever growing “to read” list. I haven’t read anything by Jim Butcher, but I’m pretty sure I should, I better put him on the list too! 🙂

          • Marcia says:

            Good plan. The first book in the Dresden Files is Storm Front, which I read thinking, “this shows promise.” (It was Butcher’s first novel, written, I think, as part of a college class project.) The second was better, and then they just continued to get better and better with every book, until now the release of a new one is something to celebrate. 🙂

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