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Dad Reviews: New Moon

Guest Post from Scott Duehlmeier:

I have always loved everything to do with Vampires, in fact one of my earliest memories of watching TV was Morgan Freeman portraying Dracula on The Electric Company way back when…if you have no idea what I’m talking about, YouTube it, it’ll crack you up.

If I may, let me share with you how I came to the knowledge of The Twilight Saga. I was mid-bite in one of my favorite hamburgers when a buddy of mine (who also loves the mythology of the vampire) asked, “Dude, have you ever heard of Twilight?” I told him I hadn’t, so he gave me the quick rundown of what the story was, and I was automatically intrigued. When I returned home from my lunch, I asked my wife (who I regard as an expert in all things book-related,) if she had heard of these books. She said she had and that all of her junior high students, (girl students mind you,) loved these books…had I missed something that my friend told me? What caveat was unheard? Middle school girls seemed to be the target demo for these books, so how on earth was I going to like them? Needless to say, I did, and that is why I write today about the second installment in this series.

The first thing I have to say about New Moon is this – quit comparing it to Twilight. You can’t compare the two, it is unfair to New Moon, and if you go into reading this book with really high expectations, you will be disappointed. That being said, I still really liked New Moon, mainly for the newness it offered. Where Twilight focused heavily on the vampire, in New Moon, we are introduced to “The Pack’s” and a glimpse into the Quileute legend.

You don’t really ‘see’ a lot of the Cullen family in New Moon, which allows us to become more familiar with Jacob Black and his ‘brothers.’ I think Stephenie Meyer does a fantastic job with the development of the characters in New Moon. She is also a master at bringing the story to life…she paints such a clear picture of the who, what and where, you almost feel as if you are watching the happenings right there.

My biggest complaint of the book is the destructive behavior that Bella shows throughout the book. I can understand the thrill of danger, and the unknown, but some of the things that she does ‘for love’ are a bit disturbing…especially when it is so dramatically portrayed. It almost rationalizes (to some degree,) that destructive actions are alright after you’ve been dumped. Anyway, the attitude that Bella has for most of the book (oh poor me…) uggh, it gets really old early, and just drags throughout the book. The way that she plays on the emotions of Jacob really irked me. I know it is only a story, but Bella, the main character becomes almost unlikable in this book. Luckily for the reader, we have Jacob Black and the werewolves.

One of the really bright spots in New Moon is when one of the Cullens returns to Forks and reveals a potentially tragic event in the works. I loved this twist, and the small glimpse into a whole new world of the Vampire.

I’ve already bought my ticket for the theatrical release of New Moon, and I have to say that I’m excited to see it.

I give New Moon 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Scott Duehlmeier is a “proud Dad of two awesome kids”, sports nut, social media fanatic, PR practitiioner and overall burly dude – if he likes Twilight then your man can too. Check out his blog or follow him on twitter @paco_belle.

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