I must say, it's an interesting read. There's not many vampire books I'm attracted to reading, and this one…well, I kept reading it to the end.
I felt like the first 200 pages or so were really slow, but about the middle of the book it started picking up, and grabbed my attention a bit more.
So for the story content…pretty good.
As far as why I think this is going to be a phenomenon…
Ms. Meyer has successfully captured the ultimate need in teenage dating relationships. She's figured out how to articulate the way most teenage girls want to see their boyfriends. Debonair, gentlemen like, respectful, and of course; they have to have a hot body! So, I can totally see the infatuation with a return to relationships brushed with a tint of chivalry, while still having a sexual tension all too obvious.
My sadness is, there will be girls fantasizing over this relationship, looking for their own Edward out there. And, although I know there are boys out there who are respectful, and want to honor a girl for being herself, sometimes the delusion of this ravage romance is hard to overcome in real life.
There's no doubt there will be more in store for Edward and Bella. The idea that fragile life can exist in tandem with a vicious "monster" who respects her humanity so much he fights the natural urges of his creation to enjoy her company is one that makes for bookshelves all through history.
Overall, Twilight is this generations beauty and the beast, with a bit more adult content.