Twilight New Moon and Stephanie Meyer Cliff Notes

There are spoilers here so if you don’t want to know what happens, move along.

My girls were raving about these books and their friends were borrowing them, so I decided I better read them to find out what it was all about.  I’ve had the complete series sitting on the book shelf for about two months.

The movie came out in Australia on Thursday 11 Dec so everyone was cramming to get the books read.

Here comes the spoilers

Twilight is about Bella and Edward. Edward is a vampire but one of the good ones, they only feed on stock not humans.  Edward is part of the Cullen family consisting of Carlisle (dad) Esme (mum) Alice, Rosalie, Emmett and Jasper.  There is an uneasy treaty between the local indians and the Cullens.  The Indians, primary characters Jacob, Bella’s friend and Billy, his wheelchair bound father and tribesmen elder.

Bella and Edward fall hopelessly in love (see wuthering heights) and Bella is invited into the Cullen’s world.  It is there she comes across some not so friendly vampires, Laurent, Victoria and Jason.

James is a tracker and becomes obsessed with Bella and eventually attacks her and bites her, but the Cullens come to her rescue just in time and Edward sucks out the venom.  James, the bad vampire is killed in the battle.  James is the life partner of Victoria.

Carlisle works at the hospital as the local doctor having been able to totally conquer his need for human blood.

It is this conflict that keeps the book moving, Edward wants Bella on multiple levels. he loves her and also wants to suck her blood.

Bella wants to beomce a vampire and be with them forever but Edward refuses.

This is where Twilight leaves and New Moon begins.

Edward decides the best thing is to leave Bella because he has put her in mortal danger and he doesn’t want to take her soul by turning her into a vampire.

Bella is devastated and cannot function without Edward.  After months of torment she eventually rekindles her friendship with Jacob, from the Indian tribe.

Something strange is happening to the Indian boys, and eventually Jacob becomes a werewolf, mortal enemy of the bloodsuckers aka Edward and the Cullens.

The werewolves have been tracking the not so nice vampires, Laurent and Victoria who have returned to find Bella.  Victoria wants to kill her to avenge James’ demise.

Jacob and Bella have a rocky patch but eventually she accepts him for all his werewolfness.

Bella nearly dies and Edward is told that she is in fact dead, so goes off to kill himself ala Romeo and Juliet and Bella and Alice intervene at the last minute and are given a reprieve by the vampire godfathers The Volturi but Bella must become a vampire or else they will kill them all.

Carlisle agrees to change her, but Edward is still not happy about it and eventually bargains with Bella to wait until he can change her himself so they can be together forever.

Victoria, the bad vampire, is still loose and hunting Bella and the Volturi will be coming to check on her vampire progress, all the while Jacob, now in love with Bella has to accept that Edward his mortal enemy will break the treaty by biting her and turning his love into his enemy.

Am waiting for my copy of Eclipse to be returned so I can read it and will let you know how it goes.  But by now, you’re up to date.

Although it’s set in the myths and legends that have been done to death, Meyer creates a realism that has been missing in this genre for a long time.  To invoke tears several times throughout both the novels, is a rare gift, and the pace in which they’re written makes them hard to put down.

Highly recommended reading.  You’ll speed through them.

11 thoughts on “Twilight New Moon and Stephanie Meyer Cliff Notes

  • February 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Omg thx so much I just watched twilight two times…I absolutely fell in love with it..although I’ve never read the book or any of the series I have been dying to find out what was going to happen next so thanks again.

  • February 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    this is awesome! please do more. summaries are me favorite.:)) but the books are really cool. i love the books because they remind me of reality. reality that is like drama with more complex talking. i have become a major fan, but i dont plan on having my room or anything else changed to twlight. lol. i just lyk reading the books and summaries! good job with this and yea, i cant wait to see the movies.:)) bye

  • March 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I lovee these books!

  • May 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “Victoria wants to kill her to avenge Jason’s demise”

    Maybe also add that she wants to kill Bella so it hurts Edward and the Cullen’s, just like how killing James hurt her because that was her boyfriend.

  • May 11, 2009 at 1:53 am

    omg, i absolutally luv the twilight saga! u did an awesome job with this summary. i hadn’t read new moon, so thanx for spoiling it! but it waz my fault cause i read the warning first. =) come to 1 of my concerts and i’ll invite u back stage, k? hugs and kisses!

  • May 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Alice,
    I had made those changes before, but had to do a backup of files and the old copies were restored, so thanks for letting me know they were still there. Thanks for the added comments regarding Victoria and James too.

  • September 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i love the twilight saga so far i just started reading them im up yo the second one new moon and i love it so so so so so so so so so so so so much this is my favorite series book there the best books i ever read in my life i wish all books were like this well i could go on all day about this but i hav to go eat dinner lol. thx.

  • October 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    i loved the summary i havent finished reading new moon yet but thanks for the heads up. the books are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • October 6, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    the twilight saga is one of the best stories that i have ever read, the movie version is great too.~*

  • November 10, 2010 at 11:13 am

    twlight saga is simply the best, the story is great and of course the actors and actresses are superb -:’

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