A guy reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2009-2011)

Reading Twilight: Chapter 18 (The Hunt) AND Chapter 19 (Goodbyes)

 The song for this chapter is Supermassive Black Hole by Muse


As you all surely noticed, something is different about this post, and the difference is that I have covered more than one chapter. One of these is my excuse:

  1. A band of masked Twilighters led by Bailey leapt through my window, chained me to my desk, and threatened to stone me with textbooks if I didn’t read faster.  Or:
  2. I caught a fatal type of Dangermagnetosis and must now read double-speed in order to finish before my premature death. Or:
  3. Stephenie ended Chapter 18 at a part in the story no sane being, male or female, human or vampire, could set the book down.

Yes, I just kept on from 18 to 19, and might have gone onto 20 if I hadn’t stopped myself. In a flash it transformed. The beginning of the book was great (I’m a guy, so Edward-gushing wasn’t completely my type of reading), but this part is thrilling. Vampire action? Vampires running beside the car, chasing and tracking Bella down? If there are any guys reading this, still on the fence about reading Twilight, know that the romance and stuff guys don’t usually enjoy, at the beginning of the book, is entirely worth it for what is happening now. In fact, those parts are of great importance to make this part of the book so strong, so you know just how imperative it is to Edward that Bella stays alive.

There are hardly words to be said about this chapter, as I’m still trying to resist pulling it off the shelf and jumping right into the next part. Like I said at the beginning of this site, I am not one who has ever enjoyed vampire books or movies. For some reason, they just didn’t click with me. But Stephenie’s have completely rendered a new view of vampires in my mind– from the old Dracula with capes into something worthy of vamptastic.

In these chapters, there is a very strong tension in the air at all times, which is handled so masterfully I can’t get over it. Somehow, I can feel James watching from the shadows, circling the house, running next to the car– this constant danger that at any time could strike from the dark. At the same time, Edward is there as well, showing an aggressive side I have not yet seen. He has gone instantly from this romantic fellow into a vicious, dark defender, ready to hunt James at whatever cost. The prospect of having to tear James to shreds and burn the pieces does not even sway him for a second from what he has to do. There is a driving force to protect Bella that leaves no room in Edward’s mind for questioning what has to be done. She’s worth whatever it takes for him to keep her alive.

Believe me when I say that the absolute, sudden shifting from a romance into a page-turning thriller within the space of 20 pages had me shocked. Regular vampire romances do not do that. However, Twilight is not a regular vampire romance.

Unfortunately, my mind wandered off again, snickering back at me as it did:

“What’s your hunting range?” Laurent casually inquired.

“Somewhere in that direction,” Carlisle said, pointing. “But, you might rather wait a month or two. After all…”

He gestured towards a sign which read:

Sorry, we’re out of season

I am looking forward to grabbing Chapter 20 with the greatest anticipation, and hoping that I can resist from just leaping upon the rest of the book and devouring them all at once with near-vampiric fury.  😀


– I’m about ready to celebrate: my Youtube is up to 870 subs! My goal is 1000 by the end of summer, so if anybody likes Youtube be sure to check out my channel.

– This week is my final exam in college before summer break, and then I will be much free-er to get back with everyone’s emails. However, I just received the editorial letter for my novel. Thus, following June 27, my email-answering speed will fall again while I work on that. But I will still reply!

– For those who haven’t heard, most of Stephenie’s Breaking Dawn shows were sold out within the hour. Wowsa. So you were all right: my 3 hour guess was way too much 😀



89 Responses

  1. OMG that woas the exact same song i used for this chapter!
    i think MUSE is perfect for twilight!

  2. Haha love that sign! Saved it as my new desktop photo XD keep on going Kaleb, you’re getting so close ! 🙂

  3. just wait, it gets better! chapter 22 is one of the most action and suspense filled chapters in the series


  4. ooh, speeing through the chapters, i see!!
    i’m so excited for you to read the ballet studo scene… ah!
    keep going, keep going! you’re almost there!

  5. damnit.. i want to read it again.. but i lent(sp?) it to my friend so she had something GOOD to read on her vacation.. and now i want to read it.. shoot! oh well.. reading New Moon again wouldn’t be such a bad idea as well…

  6. I don’t know how you put down the book at this part of it! That takes a lot of skill!!

  7. if you like action you are going to have trouble on trying to put down the next two books specially eclipse… good luck!!! 🙂

  8. I GOT TICKETS!!! WHO!! Go me! I kept trying to call, and trying to call, and trying to call but I could NOT get ahold of anyone, so I got on the Internet and I think I got seats in the SECOND ROW!!! Go friggin me!!!! lol

  9. If you think this is exciting, wait ’till you get to NEW MOON and ECLIPSE….

    Also, I never likes Vampire stuff either, but STEPH- well, she is just special!!!

    Yeah…I am going to the NYC show on 8/1!!!

  10. Kaleb, I totally understand what you mean. I have never liked Vampire books or movies either! Until now. She definately has changed the image of a Vampire for GOOD. No more Dracula, if you ask me. 🙂
    I give you permission to devour the rest of the book! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the next coming chapters!

  11. I knew you would cave sometime and read more than one chapter!Now that you can’t put it down and are just waiting till you can read it again makes you a true twilighter…your reasons for reading two chapters were hilarious 🙂 and the hunting picture he he he he…P.S. if you want to go ahead and keep reading more than one chapter you have my permission 🙂

  12. Hah, Supermassive Black Hole! Exellet choice 🙂 You’re absolutely right, 18&19 were the most intense chapters of Twilight. I was in my English class in near hysterical mode, my teacher kept telling me to put the book down. Anyways…keep reading it only gets better 🙂

  13. Can’t say im surprised you read two chapters at once.

    Even the strongest of us have a hard time putting the book down.

    It was only time before Twilight overpowered you as well.

  14. I A LOT don’t blame you. If you do end up “accidentally” reading too much (even all the way to the end…), no blame will come to you from here! You do what you gotta do. 🙂

  15. Truthfully, these chapters are one of the main reasons that I became so instantly hooked to Twilight. I mean, I love the mushy stuff as much as the next girl, but you just can’t say no to the awesome “vamptastic” (thank you, I will be adding that to my vocabulary) action.

    I’m probably looking more forward to these moments in the movie than anything else. EVEN the meadow scene…which will be gorgeous and amazing, of course, but I want to see the threaten of limbs being ripped. Vampire style.

  16. I subscribed 🙂

    I had the same problem…I got kicked out of Language Arts because I was reading during a lecture. My teacher was like “what had you so captivated that you thought you should waste a grade to do?” I replied in one word “Twilight”…yeah she let me make up the grade (it was 100 points) I’m kinda a goody goody so she’s knew I wasn’t normally like that

  17. How can you just stop reading at this part of the book, Kaleb!!!

    Sammy, you are sooo lucky to get SECOND ROW SEATS! I wish I could have gotten such good seats. 🙁 Have an awesome time at the book signing/concert!

    Stevie was here

  18. I’ve never read vampire stuff myself, but now I’m one of those girls who dress all over black and suck up every vampire movie or book, no matter how crappy it may be. And guess what did the change?
    Stephenie, of course. She often says that she doesn’t quite like scary stuff, but that couldn’t keep me off reading more of that!
    And, though I’m female, these are also some of my favourite chapters

  19. That sign idea was REALLY funny!!! I can understand how you think that the middle is boring 4 u…my BF thought the same. I personally thought that the “hunt” went by too fast. I am glad you’re enjoying TWILIGHT. Good Job, Kaleb!! 😉

  20. I wish my brother would read the books already! he’s going to give in eventually but he’s making it so hard on me. i can’t really blame him. He’s 10 and a super slow reader, BUT I AM GOING TO FORCE IT UPON EVERY GUY I COME IN CONTACT WITH. that includes him. i luv the song chosen for this chapter. i’m making my brother watch and listen to all things twilight related.

  21. Hahaha I knew you wouldn’t be able to just read ONE chapter every few days…If you think this is exciting, wait ’till you get to NEW MOON and ECLIPSE….
    …NO HUNTING AT ALL hahahah that pic was hilarious.. AMAZING
    and is true what you said how shocking is the transformation of the romance at the beginning( i love that part) because is totally worth it to get to the ACTION PACK FUN at the end! great song choice too I LOVE MUSE…

    Greetings from uruguay

  22. Oh YAY !! 😀

    Im glad you finally see the action-packed part of Twilight !

    Exciting, eh ?

    Thrilling, eh ?

    Keep on reading ! Post more of your blog, summary, thingies (:

    Ps: I was surprised on how quickly they got sold out ! Amazing !

  23. Just wait. It gets better. Not that it isn’t awesome already but for all the action junkies who can’t get enough.

    I couldn’t believe the tickets for her show sold out so fast! But then againmaybe i shouldn’t have been suprised. Only four shows, and I’m so mad I didn’t get any tickets. I have NEVER been to one of her signings and this was the one I wanted to got to. Last book of the series and I didn’t even get to meet her *sigh*

    Anyways, can’t wait till u finish the book and move onto the next in the series ^_^

  24. Congrats! (this is for the whole site) you are my hero (for now) i told a guy about this book and he was like “thats cool” and i was like” yah but usually only girls are into it” and he is like not masculine enough so he has to do something stupid like say “oh then i might not like it” (turns away) this is why you are great! welcome to twilight world

  25. I’m still reading… and I want to know one thing: How do you know what a stereotypical vampire romance is like? Have you READ ONE???? Just curious… 🙂

  26. I’m commenting all the time now… tut tut. It’s just that this part is so exciting.
    I don’t blame you for reading both chapters… it’s such a good part of the book. I love how aggressive Edward is. It makes me laugh… that angry vampire teen.
    Nice work on the hunting sign, by the way. I can just imagine Charlie saying, “Okay, so, from now until June, humans are out of season to ALL predators. I’m looking at you vampires.”

  27. thank goodness you are finally a normal(ish) human and had to read more than one chapter. I am glad that the books do tempt you. It still causes me much pain that you can read chapter by chapter and stop!

  28. I agree with Melonie; the hunt is my last favourite part of the book. I always get a little distressed and just want to turn to the page when everything is fine again 😛

  29. has anyome else noticed that the song he picked for this chapter is the song they played during the baseball scene in the movie, which he just discussed last chapter. and this was before the movie was even being made!! well i prob was made already, but. i still think its cool.

  30. As Mindy said before me, Supermassive Black Hole is on the Twilight soundtrack! You weren’t keeping Alice in that apartment of yours, were you? Because there was something clairvoyant going on here.

  31. wow! way to go on calling the song! they so used that for the last chapter in the movie! lmao

    i think that the movie was great!! just when u compare it to the book and see all the stuff missing and wat changed, it was kinda annoying. but still awesome! :]

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    Got tied up by twilighters? Ha! Ha! Ha! You're right, Twilight is definately not the average vampire romance. Actually, Twilight isn't even the average vampire story. Stephenie Meyer seems to have created a whole new world that had never been explored until now. My mind often wonders like yours does when I'm reading Twilight. Actually, I put myself in Bella's shoes. I often wonder what I would do if it were me with Edward. In most cases my mind dosen't get too creative. I end up doing the same things as Bella. But, not to sound vain, or anything, but if anyone out there is a real life Bella, I swear it would be me. I am just like her. It's as if Stephenie Meyer was writing about me.

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