I only got through the first two.
Let me be clear... These books are targeted to a very specific audience. Unlike my favorite series, they lack something in the form of an ability to appeal on a broader scale. I am not a part of that specific audience. Any longer. If I were 12, then I would probably feel differently. I do know adults who LOVE this series. I'm not one of them.
One good thing about these books is that it has inspired imaginations and encouraged people to read who otherwise wouldn't think of picking up a book.
But I can't stand them. The writing is not good. I find the characters one dimensional. And the heroine's obsession (page after page after page of her pining) for her vampire love made me sick.
Last week I stumbled onto this review of the series. It's a bit long but hilarious, cynical and makes fun of the books. Totally up my alley. SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the books and are planning to, don't click on the link.
Some favorite tidbits:
Three hundred pages after "Oh, you like me too? No way, I thought you hated me!", the plot arrives late to the party, drunk, in a beat-up '53 Chevy pick-up truck. It drives away about fifty pages later and crashes into a tree, gets sent to the hospital, and is rarely heard from again throughout the course of the series.
And then Stephenie Meyer takes that trust, uses it to get your address and credit card numbers, and then breaks into your house and poisons your dog.