Twilight is not a book about Vampires it's a book about finding someones soul mate. Ok so the girl is 17 but acts older and the guy looks 17 but is a LOT older. Adding vampires into the mix just seemed to be a plot complication and a reason for the guy not following his natural desires and ripping the girls clothes off. The author takes liberties with the vampire mythos that left me saying "um...ok...I guess" One furthers the plot by allowing the characters to interact during normal hours and the other is just weird.
Bella's mom is thrown in there but she lacks any real depth. Her dad is just there so she has a place to stay. He's not really part of the story except as one of Bella's excuse mechanisms.
The he smells good, she smells really really good, he looks so gorgeous, she doesn't know how good she looks dialog is trite at times. There were holes in the story that I would have liked to see filled. Bella asks so many questions but never inquires more about James after the one question. The Cullens acceptance is a bit unbelievable.
That all being said Twilight was an enjoyable read. Boiled down it's just a story about how two people found each other extremely attractive, got to know each other, forgave each others flaws and fell in love.
I personally do not read romance novels but I see Twilight as one more than a "vampire" book. If you are a fan of the vamp genre or like romances or you are even a fan of the Buffy series check this book out. It's flawed but that doesn't mean it's not worth a read.
I guess I will have to check out the movie now.