Book 22: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Book Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Published: 2010
Pages: 178
Category: fiction: young adult, fiction: vampire

Before you laugh. Yes I have read all of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books. I even read Breaking Dawn mere days after it was released. And yes I sort of felt like I started reading the first book and woke up 3 days later having read all of them. I see why they’re appealing, and I did enjoy the story (for the most part). But the characters I liked the most got the least page-time, and the characters I liked the least….well they’re the ones the story is about. The ones everyone seem to love. (and by everyone, I mean Tweens and Twilight Moms).

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a different kind of book than the rest of the Twilight Saga. I didn’t expect too much from the characters, and I was pleasantly surprised by Bree and her sad, short, second life.

Bree doesn’t have the vampire world explained to her as Bella gets from endless exposition from the Cullens in the main Twilight Saga.  She assumes she is a * real * vampire, and is terrified of sunlight, until she eventually realizes that she only becomes sparkly when subjected to the rays of the sun. It had actually been so long since I read Stephanie Meyer’s books that I didn’t figure it out until Bree did that she doesn’t follow conventional vampire rules as I’m used to.
There were also some throw away lines of dialogue that made me think Meyer was poking fun at herself a little. And I always love when people realize they are ridiculous and act like they’re in on the joke.

“What would be the point? So we’re walking disco balls.” (48)

I’m also slightly scared to ever ride The Clipper from Victoria to Seattle again after this paragraph:

“There she is,” he said, waving toward a large ferry chugging south, probably making the last commuter run of the night down from Canada. “Give me a minute. When the power goes out, she’s all yours.” (118)

And then they eat everyone on the ferry. Although to be perfectly honest, not a lot of people commute daily from Canada to Western Washington. Just saying.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this novella, I found it to be much more in the tradition of vampire fiction – with fighting, struggles with the self, fear, and way less of the main characters staring into each others’ eyes, while laying in each others’ arms. I’m still glad I borrowed it from a friend instead of buying it, but I’m glad I gave it a shot!

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