I know that I might be stepping into something here. Still, I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer for the first time and can't help but share my thoughts.
First, I have to admit my bias. I knew that I'd likely not like this book since I don't like vampire-books/movies/shows and I don't like (cheesy) romance, either. Perhaps it's like hypnotism...you can't fall to it if you don't believe in it.
Still, I didn't fall under Twilight's spell, which is what everyone said would happen if I just took the time to read it. Though the book moved along at a decent pace and I didn't dislike reading it, I didn't find it to be anything special. Like I told a friend, I feel like Meyer's writing is about on the level of mine...nothing spectacular. Though I want to try my hand at writing fiction, I believe that at heart I'm more of a reader. Meyer might be the same way. Her writing was adequate, but nothing literary...there were no sentences that evoked anything within me (except for a gag a couple of times, but that's more an issue of plot), no evidence of the laboring until she found the just-right word.
So, I now can say what I've thought all along. I see nothing wrong with reading the Twilight series, but to those who read them I want to be perfectly clear:
There are better things out there.