Yuuki struck me as courageous and thoughful. She's quite likeable and endearing after the long run since her strengths are showing more. Kaname is...well, a better, more sophisticated version of Edward Cullen. And the best thing is he doesn't sparkle under the sun. And Zero, oh, Zero, Zero! Such tenderness for a surly dude. The romance between either Kaname/Yuuki and Zero/Yuki is tragic, complex and agreeable. I lean more on Zeki but I like Kaname and Yuuki together as well. The story plot is exciting and chilling, very insightful to the characters' past and not exaggerated and dragged to dirt like the Twilight version. Honestly, my eyes are opened. I beat myself with a shoe for recommending that goddamn book to friends.
In comparison to Twilight: There’s an unfathomable irregular beat on Bella and Edward’s ‘love’ that disturbs me. Edward is controlling, stalkerish, overbearing and incomprehensible (not in a good way.) Bella is whiny and seems to put people close to her in danger and is stubborn as hell. Their relationship, beyond the passionate declarations of eternity, brings a familiar scenario of abusive and obsessive temperament. Edward to Bella is actually summarized like this: doesn't let Bella have any friends, breaks into her house to watch her /sleep/ before they even have a single conversation (stalker, much?), can't let her out of his sight, blackmails her into marrying him, pushes her against her parents and humanity, takes her future and throws it down the drain, monitors her every movement, breaks down her car to continuously control her to the extent that she can't even see her best friend, never takes her opinion into consideration until he's forced into it by the people he considers his equals (other vampires), says that he can't live without her --this is NOT ROMANTIC at all. That is to say, I didn’t drool over whatever magnificence his beauty evokes no matter how many times Meyer would describe what he wears and how he looks while wearing such clothes. Really, I actually concluded that those passages are written to arouse not just the imagination of female teens but also get their loins quaking. Talk about orgasmic writing. Cleary Meyer accomplished that successfully.
Thanks, Viola-chan! Real gratitude over here! Now I don't have to settle for less when it comes to a vampire romance story!