With all the hype, I was never interested in Twilight because 1. I don't read/watch horror/vampire stuff and 2. The movies looked cheesy and I wasn't interested in an over the top teenage romance with dumb computer generated wolves.
But a couple months ago Twilight (the first movie) was on TV. Jay was working late and I was just flicking the channels looking for something entertaining. I missed the first 10 minutes but immediately got drawn into the story. It had been awhile since I watched a great movie and I was hopeful. I can't tell you how many movies I turned OFF because of too much unnecessary vulgarity, nudity or love scenes. Finally I was lost in a fantasy world that was just a good story. The tension between the two main characters was interesting and it was a nice escape - finally! The good vampires eat animals and although there were some dark parts because something bad had to happen - it's a movie!, it was overall really good. Proof that cursing and sex stuff are not necessary to tell a story.
After watching the first movie, a friend suggested we go to the theatre together for #4, Breaking Dawn. But I had to catch up and watch the 2nd, New Moon and the 3rd, Eclipse first. So I ordered the movies on Netflix and quickly caught up. After I saw all the films (still one more to go next year) I was talking to another friend about Twilight and how I wanted to read the books because I heard they were better. She owned them so lent them to me and I whipped thru all 4 books in a month. Of course the books were better. They gave so much more info about the characters. I don't dislike Jacob as much anymore. ha!
If you agreed with my first impression about Twilight but really want a good story, then I recommend both the books and the movies, although the books are far better. Much better details of what's doing on in Bella's head and sooooo good! And slightly addicting. But then again, that's how I read fiction. I wish I had that same desire when it came to all my parenting and devotion books!