cross-posted from A Catholic View.
Warning: Potential Spoilers.
The first half of New Moon was pretty tough to sit through. Bella was extremely moody and depressed after Edward ( a vampire) told her he was out of her life. He was really trying to protect her from his world. It is actually pretty pathetic and degrading how she throws herself at Edward and obsesses over him. Thereafter, he appears to her only when she is in danger, so she starts doing risky things like riding a motorcycle, facing a motorcycle gang, and diving off a cliff. While Edward is not there to protect her, her BFF Jacob protects her, and she finds out that Jacob is a werewolf. It also becomes more apparent that Jacob is in love with her, but she considers him just a friend.
Quite honestly, I don't see what Bella sees in Edward; with his pasty-white face, too-red lips, and unkempt hair, I find him looking a bit clownish. Bella's real dilemma is that vampires and werewolves hate each other. Bella wants to become a vampire so she can spend her life with Edward, but she doesn't want to lose Jacob as a friend. Edward won't perform the conversion until she makes a commitment.
There are non-Catholic beliefs presented such as vampires and werewolves, but I did not find it offensive. Although the second half was more entertaining, I think New Moon is over hyped.