The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
by Stephenie Meyer
Published: April 12, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover (543 pages)
This must-have hardcover edition-the only official guide-is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. This comprehensive handbook-essential for every Twilight Saga fan-is full-color throughout with nearly 100 gorgeous illustrations and photographs and with exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.
I’ll be honest, this is not very interesting to read cover to cover, but it does have great information about the saga that any fan would love to read. My favorite part is the interview with Stephenie Meyer at the beginning. It was inspiring to read about how she didn’t write to be famous or to have millions of other people read her book. Stephenie wrote Twilight just for her. That was very inspiring to me to stop worrying what other people think and just write for me. Then Shannon Hale points out that if your only purpose of writing is for other people to read it, then the whole point of writing has been lost on you. Then Stephenie talks about how she felt like she was losing herself as a mom of young kids and I really related to that. Writing was a creative outlet that let her be herself. After reading that interview, I decided that I didn’t care if no one ever reads my blog – I’m going to write it for me. And she was right. As a mom of young kids, it helps me remember who I am.
However, after that great interview, you get to read a bunch of dry bios about all the characters (who are all apparently at least six feet tall). I do really like the playlists at the end of the book and the foreign covers and fan art were nice to look at. I would recommend referring to it when you are reading the series and just skim through it and enjoy. I have a weird need to read everything cover to cover and I’m happy to say that I did it, but man it was dull sometimes.
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