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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569758220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569758229
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Pan is the owner of BellaAndEdward.com, one of the largest Twilight saga fansites on the web. She has been interviewed by many media outlets including ReelzChannel.com, Business Week, and her local news station, KXAN. Michelle has had the opportunity to attend the Twilight premieres and interview many important cast and crew members, including author Stephenie Meyer. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Michelle Pan is the founder and owner of BellaAndEdward.com, one of the largest Twilight saga fansites on the web. She started the site in 2006 when she was just 13 years old. Since then, Michelle has had the opportunity to interview many of the Twilight cast and crew members at the movies' world premieres. At school, she participates in the marching band, where she plays the flute and is a drum major. Michelle will be a senior in high school next year. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately, the questions asked aren't very controversial.
Jenny
So basically this book is like having a conversation with other Twilight fans about what you like, don't like, and think about the books and movies.
Book Sake
There is very little critical reflection about problems in the series.
J. Aragon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on September 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book, written by the creator of the website [...] and the fans who wrote in, is a collection of "controversial" questions about the Twilight series answered by the people who love it. Unfortunately, the questions asked aren't very controversial. "Which Twilight saga movie character is least accurately cast?" "Should Summit Entertainment have replaced Rachelle Lefevre under the given circumstances?" Um...why does that matter?? The answers given by the fans tended to be all the same, too. The title question got a resounding "no," as was to be expected (for the record, I say "yes!"). There were a couple questions which could be considered somewhat controversial - "What is one major downfall of the series?" had a nice variety of answers, one of which was, ironically, "the obsessive fans." I was mildly disappointed by this book because I found the title so misleading. But upon closer inspection, it's basically exactly what it claims to be - fan perspectives on Twilight, written as you'd find on a website. It was a very quick, light read, and obviously only recommended for fans of the Twilight series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Sake VINE VOICE on September 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
At first glance of this book I was expecting something a bit deeper delving into the Twilight books. Something along the lines of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy" or "Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers In Joss Whedon's Firefly". What I got was a smattering of various fans views on different questions such as "which vampire power would you rather have" and "which movie has stayed truer to the book".

Each section is divided up by the question presented. We are given a few answers and the fan's reasons of why they chose the way they did. At the end of each section we are given "The Final Call" which I expected to be the answer chosen by most of the Twilight fans that responded to the question. Instead, we are given the authors choice. So basically this book is like having a conversation with other Twilight fans about what you like, don't like, and think about the books and movies. I love Twilight, but I don't feel the need to own everything with the word Twilight written on it, so maybe that's why this book isn't for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George J. Stewart on June 4, 2011
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I'm not the target demographic (older guy seeking to understand the great appeal of Twilight) for either the Twilight Saga or this book, but I can say that I found this book disappointing. Possibly, this was my fault for not reading all the existing reviews before I bought it. The book is a summation of the answers to the questions from a survey or sureys that the author ran on her prominent Twilight-related website. The book is divided into sections which are each devoted to one of the uestions. At the end of each section, the author awards herself the last word.
There's not very much analysis here, nor any quantitative reporting about percentage breakdown of total opinions. All four books are covered, but only two of the movies, as Eclipse had apparently not been released at the time the book went to bed.
Perhaps the best feature of the book for me was the occasional original opinion expressed in one of the cited comments from the website, and this may make the book worthwhile for you, especially if you're a "twi-hard".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Stemm on October 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
The title is a little misleading- it's not controversial at all, it's a collection of short essays from die-hard fans of the series about different questions.

Questions like:
If you could be a character in Twilight, who would you be?
Who was your favorite character?
Which movie was the best adaptation of the book?

...and so on. Not really hard-hitting, and they don't discuss any of the really controversial issues that arose from the books. No talk of Edward's disturbing creeper habits. Nothing about Bella's manipulation of Jacob. It's all very light, even the discussions that go slightly deeper into opinions on imprinting and the way Jacob's personality changed when he became a werewolf.

As someone who loves the Twilight books but still maintains a distance from the obsession, this was not the book for me. Yes, I love the books, but I also am well aware of the unhealthy relationships portrayed and am amused to no end by the purple prose.

If you love Twilight and want to read the positive gushing of your fellow fans, this is a great book for you... for those of you with a bit more skepticism- just re-read the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Aragon VINE VOICE on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
The title is really misleading. I assumed that the book was going to be more provocative and offer insightful criticism and engagement of the series. Instead, this is part of the fandom literature in the blogosphere that has now been published. Before I sound really negative, I need to give props to the editor and the others involved. This germinated from a website started by the editor, when she was in junior high school.

That said, there is nothing controversial in the book. It is as positive and glowing of the series as _A New Dawn Is_. There is very little critical reflection about problems in the series. However, the anthology does offer commentary on characters and the plot, which is useful for interested readers. Again, this book is for fans of the series and can be completed in one sitting.
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