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Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) Paperback – August 15, 2011
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Stephenie Meyer is the author of the #1 bestselling Twilight Saga and The Host. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona.
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Meyer needs to write a lot more SF&F. Sorry. I know "The Chemist" was her deviation from SF&F (fiction still but not my cup of tea.) Plus she has this strange film aspiration she needs to dis I think. "The Host" was a fantastic SF&F thing.
Stephenie Meyers is a fantastic writer, one of the best I've read in a very long time. And I read a lot. The last time I was even close to being this absorbed in a series was when I read the "Harry Potter" books. In the "Twilight" series, Meyers reveals an incredible talent for bringing unique characters to life in a way that draws you completely into the world she sees in her mind, she creates a new, vibrant vampire--and wherewolf--mythology in a world that seems so real it's as if you could step right into it without any hesitation (just as Bella does). Bella is a 17-year-old high school girl in love with forever-17-year-old vampire Edward, and their love story becomes the stuff of legend set in reality. Later, when it grows into a love triangle with newly-transformed wherewolf Jacob, reality takes on a whole new meaning. And amid love and joy Bella must also face death, loss and pain before she can make the final choice for her future. There really isn't one sentence or paragraph that can truly capture the entire tale and do it justice because Meyers' writing is so visceral, she makes you experience everything so deeply along with her characters as they journey through her masterful storytelling. Everything feels fully three-dimensional, from the intensly detailed inner thought processes of the main characters to the dramatic and often comical dialogue between them, from the richly described environments in which they live to the sometimes difficult and distant places they find themselves going to, Meyers never takes any short cuts with her writing. From what quite literally began as a happy dream one night, she has created an entire world that I will eagerly return to again and again.
I am also extremely impressed that Meyers made sure to keep a strong grip on her material when the movies were being made, making sure that they stayed as true to the original books as humanly possible.Yes, the books contain more than the movies for which I am grateful, but they are really close and that is miraculous for all of the Twi-hard book fans out there! I could probably go on for pages here so I will wrap this up by saying that no matter your age or gender you will find so much in these books that transcends typical fantasy stories that I strongly urge everyone to take a chance and jump into the "Twilight" Universe!!!