- Series: The Twilight Saga
- Hardcover: 524 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Media Tie In edition (April 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316043125
- ISBN-13: 978-0316043120
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 324 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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-A New York Times Editor's Choice
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About the Author
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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Double the information on Carlisle, Jasper, and Alice would fill in more blanks but at 8, 10, and 6 pages respectively for each of them and probably something similar for the other major characters more would get overwhelming pretty quickly. I especially liked getting more on Esme (who got less detail in the series itself than most of the others) and on the Denali coven ( the details on just when each gave up Human blood don't match up exactly) . I really liked getting the details behind Edward's remark to Tanya about survivors of encounters with vampires being even rarer, she and Kate glared at him over that one in "Breaking Dawn". You have to read this guide to find that it was the sisters' remorse over killing so many romantic encounters that led them to stop killing. There are several bits throughout the book covering details not covered in the Twilight series including Renee's backstory, Charlie's , even the Black family ( lots of "Wolf" genealogy here, I even think the Black's and Swans are distantly related). Most people would even appreciate getting the Volturi backstory.
The Shannon Hale/ Stephenie Meyer interview takes up a lot of space but if you haven't been to all of the Twilight sites, I certainly haven't , it's worth reading The book covers from other countries and the fan art are novelties but not worth much, the deleted/ alternate bits section was fun to read, the chapter by chapter book by book summary could be helpful to some people but Stephenies musical inspiration section was confusing to me, how did that connect to anything ? The vehicles section was informative.
I'm glad I got the book and while I do wish some of these sections had been cut back and others possibly extended my biggest complaint, if it can be called that, is the weight of the book- for it's size the Companion is a very heavy book, but not a problem at that.
Because I hate to be such a negative nellie about this, I gave the book 3 stars. It wasn't terrible, but it didn't give me what I had anticipated. The good points: it gave detailed back stories and information/stats on every main character in the Twilight books. It was interesting and informative. Alice's back story was a surprise, and it was really good to get that info. Hands down, it was the best part of this book. I also enjoyed some of the information on the other covens.
But, really, there was SO much missing. Why no information on Vasilii, Sasha's immortal child, and why she created him/how she kept him secret, etc...this is referred to so much in Breaking Dawn, and in this book, but never any specifics! Why no info. on who is Embry's father? Again, something talked about and referenced in this book, but no specifics. No information on what became of "smelly Fred" from the Bree Tanner novella and how he escaped (or, no real details). And why, oh why, Stephenie, did you include outtakes that you had already posted to your website?! What a waste of pages...and a true disappointment.
Things I was REALLY hoping to see in this book: Some kind of surprise/spoiler/excerpt from a future book, more outtakes, especially from Edward's perspective (Midnight Sun...), information that I didn't already know...was it really necessary to include character descriptions (i.e., eye color: red/black, vampire)?! I mean, this is all outlined in the series, and most of the people who will purchase this book have already read the series.
I hate to say it, but I'm disappointed...there has been SO much hype for this book, without necessity. Any fan would probably be able to tell you most everything in the book. I'm also disappointed in Meyer. She has alluded at writing/publishing Midnight Sun countless times, only to further disappoint. I'm really beginning to think that Twilight (and the resulting series, including the Bree Tanner novella) was just a one hit wonder for her. I'd love to see her really commit to these characters and follow through on the "loose end" story lines. I'm hoping that the egregious gaps in this book are because she intends to do that.
Sorry to take this review into a rant, but it's just how I'm feeling. I hope that I didn't give out too many spoilers, and that this helps you to make a purchase. If you are a fan who reads the websites/blogs or who has read and re-read the Twilight series, you probably do not need to purchase this book (unless you want it on your bookshelf next to the rest of your books). If you're new to the Twilight world, get this book because it will probably satisfy a lot of your questions. You still may, however, come away wanting more...