The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Paperback – January 8, 2013
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I have written way too much here; given a million spoilers away. Basically, I'd give this book ten (10) stars, if I could!
BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU LOVE THE TWILIGHT SAGA BOOKS!!!
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.
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You have to remember that the information in here is based on how Stephenie Meyer see's her characters and not the movie versions so say her description of Laurent is completely different to the film character.
All in all I am very pleased with this purchase and would reccomend this to any fan of the series.
If you're a Twilight fan, then there is no doubt that you'll absolutely ADORE this Guide!
I honestly bought this book to see the illustrations of the main characters, and to get some unanswered questions answered as well. But when I skimmed it and went back and forth between an interview and random facts I felt my inner Twilight fan rise.
I highly recommend this book!
I think the best way to read this would be to have it alongside the Twilight series and you can reference the guide for more of the backstories when you encounter things in the book.
However it is a great read and the illustrations are beautiful!
Would recommend if you love learning new information about them!
The book is hard back and looks fantastic for any Twilight fan as it has birth dates of the vampires etc, also maps etc. Bought for my daughter but i think i will be reading this aswell!