Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"Twilight" by Stephanie Meyer

The Twilight series challenged everything readers thought they knew about vampires. The books focus on the romance between Bella Swan, a human girl, and Edward Cullen, a century old vampire. The alluring part of the series is that behind the romance and the love triangle that develops, Bella has to come to terms with who she wants to be in the future in order to truly love someone. Of course there are parts that are dramatic and overdone but the writing is simple and easy to read. The series became a movie phenomenon and inspired a lot of fan fiction. Although mainstream media has taken over the series, it was a turning point in young adult culture. New readers became interested in the young adult genre and books about the supernatural began to receive more publicity than ever.

Bella, the new girl, catches Edward Cullen's attention. They become obsessed with one another and Edward reveals his secret: he's a vampire. A forbidden romance develops.

Highlights: Portland rescue, prom

Lowlights: Hunter vampires

New Moon
No matter how they feel, Bella can't change that she's human. Jacob steps up to help Bella fix her broken heart. However, Jacob has his own destiny that he can't escape from.

Highlights: Motorcycles, new beginnings

Lowlights: The despair of heart-break

Bella is in love with two boys and neither of them is human. By choosing one, she will decide the path for her future. A familiar vampire reappears, threatening Bella's life.

Highlights: Tents

Lowlights: The silent treatment

Breaking Dawn
Bella has chosen her life and she can't wait to start living it. However, something derails her: a baby. A half-human half-vampire baby is supposed to be impossible. Once word gets out, the vampire world feels threatened. Will the Cullen clan be wiped out as a result? Will there be a happy ending?

Highlights: The wedding, a piece of forever

Lowlights: Melodramatic fights

Dracula by Bram Stoker- the original vampire
The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater- werewolves
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- teenage vampires

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