Friday 22 April 2011

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide - Stephenie Meyer

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide – Stephenie Meyer

Pages: 543
Publisher: Atom (Little, Brown)
Release Date: 12th April 2011

Other Titles in this Series: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

At long last, all the pieces come together...

In 2005 Twilight introduced readers to Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, and a worldwide phenomenon was born. Since then, millions of readers have followed the breathtaking vampire love saga as it continued in New Moon and Eclipse and culminated in Breaking Dawn.

Now, for the first time, Stephenie Meyer reveals secrets of the series as well as additional exclusive material taken from her personal notes, including character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and in-depth conversation with author Shannon Hale and much more.

With nearly 100 gorgeous full-colour illustrations and photographs throughout, this official guide allows readers to experience the Twilight Saga as never before, from Bella’s first day in Forks to the riveting final pages of Breaking Dawn.

I know that it’s not cool to be in love with The Twilight Saga anymore, but when the release date for this was finally announced, I pre-ordered it immediately.

The guide opens with an easy, relaxed conversation/interview between Stephenie Meyer and Shannon Hale. As a blogger, you become quite used to the accessibility of authors, but Stephenie Meyer remains very private and untouchable so it was so good to hear from her in a relaxed and informal way. You get a better glimpse of the real person behind the name.

I loved reading about all of the intricacies of the mythology. Stephenie Meyer has created such meticulous and specific details allow her world to work and make sense. There are also the character profiles. In these, Stephenie Meyer including what seemed like every detail she herself knows about her characters. From their maker to their birthday, if she knew it, it was included. I especially enjoyed Alice’s profile as we got her full back story, including things about her that she doesn’t even know. The overlap of some of the characters stories did get a little repetitive occasionally, though.

Every answer you could possibly think of to do with The Twilight Saga is answered by Stephenie Meyer is included in The Official Illustrated Guide along with complete playlists for all five books, beautiful artistic renderings of the characters from Stephenie’s descriptions and art by her fans. This is an essential read for fans of Bella, Edward and Jacob.


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