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The Twilight Book Series

Updated on January 18, 2015

Author and Book Basics

The beautiful and talented Stephenie Meyer is the author of the Twilight book series. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She attended Brigham Young University where she majored in English with a concentration on literature. The thirty-five year old mother of three (Gabe, Seth, Eli) has been married for over ten years to Christian Meyer.

Twilight is the first book Stephenie Meyer had published. She started writing it in 2003 and in 2005 it was made available by Little Brown and Company; followed each year by the next book in the series.

In a nutshell the Twilight book series is a magical story about star crossed lovers who actually make it together in the end. It is full of vampires, sexual tension, violent confrontations, werewolves and lore. From the first page it is full of physical and emotional tension spurring the reader to reach the end.

The Twilight Series consists of four books:

  • Twilight (2005)
  • New Moon (2006)
  • Eclipse (2007)
  • Breaking Dawn (2008)

Preface

It seemed every where I went in 2008 someone was talking about the Twilight book series and the impending movie release. I have always more than loved vampire stories but for some reason I had no interest in venturing into Bella and Edward's world.

Then my sister-in-law (SIL) came for a visit and she too had been bitten by the urge to read the books but hadn't yet taken the plunge. After she left I happened to be walking through the local pharmacy and saw a Twilight display with all three books at 25% off. I thought what the heck and brought them home.

Feeling a little guilty that I had the books and my SIL didn't, I hopped on the computer and visited Amazon. I ordered her the three books I had picked up as well as placing a pre-order for the forth book for her and myself. Talk about making a commitment.

I set the book aside planning to read them soon. Months passed and I continued to hear about the series every where I went. Finally, I picked up the first book. Let me tell you. I was hooked. I refused to read anything else until I had read all four books. What follows is my review of all four books in the Twilight book series.

The Complete Twilight Series

The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

I highly recommend delving into Stephenie Meyer's take on the world of vampires and werewolves. It is full of undying romantic love, psychological tension and a world of possibilities.

 

Book One - Twilight

Twilight is narrated by Bella Swan, our heroine, who immediately tells the reader she has a unique way of looking at the world. "Sometimes I wondered if I was seeing the same thing through my eyes that the rest of the world was seeing through theirs."

Bella has moved to Forks, Washington; a small town that is perpetually overcast and damp, to live with her father Chief Swan. She has grown up with her flighty but loving mother who she has spent a lot of time taking care of rather than being a child. Bella's move is all about giving her newly married mother some freedom. Her father Charlie is likeable even though it appears Bella has put herself into another nurturing role.

Bella enters the high school with the same insecurities most students have when they are the new kid in a foreign land except Bella has one thing going for her. She's incredibly smart. Bella quickly meets a new friend who teaches her the clearly defined cliques in the cafeteria.

It isn't long before Bella is asking about Edward Cullen, the pale, handsome, somewhat brooding boy with a head of wild hair that matches his eyes. She immediately becomes fascinated with him; watching so closely she notices changes in him that others don't, like the color of his eyes. At first he comes across a combination of rude and aggressive which intrigues Bella even more. It isn't until he saves her life by putting himself between her and a swerving car that they both make a mutually intense connection. A connection that is continuous throughout the book and practically palpable by the reader. Despite their obvious differences, from the beginning these two are destined to be together; regardless of the rules of man and vampire.

In many ways Twilight is an introduction to the characters supporting Bella and Edward. Some only have small parts in Twilight grow to have bigger roles later on. Like Jacob Black who has a small but pivotal role in this novel--he spent time with Bella during her yearly visits because their dads for friends, he fixed up the truck that her dad bought her and he's the one that tells her the story of the "cold ones".

Stephanie Meyer has an intimate way of writing that is provocative, humorous and incredibly addicting. From the preface I was immediately pulled in. I stayed up to 5 a.m. reading this book the first night. I was totally sucked (pun intended) into the book, especially the relationship between Edward and Bella. Meyer leaves the reader feeling satisfied but hungry for more. I highly recommend this book the most out of all four but you really can't read one without reading them all.

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Twilight - Movie Review

I had no intention of seeing the Twilight movie when it was released. Then I read the book and I couldn't see it quickly enough.

Some of the characters were not how I expected them to look but once I got over the initial shock I was able to enjoy the movie. What it really comes down to is the main characters, Bella and Edward, who were portrayed by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Prior to seeing the film I seen a lot of photos and television appearances that made me think they were poor choices but after seeing the film I thought they both did well.

Obviously, there is only so much a movie can do in two hours to honor the book and overall I think it did a great job. As always, the book is exceptionally better. In a book you are able to see things and learn more about the characters and the intricacies of their lives that just can't be delivered in a short movie.

It is a beautiful film with fabulous music and special effects but I probably wouldn't recommend it unless you were into the series or a vampire fan to begin with.

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The best line ever:

"Just prattle about something unimportant until I calm down." Edward says to Bella after he rescued her from the thugs so as not to go back and rip them a part.

Book Two - New Moon

Book one leaves us wondering, "Did he or didn't he". New Moon opens with the news he hasn't. After a tragic accident at Bella's Birthday party Edward decides that it isn't safe for Bella to be near him so he breaks up with her. Edward literally disappears.

At this point Bella has developed an attachment for the Cullen family so she not only loses him but them. This has a devastating affect on Bella (and this reader) plunging her into a world of hurt that tortures her family and friends.

It is here that Jacob Black becomes the pivotal male in Bella's life. It takes months but he brings her back from the abyss she let herself go into. During that time the bonds of friendship become blurred for Jacob and while Bella gives hints that she is willing, she never truly is. Her heart was meant for Edward.

Jacob is an interesting character with an interesting storyline and history of his own. And as the title suggests takes Bella's story in a whole new direction. The Quileute have their own personal protection against the "cold ones" in the form of four legged hairy beasts with matching strength and a decreasing wardrobe. And Jacob is at the center of it all.

Edward doesn't appear again until the last quarter of the book. I found this incredibly painful to bear after growing so attached to him in Twilight. When he finally does appear there is a miscommunication between him and Jacob which sends Edward on his own journey of self-destruction with a desperate Bella on a mission of rescue.

I really felt cheated out of my Edward fix in this novel. Thankfully there is a happy resolution with many openings for continuing the story. Even though Edward is not around this book further intensifies Bella's love, not only for Edward but for her best friend Jacob. We get to learn about a whole new sanction of beings as well as new history on the cold ones. New Moon moves along quickly and Meyer's continues with her depth prose but I was anxious for it to be over.

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New Moon Movie Cover
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New Moon - Movie Review

The second movie in the Twilight series opens with Bella dreaming she's an old woman and Edward is a young man. With this we learn one of her fears is she will grow old and Edward will stay the same. Following this we are reintroduced to the Cullen family as they celebrate Bella's birthday. This scene is fabulous from the moment Bella cuts her finger, to Jasper going into an uncontrollable tizzy and having to be forcibly removed after being blocked by Edward.

Because of the birthday incident Edward takes Bella for a walk in the woods and dumps her. I hate to compare this movie with the book because let's face it we all know "the book" is almost always better... but, this scene in particular and the ones immediately following, where she lies down and gives up and is finally found is so much more emotionally intense in the book. In the movie it just feels stunted in some way.

Unlike the book, the movie is generally more exciting with Bella's increasing nightmares and her "adrenaline junkie" phase (because of the "rush of danger" seems to bring her closer to Edward). In an attempt to continue the imaginary visitations she picks up a couple of dirt bikes and asks Jacob to help her fix them up. He of course jumps at the chance to spend time with her. As they spend more time together she begins to notice subtle changes like his strength, build and viewers get to see lots of gratuitous chest shots of Jacob.

From here on this movie is about Jacob and Bella and Bella admits to feeling "alive" again but Edward is never forgotten. Jacob tries to move things beyond friendship but Bella keeps him at arm's length. While at the movies (Face Punch) Jacob becomes agitated and Bella notices he has a higher temperature than normal. He takes off and disappears for a few days -- Bella later finds him in the rain with his hair shaved, tattooed, and shirtless -- here she learns he knows all about the Cullen family secret. He tries to give her the "it's not you it's me" speech to get rid of her.

Reeling from the break up with Jacob she falls back into her Edward gloom and goes looking for another connection -- their field of flowers. Where she runs into Laurent who has come back for a visit and a little dinner but his dinner gets interrupted by a pack of very large wolves -- Bella's first introduction to the pack and the realization that there are no bears terrorizing Forks. That evening Jacob comes for a visit (shirtless) to drop hints about his new friends and his new attitude, hoping she will guess his true nature.

The red-headed vamp named Victoria returns for a few short scenes looking for revenge in the form of Bella in little pieces. But the ultimate climax is when Bella rushes to Italy with Alice to save Edward from certain death by the Volturi. For me, one of the best filmed scenes in this film is Edward fighting Felix in the Volturi underground in an effort to protect Bella.

Overall, I guess I enjoyed this movie more than the book as I remember the book feeling slow to me in the sense that I missed Edward's presence too much. Whereas in the movie we are given glimmers of him. There are some really beautiful scenes worth watching and it is definitely worth seeing the addition of werewolves and the Volturi to the mix.

New Moon Trailer - Featuring Dakota Fanning

"I'm nothing. Human."

~ Bella

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An ode to make every woman want to have her neck bitten.

Book Three - Eclipse

Bella still isn't a vampire; although it is still at the top of her of things to do with Edward (or without). She's blissfully happy with Edward and they are making plans for a future together.

Eclipse opens with one of the most beloved Robert Frost poems, Fire and Ice. I take this as a symbolic reflection of the choice Bella must make -- Edward is ice and Jacob is fire. I feel it is a clue to the internal battle that Bella has regarding her love for Edward and her loving friendship for Jacob. Both men want her to make a choice. An ultimatum is given. She can't have them both but she doesn't want to live without either. But obviously, she feels Edward would be the greater loss.

To top that off she has to worry about the physical threat of a vengeful vampire lurking on the fringe of her life and a vampire council wanting to silence her forever because she knows too much about the secret lives of vampires; or welcome her as a new recruit. Not to mention there seems to be a serial killer(s) on the loose in nearby Seattle.

By the time I started reading Eclipse I really felt invested in the supporting characters of this series. The temper and jealousy between Edward and Jacob is palpable but they have come to a mutual agreement and respect when it comes to Bella. I loved how both sides come together to fight for a common goal. This book had me on the edge of my seat and it probably my second favorite of all the novels in this series. It leaves the reader in a "happy place" with a few questions to take them into the next book.

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Team Edward or Team Jacob? - Write a review, add a comment, or debate someone who disagrees with you.

I thought the whole marketing ploy for team Edward and team Jacob was silly because I instantly fell in love with Edward's family. Although I will admit to really liking Seth from team Jacob.

Who who do you favor?

Team Edward

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      team edward will kick asses of team jacob

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      team edward rock

    • BGrimes 4 years ago

      Absolutely, without a doubt, EDWARD.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Both! just like Bella :P

    • Cassiecleo 5 years ago

      Edward! Jacob's a lying prat... I really don't like him.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i want to meet in personal Robert pattinson and taylor lautner

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Anytime and all the time

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      He's hot and I'm a boy. But if I was a girl, I would want to marry him. He was meant for Bella from the first book, Twilight. TEAM EDWARD! Good thing she married him. Jacob, I almost wrote James, lol, didn't even have a major role until New Moon. And vampires are better that werewolves. Can't wait till Breaking Dawn movies Part 1 and 2, kinda copied Harry Potter. Lol, if you're reading this after both parts of the Breaking Dawn movies come out, but there might not be 2 parts. TEAM EDWARD!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Team Edward because hes hott

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i like edward better than jacob beacus jacob is more less fighting with edward for bela .... so i pick team edward.

    • surfer1969 lm 6 years ago

      I'm more of the wolf type person which Is also my spirit sign too.So I would say team Edward.Because my persona Is more wolfish then vampire like.

    • howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      I call myself Team Edward, because he's the clear choice in the books. He's got a much nicer personality, and he just loves Bella so much. However, I think Jacob is much better looking in the movies!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      when i watched the episode of eclipse, i felt uncomfortable with the side of edward. It is hard to see the situation of edward that time, when bela felt cold and need a person who can gave her warm including when she kissed jacod in front of edward I asked to myself if bella really in love with edward why she allowed jacob to kiss her. After a while i realized that bella playing safe in that episode. can you answer my question why bela allowed to kiss her in lips by jacob?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I just want 2 say that Edward and Bella were meant 2 be 2getherand last 4ever!!T.Eward

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      edward is the one who really meant for bella..............

    • BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Definitely Team Edward. I have a small lens series to prove it... :D

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I am all for Team Edward, he's the most gorgeous man alive. I would be his Bella any day.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      who the hell is jackob... he's not even a man. Edward is the true lover here. He only can keep bella happy..

    • Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I'm almost to the end of Eclipse, and after book 2 I was team Jacob, of course but now I'm slightly in the middle leaning more towards Edward. How will I feel after breaking dawn, I just can't seem to predict.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      totally edward . . he loves from his soul that he dosnt have from his heart that dosnt beat . . he also loves jacob for loving bella . . he's perfect . . why in hell will bella choose jacob . . when she has a wise beautiful loving rich warm hearted vampire . . where his love will never come to an end <3 lov u edward

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i cant choose i mean edward is hot and jacob is sexy as hell edward is so sweet and nice and caring for bella but jacob is hot as hell!!!!!!!!!!

    • lil_ana_b2 8 years ago

      Edward!

    • princessklb07 8 years ago

      I fell in love with the Cullens and Edward! I think Jacob and Bella were better as friends. Team Eward all the way!

    • NAIZA LM 8 years ago

      Oh, I'm torn between them lol! I love both them. It must be really hard for Bella to choose. :-)

    • Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      If you've read the reviews above then it probably isn't a shocker that I'm totally "Team Edward".

    Team Jacob

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        i just love taylor lautner......

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        OHHKKKAY LET ME START OUT.. UMMM I GO FOR TEAM EDWARD AND TEAM JACOB THEY AREE BOTH "HOTTIE'S ND I GO FOR TEAM CONY CAUSE SHE IS COOL I MEAN NOT COOL.!!!!!!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        duuuhhhhhh, team edward....and team jacob.. idk i think there both hottttttiiieee'S SO I DNT KNOW I GO FOR BOTH.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        i say that jacob is frick'n hhhhhhooooooootttttttt! i'd totally bone that puppy i mean wearwolf lol

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        obviously team jacob! hes is a HOTTIE and to die for

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I love Jacobs character

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I'm on team Cedric

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        JACOB JACOB JACOB JACOB JACOB HE IS SO SEXY AND HE'S SWEET AND REALLY LOVES BELLA AND HE'S SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        definitely jacob!! edward is a pale, cold skeleton. jacob is a hotty. bella would have a happier life with jacob.

      Eclipse Movie Trailer

      I have been pro Edward from day one but this is a great pro Jacob trailer, especially the last line!!

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      Book Four - Breaking Dawn

      The fourth instalment of the Twilight series is divided into three books the first and third are narrated by Bella and the second is narrated by Jacob. The book opens with Bella and Edward planning a wedding. The first of it's kind. One of many firsts for them.

      One of my favorite quotes that has been carried through the series is roughly, "and the lion shall lie down with the lamb" which is a perfect visual for Bella and Edwards relationship (as well as Bella and Jacob's).

      I've talked to numerous people about this series and many found Breaking Dawn to be their favorite. I'm the exact opposite. Of all the books I liked it the least. I was happy to see Edward and Bella united of course, and I have been waiting many pages for the confrontation with the Volturi (kind of like a vampire high council) but the introduction of a pregnancy and having the storyline drift from vampire to succubus was a real turn off for me. I felt it was being disloyal to the romanticism that came before it and for me it has a different connotation than vampire. I also was disturbed by having to read from Jacob's perspective which interrupted the flow of Bella's story from the last three books.

      The suspense and interest isn't lost in this book. It delivers one revelation and potential tragedy after another. I would not say it is the best but it is the author's story and I accept where it went. This book did not squelch my overall enjoyment of the series and I seriously believe you can't read the other three books and leave this one out.

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      "It was like I had been born to be a vampire."

      Breaking Dawn Part 1

      Breaking Dawn Part 2

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      Epilogue

      Even now it amazes me how much I enjoyed the Twilight series. I loved the storyline and with each book fell deeper in love with the characters, both main and supporting.

      Stephenie Meyer did a good job of bringing up potential storylines and then carrying through with them in the next book. I never felt cheated at the end but was very eager for more.

      I will definitely look into other offerings by this author and highly recommend you visit this lovingly crafted world of vampires and werewolves.

      Book Five - Coming Soon

      Maybe...

      When I first made this lens many moons ago, Stephenie Meyer was working on the fifth book for the series. She was finished with Bella's perspective and was moving on to Edward which she has said she can relate more to personality wise. The working title at the time was Midnight Sun.

      There is no news yet on if it will ever be released. I patiently await... not.

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      Ten Things I Like About the Twilight Movies

      In no particular order, ten things I like about the Twilight movies.

      1. The actors -- I have favorites, sure but if I listed them all that would take up the whole list.
      2. The setting -- they chose some beautiful locations and totally took advantage of the visual aspects of each one.
      3. Bella's truck -- seriously, I know I am not the only one who wants one now.
      4. The special effects -- both for make-up (sparkly Edward) down to the stunts.
      5. The camaraderie among friends and extended family. The impact that the family circle goes beyond shared blood is huge.
      6. Even the "evil" characters are lovable.
      7. Two of my favorite paranormal subjects in one: wolves and vampires.
      8. Edward's hair.
      9. Victoria's hair.
      10. That it is all over -- seriously. It was a fun ride but I am happy to put it to sleep and make room for Stephenie Meyer's The Host.

      Stephenie Meyer's Official Home on the Web

      Learn more about the author of the Twilight series, how her books are being made into movies, her current projects, and more at her official website

      Also by Stephenie Meyer

      The Host
      The Host

      Follows along the same format as Twilight but instead of vampires and werewolves we have aliens. And it has been made into a movie starring Saoirse Ronan.

       

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          ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

          Well I just decided I wanted to see the first movie just because really. I knew basically nothing about it and at first it seemed boring but then the baseball scene and that music and I enjoyed it. That part of the county is beautiful. I looked at what happened next on the books. I will say out of the five movies that I liked New Moon the least.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          wow how nice book

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          wow im so excited the last part of this book.

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          MediaMom 6 years ago

          Nice synopsis of the series! I love the books, hate the movies, myself.

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          howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

          Awesome lens! I liked seeing who was on Teams Edward and Jacob... The Twilight books are really great. Thanks very much!

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          BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

          Thanks for the great book reviews and congrats on the purple star.

          I also patiently await Midnight Sun... OK, not so patiently. :D My daughter told me about Twilight after they all had released, so I read them one after the other. I'm having a hard time waiting between movie releases, so I wrote lenses. And yes, quite a few Twilight lenses. It helps. :D Featured in the Edward vs, Jacob & Twilight Lensography sidebars, favorited, and lensrolled to all.

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          Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

          My friend, who beat me finishing the last book already..devouring them, told me she didn't like the last book either. She wouldn't tell me why. Thanks for quenching my curiosity about why that may be. I really enjoyed your lens.

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          Tom Fattes 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

          My daughters love the twilight series. Lensrolling to Books for 6th graders.

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          Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

          Wonderful review on the Twilight book series! Lensrolled and five stars!

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          Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

          I still haven't read these books but your reviews make me want to!

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          enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

          Congratulations on your purple star!! I can totally relate to your story! My 12 year old daughter read the first book, and then she read it again... then she started bugging me to read it. It took over a year of convincing before I finally gave in and read Twilight. I literally did not stop until I had consumed the first 3 books. It was a sad time for my family, they missed me dearly that week, LOL. Luckily, Breaking Dawn was released the following week, so I barely had time to get my house back in order before I was able to finish the series. (BTW, Breaking Dawn was my least favorite too.) I really enjoyed reading your reviews. Beautifully done! :)

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          There is certainly no shortage of Twilight lenses! Great job on this one. I like the interactivity you've provided with polls. Still haven't read the books myself, but a friend is lending me her set. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)