Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, was first published in 2005. In three years it will be eligible for a Young Adult card.
What is Twilight? Well, it is the story of a girl who falls in love with a vampire (and vice versa) with some rather stressful consequences. It was/is/has been a publishing phenomenon, probably bigger than The Hunger Games although not as big as Harry Potter. There were movies, there was fan fiction, there were lots of similarly-themed books.
We’re wondering how Twilight will fare in a post-apocalyptic dystopian book world. Maybe a bit of supernatural romance will make it seem a better place?
With this in mind, we’ve ordered copies of the 10th anniversary edition. We are told there is extra bonus content. It should be here in October. Reserve it now!
Ok, menswear. The only mens clothing you want to know about is worn by the male stars of Twilight – am I right?!
Here’s Kellan Lutz – *SCREAM* – donning various dapper outfits for his photoshoot with Nylon magazine. He, and that chihuahua, are looking pretty cute.
And for those of you who prefer their men’s style less beefcakey and more complex, here’s a young US rapper who’s using lipstick (amongst other things) to make men’s fashion more interesting and openminded. I think he’s pretty cool (and the indie boys have already done the eyeliner thing haven’t they).
Forget Wills and Kate! Really, do: here’s the latest trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (due out at the movies sooner than you think). It’s a wedding special featurette, with comments from the actors (Taylor L, for example, looking dashing in plaid), and some dreamy scenes from the wedding of the year. Enjoy!
The saga of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide might soon be over! Yes it is true that it now has an official publication date, which is quite soon (April/May), so you can reserve it now.
If you were one of the many who reserved this companion to the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer a couple of years ago only to find publication had been delayed, and delayed again, and then kind of cancelled this will be good news.
There’s another competition that anyone in the world can enter. Are you a Twilight Superfan? Can you prove your superfandom somehow? Because if you can you and ten others could get to meet and spend time with Stephenie Meyer. Where and for how long I do not know! Presumably it will be somewhere cool (a castle! a cruise ship!) and for just long enough (but not so long that conversation dries up).
Good luck, Superfans!
My So-Called Death, by Stacey Jay (229 pages) – Karen snuffs it in a cheerleading accident. But she is re-animated somehow! And now, as a zombie, enrols in a boarding school for the undead. There she must a. solve a mystery and b. fall for gorgeous walking cadaver, Gavin.
First line: ‘My very short-lived career at Peachtree High ended the day I fell from the top of the stunt pyramid and died.‘
Escape Under the Forever Sky, by Eve Yohalem (220 pages) – Lucy is the daughter of the US ambassador to Ethiopa. She’s not allowed to leave the embassy compound. But then she’s kidnapped! Left to fend for herself in the Ethiopian wild, she survives by being smart, clever, and couragous. Based on a true story too.
First lines: ‘Dust is everywhere. Red-brown, soft as silt. It coats the windshield, the dashboard, our clothes, our skin.‘
The Great Wild Sea, by M. H. Herlong (283 pages) – Another story of survival. Three brothers are left on a rickety old boat after their dad disappears. They’re in the middle of nowhere! Together they face a massive storm and forty-foot waves, and then they’re left on a deserted island.
First line: ‘We drove all night to get to the boat.‘
A New Dawn : Your Favourite Authors on Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series, edited by Ellen Hopkins (174 pages) – Some authors write about the Twilight series. Like the title says! Subject headings include ‘My Boyfriend Sparkles,’ ‘Dancing With Wolves,’ and ‘To Bite, or Not to Bite; That Is the Question.’
Wyrmeweald : Returner’s Wealth, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (409 pages) – I am excited by this book! The authors usually write books for children, and I have been hopeful they’d write a book for older people. And here it is! This is the first in a fantasy trilogy, replete with Riddell’s lush drawings.
First lines: ‘The most ancient of the great whitewyrmes turned his mighty head towards the horizon. His nostrils flared.‘
Three Rivers Rising : A Novel of the Johnstown Flood, by Jame Richards (293 pages) – In May, 1889, a massive flood submerged Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing 2,200 people and decimating the place. Look at these photos! This book tells its story in poem form.
‘Father says he comes for the fishing,
but in truth he comes to keep an eye
on other businessmen.‘
Identity, by Sandra Glover (233 pages) – Louise, Jessica and Cate are three girls who don’t know each other, and, in fact, live hundreds of miles apart. But their lives are somehow connected! Could it have something to do with cloning? Perhaps!
First line: ‘She jogged along the path, listening to her music, keeping her pace steady.‘
Birthmarked, by Caragh M. O’Brien (362 pages) – In the future the world is a dry, hot wasteland. The world is split into those who live inside the wall – the Enclave – and those who live outside the wall. The people inside the wall need babies from outside! It’s complex.
First line: ‘In the dim hovel, the mother clenched her body into one final, straining push, and the baby slithered out into Gaia’s ready hands.‘
Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials, by Rosalind Wiseman (282 pages) – Charlie moves to a new school and wants to shed her mean girl image. But it’s difficult to do for various reasons. ‘A fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some kids will go to be accepted.’
First lines: ‘Here’s the deal. My name is Charlie – and, yes, I’m a girl.‘
Shadows : A Dark Touch Novel, by Amy Meredith (280 pages) – The first in a planned series. Sort of a supernatural romance, but with demons.
First line: ‘The ghost slipped between the two pine trees, moving silently, not even leaving footprints in the pine needles in the ground.‘
The Snowball Effect, by Holly Nicole Hoxter (356 pages) – ‘Having lost her stepfather, grandmother, and mother in the span of a year, seventeen-year-old Lainey unexpectedly reconnects with long-lost relatives, copes with her five-year-old brother’s behavioral problems, and endangers her long-term romance when drawn to a young man with an unexpected connection to her mother.’ Thanks, catalogue synopsis!
First line: ‘I wouldn’t say I’d been worried about Mom, but I’d known for a while that things were bad.‘
Your Skirt’s Too Short : Sex, Power, Choice, by Emily Maguire (247 pages) – This non-fiction book ‘discusses sex, power and choice in the context of young women’s lives, providing readers with the courage and knowledge to tackle these issues head on.’ This looks to be a fantastic intro to feminism.
Does My Bum Look Big in This? Body Image and the Media, by Lisa Cox (76 pages) – Another non-fiction book which offer ‘a behind the scenes look at the media industry: showing you how to critically and independently evaluate what you see, hear or read in popular culture.’ This is a great skill to have, frankly!
In the spirit of being really onto it, Wellington City Libraries has New Moon on DVD for you. Reserve it now (everyone else will)! It’s not even afternoon yet.
Special features include “Team Jacob v Team Edward: The Ultimate Love Triangle”.
Our copies came complete with three T-shirts, so there may be a giveaway right here on the blog soon.
Here is some entertainment news! Tickets for Eclipse go on sale tomorrow, WELL in advance of the first screening but you can’t never be too quick with these things can you? Reading Cinemas is on Facebook and Twitter, should you want more immediate information about this historic occasion.
Also a new series of Glee begins tomorrow in the US of A, at long last. But it’s difficult to find out when it begins on television here, unfortunately! A bit like Vampire Diaries, it is a mystery. So until then, here are a couple of promos.
Stephenie Meyer’s newest book – a novella (a small novel!) – is due to be released in June this year. It will be called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Bree is one of the characters from Eclipse I think? Anyway, to thank the masses of people who have bought the Twilight books and made Meyer very rich indeed, this book will be available for free online at www.breetanner.com. For a month only!