Backlist Bonus: Twilight

41865by Stephenie Meyer
YA Paranormal Fantasy
3 of 5 stars
Debut novel – October 5, 2005

Yes, you read that right, the Twilight saga and fanbase began ten years ago! You can go ponder this for a moment. All right, let’s move on. This book has become a symbol for so much more than teen paranormal romance (which now has its own section in bookstores and libraries). It expanded a genre, but it also became a touchstone for “rabid fanbase” and “Team Fill-in-your-preferred-love-interest” discussions for any YA book. It’s hugely influential and polarizing, which is part of what made it such an enduring series. I’m assuming we all know the general story (plain Jane falls for gorgeous vampire boy pretending to be human in biology class) so I won’t really go into that. It’s worth pointing out that if you consider this book an example of “current YA literature”…it’s not. It’s getting old in general terms, and in YA it’s ancient!

I first read this in 2005 and thought it was different and funny. I didn’t normally go for such openly melodramatic YA fare, but I enjoyed this book and recommended it to most of my friends. After a few months it faded away and I forgot about it. Until suddenly it was everywhere. Then it started to become annoying.

But taken on its own, this book is fine, and although I don’t find it as amusing now (the gender roles alone are enough to frustrate me, leaving out the weird/creepy boyfriend behavior, lack of plot, and endless cheesy dialogue) I don’t hate it either. But whether you’re reading or writing critically, it provides a lot of material for discussion, which is part of what makes a “good” book, isn’t it?

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself on this special 10th Anniversary Day, Twilight is available on Goodreads and a special edition with bonus content is available on Barnes & Noble’s website, here. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop – This is the perfect series for Twilight graduates that want something with a little more bite. The tone and themes are similar and there are currently 5 books scheduled with 3 already out. See my review here.
  • Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George – This YA series follows two young cousins as they learn family secrets that appall and excite them as they learn their roles. The cover is pretty indicative about those secrets. See my review here.
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – A quartet that debuted right after Twilight wrapped up, Nora finds herself drawn to Patch, a fallen angel with questionable motives.
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Still on my TBR list, but I think it’s a good fit here. Grace falls for the werewolf boy Sam, and is determined to find a way to be with him.


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