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Stephenie Meyer

Author of Twilight

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About the Author

Stephenie Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 24, 1973. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Twilight, was published in 2005 and was the beginning of the popular Twilight Saga, which includes New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking show more Dawn. All the books within the Twilight Saga were made into feature-length films. Her first novel for adults, The Host, was published in 2008. Meyer's novel The Chemist has been on several best seller lists including USA Today, Barnes and Noble and New York Times. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Stephenie Meyer wrote the Twilight series, as well as The Host.
(Stephanie Meyer - with an "a" - edited the "Teen Ink" books and should not be combined on this page.)

Series

Works by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (2005) 58,505 copies
New Moon (2006) 46,959 copies
Eclipse (2007) 43,089 copies
Breaking Dawn (2008) 40,688 copies
The Host (2008) 18,449 copies
Midnight Sun (2020) 4,027 copies
The Chemist (2016) 2,254 copies
Prom Nights from Hell (2007) — Contributor — 1,414 copies
Midnight Sun {2008 Draft} (2008) 1,078 copies
The Seeker 235 copies
The Soul 169 copies
New Moon: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (2013) — Author — 136 copies
The Twilight Journals (2009) 65 copies
Twilight 7 copies
Agimi (2011) 3 copies
Tusm (2010) 3 copies
Muzgu (2009) 2 copies
Eklipsi (2010) 2 copies
Slonce w mroku (2020) 2 copies
Zori de zi 2 copies
H©±na e re (2010) 2 copies
Ķīmiķe : romāns (2018) 1 copy
Twilight 1 copy
Skate (2021) 1 copy
eclipse 1 copy
Zbra♯ 1 copy
Midnight sun 1 copy
Půlnoční slunce (2022) 1 copy
Specialistka (2017) 1 copy
Seelen 1 copy
Klejotāja : [romāns] (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works

Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga (2013) — Original books — 739 copies
The Twilight Saga: New Moon [2009 film] (2009) — Original book — 570 copies
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse [2010 film] (2010) — Novel — 552 copies
The Host [2013 film] (2013) — Author — 141 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Meyer, Stephenie
Other names
Morgan, Stephenie (birth name)
Morgan Meyer, Stephenie
Birthdate
1973-12-24
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Glendale, Arizona, USA
Education
Brigham Young University (BA|English|1995)
Occupations
novelist
Agent
Jodi Reamer
Disambiguation notice
Stephenie Meyer wrote the Twilight series, as well as The Host.
(Stephanie Meyer - with an "a" - edited the "Teen Ink" books and should not be combined on this page.)

Members

Discussions

Twilight in Someone explain it to me... (September 2012)
Book discussion: New Moon (Twilight Series #2) in Hogwarts Express (July 2011)
Book Discussion: Twilight in Hogwarts Express (June 2011)
**SPOILERS**The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner in Hogwarts Express (July 2010)
the host in Talk about LibraryThing (May 2009)

Reviews

I read the first book because I like fantasy and it was very successful fantasy. Even if I was not the target audience, I thought it would have some good qualities to be so wildly successful. I expected some kind of appealing urban fantasy with a romantic plot. After reading it, I thought it was shockingly bad for its level of success. From a technical point of view I agree with you that the writing was not awful. Not particularly good but not particularly bad either. Just plain and functional, and I'm perfectly OK with that. The problem was not that the author couldn't put together a subject and a verb to form a sentence. The problem was what the sentences said. It was like a parody of the worse traits of YA romance. The absolutely passive and brainless main character, with the personality of a dead fish who is sighing all the time and for some inexplicable reason has hot supernatural sparkling hunks all over her. Really, pretty awful.

I mean, OK, YA supernatural romance is not my thing. But I can enjoy a good YA supernatural romance, one with appealing characters and an engaging story. This was very far away from that.

So why was it so successful? I guess that for the target audience it was a wish fulfillment, harmless fantasy. But still, there are so many wish fulfillment romantic fantasy books for teenage girls, most of them much better... It's just crazy how sometimes destiny makes a book wildly successful.
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jcm790 | 2,267 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
Overall impressions
More entertaining than I was expecting. Most of what I knew about Twilight was cultural osmosis and mockery. That said, it's not for me. I doubt I'll read the rest.

The sparkling vampire thing is so bad. Having your vampires be unaffected by traditional wards or having the vulnerability be because of some kind of twist isn't new. Nor is it bad to have your vampires be different somehow. Having the vampire aversion to sunlight due to them being too beautiful and sparkly... I just don't know what to say.

Recommendation
Honestly, it is a surprisingly wholesome for a trashy romance. I get the appeal and getting teens reading isn't a bad thing, they have to start somewhere. As a wish-fulfillment/self-insert kind of novel, they definitely should have the ability to separate fiction and reality.

It feels really weird to say that having just read Sense and Sensibility and straight up not understanding the appeal of that novel. Given that Sense and Sensibility has lasted for 213 years, it will probably still be around in another 100. No idea if Twilight will. Probably a case of the genre isn't for me, but Twilight is just easier reading.

Brief summary
Bella moves to live with her father as her mother begins a relationship with a new guy. She runs into the mysterious and incredibly beautiful Edward Cullen. She is instantly attracted to him, but he seems initially hostile.

A little later he seems more friendly. They start conversing but he is still standoffish and insists that Bella should avoid him.

Through a series of strange events and hints from others, Bella eventually discovers Edward is a vampire. That is why he thinks she should avoid him. Their attraction is just too strong so they become a couple.

A wandering vampire group encounters Bella and the Cullens. The leader decides he wants Bella for the thrill of the hunt and the Cullens have to protect Bella from this bad guy vampire.

Thoughts
Ultimately, it is just a girl falls for the bad boy kind of story. Despite his danger, he uses his strength to protect and defend the girl. Not exactly realistic, but it isn't supposed to be.

One thing that really stood out to me, having just recently been in a car accident, was Bella's memory of the car crash was way too detailed. Even from a dispassionate observer perspective, there is so much going on and it happens so fast you are not going to have that kind of detail. It is important to the narrative for her to remember it all vividly, so I understand, but it killed any sense of immersion.

There were a number of legitimately funny parts. I laughed out loud multiple times. I do not know if they were all supposed to be funny.

The worldview contained within the novel is pretty conservative. That makes sense from what I know about Meyer.

A lot of the book is just mooning over Edward. Some pruning of that would really help the pacing.

Once James shows up, and we actually have something happening, I enjoyed myself.

Characters
Bella: she is pretty much just there. She's clumsy. She's not like other girls. All the boys want her: named male classmates, Edward, Jacob, James. Why, I am not entirely sure. At least with Edward there's the something magical something draws him to her. McGuffin, yes, but at least it is a reason.

Her most relatable feature is the guilt she feels over the Cullens endangering themselves to protect her. I totally get that feeling regardless of how irrational it is to attempt to take responsibility for someone else's free choice.

Edward: I get his appeal. He's the most handsomest man in the world. The only thing he wants is Bella. He is physically powerful. He's got money. He is dangerous, but kind.

None of the other characters really stood out to me that much aside from Charlie. I really like Charlie.
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LLonaVahine | 32 other reviews | May 22, 2024 |
Enquanto Seattle é assolada por uma sequência de assassinatos misteriosos e uma vampira maligna continua em sua busca por vingança, Bella está cercada de perigos outra vez. Em meio a isso, ela é forçada a escolher entre seu amor por Edward e sua amizade com Jacob - sabendo que essa decisão tem o potencial para reacender o conflito perene entre vampiros e lobisomens.

Com a proximidade da formatura, Bella tem mais uma decisão a tomar: vida ou morte. Mas o que representará cada uma dessas escolhas?… (more)
 
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235,624
Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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