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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How to Read Eclipse and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner at the Same Time

Do you love Twilight beyond reason? Have you read every book in the series multiple times? Here’s a lesson on how to read Eclipse and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner at the same time.

First, you have to do a little work. Grab yourself a red or blue pen and get ready to mark up your books. I know, sacrilegious, but get over it. This is not a perfect system, and maybe someone else would choose completely different locations to flip back and forth. Although the newborn vampires were created many days before the story starts, I’ve started the system about the time that Bree learns what is really going on in her new world. Near the time when the Newborns reach the clearing, you’ll be flipping back and forth every couple of pages. Pay attention, because not all of the references start “at the top of the page”; many start in between two paragraphs. Warning: do not try to read the books back and forth until you have made all these notes in both books. Have fun!

Let’s start with Eclipse. Turn to page 267, the beginning of Chapter 12: Time. Write at the top of the page “Go to Page One of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (for now, let’s shorten this to “Bree”). Next go to page 310, the beginning of Chapter 14: Declaration. Write at the top of the page “Go to Page 76 of Bree”. Go to page 383, the beginning of Chapter 18: Instruction. Write at the top of the page “Go to Page 83 of Bree”. Turn to page 461, Chapter 21: Trails. Write at the top of the page “Go to Page 112 of Bree” Turn to page 537 and draw a small arrow in between the sentence “I scowled in Seth’s general direction.” and the beginning of the next paragraph that starts with “The newborns have reached the end of the trail…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 127 of Bree”. Next turn to page 567 and at the bottom of the page below the three stars, write “Stop. Go to Page 143 of Bree.” Now turn to page 570 and insert a small arrow in between the paragraph near the bottom of the page that starts and ends “My heart burst into a sprint…I couldn’t see anything past the thick pall of smoke.” and the paragraph that starts with “After a second of fruitless searching…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 157 of Bree.” On the next page, 571 after the second paragraph that starts and ends with “I stared at her…mirror of my future.” and before the paragraph that starts with “Then Carlisle and Jasper began…” draw a small arrow and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 163 of Bree.” Flip the page to 572 and draw a small arrow between the second paragraph that starts and ends with “Jane’s gaze moved slowly…the newborn had her head in her hands again.” and the next paragraph that starts with “I don’t understand…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 164 of Bree.” On the next page, 573 after the first paragraph, which ends with “…They left quite a wake of destruction in Seattle.” and before Carlisle’s response “Eighteen, including this one.” Draw a small arrow and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 165 of Bree.” On the very next page, 574 after the first one-line paragraph “Jane’s eyes narrowed, and she turned to the girl beside the fire.” Draw a small arrow and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 167 of Bree.” Turn to page 576 and find the one-line paragraph “Bree stared at her, not comprehending.” Draw a small arrow between that and the paragraph that begins with “Jane looked at Carlisle…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 169 of Bree.” Next go to 578 and find the words “Don’t watch,” Draw a small arrow below this and before the paragraph that starts with “I was only too eager to follow…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 173 of Bree.” On the opposite page, 579 at the close of the chapter write the words “Stop. Go to Page 177 of Bree.” That’s it for Eclipse.

Pick up your copy of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and turn to page 76. In between the paragraph that starts and ends with “Abruptly Diego looked away from me…and I saw what had startled Diego.” and the paragraph that starts with “Four figures were crossing the open field…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 267 of Eclipse.” Now flip to page 83 and find the paragraph that starts and ends with “Diego disappeared into the trees…Nothing out of the ordinary.” Draw a small arrow in between that and the paragraph that starts with “The sound of the thudding music…” and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 310 of Eclipse.” Now turn to page 112 and draw a small arrow just above the last paragraph which starts with “In the end, watching was boring…” Write “Stop. Go to Page 383 of Eclipse.” Next find page 127 and draw a small arrow in between the first and second paragraph just above the words “There are so many things you have yet to learn…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 461 of Eclipse.” The next page to turn to is page 143. Near the bottom of the page draw a small arrow in between the paragraph that begins and ends with “And then I heard the snarling…Maybe I could still save him.” and the paragraph that starts “I smelled the smoke…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 537 of Eclipse.” Now turn to page 157 and draw a small arrow between the paragraph that starts “You’d better open your eyes…searching for the danger hinted at in his tone.” and the paragraph that starts with “One whole field of my vision was obscured…” and write the words “Stop. Go to the top of Page 566 of Eclipse.” On page 163 after the one-line paragraph “Or did he mean this mysterious Volturi?” draw a small arrow and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 570 of Eclipse.” Turn the page to 164 and draw a small arrow just above the word “Hmm,” after the paragraph that ends in “As I hesitated…whatever was coming.” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 571 of Eclipse.” On the next page, 165 just before the last paragraph that starts with “The small vampire who led the dark cloaks…” draw a small arrow and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 572 of Eclipse.” Turn the page to 167 and find the paragraph that starts and ends with “Jane smiled…They left quite a wake of destruction in Seattle.” Just below that, before the paragraph that starts with “She spoke of jobs and professionals…” draw as small arrow and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 573 of Eclipse.” Turn the page to 169 and find the paragraph that starts and ends with “Whoever the vampire was…I would still owe him.” and draw a small arrow just above the one-line paragraph “Jane turned to stare at me with narrowed eyes.” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 574 of Eclipse.” Flip ahead to page 173 and draw a small arrow between the paragraph that starts and ends with “Still pretending I was Kevin…as if I were too stupid to understand.” and the paragraph that starts “Jane looked at Carlisle…” Write the words “Stop. Go to Page 576 of Eclipse.” Turn next to page 177 and draw a small arrow just above the last paragraph that starts with “This would be it…” and write the words “Stop. Go to Page 578 of Eclipse.” Sadly, we are at the completion of Bree’s story and thus her short, second life. On page 178, write the words “Go to Page 580 of Eclipse” and enjoy the continuation of Bella’s story.

Complete book review of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide:

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is here!

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Review and Opinions, Part Two)

Third Day's Thoughts on The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Day Four of Reading The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide - The Volturi Guard

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Inside the Volturi lair, then South to visit the Amazon Coven)

From Twilight to Breaking Dawn: Religious Themes in the Twilight Saga

Discovering Alaska in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Exploring the Egyptian Coven in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Journey to Ireland with The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

James, Victoria, and Laurent in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Mexican Coven in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Seattle Newborns in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

A Few More Newborn Vampires in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
The Romanians in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Questionnaire to Evaluate Your Level of Addiction



Other books and music that you’ll want to own:
Twilight
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Pre-order here now! Release date April 12, 2011)
Twilight: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Twilight Soundtrack
Twilight: the Score
New Moon Soundtrack
New Moon: the Score
Eclipse Soundtrack
Eclipse: the Score
Twilight DVD
The Twilight Saga New Moon DVD
The Twilight Saga Eclipse DVD

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