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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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

My review of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide continues at fevered pace. Just like all Twilight books, I can’t put it down. One weird first impression was that for an “illustrated” guide, there really aren’t that many pictures. The pictures that are there are mostly fan-drawings from before the movies were ever released that give impressions of what those fans felt the characters should look. Interestingly enough, Stephanie Meyer mentioned that this is something she has difficulty accomplishing. Even though she did some art when she was young, she had trouble getting the vision that was in her head onto a canvas. One of the things she mentions about her writing is that she is finally able to create that picture through her words.

I’m enjoying the interview between Stephanie and Shannon Hale in the first section of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide. It makes me want to learn more about Shannon and read some of her books. I’ve looked up some of Shannon’s books and linked to them at the bottom of this blog. If you’ve read any of them, please comment below so you can share your thoughts. If you click on the links, you can purchase the books from Amazon. If you do this and read any of them, please come back and let us know how you liked them.

Here are some of my thoughts as I’m reading through this interview: Did you know that the story about the Quileute Natives turning into wolves is based on real Quileute legends? Stephanie didn’t make that up! I also didn’t know that plot spoilers for New Moon came out like six months before the book came out by some reviewer who had an advance copy. But what bothered Stephanie the most were the leak of the two main plots (Warning: Spoiler Alert if you’ve never read the series) that Edward leaves and that Jacob was a werewolf. I’m glad that I didn’t know those things at the time that I read the book because the suspense of it was captivating. Yet, even now as I read it, every time I read it, I still cry when I read the whole section where Edward leaves. I also still cry when I watch the movie during that part. So, in a way, it wouldn’t have ruined it for me.

Also, reading this interview made me want to read the books that inspired Stephanie. For example: The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, and the whole Anne of Green Gables series (again). I read Anne of Green Gables when I was a girl and now I want to share it with Chelsea; I’d share it with Virginia but I know she won’t read it, and I know that she will have a whole series of college textbooks in front of her very soon. I remember during my college years I couldn’t concentrate on anything other than my studies for the whole eight years! On a side note: I learned from this interview that Stephanie Meyer does not really like the book Wuthering Heights all that much, but it was an inspiration in her writing. As Edward describes in Eclipse, it is a hate story, not a love story.

Well, I still have quite a few pages left in this first section of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide so I’ll include more of that in my next post. I’m looking forward to heading into the second section where Stephanie fills us in on every thing that we ever wanted to know about vampires! Have you read the book yet? What’s your opinion? -Julie

Books from Shannon Hale:
The Bayern Series:
1. The Goose Girl
2. Enna Burning
3. River Secrets
4. Forest Born
Book of a Thousand Days
Princess Academy
Austenland: a Novel
The Actor and the Housewife: a Novel

Books that inspired Stephanie Meyer:
The Merchant of Venice
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Jane Eyre
Romeo and Juliet
Wuthering Heights
Anne of Green Gables Book Series (In order of Anne Shirley’s age, not in order of date of publication)
1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Anne of Avonlea
3. Anne of the Island
4. Anne of Windy Poplars
5. Anne’s House of Dreams
6. Anne of Ingleside
7. Rainbow Valley
8. Rilla of Ingleside
The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (paperback) Note: this is the easiest way to buy the series and least expensive!
Ann of Green Gables: The Collection (DVD-five disc collector's edition, great movies, by the way!)

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



If you’ve never read the Twilight series, check out these other Twilight books, music, and movies:

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
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

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4 comments:

Kristin said...

The Goose Girl and The Princess Academy were both really fun reads. I would start with either one of those. (although they may be a little slow at first - keep reading they pick up big time!) I watched Twilight again last night after reading your first review of the illustrated guide. I like it when Edward calls Bella a "spidermonkey". ;)

Julie Spencer said...

Thanks Kristin, I think I going to get some of these to read with Chelsea. -Julie

bakaprincess said...

Actually, I was pretty disappointed with the guide. Most of the stuff in there I already knew, there was little new things I read about and Stephenie could elaborate a bit more on who changed people, not just write unknown (if it's a complete guide, why not complete it with all the information?)

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