Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Twilight: Vampires and Werewolves and Fair Maidens, Oh My!

--by Hanje Richards

Curious what all the fuss is about? Curious about what teenagers, and teenage girls in particular, are reading and watching? Stephenie Meyer knows. She is the author of the Twilight series of fantasy-based romance novels featuring Isabella “Bella” Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black.

These characters came to Stephenie in a dream in 2003 and the result is four bestselling novels and two movies (so far).


Bella Swan moves from Phoenix, Arizona to live with her father in Forks, Washington to allow her mother to travel with her new husband, a minor league baseball player. After moving to Forks, Bella finds herself involuntarily drawn to a mysterious, handsome boy, Edward Cullen. She eventually learns that he is a member of a vampire family who drinks animal blood rather than human.


Edward and his family leave Forks because he believes he is endangering Bella's life. Bella falls into a deep depression, until she develops a strong friendship with werewolf Jacob Black. Jacob and the other werewolves in his tribe must protect her from Victoria, a vampire seeking to avenge her mate James' death, by killing Bella.


The vampire Victoria (James's mate from Twilight) has created an army of "newborn" vampires to battle the Cullen family and murder Bella for revenge. Meanwhile, Bella is impelled to choose between her relationship with Edward and her friendship with Jacob. Edward's vampire family and Jacob's werewolf pack join forces to successfully destroy Victoria and her vampire army. In the end, Bella chooses Edward's love over Jacob's and agrees to marry him.


Bella and Edward are married, but their honeymoon is cut short when Bella discovers that she is pregnant. Her pregnancy progresses rapidly, severely weakening her. She nearly dies giving birth to her and Edward's half-vampire-half-human daughter, Renesmee, but Edward injects Bella with his venom to save her life by turning her into a vampire. A vampire from another coven sees Renesmee and mistakes her for an "immortal child." She informs the Volturi, as the existence of such beings violates vampire law.

These books are currently available on the new title shelves and will eventually move to the Young Adult room upstairs. If you are looking for one of these books (or the movie) and it is currently checked out, put it on hold and we will notify you when it becomes available.