Title: The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little 2011
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
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Note: I finished another book (The Prestige) before this one. However, that book is part of my page to screen challenge and I didn’t have time before leaving for Disney to watch the movie. So I decided to review this book first.
The Official Illustrated Guide gives fans of Twilight an indepth look the characters, sets, timelines, and insight into Meyer. For the most part, I skimmed through this book. I picked the sections that I wanted to read instead of reading every word printed. My favorite parts:
- An in-depth interview with Stephenie Meyer by her friend Shannon Hale (Austenland, Rapunzel’s Revenge, Princess Academy) — Their friendship comes across loud and clear while giving readers more insight into Meyer’s inspiration and process. Did you know that Meyer originally wrote Forever Dawn (what would become Breaking Dawn) write after Twilight and her publishers asked her to expand the time in between giving us New Moon and Eclipse? Or that Jacob was initially just a plot device and not intended to be a full character? Learned a lot about Meyer.
- Playlist — Meyer writes to music and so created a playlist for certain scenes throughout the four books. Her song choices are very eclectic, but eerily similar to my choices.
The rest of the book gives us a lot of information about each of the characters, but it’s a lot of rehashing if you actually remember the books. Not the best parts, but good enough to skim. Probably a must own book for Twihards. Others, just skip it.