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Twilight Saga Reading Order : A fantasy romance series by Stephenie Meyer

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“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is considered the quintessential vampire novel and the book provided the basis of the modern vampire legend. A creature from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital essence (generally by drinking blood), the vampires are undead and dangerous creatures, causing death around them.

Since the first appearance of a vampire in literature (first in poems such as The Vampire (1748) by Heinrich August Ossenfelder), the portrayal of those creatures of the night has evolved and with time, gives us different interpretations. Stoker’s work gives us the modern fictional vampire, with its undertones of sex, blood and death.

During the 20th century, helped by Anne Rice’s influential Vampire Chronicles series, those creatures of the night will tend towards more tragic heroes that the embodiment of evil than they used to be.

The 21st century pushes further in this direction. It doesn’t mean pop culture didn’t give us some menacing vampires, but a trend in vampire fiction was built to attract teenagers and young adults. At the peak of that phenomenon, we have Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga.

In Twilight, vampires are not affected by garlic and crosses and are not harmed by sunlight, although it does reveal their supernatural status. They have strong piercing teeth rather than fangs; they glitter in sunlight rather than burn; and they can drink animal as well as human blood.

The Twilight series is a fantasy high school romance about human Bella and vampire Edward, with a love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob, a werewolf. Since the release of the first book, Twilight has been a commercial success around the world, and the books have been adapted into motion pictures.

The story is not over yet, as Stephenie Meyer reveals in August 2020 that she was working on two additional Twilight novels.

The Twilight Saga Books in Order

The Twilight Saga

Twilight - Twilight Saga Reading Order New Moon - Twilight Saga Reading Order Eclipse - Twilight Saga Reading Order Breaking Dawn - Twilight Saga Reading Order

Twilight – Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, and meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.

Midnight Sun – The recently published book take us back at the beginning. It is a retelling of Twilight, told through Edward’s eyes. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

New Moon –Being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. As their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning. Bella and Edward face a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy’s reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi.

Eclipse – As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Breaking Dawn – To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Now, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

Graphic novels

Young Kim and Stephenie Meyer began to adapt the Twilight Saga as a graphic novel, but the collection was never finished, as the publication has been delayed indefinitely.

Additional Material

Twilight Books in Chronological Order

Film adaptations

The Twilight Saga is a series of five released between 2008 and 2012, with Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. While The Twilight Saga has been successful at the box office, critical reception of the films was mixed.

Twilight Saga Quotes

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”
― Twilight

“It’s twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way…the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”
― Twilight

“Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. …And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything.”
― New Moon

“The bond forged between us was not one that could be broken by absence, distance, or time. And no matter how much more special or beautiful or brilliant or perfect than me he might be, he was as irreversibly altered as I was. As I would always belong to him, so would he always be mine.”
― New Moon

“And the sound of your heart,” he continued. “It’s the most significant sound in my world. I’m so attuned to it now, I swear I could pick it out from miles away. But neither of these things matter. This,” he said, taking my face in his hands. “You. That’s what I’m keeping. You’ll always be my Bella, you’ll just be a little more durable.”
― Eclipse

“It’s something about the inevitability. How nothing can keep them apart–not her selfishness, or his evil, or even death, in the end…their love is their only redeeming quality.”
― Eclipse

“So this was different. I was amazing now – to them and to myself. It was like I had been born to be a vampire. The idea made me want to laugh, but it also made me want to sing. I had found my true place in the world, the place I fit, the place I shined.”
― Breaking Dawn

“You make your own kinds of mistakes, and I’m sure you’ll have your share of regrets in life. But commitment was never your problem, sweetie. You have a better chance of making this work than most forty-year-olds I know. My little middle-aged child. Luckily, you seem to have found another old soul.”
― Breaking Dawn

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