2. Inspired by a dream, Stephenie Meyer's sensational debut novel captivated millions of readers, ignited a bona fide cultural frenzy, and launched a literary genre all its own -- the teen vampire romance. Borrowing the time-honored theme of star-crossed lovers, Twilight recounts the spellbinding story of Bella, a smart, savvy 17-year-old girl who moves to a small town in Washington State and falls -- hook, line, and sinker -- for Edward Cullen, a mysterious stranger descended from a long line of vampires. Meyer blends brooding sensuality, adolescent yearning, danger, and suspense into a tantalizing confection young readers found predictably irresistible, but Twilight proved to have powerful crossover appeal as well. In a tide of sexually provocative YA novels, this squeaky-clean, contemporary gothic fantasy scored high marks with parents -- especially moms, who devoured the book as avidly as their daughters!