A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series

A New Dawn: Your Favorite Authors on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series

by Ellen Hopkins, Leah Wilson

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KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
The popularity of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series has led to many a discussion about vampires, werewolves, and falling in love with them. There have been polls and surveys regarding who is the better boyfriend, Edward or Jacob. Not to mention a new interest in Forks, Washington, a very real place that is the setting for the series. The novels and the discussions involve more than just the YA set: many women of all ages have read, enjoyed and debated the novels along with their daughters, sons and students. Ellen Hopkins, with Leah Wilson, has edited a collection of essays that take a closer look at this phenomenon. Eight writers have weighed in on the popularity of the series and the cultural and social implications of a novel about vampires and the teens next door. Hopkins begins the collection with her own confession about not wanting to read a vampire book, but being drawn in nonetheless. Several articles look at Edward and the comparisons with both sociopaths and the "bad" boy every good girl fantasizes about. Ellen Steiber, in one of the best of the essays, places the Twilight series in the canon of vampire literature, tracing the historical significance of vampire stories and what they say about the culture from which they emerge. James A. Owen, who supplies the lone male perspective, develops his thesis that the series is a romance, explaining how and why it so convincingly falls into that category. Because the collection came before the publication of the final Twilight novel, there is no discussion of how the series concludes, but that does not take away from the rich and witty perspectives—historical, literary and personal— represented in this collection.Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

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