MACLIC BOOK CLUB had to read it! We loved it and we discuss at length its popularity. Half of us has seen the film. Half not.
What we liked in the book:
It is a fairy tale with a twist, realistic with very extraordinary things.
It is a love story, we are all in love with beautiful perfect loving Edward, not an evil vampire;
We liked the well described characters.
The writing is easy.
We like the different layers, some light stuff, some more complex issues;
Things that happens in the book has consequences.
It relates to us:
– Divorced parents
– Teenage feelings
– Normal life/realistic
Why is it so popular?
The first publication in 2005 by a small American company had a cover with a pale girl in a blurred school corridor, and did not stand out then, although booksellers acknowledged Stephenie as the “most promising new authors of 2005” (Publishers Weekly).
However when Atom published it in 2006, with the apple in the hands on the cover, the second book was written and the next of the series were planned so it was launched as a series, and was a success. The film was planned and advertised (it came out in November 2008). When the third book was released on August 2, 2008, 1.3 million were sold in the first 24 hours of its release!
What makes it stand out from other vampire books? It is indeed an agreeable easy book, but there are many other great vampire stories. We would conclude that the success of the series has quite a lot to do with the launching…
If you want to know how the author go the idea of the plot and much more, visit Stephenie Meyer’s official website http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/
We’re sure you’ve guessed which book it is!
PS. Here are suggestions of books to read after the series