Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer Review

Title: The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Reading Guide, Companion
Page Count: 543 pages
Publish Date: April 12, 2011
Book Type: Library Hardcover 
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316043120

Picture from Amazon

From Goodreads: Fans of the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight Saga will treasure this definitive official guide! 

This must-have hardcover edition--the only official guide--is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. With exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more, this comprehensive handbook is essential for every Twilight Saga fan.

My Review: I like this cover of this one. It goes well with the rest of the series and I enjoy how the puzzle pieces are representative of filling in all of the questions (aka putting the puzzle together). The book is also really well made. The pages are very thick. It’s super substantial.
My favorite part of the book was actually the interview/chat in the beginning, conducted with Shannon Hale. It was inspirational and gave a bit of insight into the writing of the series. At 60 or so pages, it is quite the interview. I never got sick of reading it, though. It seemed as if they just transcribed their entire conversation instead of having it be a formal interview, which I appreciated.
I really enjoyed all of the pictures throughout the book. They were all so beautiful! Also, the section where they show the covers (and title translations) from other countries was really fun. Plus, there is a “Fan Art” section. There are some really talented people out there. How awesome would it be to have your art featured in the book?
There were certain things that weren’t mentioned that I would have liked to know more about. I’m not even sure if the movies were mentioned at all? I also would have liked to hear a bit more about Midnight Sun (which I am really hoping gets finished someday). I haven’t read the “leaked copy,” but I did read the excerpt she posted on her site ages ago (I think it was just Chapter 1?) and I remember enjoying it. I thought that her writing had really improved and would have liked to see a finished copy of that.
All in all, I do wish it would have included some more/different things, but I did enjoy it. I think any fan (or previous fan) of the series will appreciate it. This book kind of brings you back into the world of Twilight and reminds you of why you enjoyed it in the first place.
Have you read this one yet? What is your favorite companion/informational book about a book? Hah. That sounds awkward.


  1. Sounds like a fun read. I suppose I'd have to buy it in print as it doesn't sound like it would be great on an eReader with the pics and stuff.

    I wish they did talk more about Midnight Sun. I ended up reading the 12 chapters she had on her website and loved hearing things from E's perspective much more than mopey B's.

    And if J.K. Rowling can say there might be more HP in the future, we just never know if there will be more EC... :)

    Great review!

  2. @Fiktshun

    Yeah, I would definitely say this is an "in print" book. The pages are super thick and really nice. From what I read of MS.. I liked it wayy more than Bella's perspective! I also think her writing improved. :)


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