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Twilight and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History)

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The first look at the history behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series, timed to release with the third movie, EclipseThe characters of the Twilight Saga carry a rich history that shapes their identities and actions over the course of the series. Edward, for instance, may look like a seventeen-year-old teen heartthrob, but was actually born in 1901 and died dur...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Wiley (first published January 1st 2010)
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Maja
No, no, no, no, no! NO! I was APPALLED!! Simply appalled at this book. Especially one chapter really set me off; the fairy tale chapter. In this chapter the author, Sarah Buttsworth (each chapter has a different author), flat out says that the only reason why Bella chose Edward over Jacob was because Edward had the fundings to elevate her out of her 'middle class' social status and the ability to make her beautiful and young forever. She even says, that Bella dumps Jacob because of his race! And...more
Melissa
I'm a history buff so this was right up my alley. Twilight & History basically gives us a historical backdrop for the Twilight Saga characters and events, and is a compilation of essays from various authors, including YA author Andrea Cremer.

I have to say, the essays did give a whole new dimension to the novels and by extension, the movies. While we can't be sure if Stephenie Meyer intended to mean certain things or portray a character in a certain way, it was definitely interesting to see h...more
Andre
This book is very well done in many ways, has a lot of information and is well structured. It is easy to read for the most part and you notice that it doesn't have one but several authors.
How accurate the information is I cannot tell since I do not have the necessary background for it in most cases. So I would definitely never recommend this to anyone whom I think lacks the necessary critical mindset for it. Overall I would say the book is ok, but there are several problems in the different part...more
Danielle
Apr 30, 2010 Danielle marked it as to-read
Shut up. It has a section on Jasper...
Lauren
This was a surprisingly entertaining and engaging book that paired the Stephanie Meyer novels with historical contexts. Just like any academic essays, some we're better than others or more interesting than others. A few were downright stretches, but overall, this was a pretty stimulating read. I feel like it might be useful to show students an example of literary criticism that they can grasp at a beginning level.
Vivian
VERY light book using the Twilight saga of books to explore historical topics. A gimmick, of course, but not badly done.
Lisa
Not bad. It was interesting to see how they tied in real historical things from Twilight. I liked the courtship chapter the best.
Christina
I only found one essay in this collection that was truly interesting, "Like Other American Families, Only Not: The Cullens and the "Ideal" Family in American History". It looks at how the Cullen family has evolved over time, the tensions in Edward and Bella's relationship, and the subversive aspects of the generally-regarded-as conservative text. Most of the others seemed to me like the author was reaching to establish connections between history and the Twilight stories. For example, "Better Tu...more
Tally
When I first heard about this book (thanks, Mel!), I knew I had to read it. The combination of the Twilight Saga and history was just too tempting for a geek like me to resist, and on many levels, it didn’t disappoint. Despite slight inaccuracies which don’t seem to be anyone's fault (the official companion for the Saga hasn’t been published at the time), this collection of essays is quite insightful. Some essays were more interesting, others I just felt like skipping altogether, but the beauty...more
Melissa
I picked this up because I had students writing on the book for their final essays and I wanted to be aware of the research materials available to them. There's nothing in here that a reasonably educated adult would not already be aware of, but for someone who hasn't really studied history and/or a younger reader, this could be a valuable book for providing context and interesting background on the characters. Scholarly essays, but accessibly written; a lot of speculative history, i.e. 'if this...more
Kay
As a non-Twilight fan and a budding academic, to me it seemed that some authors were willing to overlook facts and cut corners in their articles. However, the majority of them aren't irritatingly obvious about it (though while reading "Like Other American Families, Only Not" I felt like calling "Objection!" every two minutes) and argue their statements fairly well. All in all, I personally enjoyed learning more about American culture and collected many interesting sources from the bibliographies...more
Darcy
I really enjoyed this historical (and sometimes philosophical) perspective on the series. I think the comparison of the Volturi to the Renaissance Medici family was brilliant! The book addresses the accurate as well as the inconsistent histories concerned in Meyer's novels with an intellectual yet lighthearted and affectionate air.
Misty D
This book was actually pretty interesting...except for the fact that most of the history they mention...I already knew. Though taking a work of fiction and telling the non-fiction truths behind the story is always fun.
Katie Killian
A wonderful idea, but falls flat when trying to use history to justify Edward and Bella's relationship. The essays about the other characters were wonderful though.
Soozie Bea
Not fond of Twilight as part of the vampiric literature genre - but enjoyed this look into the historic parallels with reality.
Sofia Lazaridou
Nov 10, 2012 Sofia Lazaridou marked it as to-read
Please don't be a huge fuck up like so others I have read.Don't make me say I wasted me money on you
Danielle
May 13, 2010 Danielle marked it as to-read
Shelves: just-fun
This looks really fun. Next time Borders sends me a coupon, I may have to get it.
Meg Winkler
Such fun for a history geek who also loves Twilight. Check it out! :)
Mell
Had to return this to library but it's good.
Erin
An interesting, but very dry read.
Katya
A very interesting read.
Lisa Arrington
Not what I expected.
Meghan
Feb 20, 2011 Meghan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Twilight fans
Very interesting!!!
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