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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

(Twilight #4.5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  29,595 ratings  ·  895 reviews
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, Breaking
Hardcover, 543 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Oct 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Meh. If this had come out back in it was suppose to, I probably would have enjoyed this more since I was still very much a screaming fan girl, but now...this was just okay.
Still, anyone who's a die-hard fan would find This Official Guide useful and entertaining. Lots of pictures and personal profiles and all the intimate little details that made this universe spin crazily out of control.

I still want Midnight Sun.
Just saying...
Yolanda Sfetsos
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
When I received a copy of this in the mail, I have to admit that I was very excited! :) I read the Twilight Saga a few years ago... Okay, maybe I totally consumed the four books, because I got so swept away by the characters, world, and story.

The first thing I need to mention about this Guide is how beautiful it is. It's in hardback and the cover matches the other books. I do like the symbolism in each one of the Saga's installments, and this one is very fitting. The last few pieces of the puzzl
Ashley Mackler-Paternostro
I love Twilight, I've visited Forks, I've eaten Mushroom Ravioli in Port Angeles at Bella Italia, drinking icy coke while Bella's Lullaby played over the speaker system. I've trolled Stephenie Meyer's website reading her outtakes and not-so-secretly hoping a Jake/Nessie series is rooting around in Meyer's brilliant brain. So, naturally, this book was was highly anticipated--not just by me, but by fans all over the globe.

I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into a bit more Twilight. But, after having
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrenyalit
*The Goodreads rating should probably be a 4, but out of principle I give everything Twilight related 5 stars. Silly, but that's the way it is.

I am evenly split between happiness and disappointment. There were so many wonderful bits of information in the Guide, things I never thought to wonder about and answers to numerous niggling questions. However, so many things were left out - things that I'm sure Stephanie knows and are really essential pieces of information for any Twilight lover.

On the b
Holly Noelle

I ordered this book back in 2008. I figured we would get numerous details about what happened before and after 'Twilight' and the other details the characters didn't know.

All in all, I was excited for the guide.

Then the dates got pushed back. 2009, 2010, and finally we got it in 2011. Waiting years for a book should, in theory, mean it's filled to the brim with information.

I am throughly disappointed. Honestly, if I didn't pay half-price from pre-ordering it, I would send it back.

I could have
Dec 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Note: This review contains spoilers and the spoilers are not hidden in any way!

This book was bad; it was so bad I decided not to hide any spoilers because I quite frankly wanted this review to get over with as soon as possible.
One good thing:
The artwork of the characters is usually of decent to good quality but the rest isn't. Actually it's interesting that some of the printed fanart (we will get to that in a minute) is better than what the paid artists could do, really it sometimes looks like a
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2018
Obviously, this is aimed at the fans of the series. Having said this, people who want to know more about the writing process might find it interesting too (just get it at the library in that case - don’t buy it).

The interview at the beginning of the book with Stephenie Meyer and fellow author Shannon Hale sheds a lot of light on the life and experience of these two writers. Naturally the focus is on Meyer, how it all started, how she came up with the idea for the series, her writing routine (usi
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm still a little bitter about pre-ordering this book back in 2008 (or was it 2007?) and waiting years for it. I'm over my initial excitement for the series. Had this been published right after Breaking Dawn was released, it would have been so much more timely. The fact that they waited to add movie information completely turned me off. For me, this series is not about the movies; it is about the books. (Because, quite frankly, the movies suck.) I think it was a huge blunder on their part becau ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a big twihard. I've tried to move away, but I'm still interested by anything new in the series. Unfortunately, this book was a huge let down. This is really just the 5 books condensed into one, with a little bit of new information and pretty pictures spattered here and there.

For anyone who even considers themselves an above-average Twilight fan, this book is nothing new for you. If you've read the books a few times or read Stephenie's website, then you've read THE MAJORITY of what's in this
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Twilight Series
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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is a companion book to the Twilight Saga novels. Much like The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, this book was published a few years after Breaking Dawn, the final installment of the series – too far after my reading of those books for me to remember much – so I decided to save it for when I reread the series. Since I just completed that reread a couple of months ago, it was the perfect time to pick up the Illustrated Guid
May 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'd like to give 0 stars but as it's impossible... there's one...
Such books are just pulished to pull the target audience's money out of their pockets. While there are some reaaaaaaaaaally good guides or compendiums (compendia?) for some series like the Black Dagger or Dark Hunters ... this one sooooo isn't worth its money!
In BD I get interviews, too - but not with the author! With the characters! With the DH guide you even get useful stuff like a recipe for cooking a cajun meal!
But this? Thi
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Really not worth the wait.
It looks like somebody did some copy & paste from the Twilight Lexicon and Stephenie Meyer's website and put together a book. Nothing Stephenie could have written on for, like, 3 years?

The few (!) illustrations are nicely done and here and there are some new facts. Nevertheless, a fan who read the books and knows Stephenie's website and the Lexicon, won't find any valuable information here.

Really disappointing as I expected far more from a official guide than just
Dec 01, 2008 marked it as to-read
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.
Mairéad (is roaming the Undying Lands)
“I always needed that extra fantasy world. I had to have another world I could be in at the same time.”

3.5 stars.

There is certainly an irony in all this. While I do have an immense meh factor about the overall series, I really liked the guide. But then again, it might be just the fact that it lets me dream and imagine of my own guide book to my own series (plural form, of course). And I do have to admit the drawings are gorgeous, and there were interesting timbits that Meyer unveils in this.

Jan 03, 2009 marked it as to-read
My dad ordered it from amazon for me, so I'll get to read it soon. TEAM EDWARD!!!
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Retroactive Continuity

I think this book is nice if you've never found sites like Twilight Lexicon, or perused Stephenie Meyer's web site. There is a little new information for the main characters, most notably for Alice. It was nice hearing about her human life, but her vampire life before meeting Jasper (28 years) is glossed over. The rest of the new information is in back story for the secondary characters like the Volturi guardsmen, the Romanians, the Egyptians, James' coven and the other v
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by OBS Staff member Angie

I admit that my obsession for twilight is an “on again, off again” love affair. Right now it’s off. Well, it was until April 12, 2011 at approximately 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time when I saw The Official Illustrated Guide on a shelf in my local Target store and I casually picked it up and thumbed through the pages thinking I’d flip through it as I had done with the movie guide and b
Ea Solinas
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
An official guide to a bestselling series written by the author seems like a golden opportunity -- it's a chance for the author to reveal parts of their series that didn't make it into their original novels.

Unfortunately, "The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide" doesn't come even close to living up to that promise. Most of the content is recycled stuff you could easily find on any Twilight website or wiki, and it's padded out with endless fluff, disingenuously dull interviews with St
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, vampires
This is the ideal book for devoted Twilight fans who, like me, were not ready to see the story end just yet. Although tedious and somewhat repetitive at parts, the Companion is thorough and informative. For the past 4 years or so, the Twilight Saga has become an inseparable part of my life, and reading this Companion has been a truly enriching experience. The fact it was written by Stephenie Meyer, who knows this world and its participants inside out, rather than by an outsider, was a welcoming ...more
I can't be to brutal cause I know in my heart of hearts I was so excited for this book...December 3, 2008. How do I know this? It was the day I ordered it after I finally finished Breaking Dawn and almost pooped myself with excitement about the idea of more Twilight. It was the day Amazon kept reminding me that they still haven't charged me for not shipped my copy of the Illustrated Guide. Back then I was thinking "Hell yeah!" now I'm more thinking "You're lucky I finished this Stephenie" Withou ...more
Colleen Houck
Reading this made me want to go back and reread the books again. Instead I watched Twilight and remembered just how much was missing from the movie. I've read the series twice but I'll probably read it again in the near future. I liked a lot of the behind the scenes info. It's a great summary of the series and seeing the foreign covers and fan art was cool.
the detail in this book is fantastic and the illustrations are incredible! I got this book for christmas(even though I haven't read the twilight series yet..) and thought I would give it a look and ended up reading most of it!
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
I gave this two rather than one stars because I did find little pieces of background quite interesting. If only because it shows what could have been done if Twilight wasn't afraid to be darker.
Britt Wegner
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Feel silly but these 4 books are incredibly addictive and romantic
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I quite liked the sketches in the book!
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is it. Finite. Finale. Fin. No more need ever be told about Stephenie Meyer’s epic ‘Twilight Saga’ because this guide literally has it all. The origins of the ‘Twilight’ saga, intricate back story about each and every character. Heck, there is even a car’s guide that includes pictures and descriptions of every vehicle from Bella’s rusted pick-up to Alice’s canary Porsche.
Admittedly, there is little mention of the movie adaptations. But that is another illustrated guide altogether . . .

Katieb (MundieMoms)
I had every intention of starting my review out with something like this, "I'll be honest, had this been released back in 2008 when it was first scheduled to be released I probably would have LOVED it. With out sounding harsh, I'm not as big as a die hard fan like I was back when I pre-ordered it. Don't get me wrong, I do love the series. Had I not already pre-ordered it I'm not sure if it's a book I'd run out and purchase at the moment. Maybe I'm a little bitter it took so long for it come out, ...more
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty much what I expected it to be. I was surprised by some of the elements included and disappointed that some areas are still left unclear, but it really depends on what you're most interested in.

The book contains:

1)A Stephenie Meyer interview.

2)Character bio's for the Cullens, plus most, if not all, of the named vampires in the series. Other bio's also include the wolves and the humans of Forks and La Push.

3)Quileute family trees.

4)Fan Art

5)Deleted sections of the book.

Tricia Seymour
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
While I've admittedly become less interested in the series, I was still interested in giving the guide a look over and I found it very disappointing. The guide is mostly character profiles, some plot summary and explanations, and images. If you want to just learn more about the characters then this guide is for you. I myself wanted more "outtakes," FAQ, and insight from Meyer on writing the book, the characters, what she found most fascinating, what surprised her, what she'd change, what she res ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
If this was released a year earlier, I really think I would have loved it. But with it being released when it was, and I'd been to Forks (which was my culmination of Twihardism really)... It just didn't do much for me.

In fact I only got as far as finishing the character profiles for the vampires... as much as I love the wolves, I just couldn't face more profiles. My passion for Twilight is just not burning strong enough to see me through that kind of a book. There's no larger story to pull me al
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