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date: 15 October 2019

Twilight (2005–8) 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Author(s):

Daniel Hahn

Hugely successful *vampire fantasy series by US novelist Stephenie Meyer (1973– ) which tells the story of Bella Swan, mostly in her own voice. Seventeen-year-old Bella moves to the town of Forks, Washington, where she falls in love with classmate Edward Cullen, who twice saves her life, but (less helpfully) is a vampire, struggling to resist his desire for her blood. Meanwhile another vampire appears in town with much less self-restraint than Edward—James is a ‘tracker’ vampire with a special tracking ability who hunts humans for sport, and it falls to Edward and his family to rescue Bella after an attack, and destroy James once and for all. Edward refuses to change Bella into a vampire even though she wishes it, because he sees his immortality as a curse (he is 104); she is not convinced. Other characters in the first book include Bella’s friend Jacob. He had been intended as only a minor character, but Meyer decided to write him up to a more prominent role in ... ...

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