Danbury Library's 'Twilight' event is one teen fans von't vant to miss
Teenage romance and vampires -- Meyer's winning combination for teen readers -- has made her four-book "Twilight" series into a bestseller not only in the United States, but around the world. The books have been translated into 37 languages and tickets are already selling out for the movie, "Twilight," which opens Nov. 21
In anticipation of the film, and in celebration of the series, Danbury Public Library will hold a "Twilight"-themed event Saturday, featuring food, music and fun. Movie passes and "Twilight" prizes will be awarded for the best character costumes, as well as for trivia contest winners and other related events.
"Twilight," the first book in the series, weaves the story of 17-year-old Isabella Swan , who moves to Washington to live with her father. There in that sunless, rainy state she falls for classmate Edward Cullen , and learns that her handsome beau and his family of five adopted children are vampires.
Meyer, who was born in Hartford in 1973, followed "Twilight" with "New Moon," "Eclipse," and "Breaking Dawn" -- the final book in the series -- which hit bookshelves in August.
Danbury High School senior Sabrina Guevarez, who helped organize the library event, said, "We wanted to create something that would be fun for the kids.'' The "Twilight" celebration, featuring foods such as "vampire bites," runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and admission is free.
Nearly 25 million books have been sold in the "Twilight" series. While some teens describe it as the next " Harry Potter ," Guevarez holds back, though she does enjoy the fantasy romance tales.
"I think it's ("Twilight") a really interesting book series,'' she said.
Teens like a series so the story can progress, she said, and it works to have vampires relate to humans in a different way than typical vampire books.
"A lot of the characters are vampires, but the books connect the humans and vampires while Harry Potter was more about wizards, and they didn't see real life," she said. "There is some romance in these books, which kids like, and a lot of kids are hooked on vampires, too.''
Guevarez is one of the students who reads unpublished galley proofs and reviews for teen librarian Dympha Harrigan , to help her decide which books to add to the library's collection.
"Twilight" was published in 2005 and named one of the American Library Association 's top books for young adults. A review in Publishers Weekly said the main draw was "Bella's infatuation with outsider Edward, the sense of danger inherent in their love, and Edward's inner struggle--a perfect metaphor for the sexual tension that accompanies adolescence. These will be familiar to nearly every teen, and will keep readers madly flipping the pages of Meyer's tantalizing debut."
Harrigan saw right away that the book would be a hit when she brought the first book to her group of teen readers. One took the book home and, adopting the hours of a vampire, stayed up all night to finish it; Harrigan said she heard similar stories from other teens.
"It has all the elements the teens like in a story. It's got romance and a lot of adventure and a lot of battling,'' she said. "These are good vampires. They battle evil and the kids like that."
Harrigan said the excitement around "Twilight" is a big deal. "I have 10 copies of all four of her books but there hasn't been one in the library for months."
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IF YOU GO What: Celebrate the popular "Twilight" book series and movie, "Twilight," which opens Nov. 21. Where: Danbury Library, second floor, 170 Main St. in Danbury. Enter via the West Street emergency exit door because library will be closed. When: Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. Cost: Free, but registration required. Call (203) 797-4528.