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FAMOUS WOMEN AUTHOR SERIES: STEPHENIE MYER?

FAMOUS WOMEN AUTHOR SERIES

WHO IS STEPHENIE MEYER?


MORMON GIRL, GRAD OF BYU, A PUBLISHING PHENOMENOM!

IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM!

Stephenie Morgan Meyer was born on December 24, 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut, the second of six children to financial officer Stephen Morgan and Candy Morgan, a homemaker. Stephenie was raised in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1992, she won a National Merit Scholarship which helped fund her undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she received a BA in English Literature in 1997. She also took classes at Arizona State University in the fall of 1996 and the spring of 1997. Stephenie met her husband, Christiaan, (Pancho) in Arizona when they were both children. They married in 1994, when she was 21. Together they have three sons. Christiaan Meyer, formerly an auditor, retired to take care of the children.

Stephenie is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which she considers her greatest influence. Consequently, her views have shaped her novels; there are no drinking, smoking, or explicit sex scenes in her novels and the characters, Edward and Bella in her Twilight series remain sexually abstinent until marriage. Furthermore, Mormon themes, including agency, mortality, temptation, and eternal life are prominent in her work.

TWILIGHT has sold over 100 million copies, with translations into 37 different languages. Stephenie was the best-selling author of 2008 and 2009 in the U. S. having sold over 29 million books in 2008 and 26.5 million in 2009. Twilight was the best-selling book of 2008 in the U. S. Stephenie received the 2009 Children’s Book of the Year award from the British Book Awards for her Twilight series finale Breaking Dawn.

IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM!

According to Meyer, the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, 2003 about a human girl and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood. Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the draft of what became chapter 13 of the book. She wrote from chapter 13 to the end of the novel and then backfilled the first 12 chapters. She joined the American Night Writers Association for aspiring LDS writers. In three months she had transformed the dream into a complete novel. Her sister’s response to the book was enthusiastic and she persuaded Meyer to send the manuscript to literary agencies.

Of 15 submissions to publishers, five went unanswered, nine brought rejections, and the last one was a positive response from Jodi Reamer of Writers House. Eight publishers competed for the rights to publish Twilight in a 2003 auction. By November, Meyer had signed a $750,000 three-book deal with Little, Brown and Company. Twilight was published in 2005 with a print run of 75,000 copies.

Upon publishing Twilight, Meyer had already outlined a story for a sequel. However, her publisher insisted that she follow Twilight with two sequels following Bella and Edward in college. Consequently, Meyer expanded the story into a series with three more books: New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), and Breaking Dawn (2008). The original story she pitched for the sequel would later be published in breaking Dawn.

Information for this article was retrieved from “https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Stephenie_Meyer&oldid=936411846


(Official website (http://www.stepheniemeyer.com

BOOK REVIEWS FOR THE TWILIGHT SERIES:

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Isabella Swan, 17, narrates this riveting first novel, propelled by suspense and romance in equal parts. The story opens with a cryptic scene of the heroine “facing death,” then flashes back to Bella’s departure from Phoenix where her mother lives with her new husband, as the teen heads off to live with her father, the police chief in Forks, Washington. From the first day at her new high school, she finds herself magnetically drawn to Edward Cullen, whose behavior towards her is erratic (“I’d just explained my dreary life to this bizarre, beautiful boy who may or may not despise me”). Then she finds why his interest in her runs hot and cold: he is a vampire --- but of an unusual variety. Edward, his siblings and their adoptive parents have disciplined themselves to feed on animals rather than humans; and Edward is obsessed with Bella. Other elements factor into the plot, including a rival group of vampires who are not as disciplined as the Cullens. This plot twist (which includes a subplot about one of the Cullens” past life) contributes to a rushed denouncement (much of it takes place offstage) that is perhaps the novel’s weakness. The main draw here is 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 Myer’s tantalizing debut. (Ages 12 – up)

Publishers Weekly (October)

BOOK REVIEW (TWILIGHT)

Published by the Thought Co.

Written by Anna Limber, Updated August 11, 2018

There’s a reason more than 10 million Twilight series books are in print. Twilight, the first in the series, is the addictive story of two teenagers – Bella, a regular girl, and Edward, a perfect gentleman, and a vampire. This is the type of book you might read in just a few settings, becoming engrossed in its fantastical world and oblivious to your physical surroundings. While not the next great thing in modern literature, it’s a fun book to get lost in and it comes to an end much too quickly.

PROS:


Highly entertaining, fast paced story of romance and suspense.

Relatively clean for a teenage vampire love story.

The concept of good vampires is unusual and intriguing.

CONS:

The writing can be clunky at times.

Edward’s perfection can be over-the-top, even for a fictitious super-human.

At times, Edward and Bella’s relationship can seem more like that of a father and daughter.

Twilight is told by 17-year old Bella Swan, who moves from Phoenix to the small town of Forks, Washington, to live with her dad for the remainder of high school. There, she meets Edward Cullen and his family, who possess an other-world and irresistible beauty and grace to which Bella is drawn. Twilight is the tale of Bella and Edward’s burgeoning relationship, brimming with standard teenage drama alongside the unexpected, because, after all, Edward and his family are vampires. These undead friends have chosen to deny their urge to drink human blood, instead slaking their thirst with the blood of animals. Bella soon finds out, however, that not all vampires in her life are constrained by such scruples.

The book has been praised for its treatment of sexuality and morality. Although there’s plenty of yearning and sensuality, there is no sex, drinking, or drug use. Edward refuses Bella’s desire to be turned into a vampire herself, on grounds that it wouldn’t be the thing to do,

Twilight is an easy and enjoyable read. Its first-person viewpoint keeps the pages turning. This isn’t a masterpiece of literature achievement, however. You have to take it for what it is – a unique and entertaining, if not flawlessly written, story. Twilight will almost certainly appeal to teenage girls and many women of all ages, but probably not to the majority of males. It’s sure to make readers eager to devour the next three novels.

(Reference: https://www.thoughtco.com/twilight-by-stephenie-meyer-book-review-362342?print)

We can see from this information that this was a very popular series which also led to the author forming a film production which produced ten movies from 2008 to 2018.

She also wrote other novels and short stories.

So Ladies, these are for you to consider and enjoy!

We hope you have enjoyed this article and we invite your comments. If you have read any of the Meyer novels tell us what you thought.

As always, these titles are available through our links to Amazon!

Thank you for reading, as always we ENCOURAGE LITERACY, LEARNING, AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT!

Michael Inman




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