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July 8, 2010 / schulerbooks

Ward off Twilight Withdrawal!

By now most Twilight Saga fans have reread each book so many times the covers are ratty and barely discernible past the “Team Edward” and “I Heart Jacob” scribbles.  They’ve devoured the recently released Twilight spin-off book The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and are still awaiting the sequel to Stephenie Meyer’s adult alien-themed love-triangle-driven bestseller The Host. So now what?

Here are some suggestions to ward off Twilight withdrawal after the rush of seeing Eclipse in the theaters:

The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare is heir apparent to Twilight, down to the large-print Meyer endorsement on the cover. Begun with The City of Bones, the urban fantasy plot follows 15-year-old Clary Fray as she falls headfirst into the magical underworld of the Shadowhunters, secret warriors who fight to rid the world of demons. The full trilogy has already been published, but fans are already salivating for the upcoming fall release of Clockwork Angel, the start of a prequel trilogy, which focuses on Shadowhunters in Victorian London.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is perfect for Jacob-ites: the NYT-bestselling book unfolds a supernatural teenage love affair between Grace and Sam, who has kept watch over Grace for years as a wolf, unable to work up the courage to speak to her during his short spells in human form. When wolves kill a local teen, a hunting party is formed, Grace finds herself caring for the wounded, yellow-eyed Sam. This beautifully told love story challenges Twilight for leader of the pack.

One of my favorite books of 2009, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, is a special find: a literary zombie novel that is written in gorgeous prose. Long after larger has society collapsed, Mary lives within a small village, run by The Sisterhood, protected by The Guardians, and surrounded by a forest of ever-hungry Zombies.  Here the requisite love triangle becomes a love square, complicated by village courtship and marriage traditions, and, of course, Mary’s own feelings. Follow it up by reading the companion novel, The Dead-Tossed Waves, which follows the story of Mary’s daughter many years later.

Emily Bronte’s classic Wuthering Heights should be familiar to Twi-hards since Meyer references it throughout Eclipse, and now you can even get a copy revamped to mimic the Twilight covers (along with revamped versions of Romeo and Juliet and Pride and Prejudice, published by Harperteen). Considered one of the most moving love stories ever written, I’m delighted it’s being reintroduced to a new generation. Read it and join the hundreds of Twi-bloggers dissecting the parallels between it and Eclipse.

Finally, a book both for lovers and haters of Twilight, Nightlight is a gleeful parody – the first novel published by The Harvard Lampoon in over 40 years. A warning though, Twi-hards should only read this if they have a good sense of humor and a sharp level of self-awareness. Otherwise, it may just offend, but for the rest of us, it’s an excellent antidote to the inescapability of the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon.

–Whitney

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  1. Terrill / Aug 9 2010 8:13 am

    This is amazing… I thought I was the alone in my horrible Twilight withdrawals.

    I’m happy to have found this blog, just what I needed to fend off the impending boredom of full time staying home-ism… ( good read recommends )

    Thank you.

    • schulerbooks / Oct 7 2010 7:54 pm

      Not sure where you’re located, but feel free to stop into any of our stores for book suggestions! We’ll have some more for you soon! 🙂

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