Today in YA History: October 5, 2005 – ‘Twilight’ published!

October 5, 2005: Vampires are about to sweep the teen romance nation, as “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer is published by Little, Brown.

The first book in the Twilight Saga became an instant best seller, debuting at #5 on the NY Times Best Seller List. It would be the biggest seller in 2008 and second biggest seller in 2009–bumped off the #1 spot by its sequel, New Moon!

Twilight has been translated into 37 different languages, and was adapted into a hugely popular film of the same name in 2008.

From Little, Brown’s site:

    Bella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

From Wikipedia:

    When first published, Twilight gained much critical acclaim. Critics often described it as a “dark romance that seeps into the soul” and praised it for capturing “perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation”. On the other hand, in more recent reviews, some critics thought that Bella’s appeal to Edward was “based on magic rather than character” and that Bella is a weak female character. However, almost all critics, whether they acclaimed the novel or not, agreed that it was a literary phenomenon.

Get your copy at your local independent bookstore!

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