Life after Twilight: The Books

twilight-booksNow that the Twilight Saga has pretty much come to an end, the fandom is left with one big questions: what do we do now? 

Over the next few weeks we will take a look at what you in the fandom are doing with your life after Twilight.  We will take polls on various topics and are always open to your comments and suggestions.  We will cover the films, the actors, and the fans in general.  This week we will focus on the books.  We want to know how often , if ever, you still pick up your books and read them. Take our poll and then leave us a comment on why you selected your answer.  

Comments

  1. I got into twilight just three years ago. I am still so tied to it all. I live here in Portland OR, so I am out visiting all the film sites. I started a blog to put all my interests in twilight. I follow the actors, fashion, and other local or interesting stuff. Its funny how there are sooo many fans of Twilight. I meet them all over our city.

    • Could you give us a link to your blog? :D

    • Pamela B says:

      Lisa..If you haven’t found all the sites contact me…I have been every where even baseball field..

      • I just visited Mult Falls and saw the field across the river. When I got back I started searching online for more info on it. I found its called The Shire, owned by Univ. of Oregon. I just put up info on my blog about it and that they are offering tours of it this summer. Got my ticket to go already. Cant wait. Also there is the area where they sit under the trees in the rain and Edward leaps on the rocks. But, I am still looking for I think a different rock area where they are standing together overlooking the river. althought it may be the same area.

  2. My local blog is twilightgirlportland.com. Its a fun site.

    • Darina S. says:

      Lisa -

      Is your blog connected to a facebook page that I can “like”. It’s such an easy way to know when you have posted a new story to your blog. Thanks.

      Darina

      • That’s next. I have been busy writing posts so far. But, I have also been on our local radio 105.1 The BUZZ as twilightgirl. Just on this morning with the dior rob announcement. Its been fun. But I will try to get facebook up and running really soon. Thanks!

    • Love your site, Lisa!

      • Thanks! trying to keep local. But, had to post about Dior Rob last night. I am still out visiting some sites. Going to St. Helens next week. I just love Twilight.

        • I am making my first trip to Forks this Sept and plan on visiting ALL the movie sites in Oregon in 2 days! Yikes! Very excited, though. Like you, I didn’t discover Twilight until 2010, so I’ve had a lot of fun “catching up.” :)

  3. I still read the books fairly often – they’re not on my nightstand all the time, but about twice a year I’m struck with a craving for Twilight and read the whole series through again.

  4. sometimes i see an edit of any Twilight photo on tumblr, and there’s an urge in me to pick up the book. usually, i flip to a random page and read a few pages after that :)

  5. Since the last time I read Twilight (As I’ve read all of the books in the series at least 3 times), and watched the last movie, I’ve caught myself up on a fantastic fantasy series called Wereworld by Curtis Jobling, as well as working on the 4th and hopefully last draft of my own book…

    In short, I’ve been busy… :D

  6. I read Twilight Books once a month. I’m still obsessed with it!

  7. Quick note on the books: they, especially the first one, feel so fresh despite being in a genre already saturated by 2005.

    Whither Twilight fandom? It’s an interesting question. Twilight is not still in progress like Song of Ice and Fire, it doesn’t have a semi-canon expanded universe like Star Wars, nor is it an ongoing spin-off generating brand like Star Trek. As it stands now, it’s complete in both book and movie. (Well, there are the graphic novels.)

    What does it mean to be a Twilight fan? Are we simply people who like Twilight, or do we share other traits? Obviously many of us are fans of The Host and will read anything else Stephenie Meyer does. Some are fans of the actors – on that note, let me recommend Skateland (Greene) and Cosmopolis (Pattinson). There are the fanfiction fans and writers, and we’ve seen that give rise to new franchises, or at least ones that got attention by claiming to be Twilight fanfiction. Then there are the YA paranormal romance fans and vampire fans, both of which trends are fading. On the other hand, YA dystopian fiction serves a similar function to paranormal romance and vampires are cyclical. More generally the romance and supernatural genres are not going anywhere. And there’s probably a lot more that can be said about Twilight itself, and not just by professional literary and culture critics.

    I don’t know; what has the Harry Potter fandom up to?

    • “Twilight is not still in progress like Song of Ice and Fire, it doesn’t have a semi-canon expanded universe like Star Wars, nor is it an ongoing spin-off generating brand like Star Trek…”

      I would add: “…yet.”

    • To me Harry Potter is not so interesting, especially more so for adults. Where as Twilight fans are of all ages. I have been truly amazed at the number of fans I have met here in Portland, but also in other cities. Maybe we are a quiet bunch, but still Twi-hard fans. I am just now re-reading the original book and it is so full of rich text and story telling. I never got into The Host. Or other vampire stories either. Twilight is just unique.

      • That isn’t true Lisa… While to you the Harry Potter series may not be “interesting” there are a number of adults, including Laura and Lori (who started the Lex) who totally love the series. My cousin is an English professor in college, and she uses the books in parts of her lessons. In many ways the Harry Potter franchise has a broader following than Twilight even. The HP books appeal to both female and male fans, young and old across the entire globe, whereas Twilight, while like myself, does have it’s share of male followers, has a primarily female following.

        In fact many Twi-hards (again like me) are huge HP fans as well.

        You love the Twilight books, yeah cool! So do I. But don’t marginalize the HP series in order to put Twilight on top.

        And now to answer your question Halek…

        I’ll be quite honest, I’ve never been a crazed die hard fan. I love Star Wars and I’ll pull out the movies every now and then. I love LotR, HP, Twilight… These all are great works of fiction, but in time, I move on. I have several writing projects I’m working on. :)

        Oddly enough though… it does seem rather strange to not have a new Twilight movie coming out. No more Jacob… No more Bella… No more Renesmee, Carisle, Jasper, Alice, Emmett or Rose… and that… um… what’s his name again? :P

  8. I’ve been reading the books and watching the movies every night… Umm nothing really my life is really boring right now…I don’t remember what it feels like to be excited for something

    • You might want to try downloading the audio books for Twilight; they’re great. It’s a different take than my/your mental “voice” but it’s still Twilight, and really well done.

    • Christina says:

      HAHAHA me neither girl! I’m 99.9% positive I will never be passionate about a series again. You could read 50 Shades of Grey and pretend it’s another story about Edward & Bella, but the books get a little bit too racy for my taste…

      • Yeah, I don’t think 50 Shades would be my taste either…
        But I do have this habit now of predending the Twilight cast are the heroes of any book I read now. Too bad it doesn’t always work out. But when it does it’s a nice consolation prize.

  9. All of the books and the movies are on my iPad. I am constantly reading/watching them. Became a fan in 2009, joined The Twilight Saga: Older Woman Group, traveled to Forks and Portland. Don’t think I will ever get tired of it. Love Robert Pattinson and have seen all of his movies, going back to his beginning in TV in England. Couldn’t get thru Cosmopolis, tho!!!

    • CherryCullen says:

      I feel you on Cosmopolis! Like you, I too have seen ALL of Rob’s movies, even the old British TV ones! I was really looking forward to watching Cosmopolis, but after 15 minutes Iwas so confused and couldn’t follow what was going on. I turned it off, and haven’t even tried to watch it again.

    • I also have the books and movies on my Kindle Fire and re read the books and watch the movies every chance I get. Going to Forks, La Push and Port Angeles was one of the highlights of my life. I will always be a Twihard and will always hope Stephanie finishes Midnight Sun.

  10. Elizabeth (EverythingRemindsMeOfTwilight) says:

    I haven’t read the books since the last movie came out. One reason is that I re-read The Host twice and am now using the “lull” to read Vanity Fair by Thackeray. My mom and I still frequently discuss Twilight and how we miss it (no summer hype this summer :( ) and I check out the Lexicon every day as usual too. Twilight is still in my brain, on my mind, in my conversations, and relating to my everyday life–even if the books aren’t in my hand right now. :)

  11. I’m busy writing my own books at the moment, but Twilight still calls to me every so often!

  12. As a huge fan of the books since before the first movie came out, I have a book suggestion for everyone: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Some fans of Twilight may have read the books already. The VA series, while has finished, does have a spin-off series, Bloodlines. Which is half-way done. Plus, Ms. Mead has even hinted that she may start writing a spin-off of that spin-off (Inception-feel, anybody?). The book has a kick-ass heroin (Rose), who, quite literally does kick butt! I guarantee that you will get hooked on these books just like I did! And we have more material to get hooked on: the first book is currently, RIGHT NOW, being filmed as a movie, titled Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters that is due out February 14, 2014! So, in my opinion, go out and read the books, then join us VAddicts watch Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the cast and crew gives us tidbits with filming goes down!

    (Yes, I’m shamelessly promoting these books and the movie!! hahaha)

  13. Fiona Cullen says:

    For me it’s hard to accept that it is coming to an end because it has been a huge part of my life for so long. This year will be the first time that nothing new is really coming out, it’s sad to think there is not much to look forward to. But it is comforting to come on Twilight Lexicon and see that I am not alone in this.

  14. maybe we better collaborate and find the next books worth reading? i can’t find anything decent, not after i read Twilight…. any suggestions?

    • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead!! Lol it will get you hooked just as it, and Twilight, did with me! Besides, Twilight, it’s the only other book series that I keep reading over and over again. Currently, I’ve checked out all the books that I don’t have (so I have the whole series at the moment) just so I could go back and reread them. I finished rereading them a few weeks ago! Now I just can’t let them go! Haha they are highly addicting!!

  15. I have read the books countless times, Probably Breaking Dawn the most. I still perk up when I hear the actors names mentioned on Enews etc. to try and see what they are up to, or especially anything on Stephenie. I would love to see the Lexicon go forward as a Stephenie fan base. Her web site does not pdate enough and her brother Seth who takes care of it really doesn’t give you to much on Stephenie. But I am still trying to save for a trip to Forks someday as well. I still hope someday the story continues and I am around to read it…I would be estatic. I am reading a new series called “irish Country Doctor’ by Patrick Taylor which I am in love with but is far removed from my beloved Forks and very opposite in every way. But I am in love with it and feel sure they will do a PBS series on it sometime soon, its that good But even so, no book series has driven me to repeat reading them over and over, its like I was a drunk craving alcohol and could not get enough, they were magic and cast a spell on me.

  16. I run a fanfiction site for Twilight and other fandoms, as well as original work, plus I have Facebook friends from the fandom. I’m finding that at least as far as writing fanfiction goes, it’s dwindling FAST. All of the BNA’s (Big Name Authors) of Twilight fanfiction have pulled to publish in the wake of the success of Fifty Shades. No one wants to read canon fics anymore. Literally NO ONE. The writing side of the fandom has degenerated into poorly written porn; everyone trying to copycat Icy. All of the good stories have been written, and everything has been done to death. We’re seeing an exodus of readers, and when authors get no reviews or constructive feedback, they stop writing. So, there’s a dwindling of writers, too. Twilight fanfic contests aren’t getting much interest anymore, with many being cancelled for lack of entries, or fics so grammatically horrible that the contest refuses to accept them. It’s sad. Me personally? I’ve moved on. I’m so over Twilight. Don’t care about Edward OR Jacob OR Bella or anything else Twilight related. When we have contests on our site, no one wants to write Twilight anymore. Our entries are original stories now.

  17. Isabelle says:

    I have all the books on my phone on this neat little app. It has twilight, new moon, eclipse, breaking dawn, midnight sun, the short second life of bree tanner, and the host. It’s nice I can just read without having to move and go get the books and whenever the need arises.

  18. I read the four books several times, as well as any outtakes I could find. Then, wanting more, I searched a couple of fanfiction sites for good canon stories. This year I finally got my hands on the Host and read that a couple of times (can’t wait for the sequel). Now I am waiting for the DVD of the Host to be available in Germany, because the cinemas here only show the German synchronized version, and I want the original.
    As for reading, I picked up a couple of light romances to keep me going for a while, but nothing as captivating as S. Meyer’s stuff.

  19. Aw, this was a really nice post. In thought I would like to put in writing like this moreover ?taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article?however what can I say?I procrastinate alot and under no circumstances seem to get something done.

  20. The subsequent time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I imply, I know it was my option to read, but I really thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you may fix should you werent too busy in search of attention.

  21. Twilight is a part of my life and I always read them. and even if I finished the series I open a random page and read it. I can’t live without Edward Cullen

  22. I still read the series. Generally, I’ll read in between other books, a few pages here and there. I can’t let go. Twilight is special; I’ve read the series 7 or 8 times,and I just don’t tire of it. Also, I like to watch the movies when I’m folding laundry (hope that doesn’t sound crazy). At least it makes the chore a little more fun.

    I will watch any movie that Rob is in (I actually liked Cosmopolis), and I’m more likely to see a movie if a Twilight actor stars in it. I still read fanfiction, although the volume of stories written is significantly lower than a couple years ago. It’s a lot harder to find a good story. I’ve had The Hunger Games on my kindle for about a year and finally started reading it this week. Once the action starts the book gets good, but , in my eyes, nothing will ever top Twilight.

  23. I’ve only read through the entire saga once, which I feel terrible about. My books are packed away in storage and I intend to read them again sometime soon. I loved them so much the first time around and I normally reread books that I enjoy, but I’ve been so busy with other things I haven’t had the time to dig them out and read them again. I’ve seen the movies many, many times, though!

  24. Christina says:

    What life after Twilight?

    I read the series a dozen times while the movies were still coming out, but I haven’t read them since the last movie. Maybe I will someday soon. For now, I’m still in mourning.

    I’ve been trying to read some fanfiction.

    All in all, now that KStew and RPatz have broken up…again…I’m just sort of done. If even Edward & Bella can’t hold it together…

    I do plan to read the second Host book, just to see.

  25. I’ve read the series so many times I’ve lost count. There’s never been a book or book series that I read more than once. Other than HP and Twilight. I had read HP a few times and was in HP withdrawal when the sales girls at B&N suggested Twilight and that was before they started filming the first book. I fell instantly in love with it.
    I’m so disappointed SM didn’t finish Midnight Sun. I wish she would.
    I did find another series that I really like. I just found it and have read it twice now. It’s a trilogy and so far only the first 2 books are out.
    It’s Daughter of Blood and Bones by Laini Taylor. The second book is Days of Blood and Starlight. I can’t wait until the third one comes out next year.
    I’ve also read the Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. Twilight has left a hole in my heart. :( Nothing can come close to replacing it.

    • I kind of feel the same way. There’s nothing to compare my love for the Twilight series. I’ve since read other cool series’ like Percy Jackson and Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series, but nothing fills in the gap that the world of Forks, Washington does when I read Twilight. You want to stay with this world and see where the characters end up and it’s a great read every time.

  26. Helen Pharris says:

    I did not start reading the Twilight Saga until last year, but I’ve made up for lost time. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read them and watched the movies. Usually when I’m lonely and depressed. It is like having a nice visit with special friends. I especially enjoy Midnight Sun. I’m just greatful that Stephenie wrote the 12 chapters she did.

    The latest book I have fallen in love with is “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. It is about teenagers with cancer that fall in love. It is full of humor and tragedy and inspired by the life of Esther Grace Earl. Esther inspired her family to found a nonprofit, This Star Won’t Go Out, in her memory. You can learn more at tswgo.org.

    I also enjoy watching the other movies that have the Twilight cast members in them. Some of my favorites are Remember Me (Rob Pattinson), The Cake Eaters (Kristen Stewart), and of course the TV series, Revolution (Billy Burke, JD Pardo). I enjoyed reading the Host and watching the movie, and am looking forward to book 2 but I’ve read the book only twice.

    • Have you seen Immortals (Lutz) and Priest (Gigandet)?

      I enjoyed the books Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson and Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn.

  27. I don’t feel like Twilight is over, though the movies are over, the story is still alive. I’m still obsessed with it and I don’t think my love for this saga will ever end. I read the books all the time, I watch the movies once a week with my Twimom, and I’m still into the Dream Team as well. Even though I enjoy the movies, Gaspard and Emily are still my Edward and Bella. If you are also interested on the Dream Team, you should check out this amazing blog: twilightdreamteam.tumblr.com

  28. shelley says:

    I read the saga when the mood strikes me and the same goes for The Host. I visit Stephenie’s page every day,

    so it is obvious that not a single day goes by without me thinking of Twilight.

    On June 2 (you know why!!!) I started a blog where I translate into Greek stuff like outtakes, FAQs, interviews etc.

    It’s nice to know that so many of us are on the same page!!!

    :))

  29. I read the books (in no particular order) whenever the mood strikes me (a couple times a year), and I watch the movies in the same way, though probably more regularly (about once a month?). If I don’t have time to watch a movie in its entirety but want a dose of Twilight, I’ll often put on some of the special features, which are always fun! Otherwise, I listen to the soundtracks almost daily and always enjoy them! All that to stay, I am still currently enjoying the series, but I do miss having something “new” to look forward to…so, in the meantime, I have discovered the Divergent series from Veronica Roth. I like them even better than THG and anxiously await the third book and first movie! Still, it doesn’t quite match the special quality of Twilight…there’s just something unique about the Saga that can’t really be replicated!

  30. I haven’t read the books in a while but I still plan to. I love the books and th emovies and nothing will replace them though I am reading a ton of other stuff including Dystopian novels. I am a Harry Potter fan as well and Harry Potter and Twilight and even The Hunger Games will live in my heart forever.

  31. Laides try 50 shades of Grey, started out as twilight fanfic and has taken a life of it’s own. Hugely popular and the characters, Ana and Christian are A-mazing, the love and the passion…just wow. I never thought another book would make my pulse race but fifty did it, give it a try

  32. kazzygirl says:

    Would really hope that this Twilight Lexicon goes on for the foreseeable future. It is my go to page every day I turn the computer on. I am a late entry fan to the Twilight phenomenon (at 48 yrs of age – why not, it keeps me feeling young) and just love everything about the Twilight Saga. Maybe if there is nothing new for Twilight, keeping the site going with whatever the cast members do in the future is one way to keep the dream alive. Team Edward always.

    • I agree, and hope they keep the Lexicon going. I suspect that sequels are only a matter of time, at least if Stephenie can get to work writing.

      I have subscribed to several comment threads on the site (“Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”) and am always interested in what people have to say.

      At this point, I’d particularly love to have an e-book version history of the Lexicon, it’s major posts over time (maybe with a little explanation of what was happening with some of the posts) chronologically going through the fandom’s journey together. I’d buy a book like that in a heartbeat.

  33. maureen says:

    I’ll always love the Twilight Saga.

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