Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide Makes ‘ABC List’

According to Hypable,

“Today the American Booksellers Association (ABA) released the annual ABC Best Books for Children catalog, featuring more than 200 titles based on bookseller recommendations.”

The Official Twilight Illustrated Guide made the list as did Hourglass written by Lexicon reader Myra McEntire.

The Twilight Sage: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is a spin-off encyclopedic reference book for the The Twilight Saga book series, written by Stephenie Meyer and was released on April 12, 2011. The Guide includes exclusive new material about the world Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and nearly a hundred full-color illustrations by illustrator Young Kim, who previously illustrated Meyer’s #1 New York Times Best Seller Twilight: The Graphic Novel, and several other artists.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Check out other notable list makers over on Hypable.

Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Debuts in Number 1 Postion on the New York Times Best Seller List

The New York Times has more categories and subcategories for its bestseller lists than we can count. They used to just have two lists: one for fiction and one for nonfiction. Cue three J.K Rowling novels locking up the one, two, and three portions for over two years and they then subdivided their list and recently subdivided more.

They have placed The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide in their Children’s Chapter Book section. We thought it would end up in the self help and miscellaneous section because that’s where the movie companions usually go, but it looks like the New York Times had other ideas. The Twilight novels themselves usually appear in the Children’s Series section where books by the same author on the same topic go after they hit the third book in a story line. They are not currently in the top ten.

So for those of you keeping track, in its debut week, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide did the following

  1. USA Today Number 4
  2. Wall Street Journal Number 1
  3. New York Times Number 1

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Hits Number 1 on Wall Street Journal List

We already told you about the Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide hitting the USA Today bestseller list in the number four position. USA Today, is the only list that we know of that puts every single book in the same list from cookbooks to novels. The Wall Street Journal, on the other hand, subdivides its list. They have five categories: Hardcover Fiction, Hardcover Non-Fiction, Hardcover Business, Hardcover Sports and Recreation, and Spotlight on House and Home. Given their categories they have placed the Guide in the Hardcover non-fiction section, which we confess does seem a little odd. We’re assuming that any type of guide ends up there. The Official Illustrated Guide has debuted in their number one position.

Check out the entire Wall Street Journal best seller structure here.

Guide and Graphic Novel 2 Dates

We’ve been getting hit with lots of emails of people asking two things:

1. When is the Official Illustrated Guide coming out in my country?

2. When is the Twilight Graphic Novel part 2 coming out?

Here’s what we found out via Little Brown:

They don’t currently have a release date for the Graphic Novel part 2. We are guessing that the reason the image for the graphic novel 2 appears on the inside back flap of the book jacket of the Official Illustrated Guide is that publishers tend not to change up what is on book jackets to save printing costs. Though the part 2 isn’t currently out, one day it will be, and fans will be reminded of these items.

Here is what they told us about dates for editions outside the USA.

April 12
UK (note the UK has Australia, New Zealand, India, Ireland, and South Africa in its distribution)
France
Italy
Netherlands

April 13
Germany

April 18
Brazil

April 26
Denmark

May 15
Mainland China
Fall 2011
Spain

That’s all they had for now and they said they’d give us other dates when they have them. If you don’t mind an edition written in the English language, both Amazon.com and Amazon.UK do ship to other countries depending where you live.

The Official Illustrated Guide Debuts At Number 4 on USA Today List

USA Today is out with their edition of the top 150 books in the USA this week and here is what they had to say about the Official Illustrated Guide:

“Twilight fever: Proving that Twilight fans never say die, Stephenie Meyer returns to the top 10 this week with a new book. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, a companion to the series and blockbuster movies, enters USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list at No. 4. In March, Meyer told USA TODAY: “My favorite part of the guide is the vampire histories,” and she writes in the guide about Edward (played by Robert Pattinson): “Unfortunately Edward isn’t based on anybody — he is all imagination and wishing. I think his allure is partially due to his old-fashioned manners. He’s a gentleman, and those are hard to come by these days.”

The USA Today list is a really unique one on several levels. Their list is very inclusive, for example they allow YA and children’s books on their list where others like The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly don’t. Unlike the New York Times, they don’t divide their list into sub-categories. Everything from cookbooks, to self-help guides, to novels land on the very same list. So, you get a really interesting perspective on what America is reading overall, not just category by category. As a side note, IT’S HUGE that a novel like Water For Elephants that has been out for awhile and is now in paperback is on the list in the number 1 position BEFORE the movie comes out. This should be a good sign for opening weekend box office.

You can check out the whole list here.

The Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide and Hits Top Indie Book List

According to the publishing industry website Galleycat, The Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide made its debut in the Indiebound list’s number 4 spot.

“We’ve collected the hardcover books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending April 17, 2011–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #4) The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guideby Stephenie Meyer: “This comprehensive handbook-essential for every Twilight Saga fan-is full-color throughout with nearly 100 gorgeous illustrations and photographs and with exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.” (April 2011)”

The Indiebound list covers items purchased at independent bookstore like King’s English in Utah, Changing Hands in Arizona, or Books of Wonder in New York.  Chain book stores like Barnes and Noble and Borders see their purchases reflected in places like the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and New York Times book lists. Certain indie book stores also have their sales count on those big name lists as well.  The larger book lists results usually have a two week lag, so the guide will probably not be on any of them this Friday.

Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Giveaway—Outside the USA

We’ve been getting a lot of tweets and emails from people who have to wait days, weeks, or moths for the guide to come out in their countries.  Usually the email have been coming in with multiple : ( after their sentences. We always feel bad when we have contests that are USA only (never our choice the supplier’s choice). Last week, we promised that we would do a giveaway for the people who live outside the USA and here it is.

If you live outside of the territories and states of the United States of America, we are going to pick a random two people from the comments, and we will send the guide to you. The version we have at our disposal is the American version, which we will ship to the winners. We don’t have any foreign language versions.

So, in the comments, just tell us what you are looking forward to in the guide and in what country you reside. We’ll pick a random two winners on Friday, April 15th at 11:59 pm eastern.

We don’t care if you are on the science station in Antarctica, Northern Siberia or points in between we will ship it to you!

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide–Fan Artist Highlights

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is now on shelves or you can get it via Amazon.com. Aside from fabulous information that tells the backstory of fan favorite characters like Alice, we now also have details on our favorite villains like Victoria (or maybe she’s not such a villain after all). We also now get all the history of all of the Volturi coven members and the covens that came to be witnesses for the Cullens. Wolfpack people, no fear, there’s lots of new info on Emily, Sam, Leah and other pack members.

Now aside from all of those juicy details, there are fabulous illustrations through out the book of characters, places, cars, clothing, etc.

One of our favorite sections was the section designated toward fan artists! There is an entire collection of fan art that illustrates different moments in the Twilight Saga. The media and style is different artist by artist. Some are charcoal, some are watercolor, some are abstract, etc. regardless they are all fantastic!

We’d like to call attention to two of them who we have known about for years. They were two of the very first artists to be part of the Ramblings And Thoughts fanfic and fan art site. To our knowledge, this was the first site to recognize fanfic and fan artists side-by-side in the Twilight world.

The first is Darcy Ripley whose fan name is Tainted Tea. Darcy leans towards a surreal style. Below is a picture of Darcy’s of Edward and Bella that doesn’t appear in the guide, but she has two others that do. You can find Darcy’s website here, and you can see more of her Twilight related fan art here.

The next is Kim Kincaid whose fan name is Fatty Lumpkin. Kim works in several media and does mostly portrait work. Below is one of her pictures or her vision of Edward that doesn’t appear in the guide, but she also has two others that do(portraits of Emmett and Jacob). You can find Kim’s website here, and her blog here and you can see more of her Twilight related fan art here.

Congrats to both Darcy and Kim!

 

Only Hours to Go Until the Official Illustrated Guide Releases

While we wait for the Breaking Dawn movie in November, fans can sink their teeth into the anticipated The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide which comes out  TOMORROW April 12th.

Given the wealth of Twilight information the Lexicon has cultivated over the years, Lori and Laura were pleased to work with Little, Brown in providing research and data for the initial draft of the Guide.

We’ve really been looking forward to the Guide, and were even more excited when it was announced by Little Brown that there were extensive illustrations, and the title was revised from the “Official Guide” to the “Official Illustrated Guide”. We’re sure you’re all going to adore the Guide as much as we will.  Once it releases tomorrow, please stop by our forums the discuss all the details.

Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide Giveaway

Thanks to Little Brown, the publishers of The Twilight Saga, we have the opportunity to give away a copy of  the Twilight Saga Official Illustrated Guide that comes out on April 12th.

Tell us in the comments what you are most hoping to find in the guide and we will pick a random winner on Sunday at 11:59pm Eastern.

Participation is limited to residents of the US and Canada (don’t worry outside of USA people, we will do something for you next week). No PO boxes please.

Make sure that you check out the previews of Bella’s dress and James’ bio is you haven’t already!