EW: Exclusive Look at Bella’s Wedding Dress From the Official Twilight Saga Guide

EW has a sneak peak and an exclusive photo!(For the full photo reveal see EW)

“EW has not one but two exclusive images from Stephenie Meyer’s new book, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, which goes on sale April 12: Bella as a vampire and Bella in her wedding dress. A nice walk-up to the first Breaking Dawn film, no? I didn’t expect to like the first Twilight graphic novel as much as I did, and these illustrations are by that book’s illustrator, Young Kim, who did such a great job bringing Meyer’s characters to life.

What do you think? Is this how you visualize Bella in the upcoming film?”

So who is excited for The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide?

International Links to the Meet Stephenie Meyer Sweepstakes

Please make sure you are reading the rules as they apply to your specific country carefully! Rules and minimum age vary greatly country to country due to different laws. Some countries it’s just the matter of sending in an entry postcard, others you have to make a video. MAKE SURE YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COUNTRY! We will update this post when we get more information:

USA Sweepstakes http://thetwilightsaga.com/page/usa-rules

  • FINE PRINT WARNING! “Enter by regular mail”. This means NO FEDEX, UPS ETC!
  • FINE PRINT WARNING! Also note “3 x5″ card and request for “HAND PRINTING”!
  • FINE PRINT WARNING! You must have ” valid passports” (realize that this event might take place in Canada where they will be filming Breaking Dawn. If you don’t have a passport apply NOW it takes time to process!
  • FINE PRINT WARNING! Limit one entry per person, per household (including immediate family members, e.g.,
    mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and spouse) and/or those living in the
    same household, whether or not related), per day, during the Sweepstakes Period.
  • Limited to the 50 states and the District of Columbia. the Pacific, Atlantic, and Caribbean territories are excluded.
  • Don’t get disqualified for not reading the fine print and doing/having what you will need!

Canada Sweepstakes http://thetwilightsaga.com/page/canada-rules

  • FINE PRINT WARNING! Submission rules are similar to the USA, note regular mail, number of entrants per day, size of card, etc. Also note Quebec not eligible(we have no idea why, just reporting the rules. Suspect it has something to do with the French translation.)

United Kingdom Sweepstakes http://www.stepheniemeyer.co.uk/superfan/

  • The UK contest is open to residents of the following countries according to the the terms and conditions posted here: Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom
  • FINE PRINT WARNING! This contest involves making a video and posting it on YouTube. WARNING they say the video must be UNLISTED and MUST BE 60 seconds or less. Don’t get disqualified for not following the rules!

Brazil http://www.intrinseca.com.br/crepusculo/home/index.php (Ty to TwiBlog Brasil for helping!) and http://www.intrinseca.com.br/crepusculo/concursocultural/

  • This contest involves answering the question”how has Twilight changed my life in 1,000 words or less and voting by fans to narrow the applicants. See the above link for full details.
  • NOTE: They state that there will not be translators present Both the prize winner and their companions must have knowledge of the English language because there is no interpreter at the meeting with the author Stephenie Meyer.”

Italy http://www.fazieditore.it/twilight/index.htm

France http://www.lecture-academy.com/rencontre-avec-stephenie-meyer

  • The contest involves making a one minute video explaining why you are the best representative  who is the French ultimate fan. At least 15 seconds of the video has to be a message in English from you to Stephenie Meyer.  The fan must speak English well enough not to need a translator as one will not be present.
  • “TY to Twilight France for the assistance.

Germany http://www.bella-und-edward.de/web/news/blog/article?wpaid=941

Mexico http://megafandemeyer.wordpress.com/

The contest involves a one page essay detailing the craziest thing you have done involving Twilight, a photo of your room all Twilight decked out, a photo of you. You need to also prove you reside in Mexico and you need the proper documents to travel to the USA or Canada. Although the Mexican contest makes no mention of this, every other contest has clearly stated that there will be no translator present and the winner must at least have a level of conversational English to participate.

Taiwan http://www.spp.com.tw/spp2006/other/07/twilight/news.htm

China http://www.jielibeijing.com/news/detail.php?id=249

10 Fans From Around the World Get to Meet Stephenie Meyer

This Press release just in from Little Brown

LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

TO HOST AN INTIMATE GATHERING OF

TWILIGHT FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

TO MEET STEPHENIE MEYER

TWILIGHT INTERNATIONAL FAN EVENT

TO CELEBRATE UPCOMING RELEASE OF

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE

US/CANADIAN FAN SWEEPSTAKES ON THETWILIGHTSAGA.COM

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, will host a special International Fan Event, featuring Twilight fans from around the world.  Ten fans will be chosen to have a once-in-a-lifetime intimate meeting with international bestselling author Stephenie Meyer.  The event coincides with the upcoming release of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (April 12, 2011; $24.99).

Little, Brown is partnering with the Twilight Saga publishers in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom to bring together each country’s respective Twilight fan.  The fan selected from each country will receive an advance copy of The Official Illustrated Guide and get to talk extensively with Meyer, who will answer their Twilight-related questions.

“The one thing I miss most about my first book tour was the chance I had then to spend quality time with my readers,” said Meyer.  “At an event with just ten or twenty people, I was able to get to know everyone a little bit.  I could also more effectively answer each person’s questions.  I’m so excited to have that opportunity again, and to get to spend time with fans from many different places and backgrounds.”

– more –

“We receive hundreds of travel requests for Stephenie from our foreign publishing partners every year,” said Megan Tingley, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  “Since it is physically impossible for one author to be in so many places, we thought this would be a great way to bring some fans to her.”

The Official Rules for the sweepstakes to select the fan from the United States (as well as one from Canada), including entry details and eligibility requirements, can be found on TheTwilightSaga.com.

Due to the intimate nature of this event, details regarding the location and timing are being kept confidential.  Photos and additional details will be distributed upon the event’s conclusion.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide provides readers with exclusive new material and everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.  The Guide also includes character profiles, outtakes, a conversation with Meyer, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.  Originally announced as “The Official Guide,” The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide includes illustrations from several artists, including Young Kim, the illustrator behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1.

In five years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon.  The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 116 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Official Twilight Illustrated Guide: Given New Name and Onsale Date

This press release just in from Little Brown:

– Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, has announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair that it will release The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephenie Meyer on April 12, 2011.  This definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga is the only official guide and is full color throughout, including nearly 100 full-color illustrations and photographs.  The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide will be released in hardcover for $24.99 and also be available as an e-book.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide provides readers with exclusive new material and everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.  The Guide also includes character profiles, outtakes, a conversation with Meyer, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.  Originally announced as “The Official Guide,” The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide includes illustrations from several artists, including Young Kim, the illustrator behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1.

“I’m always amazed at how many in-depth questions my readers have about my characters and the world within the Twilight Saga,” said Stephenie Meyer.  “With The Official Illustrated Guide, I hoped we could incorporate as many details as possible, including character histories, like Alice’s back story.  I’m thrilled with the different artistic interpretations done by Young Kim and the other talented illustrators, including Bella’s wedding dress.  I hope the fans feel it was worth the wait!”

In five years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon.  The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 116 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, and Hachette Digital.

So, are you all excited? You can pre-order it here on Amazon for a discounted $14.29.