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.


  1. I think it’s huge the guide even got in at number four. Nobody even knew it was out !

    • We here did!!! Actually I pre-ordered it from Amazon about a year and a half ago and just waited. But that goes to show you the power of us Twi-hards!!! I know next year when part two comes out from BD is going to be a sad time. My hubby is already aware of it, lol.

  2. I agree, especially when you consider it’s going against regular books. I wonder how it will fair, in regards to sales, against other accompaniment guides like, the Star Wars guides…

  3. Wow how amazing that Water for Elephants sold more than Twilight Saga Guide! I am surprised but very pleased for Sara Gruen. I am super excited to go to the movies tomorrow night with my girlfriends!

  4. I’m currently reading Water for Elephants and hoping to finish it tonight before tomorrow for the movie. Also happy that the guide made it on it’s first week! I love it! Congrats to you ladies here at the Lexicon!

  5. smitten_by_twilight says

    Congratulations, Stephenie, Laura, and Lori! Great work – loved the Guide!

  6. The guide should have had TWILIGHT LEXICON written across the cover of it.


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