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


  1. The ‘Children’s Chapter Books’ is a contrived category designed to salvage the NYT’s middlebrow pretensions. Which of these is more culturally significant (and more likely to be remembered in the future): today’s young adult fantasy and science fiction, or the output of hip-to-name-drop, critically acclaimed celebrity authors?

  2. Klarisa Childers says

    I’m actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying the guide. I knew I would get it for the fact that it was Twilight related. haha. But I started reading it thinking it was going to be kind of like this huge book where all it does is tell you these things you already learned from reading the series… it’s not that at all. It’s actually new things as well. I’m so glad that I bought it. I’m going through it quite slow (so I can take everything in) I’m really enjoying the Vampire bio’s. =) Ok, yammered on enough. Byezz.

  3. Twilight Nymph says

    I love the fact we’re number 1, but why Children’s books. I get that until the age of 21 people are considered children, go figure, but please this just goes along with the stereotype that the saga is for tweens when it is definitely not. Just call it young adult, but not under children. That just undermines it you ask me.

  4. ‘Childrens’? I’m a bit offended. Plus, I’m pretty sure children (my defenition: 10 and under) somewhat get Twilight—Eclipse, but BD? My little sis read it, and barely got it. And I wasn’t about to explain it to her.

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