Release Date: October 2005
Summary: Isabella Swan is a relatively average teenager with a relatively average life. She hearkens from Phoenix, Arizona, where she lives with her mother. But when Bella moves to Forks, Washington to be with her father, her life quickly becomes anything but average.
Meet the Cullen kids: Alice, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, and Edward-- all five of whom attend Bella's new high school in Forks. Classmates explain to Bella that the Cullens band together and rarely interact with anyone besides themselves, but Bella can tell just by looking that there's something peculiar about them. It doesn't take long to discover what it is.
Bella and Edward become caught in a tense situation in which Edward rescues Bella from a potentially violent fate. His behavior during this encounter succeeds in raising further suspicions, and eventually, Edward is left with little choice but to confess the truth: that he, and his family, are vampires.
The couple grows infinitely close after this revelation, and soon, they realize they're hopelessly in love. But because Edward inexplicably finds Bella's scent exceptionally mouth-watering, his willpower is tested to the breaking point whenever they're near, making Bella's very life the wager hanging in the balance.
Bella and the Cullens barely have time to register these life-altering developments when another coven of hostile vampires appear and threaten the lives of all those living in Forks. It falls upon the Cullens to protect Bella as they simultenously battle to defend themselves, hide their identity, and master their own desire for her blood.
Twilight is the gripping story of two painfully real characters whose love for one another puts their and their families' lives in danger. A New York Times Bestseller and winner of Publisher Weekly's Best Book of the Year award, Twilight encompasses a bit of every genre, making it the ideal novel for every reader.
Behind the Story: What inspired Stephenie Meyer to write Twilight? How did she come up with her characters? Why did Meyer make the plot choices she did? The answers to these and many other questions can be found here, in Meyer's own telling of the story behind the story.
Twilight Trivia: What does the cover art mean? As Meyer explains in her FAQ section, "The apple on the cover of Twilight represents 'forbidden fruit.' I used the scripture from Genesis (located just after the table of contents) because I loved the phrase 'the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.' Isn't this exactly what Bella ends up with? A working knowledge of what good is, and what evil is. The nice thing about the apple is it has so many symbolic roots. You've got the apple in Snow White, one bite and you're frozen forever in a state of not-quite-death... Then you have Paris and the golden apple in Greek mythology—look how much trouble that started. Apples are quite the versatile fruit. In the end, I love the beautiful simplicity of the picture. To me it says: choice."
Outtakes: Alternate scenes from Twilight, written by the author herself:
"Shopping with Alice"
"Emmett and the Bear"
"Extended Prom Scene"