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Twilight and History [Paperback]

Nancy Reagin
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Book Description

April 1 2010 Wiley Pop Culture and History Series
The first look at the history behind Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight series, timed to release with the third movie, Eclipse

The characters of the Twilight Saga carry a rich history that shapes their identities and actions over the course of the series. Edward, for instance, may look like a seventeen-year-old teen heartthrob, but was actually born in 1901 and died during the Spanish Influenza of 1918. His adopted sister, Alice, was imprisoned in an insane asylum in 1920 and treated so badly there that even becoming a vampire was a welcome escape. This book is the first to explore the history behind the Twilight Saga's characters and their stories. You’ll learn about what life might have been like for Jasper Whitlock Hale, the Confederate vampire who fought during the Civil War, Carlisle Cullen, the Puritan witch hunter-turned-vampire who participated in the witchcraft persecutions in Early Modern England, and the history of the Quileute culture that shaped Jacob and his people —and much more.

  • Gives you the historical backdrop for Twilight Saga characters and events
  • Adds a whole new dimension to the Twilight novels and movies
  • Offers fresh insights on vampires, romance, and history

Twilight and History is an essential companion for every Twilight fan, whether you've just gotten into the series or have followed it since the beginning.

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What were the social norms of the world that Edward grew up in? (Hint: Bella's guesses were a little off.)

Considering the history of the Quileute people, was Team Jacob always doomed?

What would Jasper have experienced as a Civil War soldier?

Are the Volturi typical Italian Renaissance rulers?

What was childhood like in seventeenth-century London, where Carlisle was born?

The answers to these compelling questions and more can be found inside Twilight and History. From Renaissance Italy to the persecution of suspected witches in early modern England to the American Civil War, the Cullens and other immortals in the Twilight series have witnessed many of the defining events that shaped the modern world. This book is the first to look at the wealth of history that shaped the identities of Twilight's characters and influenced their actions. With timelines comparing Twilight Saga history with real human history, it is the perfect Twilight companion for history lovers and Twilight fans to bite into, adding a new dimension to the series and providing compelling historical background on Stephenie Meyer's characters and plotlines.

About the Author

Nancy R. Reagin is a professor of history and women's and gender studies at Pace University, who has published several books in modern European history. Her current research focuses on the history of literary fan communities. She's also an active fan who has worked on fan archives and Web sites, and has helped build fan organizations. She rooted for Team Jacob long after most reasonable people would have given up hope.

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3.0 out of 5 stars good complement May 6 2010
I'm a big Twilight fan, so this book was very welcomed in the sense that I could still have a contact with Twilight. However, I would not recommend it for kids as the content is a bit more complicated/mature. It breaks a bit of the Twilight magic because of all the analysis. Personnaly, I didn't mind because I needed a way to come back to earth!!! Understand that Edward is not real and he is more a fantasy of the author... we all know that... but we all secretly wish our husband/boyfriend would be like him!!! Anyways, I am happy with the book and looking forward to the third movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stories behind The Story April 7 2010
By Camille in New York - Published on
This book picks up where Stephenie Meyer leaves off. After all, we'd never get around to finding out what happens to Bella in the modern day if the author had taken the time to explore the detailed back stories of her immortal cast of characters. Now we get a chance to read about the parts she had to leave out.

In the introduction of Twilight and History, there's a timline that shows major life events of the Twilight characters plotted against world events like the English Civil War or the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula. It's startling to see this visual representation of just how long some of the vampires have been around. But it's even more fun to read what professionally trained historical experts have to say about the life and times of the Cullens and their associates.

The individual articles go deeply into the lives the characters might have lived and the past cultures that influenced them. The two articles focused on Edward really helped me understand what sort of world he grew up in and how it shaped his personal moral code and romantic ideals. At the same time, reading about the real history of the Quileute people and their interactions with whites and the US government gave me a lot of insight into Jacob's drives and expectations.

For me, though, the most fascinating article was the one about how the Volturi lived during the renaissance. I love Italian history, and it was a treat for me to go back over places and events I'd studied many times, only now imagining them from a vampire's perspective.

Taking the little morsels of history that Stephenie Meyer sprinkles through the Twilight saga and bringing them out in full and accurate detail make this book a delightful companion to the original series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting history about Twilight characters April 3 2010
By Sookie Stoker - Published on
I downloaded it and am about half-way through. So far, really interesting use of historical backdrops to explore the lives and cultures of the Twilight characters. You learn about the cultures that Carlisle, Jasper, Emmett, Alice, and Edward grew up in, and I thought that the chapter on the Volturi was pretty funny. They certainly have Aro's number. Haven't started the section on the Quileutes yet.

The authors note where Stephenie Meyer got some details wrong, sure. But most fans are going to like this book. If you like history, anyway. A fun way to learn some new history AND more about Twilight and your favorite characters. I'm enjoying it.

A shame the reviewer below didn't even read this book before writing up the long post on how Meyer got it wrong in Twilight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better research in this than the original series June 14 2010
By Ishtar - Published on
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When I picked this up, I was hoping to at least solve some of the history fail from the original Twilight saga it was based on. I was very shocked to see that a lot of the history "facts" in the fictional novels was wrong. In the original Twilight saga, Dr. Cullen's backstory was full of factual holes, but in this book the unbiased research uncovers the truth.

Personally I think that this book was excellently written, and I found it to be an amusing read. I think my favorite parts were about Jasper and Dr. Cullen. This book had taken some of background of the vampires and compiled factual research to how the character would have lived.

This is a good companion book to the original Twilight Saga.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good May 25 2010
By Jessica Markert - Published on
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This is a very good book, not just because it's about Twilight, but because it gives you a bases in history. I really enjoyed reading it because it was very interesting to delve into the character backgrounds and see the differences between history and "imagined history". I highly recommend this book to all Twi-hards or Fanpires (which ever you prefer) and everyone else who likes history../
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book May 6 2010
By Destiny Jenkins - Published on
"Twilight and History" offers an entertaining and informative insight into Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" from a historical point of view. In "Twilight and History," the authors delve into the histories of several characters. Edward, Bella, Jasper, Alice, Emmett, Jacob, and other characters receive acknowledgement. The characters of "Twilight" come from different time periods and thus experienced completely different lives. Along with vastly different histories to examine, "Twilight and History" offers different authors' insights. For example,Elizabeth Baird Hardy delves into the life of a Civil War soldier in her chapter "Jasper Hale, the Oldest Living Confederate Veteran." In the chapter, she perfectly eximplifies Jasper's place in his past life. If 19th century soldiers do not stir interest, perhaps, a short history of asylums,such as in Grace Loiacono and Laura Loiacono's "Better Turned than 'Cured,'" might peek curiosity. "Twilight and History" offers something to hold any historical reader's attention. At times, the characters garner a chapter focusing solely on his or her period of history and the effects experienced by the character because of living in that time. In other chapters, the authors treat characters as a whole unit backdropped against a particular time period. This allows readers to gain an understanding of how the Cullens and other characters, such as the Volturi, experienced and express history as seperate beings and as a whole.
"Twilight and History" made an absolutely brilliant book. After reading the book, I feel that I know more about varied historical topics. As a fan of "Twilight," I loved examining the characters as historical figures. In particular, I enjoyed learning about the history of Civil War soldiers, asymlums, and of vampires in folklore. I give "Twilight and History" five out of five stars and would recommend it to any "Twilight" fan who holds an interet in history. DJ
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