Rating: 2 Birds
This must-have hardcover edition--the only official guide--is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. With exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more, this comprehensive handbook is essential for every Twilight Saga fan
It physically pains me to tell you that I am disappointed beyond words in this book. It's 2 years too late. I waited so long for it to come out, that I really expected it to be something more than it was.
First off, let's just go with the obvious - the word "Illustrated" is in the title, yet I think there's maybe 30-50 pictures through the whole 500+ page book. I was reading this on "Mah Nookie" and thought (prayed is more like it) that I was losing something in translation so I huffed it up to the YA section of Borders today and flipped through an actual copy of the book....I stood over it shaking my head in disappointment for 10 minutes before deciding that I wouldn't be putting my money down on a copy of this guide in physical form. Mega fan or not. Seriously...wouldn't you assume that something called an Illustrated Guide would be more images than words, or at least equal parts??
The photos that are in it are of things we saw in the movie. Just cartoon like drawings of it. Jacobs house, the boat from Quileute legend, and so forth. The only thing that I saw that was even a little different, was Bella's room. All the characters have a Magna drawing representing them, and (sorry) I really don't like magna because I feel like every drawing looks so much the same when done by the same artist....
I did like Bella's wedding dress and was proud of my husband when I showed him the photo of Laraunt and asked him what was wrong with it and he happily announced that "Laraunt isn't white" LOL. Guess I didn't know that was Steph's original image of him. (maybe I'm not as Mega of Mega fan as I once thought)
In the end it was ok. It wasn't worth the wait for me, I didn't really learn anything new and it was kinda redundant in the beginning.
Here's some images from the inside of the book that I did really like - Especially Nessie, what a pretty girl!
Nessie and her Crib...exactly how I imagined both of them!