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The Most Popular Books in the World?

The vampire series Twilight reached a new level of media attention this week, when it not only got two articles in the latest Entertainment Weekly--one for the books and one for the movie--but was pictured on the cover.

If you're not aware of Twilight at this point, and you know or work with teens, hurry and catch up! (disclaimer: I've only read the first one, and I'm trying to decide if I feel guilty for not reading them all, or feel fatigue from hearing so much about them!) Stephenie Meyer released Twilight, her first novel, in 2005, and in the three years since, she has released two more in the series. The fourth, and supposed final installment, Breaking Dawn, comes out August 2, and many bookstores are doing midnight releases, as with the Harry Potter releases.

The books feature teenage Bella and the love of her life, the vampire Edward. Teenage girls are the obvious target market, and make up the bulk of the fans, but don't think it stops there! I've heard of teenage guys reading it (maybe to get in with the girls) and the debates among young adult librarians on the relative merits of Edward, and the casting of the movie, have been as loud and passionate as a preteen at a Jonas Brothers concert! (And speaking of concerts, Meyer is actually touring like a rock star , with an opening act and everything! And several dates, including New York's 2000+ seat Nokia Theater are already sold out!

Somehow while writing this series, Meyer also found time to write the lengthy adult novel The Host. This is another romantic story, this time with a science fiction theme, rather than the horror trappings of Twilight. But again, teenage girls have been devouring this one, making it one of the most popular books talked about this year at ALA's Best Books for Young Adults teen session.

Despite my Twilight fatigue, I continue to feel thrilled when a young adult novel gets this much mainstream attention, and Twilight is the "new Harry Potter." And, it's a perfect escapist summer read!


I have read the first three in the Twilight series and my enjoyment lessened with each. Great literature they are not. That said, the books have received so much publicity that my teachers are reading them. My hat is off to any author who can make that happen!
Posted by:  |  July 18, 2008 07:29 AM
What can I say Stephanie Meyer is such a great author she is awesome as far as I am concerned all her books are tones better than the harry potter books and she is much better than any book writers
Posted by:  |  August 13, 2008 10:26 PM
definetly anything but the bible honestly shannon
Posted by:  |  September 02, 2008 03:36 AM
Posted by:  |  October 02, 2008 03:36 AM
The most popular book in the world is the Bible. Think about it, it's been in print longer than any other. =)
Posted by:  |  October 02, 2008 06:56 AM
i agree with twiligt as being the most popular book in this lifetime.but let's just hope it will be the most popular in this lifetime. we need more amazing authors.
Posted by:  |  October 04, 2008 07:22 PM
I think the Harry Potter series are the best! I love it!! I still like the Twilight series to. Another good book series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, read it they are awesome.
Posted by:  |  November 12, 2008 07:20 PM
Twilight is amazing, but I will always love Harry Potter more.
Posted by:  |  November 18, 2008 09:06 PM
The most popular book in the world is the Bible, it's a fact. It's the only book in the world that claims to be written by God himself.
Posted by:  |  November 20, 2008 05:51 PM
i guess its andersens fairy tales
Posted by:  |  December 19, 2008 03:18 AM
i agree mine too.but i still think that the bible is!!!!!!
Posted by:  |  January 08, 2009 06:47 PM
i agree it is and even thogh twillights a good book the bible comes first.
Posted by:  |  January 08, 2009 06:50 PM
that book got all of my friends hooked!
Posted by:  |  January 08, 2009 06:53 PM
noway! not twilight! the most read book ever is the bible!
Posted by:  |  January 11, 2009 09:13 PM
I can agree that the Twilight books are not great or even good literature, but the story line did have something that kept me thinking about it for weeks after i had finnished them, and while i don't feel that twilight should go anywhere near the great books, the point of books is for anyone to enjoy them, not just english teachers - not every book has to have a deeper meaning. Also i would like to say that the book did have small little views of literature we can all be proud of, for example if you take a look at midnight sun you will see that Meyer does have some skill in making feelings come to life, and it is hard to make everyone feel like they are in love with your love intrest- and that my folks she has most diffnatly done!!
Posted by:  |  April 13, 2009 09:23 AM
Question - if the Bible counts as literature, doesn't that negate it as true? Literature and non-fiction are different. Personally, I think it belongs in literature.
Posted by:  |  May 12, 2009 05:08 PM
Posted by: dudr  |  December 31, 2009 04:14 AM
twilight is a fun book to read but its hard because when im reading it at night the book is so heavy so i keep having to lay in all these wierd positions but i think my favorite books out there are Lock and Key by sarah dessen she writes love novels to and nicholas sparks books . I love the Last Song its so heart warming when you read, it sometimes makes you wish there was a second book on The Last Song
Posted by: tomgirl  |  April 09, 2010 10:43 PM
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