Life and Death Brings Full Circle (Book Review)

I feel as though I have come full circle here on this blog.

My very second blog post was written on August 17, 2008, over 7 years ago. Guess what it was about?  I titled it I CAN read fiction! (Click on title to read the post…it’s not long, very short.) In summary it was about me devouring the Twilight series. (No groaning allowed 😉 )

Spine of Life and Death FamilyBringsJoy.comStephenie Meyer released a 10 year anniversary edition of Twilight last week. Guess I was 3 years late finding it. I’m glad because I was able to read all the books in a row. It would have been very difficult to wait in between books to see what would happen next…especially between New Moon and Eclipse.

Anyway, included in the 10 year anniversary edition is a bonus book titled Life and Death, subtitled Twilight Reimagined. I had no idea what to think about this. Stephenie changed Bella into Beau and Edward into Edythe. It was a gender swap. However, it doesn’t mean all she did was change the names. Edythe and Beau are different personalities. I read some reviews the day it came out. Reviewers were bashing Stephenie saying all she did was change the names. This is not true. The beginning of Life and Death does start the same as Twilight, but there are changes to the story along the way. For example, Twilight is all about a love triangle between Edward, Jacob and Bella. There is no love triangle in Love and Death. Jacob’s character has a double in the reimagined version named Julie, but there is hardly a relationship between Julie and Beau. They are basically acquaintances. That is the only spoiler I will reveal. Except, hear me when I say this: THE ENDING IS NOT THE SAME AS TWILIGHT.

Life and Death familybringsjoy.comPersonally, I felt in a sense, it was ALMOST like I was reading Twilight for the first time again. I’m sure it helps that it’s been 7 years since I read it. However, again, the change of the genders does make it different. Interestingly enough, even though there is no relationship between Julie & Beau, there wasn’t as much exchange between Edythe and Beau as between Edward and Bella…not as sappy. I like sappy though. It was still good. I believe any true Twilight fan will appreciate this bonus book. I wasn’t expecting it, so I was pleasantly surprised.

I will forever be grateful for the imaginary world of Twilight. It has opened my world to fantasy fiction…an escape I love. Somehow, though, I’m not sure there will ever be another series like Twilight in my lifetime. I have yet to find one in the 7 years since reading it.

Thank You Stephenie Meyer,

Breaking Tradition & Breaking Dawn’s Families

Well, it pains me to say I broke tradition last night. 🙁

I did not go to the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn this morning.  Are you shocked?!

Since beginning my Operation Get Fit, I have signed up for the Hilton Head Half Marathon.  So this Momma is serious.  I knew if I went to the midnight showing I probably wouldn’t get my training run in today.  Let’s face it, I didn’t want to run today even with getting a night’s worth of sleep.  It’s been rough getting back into shape.  My runs have not been easy at all.  This is different for me.  I have run one marathon and 3 half marathons.  Usually by now in my training it is not too difficult to run 3 miles.  This time I can’t seem to get into the groove and I am dreading every run.  I share this for the purpose of letting all of you newer runners indulge in the fact, that it CAN be difficult, even for us more ‘seasoned’ runners. {I’m sorry if that sentence is a run-on, no pun intended}  Running is more about mind over body than you realize.  Each run this week has felt as though I am running the last 3 miles of a marathon.  I find if I am thinking too much about the run and the difficulty, I want to stop.  So I train myself to think about other things.  For example, one day I took the word BLESSINGS and for each letter I thought of something I consider a blessing; something I am grateful for.  Another example: there is a young man who walks his dog on the track every morning…from behind he looks like Edward {Robert Pattinson} so I would tell myself to run to Edward. LOL, hey you do what you need to do to keep running.

Back to Breaking Dawn…my 16 year old daughter and I stood in line for tickets yesterday to the 4:25 showing today.  I have to brag about one of the BEST things of living in small town USA…our tickets were $4 each!  That is the matinee price, ahhhh…LOVE that!

Waiting in line for our tickets yesterday 🙂

In the middle of the night I woke up and had the idea of talking a little about the importance of FAMILY in the Twilight Series. {Yep, us bloggers are always thinking about content for our blogs}  Family is a strong theme throughout the books.

There is the Cullen Family:

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The Swan Family:

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The Volturi Family:

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In Breaking Dawn you learn more about The Amazon Family, The Denali Family, The Egyptian Family, The Irish Family & The Romanian Family.

Quileute Wolf Pack/Family:

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Yes, these families are not real, but the importance of FAMILY in the books {& movies} is very real.  Family stands behind each other and accepts each others faults no matter what.  It’s about team work, strength in togetherness and sharing.

Last but not least, I had to add this to today’s post:

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Back of Scarf

One of my very creative Twilight friends here in town made her Twilight T-Shirts into a scarf!  What a wonderful idea, huh?!  Thank you Tammy for allowing me to share this awesomeness with my readers. 😀  I LOVE it!!!

Happy Friday,

Calling all Readers & Crafters!

Do you like to read books?

Do you like to craft, scrapbook, journal?

I found the coolest project on one of the coolest new sites My Craft Channel. {Yes, I said coolest twice}

My Craft Channel is wonderful!  It’s a new site and has some of my favorite people, including iheartfaces and Stacy Julian from Big Picture Classes, who offer free crafting & photography videos.

I found some more awesome people, Angie & Wendy, on My Craft Channel from Ella Publishing {Their site is AMAZING, btw}.  It was their Episode 5 video titled Book Themed Circle Journal I am referring to as the coolest project including books and crafting.

Angie & Wendy asked 10 women who like to read & craft to journal their favorite books of the year 2009.  You can see their video by clicking here. {Can’t embed video, sorry!}

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The closest thing I have ever done to this idea is when I made my 10×10 Twilight themed ABC scrapbook. {No Twilight hate comments, please}

I totally want to make one of these Book Themed Circle Journals!

Who else would like to make a really cool book that includes your top 10 favorite books of 2011?

We will be set on what to read for 2012!

If you are interested, let me know in the comments section and I will send you an email about the particulars.

I have to share one more photo of someone’s journal page using book covers to make a pennant…genuis!

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P.S. :  Angie & Wendy promote goodreads.com, but I use Shelfari.com.  No compensation was given for the writing of this post.

Linking Up:

Tip Junkie handmade projects

So fun to combine the 2 loves,

Twilight is NOT just for Teens!

I decided I would watch my recorded episodes of Dailies on the REELZ channel with all things Twilight while folding laundry. I am really getting sick of the TV people saying Twilight is just a TEEN movie! I am not a teen and know many other women in their 30’s and older who love this series just as much as the teens do! Honestly, maybe even more! Therefore, I think they are going to be very surprised at the numbers at the box office. They are predicting low numbers right now. Boy are they going to be blown away!

If any newscasters happen to come upon this blog: a tip…stop saying Twilight is a teen movie! Just because the story is about teens doesn’t mean only teens will want to watch the movie or read the book!

Thirtysomething Twilighter,
Shan

Various Ramblings

Okay…so I think I am caught up on stuff now. Hmmmmmm

Only 2 more days until TWILIGHT! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Shan’s Music Tidbits
  • LOVE the Twilight Movie Soundtrack…I might have already worn it out!
  • Really enjoying David Archeleta’s (sp?) new CD
  • David Cook’s…NOT SO MUCH! Bummer cuz I really liked him.
  • Current Audio Book on CD I’m listening to: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Guess I should go back to cleaning.

Have a great day!
Shan

7 Days Until Twilight!

It is getting closer…to a movie I have never looked so forward to seeing. The REELZ channel is planning on having Twilight week next week. It will be awesome to see the interviews and trailers. I read today on Twilighters.org that there was a mob at one of the malls where the actors were appearing. What did they expect!?

Have a DAZZLING day! 🙂
Shan