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Stephenie Meyer: The Unauthorized Biography of the Creator of the Twilight Saga    by Marc Shapiro order for
Stephenie Meyer
by Marc Shapiro
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Griffin, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Marc Shapiro, author of J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter and more than twenty other pop culture books, brings readers Stephenie Meyer: The Unauthorized Biography of the Creator of the Twilight Saga. It includes eight pages of color photos of the author, movie cast, fans, and Forks locations.

Shapiro sums up Meyer's series appeal well in his Introduction, saying 'In Stephenie Meyer's world, it's everything that leads up to sex ... without the sex', and comparing her approach to that of old school forties and fifties silver screen films. He tells us that, though 'The sixties brought the world new freedoms', this author 'is leading a heartfelt change back to a simpler, more romantic, and, yes, a more innocent time' (vampires and all!)

The biographer's topics include Meyer's close family life; her modesty and how she deals with fame; her black and white take on the world; her reading tastes; her work on Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward's perspective); the vivid dream that launched her series and how it came to be published; progress and problems on the movies; and the impact of it all on the real town of Forks, Washington.

Shapiro lists his sources for this biography at the back of the book, including interviews, news and Internet sources. Though much of the information is available elsewhere, it certainly covers the basics, of interest to a multitude of Meyer fans.

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