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Blogger Guest Post: Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin) has stopped by Treasured Tales with the final Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration post.  Thank you for the post, Toby, and welcome to Treasured Tales.  😀

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It would have been late 2009 or very early 2010 when an amazing, positive change happened with my life.

As a teenager, I’d developed a love for vampire fiction. I mostly read vampire love-stories, but I dabbled a little in vampire gothic-horror too, but romance was my favourite. It was years since I’d enjoyed any sort of vampire books or movies. I’d simply become too wrapped up in everyday life: taking part in my apprenticeship; developing a career and then eventually becoming a busy Mum of two little girls, I’d simply stopped reading books, and almost never saw movies.

Over the last year there had been a lot of talk about a particular movie. All I knew was that it involved vampires, and was supposed to be ‘very good’. As my partner hates to watch any form of ‘rubbish’ in a movie (i.e. anything that doesn’t involve car-chases) it took me a while to get around to being able to hire out anything that he wouldn’t watch.

One day he was spending his evening at a work social-meal, so I decided that I would go out earlier in the day and hire the movie that I’d heard about. It was a little movie called ‘Twilight‘.

Husband out. Babies asleep. I settled down to watch this movie. Hoping that it might live up to some of the great vampire-romance books I’d read in my teen years.

Within minutes, I’d been drawn into Bella’s world, and her new life back in Forks. Totally captivated, I enjoyed my journey through the story and remember feeling stunned at the beauty and fragility of the meadow scene. I think that was the point in the movie where I felt a sense of true ‘magic’ about the story I was watching.

I continued with them until the prom scene. Outside, with Bella asking Edward to change her and Edward refusing: this was the point when I realised that this story had totally captivated me. I literally felt like I’d just had a little veil of magic settle over me from this amazing story.

The magic continued. The next day, I sought out the books. It was literally the first time in years that I’d sat down and read a book. I devoured them. I literally could not put them down. I even stood cooking the evening meal, whilst reading (I burned the food, but as I do that everyday anyway, it was of no surprise to anyone 🙂 )

From dawn till dusk, I read the books: finding more details of Bella’s life from Twilight; falling in love with Jacob and his love for Bella in New Moon; fearing Victoria and her army in Eclipse; and the rollercoaster ride of Breaking Dawn, until finally, Bella and Edward complete their family, Jacob finds his true love, and they all find their little piece of ‘forever’.

I’m very grateful to Stephenie Meyer, for creating her wonderful world that captured me from it’s very beginning with Twilight. Stephenie re-awakened in me my dormant love for vampire love-stories. She re-introduced me to the wonder and love of reading that I had completely forgotten about. I’ve lost track of the hundreds of books I’ve read since, of all sorts of different genres, delving into new stories and new worlds of adventure. The type of books I probably read and enjoy the most are Young Adult books. I strive to encourage and share my love of reading with my girls. I hope that one day, they will enjoy the Twilight Saga as much as I have.

And it all started with a little movie called ‘Twilight‘.

Thank you Stephenie, you truly are a weaver of magic.

Toby T Twilighter

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Thank you, Toby, for sharing your thoughts on Twilight.  You can visit Toby’s blog by clicking here.

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Previous Twilight posts:

My Twilight Story

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight)

 

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Blogger Guest Post: Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight) has stopped by Treasured Tales to help continue the Twilight 5th Anniversary celebration.  Thank you, Yara, and welcome to Treasured Tales.

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Once Upon a Twilight

There was this magazine that pictured a book with an apple held by some very pale hands. So I read this ad and saw that a second book had just been released that pictured a white with red ruffled tulip on its cover. So I said hmmm, I should check these books out. I had no clue from that ad that I would be introduced to young adult novels. Well little did I know that these books were going to affected me like a drug. Life stop moving around me as I inhaled these books and my life was FOREVER changed. It was a rough time waiting for the next 2 books to be published, but I survived. Then one day the news that the first book, the one with its pale hands holding that apple would be turing into a feature film. I swear I heard the Hark Angels sing. As excited as I was, I still couldn’t believe it.

So when Twilight finally hit theaters nationwide on November 21st 2008, once again my life was changed FOREVER along with millions of other fans. Our beloved characters that changed our lives when we read the 4 books, were now real or as real as they could get). I might not have agreed with certain castings or what nots, but still ‘Twilight‘ was ALIVE.

We might have laughed or cringed at certain times during the movie. But it didn’t matter, it would be the stepping stone and beginning to the Twilight Phenomena. Because the other 4 films to follow in Twilight’s footsteps were Epic and will always be treasured alongside Twilight.

5 years later after 5 films, 5 Red Carpets, 4 full length novels, 1 novella and everything else in between we continue to love and remember why we were irrevocably changed by one woman’s dream about a Human girl and a sparkly Vampire.

Thank you Twilight and Thank you Stephenie Meyer.

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Thank you, Yara, for your guest post and for sharing your photos of your meetings with Stephenie and the cast.  😀  You can visit Yara’s blog by clicking on the icon below –

Once Upon a Twilight

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Previous Twilight posts:

My Twilight Story

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

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Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin)

Blogger Guest Post: Alison (from Alison Can Read) [Twilight 5th Anniversary Celebration]

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Today, Alison (from Alison Can Read) has stopped by with a guest post to help celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight.  Welcome to Treasured Tales, Alison.  Thank you for the post. 😀

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Hi everyone! I’m Alison from Alison Can Read, a young adult and manga books blog. Thanks so much to Alishia for asking me to write a guest post in honor of the fifth anniversary of the Twilight movie.

I’ve been an unabashed Twilight fan for just over five years. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I read all four books in October 2008. At the time I was vaguely aware that a movie was coming out but mostly because there were rumors that the Harry Potter movie had been delayed because of the Twilight movie. I was annoyed about that. I fell in love with the Twilight series the moment I read them and then waited with bated breath for 6 weeks for the movie to come out.

I adored the first Twilight movie. I saw it twice in the theaters and watched it on DVD multiple times. After a total of five Twilight movies, the first one is still my favorite. There’s a few reasons for that. First, I loved the edgy atmosphere that Catherine Hardwicke established for the film. It was a low budget movie and looked like it, but it had an energy that the later movies didn’t achieve. Also, I enjoyed watching the actors. They were young and mostly not famous. They all seemed like they were friends, they were having fun, and they were grateful to be there. As the group became more famous/infamous as the years went on, the collegial feeling amongst the actors seemed to go away. You can feel that even when they’re pretending to be other people. And of course, a significant reason that the first movie felt so fresh is that the hatred wasn’t as prominent. Plenty of people complained about the books and movies, but the popular consensus hadn’t yet reduced the word Twilight to a sneering joke.

The movie was far from perfect. Even I, a huge fan, laughed at the movie numerous times rather than with it. The acting was so so. Rob Pattinson hadn’t quite gotten an American accent figured out. The pacing wasn’t perfect. I forgive all of that. The fun and the wonder that I experienced watching the movie outweighed all its flaws. The subsequent movies were better shot, better plotted, better scripted, and better acted. Still, none of them have quite achieved the love I have for the first film. Congratulations to Twilight for reaching its fifth anniversary.  It’s been quite a ride.

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Thank you, Alison, for sharing your thoughts on Twilight.  You can visit Alison’s blog by clicking on the icon below –

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Previous Twilight post:

My Twilight Story

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Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight)

Blogger Guest Post: I Love Books

Hi everyone,

Today, is the Australian DVD release of The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn: Part One (*happy dance*) and to celebrate, Dawn, from I Love Books has written a guest post about her love of Twilight. Welcome to Treasured Tales, Dawn. 😀

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So, just about anybody with a pulse knows about the hugely successful Twilight Saga. For me the Twilight Saga was a life changer, as far as my book-reading tastes go anyway.

I have always been a BIG reader, but through the years books seemed to run together, and I felt like I was just reading the same book over and over. Twilight was the first YA series I had read. Even as a teenager I read more adult based books. Mostly historical romance.

So, it had been years since I had picked up a book. Then I kept hearing about an amazing YA vampire book. I kept thinking: so what’s all the fuss about? Of course I had to find out for myself. I borrowed Twilight from my little sister and began reading the epic tale. Once I picked it up, no one could pry it from my fingers.

Stephenie Meyer put a whole new unique spin on vampires. Suddenly vampires weren’t all evil blood sucking evil creatures. We met the Cullen family and fell head over heels in love.

So, like most of the human population, I was sucked into this imaginary world created by this amazing author. After Twilight, I wanted so much more! I think I read the whole series in as little as a week! But that wasn’t the end, I re-read each book over and over as any die hard Twilight fan has done.

This opened up a whole new world for me. I hunted the bookstore for more YA vampire romance. And wow, I found some amazing authors! First I stumbled onto L.J Smith’s Vampire Diaries and Night world. Then came Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and the list kept growing!

So I owe Stephenie Meyer a big thank you for renewing my love for reading! All thanks to this one series, I have a very successful facebook page called I love Books with over 3,000 fans! I have met some of the most amazing indie authors! And all this started when I picked up Twilight! Thank you Stephenie Meyer for giving me, and the world such an amazing gift!

Now you all know what the Twilight Saga means to me! I know it holds different meanings for everyone that has read this series. Thank you for the chance to tell my story. I’m sorry if I rattled on a bit but this is a very emotional subject for me, as it is for tons of Twilight fans all over the world.

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Thanks Dawn for your post. You can say hello to Dawn, by stopping by her book page –

I Love Books.

I adore the Twilight books. They also got me back into reading. To read my post about why I love Twilight, just click here.

So Treasured Tales fans – what do you love about Twilight?  Did the books get you back into reading?  Have you bought your DVD copy of Breaking Dawn?

Valentine’s Day Book Love #4

Hi everyone,

Today Mera from Mera’s YA Book List has written an awesome guest post about two of her book crushes.  Welcome to Treasured Tales, Mera.  🙂

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Hey everyone!

Mera from Mera’s YA Book List here. Alishia has amazingly let me join the bunch here to talk about the books or characters I love, as is befitting Valentine’s Day! So I’m going to tell you about two of my many book crushes!

First up is Patch Cipriano!

For those of you who haven’t read about Patch, you can find him in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush. I would admonish you all, but I’m not the best person for the job seeing as I haven’t started many of the really popular series (like Maximum Ride, Shiver, or even Vampire Academy). I know, I know. You ARE allowed to admonish me. I don’t bite… well, not usually, lol.

Why Love Patch

He’s handsome, he’s mysterious and he has wings. What more could I ask for? (Well, there are other things, but that’s a moot point.)

I think my major reason for crushing on Patch is that he’s an unrealistic catch. I know realistically that I have no chance in hell of dating someone like Patch. I don’t go for the bad boy type in real life anyway. But in my books, I definitely make exceptions.

And I also have a huge thing for angels. I have for years and I think that started with Hush, Hush- which is still my favorite angel novel.

FYI : Book Recommendation – My 2nd favorite book on angels is Foreshadow by Brea Essex. It’s a must read. Like seriously check it out.

Back to the point:

Another reason to love Patch, or to at least want to steal him from his girlfriend Nora (even though if you read the book you probably feel that they belong together – like I do):

Have you seen him?

I know most time you have to visualize what the characters look like. I visualized someone for Patch when I read it too, but he’s even better in real life.

There’s actually an official face for Patch, which means Becca (or someone @ the publishers) must have really thought Drew Doyon was the perfect face for Patch. Whoever it was, I agree! Here is Drew Doyon, my Patch. 🙂

Okay, on to the next!

I had a hard time picking which of my other book crushes to tell you about, but that’s because I am fickle in my choosings and fall for a different book dude at least once in a month (AT LEAST).

So I thought I’d mention one that doesn’t have any powers, is sweet, and had no ties with paranormal. I know you all can tell he is obviously going to be from a YA Contemporary Romance, because it’s so true!

So here’s another of my book crushes. He’s not well known, which is how I like it, but I’ll stop hogging him and share with you all.

His name: Spencer Martin

Now Spencer is from Maureen Johnson’s Suite Scarlett series (which can be read separately):

He is not the main love interest, because he’s the protagonist’s brother… and he’s single.  That means I am free to keep pretending that if I go to New York and find the fictional Hopewell Hotel, which is where his family lives (they own the shambled hotel) that I could “accidentally” run into him and he’ll immediately fall for me and…

Ahem, sorry, moving on. Spencer is an aspiring actor who does get some roles (more in the second novel). 😉 wink, wink

He’s flawed, sweet, and though he does get in a little trouble with his family (like every teen boy  in existence) he is totally a catch. He’s a bit silly, and totally funny, which is good because he does comedic action in his roles, which are like over stylized and dangerous  stunts.  I wish I could find someone like him in my city. *sighs*

FYI: Book recommendation – A book I read recently that is really sweet and contains one of my lesser crushes (Marcus) (though I’ve had some BAD experiences and some good experiences with guys named Marcus- a  story I’m not going to go into, lol).

Anyway, the book recommendation is The Cupcake Queen, which I read recently and liked a lot.

Here is how I envision the 19 year old Spencer:

Slightly floppy brown hair, a cute smile, lean but strong, and tall. It’s so hard to find an actor that comes close to what I imagine, but if any of you have read this series or think of someone close to this please throw out suggestion!

Another reason I love Spencer:

I could imaging Spencer and I goofing around at a coffee shop, hanging out watching movies, or acting like a fool in the park. Man, where is my Spencer?! If you know please tell me. Pretty please!

Lol. So here’s those are just two of my book crushes, the ones I want the most!

(Oh, and Max, in Suite Scarlett’s 2nd (Scarlett Fever) is another great guy. I imagine him looking like Ben Barnes or  Thomas McDonald.)

You can check out my reviews for the book recommendations on my blog.

And be sure to check back here on the amazing Treasured Tales for others favorite books and book crushes! Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,

Happy Reading (and Crushing)
Mera

Thank you Mera for the fantastic guest post. I’m going to have to add the Suite Scarlett series to my ‘to be read’ list.  🙂  They sound really good.  Thank you also for your book recommendations about Foreshadow and The Cupcake Queen. *adding them to my ‘to be read’ list too*

You can say hello to Mera at:

Mera’s YA Book List Blog ~ Mera’s YA Book List Facebook Page

Make sure you check out the Treasured Tales competitions page for details as to how could could win a copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door.

Previous Valentine’s Day Book Love posts:

Post One ~ Post Two ~ Post Three

Valentine’s Day Book Love #3

Hi Everyone,

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Alba from Bookpics has written a lovely guest post about her love of the Twilight books.  Welcome to Treasured Tales, Alba.  🙂

My Happily Ever After LOVE

Oh Boy.
When Alishia asked if I wanted to take part on this I really was jumping all over the place. It’s my very first guest post AND please don’t go away just because of the books I chose…I know a lot of people hate them…BUT for me…they were complete salvation.
So thanks Alishia for the opportunity ^-^

I’ve been reading for what feels like a long time. Ever since I was a kid I loved reading books, but for some reason after I started highshool I lost the habit and the passion and need to read. Maybe it was homework or whatever. BUT then I found out a movie was coming out here in my country and everyone was freaking out about it and everyone wanted to see it. So, yes. BOOM. Twilight. T_T sadly the first time I saw it I didn’t like it one bit…BUT when I found out that they were actually BOOKS and not just a screenplay I had absolutely had to have them!

-insert me going to the bookstore-

No surprise there. When I went OF COURSE they didn’t have the book, in fact, the didn’t have anything remotely YA-related. So I sulked for over a year. Everyone fussing over the movie (that I admit went to watch several times a week-I got to enjoy it after the 3rd time.-) Until finally, just when New Moon was about to hit theatres some family members where going to the US for vacation or whatever. I just remember cornering said family and practically threatening them with everything I got, that if they didn’t bring me ALL 4 books…Yes I found out there were 4…they were going to have to pay with blood -not really- if they didn’t bring them. Off they went…New Moon came out…went to watch it X_X no commenting on it. December’s last week they came back……………………….

*_* I tackled them. Hauled all their luggage. And practically violated all the poor baggage until I found *my precious*. All 4 of them sat neatly stacked at the bottom of one bag. It was all I could do not to start reading them right then and there with everyone hovering over me trying to see if I was having some kind of melt down.

I read all 4 books in less than a week. And. Would have read and read and read them all over again afterwards if it weren’t for the fact that my sister wanted to read them too.

-“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…”-

People. I didn’t even knew how to pronounce the author’s name well. Didn’t care if she was a professional writer or not.
I just fell in love with the first book so much. Bella’s character was amazing for me. The story wasn’t rushed nor too slow. Edward was swoon worthy. I was more than intrigued with the Cullens and even more with the mysterious Jacob Black.
Then came New Moon. I didn’t like it the first time around. Nor the second one. But after reading it the 3rd time I got to see just a little bit of the how’s and why’s of the story.

It has everything I ever dreamed to find in a book AND more.
The unconditional love between Bella and Edward. The fact that Stephenie portrayed a real life situation with the whole Bella not getting along with Charlie and wanting to go back to Reneè and then she not fitting and afterwards falling in love just to be abandoned afterwards. Finding a best friend with the first enemies of the ones she once thought were her family. Then being strong enough to fight for the ones she loves. And finally sacrificing herself for them. I mean. Seriously?

I ignored everyone else that told me that the books stunk or that they were trash. They brought me back to reading. They opened up the doors to all the YA authors that now are having a really successful career as writers. They were the happily ever after that many were waiting for. The love story gone wrong and then right again.

-“So what you’re saying is, I’m your brand of heroin?” I teased, trying to lighten the mood.
He smiled swiftly, seeming to appreciate my effort. “Yes, you are exactly my brand of heroin.”-

I don’t have a particular favorite one. But I did enjoy ones more than others.
Now that I have more reading experience and am starting to compare books and writings and the likes…people ask me if I still like reading Twilight or if I own them at all after all the buzz. I might read them fewer times a year but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to talk bad about them. I got lost in the story far too many times to count and was begging not to be let out, for me to ever hate the books.

So. I’m still in love with them. To this day. I’ve read over hundreds and hundreds of books thanks to the alarm-awakening-to-reading clock that were these books. I’ve discovered so many amazing authors. So many amazing people. So many incredible books. And all the reader community, that sadly is really lacking here. I have none other to thank than the Twilight Saga And her creator Stephenie Meyer.

I fell in love. I was in love. I am in love. And. I’ll forever be in love with the story that brought me back and I assure you brought back a lot of other readers too.

-“Will you please try to hear what I’m telling you? Will you let me attempt to explain what you mean to me?”-

And to end this post that I’m sure by now you’re tired of reading-if you ever got to read it- I’ll just say, THANKS to Alishia for the opportunity to show my love.
This is a valentine’s post so of COURSE I had/have to be in love with the books AND be in love with Edward. Who wouldn’t want someone to love them as fierce and as strong as Edward loves Bella throughout the whole saga?
So I’ll leave you with more of the quotes that made me all warm inside, that had me swooning more than once, or that had me laughing out loud from these Books!

-“Okay.” I bounced down the stairs. “I’m decent.”

“Wrong again,” he murmured in my ear. “You are utterly indecent—no one should look so tempting, it’s not fair.”-

-I wasn’t late anymore; his lunatic driving had gotten me to school in plenty of time.-

-“Wait…” He paused. “Which one is Edwin?”
“Edward is the youngest one, the one with the reddish brown hair.” The beautiful one, the godlike one…-

-“If there were any way for me to become human for you — no matter what the price was, I would pay it.”-

-“Amazing,” Edward muttered. “How can someone so tiny be so annoying?”-

-I’ll be back so soon you won’t have time to miss me.
Look after my heart — I’ve left it with you.-

-“I’ve got so much to do! Go play with Edward. I have to get to work.”-

-“I’m sure you’re dying to see the closet. Or, at least I’ll tell Alice that you were, to make her feel good.”
“Should I be afraid?”
“Terrified.”-

-“Hurry back to me.”
“Always.”-

-“Don’t be afraid,” I murmured. “We belong together.”

His arms wrapped around me, holding me against him…
“Forever,” he agreed.-

-“Now you know,” I said lightly, and shrugged. “No one’s ever loved anyone as much as I love you.”

“You’re almost right.” He smiled, his eyes still a little wider than usual. “I know of just one exception.”-

Thank you, Alba, for your fantastic guest post.  You can say hello to Alba at:

Bookpics Blog ~ Bookpics on Facebook

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Previous Valentine’s Day Book Love Posts:

Post One ~ Post Two