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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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Competition

Don’t forget to check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Previous Twilight posts:

My Twilight Story

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

Yara (from Once Upon a Twilight)

 

*Twilight movie stills remain the property of Summit Entertainment.

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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Competition

Don’t forget to check out the competition page for your chance to win a Twilight prize pack.

Previous Twilight posts:

My Twilight Story

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

Next Twilight post:

Toby (from Toby and the Munchkin)

Happy 5th Anniversary Twilight

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Five years ago today, on the 21st of November 2008, the Twilight movie was officially released at the cinemas in the U.S.A, and while Australia had to wait until the 11th of December 2008 to see Twilight on the big screen, Twilight was officially out in the world – the wait was over, Bella, Edward, and Jacob had been brought to life on the silver screen.

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the cinematic release of Twilight, Treasured Tales for Young Adults is having a Twilight celebration.  Over the next few days, bloggers will be stopping by to share their thoughts on the Twilight movie.  There is also a Twilight prize to win – just click here for details. *competition is now closed*

Before Alison (from Alison Can Read) stops by with her thoughts on Twilight, I would like to share my Twilight story.

I hope you enjoy the celebration.

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My Twilight Story

twilight_aussie_ posterIn July 2008, I discovered the Twilight books.  As I read Twilight, I became more and more enthralled by Bella and Edward’s story.  After reading Twilight,  I went back to my local bookstore once a week for three weeks and bought the next book in the series.  I remember shopping one day after I had just finished reading Breaking Dawn – I walked through the grocery shop in a dream-like state as I was thinking about the book.

While I was reading Twilight, I discovered that it was being adapted into a movie; I was thrilled.  Over the next few months, I spent hours on the internet watching the teaser trailers, discovering Twilight fan sites, and reading articles about the movie and the cast.

I was counting down the days for the Australian release of the movie, and then the moment arrived – it was finally time to see the movie!!!!  I remember sitting in the movie theatre being so excited.

From watching the teaser trailers, I was quite sure that I would love the movie and that was confirmed from the moment I saw a flash of Edward hunting a deer in the forest.  The way the movie started just seemed so right, so perfect.  As I watched Bella leave Phoenix and saw the landscape of Forks appear, I knew that the movie would be perfect.  Director Catherine Hardwicke, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and the production team had stayed true to the books, perfectly capturing the essence of the novel – from the greenery of Forks to the intense connection and attraction between Bella and Edward – it was all there.

I remember smiling as I watched the Cullens walk into the cafeteria as Jessica gossiped about them to Bella, and I also remember smiling from ear to ear as Robert Pattinson walked into the cafeteria as Edward Cullen.  I still smile when I watch that scene.

As I think of Twilight now, I remember my favourite scenes, those scenes that held me captivated – when Edward follows Bella into the forest, their time in the meadow, and the beautiful moments of Bella and Edward dancing under the pergola surrounded by thousands of fairy lights at the prom (so beautiful).  Everything about the movie was perfect to me.

Nothing I say will truly capture just how much I love the movie.  The Twilight Saga means so very much to me;  I deeply love the story.  It’s romantic, passionate, beautiful, and heartfelt.  These books gave me back my love of reading – they changed my life.  I will always and forever be a proud Twilighter.

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Next Twilight post:

Alison (from Alison Can Read)

*Twilight movie stills remain the property of Summit Entertainment.

Valentine’s Day Book Love #1

Books I Have Fallen In Love With…

To start the Valentine’s Day Book Love event, I thought I would talk about two book series’ that I absolutely love. These books I absolutely adore and they will forever hold a special place in my heart.

The first book series is The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

Now, I know that not everyone loves or even likes these books and that is okay; we all love and like different things. To me, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are just perfect and I love and adore each book. I was first introduced to Twilight by my friend Sarah, who told me that she had just read a really good book called Twilight. I went to my local bookshop, found it there on the shelf with it’s beautiful cover staring back at me and bought a copy.

I started reading it and I could not put it down. I was swept away by Bella’s story and of course by Edward. I loved everything about Twilight: the writing, the story, the characters. I loved the intense attraction between Bella and Edward, the romantic tension, the mystery, the suspense, the action – I loved it all.

The book captivated me from beginning to end. Every week, for 3 weeks, I went back to the bookshop and bought the next book in the series and, just like Twilight, each book had me captivated. When I finished reading the series, I realised that I had just fallen in love with four books and not only that, I had developed a character crush on Edward Cullen.

I love Edward. I think he is the perfect gentleman. He is kind, loving, protective, loyal, and he just adores and loves Bella so so much; he would do anything for her. He is the type of man who would always take his coat off to give to the woman he loves if she felt cold, the type of man who would always hold the door open for a woman, the type of man that would give up his seat on a train or bus to someone who needed the seat more than him. He is protective of his family and I love that about him. He is a true gentleman, as well a devoted husband and father.

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn re-ignited my love of reading. As a child I always had a book in my hand, yet during high-school I somehow lost my love of reading. Then I read Twilight and my love of books and reading was back. These books changed my life, they gave me back my passion for reading and are one of the reasons why I am now a book blogger. I am today and forever will be, a proud Twilighter. Thank you Stephenie Meyer for your beautiful words, your beautiful characters, and your beautiful story.

The second book series that I absolutely love is The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead.

Wow, these books are amazing. I can’t believe that I had Vampire Academy sitting on my shelf for close to two years before I read it (silly me). I had actually bought Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, and Blood Promise and all were sitting on my book-shelf waiting to be read. Then one day I picked up Vampire Academy and the love affair began. After finishing it I remember saying to myself – why on earth did you wait so long to read this book?

I was hooked from the very first page. I loved the world that Richelle Mead created.

I eagerly read the next books Frostbite and Shadow Kiss and then it was time to read Blood Promise. Wow, Blood Promise – I devoured it in 7 hours. I could not put it down. I bawled my eyes out crying over Dimitri and feeling heartbroken for Rose. I was crying so much that my tears actually dripped onto the pages. Never had I cried so much when reading a novel. I loved Blood Promise so much. I always say that the books that are so emotional are often the best and, oh my, was Blood Promise emotional.

I rushed out and bought the next book in the series – Spirit Bound, as I had to know what happened next. I didn’t think my heart could break for Rose anymore, but it did. Richelle Mead sure does know how to write suspense, twists, and cliffhangers.

I’m not going to mention Last Sacrifice because…well…I haven’t read it yet. lol I don’t want the series to be over. I know that there is Bloodlines but it isn’t Rose and Dimitri focused, so I have been holding off reading Last Sacrifice. The fact that I haven’t read it yet might sound strange to a lot of people but I’m just not ready for that series to be over. I will get there…eventually.

There are so many things that I love about the Vampire Academy series but I’m going to focus on just one: Dimitri Belikov (need I say more?).

Dimitri Belikov *sigh* He is my second character crush after Edward Cullen.

Dimitri says some of the most romantic lines I think that I have ever read. He is strong, protective, kind, patient, and at times sarcastic (which I love), he is a fierce guardian, and handy with a stake. Also, let’s not forget his leather duster jacket. What’s not to love?

He would do anything to protect Rose and keep her safe and she would do the same for him. I love their connection, how they gain strength from each other and their loyalty.

The motto of Treasured Tales for Young Adults is: An un-read book is like and un-opened treasure chest; you never know if you are about to discover a rare jewel.

The day I opened to page one of Twilight, I discovered one rare jewel and the day I finally grabbed Vampire Academy off my book-shelf, I discovered another. I hope you enjoyed reading about my two very fav book series’ and my character crushes.