Harry Potter’s wizards have taken a back seat to the vampires in the “Twilight” series — at least according to Sara Maxey. The Poplar Grove 13-year-old says Stephenie Meyer’s books — “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth and final in the series will be released Aug. 2 — are more centered around teenagers than the wildly successful Potter books.
Harry Potter’s wizards have taken a back seat to the vampires in the “Twilight” series — at least according to Sara Maxey.
The Poplar Grove 13-year-old says Stephenie Meyer’s books — “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth and final in the series will be released Aug. 2 — are more centered around teenagers than the wildly successful Potter books.
“I’ve read all three books, and you feel you are right there with the characters,” she said. “I’ve read all seven Harry Potter books, and until I found ‘Twilight,’ they were my favorites. Now ‘Twilight’ has surpassed them.”
Maxey isn’t alone in her zeal. Time magazine called Meyer the “new queen of fantasy” in an April 24 story and asked whether she could be the new J.K. Rowling, author of the Potter series.
Borders Books & Music in Rockford will hold a book release party Friday for “Breaking Dawn.”
The only other book series that has prompted Borders to hold such parties was Harry Potter, said Kristen Sohacki, events marketing manager for the bookseller.
Though the “Twilight” books revolve around teen themes, Betsy Eby, 45, of Belvidere is a fan.
She’s a library clerk and patrons recommended she read “Twilight.”
But the books were always checked out, so she borrowed the first book in the series from a friend.
Then she bought the second book, “New Moon,” borrowed the third, “Eclipse,” and plans to buy “Breaking Dawn.”
“They are sweet, romantic books,” she said. “The characters aren’t overbearing, and there is not a lot of blood and guts.”
What you need to know
“Twilight” series of romance novels: In “Twilight,” heroine Bella falls for Edward, a vampire; in “New Moon,” Edward disappears and Bella turns to Jacob, a guy with supernatural issues; in “Eclipse,” Bella must choose between Edward and Jacob; in “Breaking Dawn,” the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed in the final saga of the series.
Author: Stephenie Meyer, 34, a Mormon who lives with her husband and children in Arizona
Whom the books appeal to: Young adults, mostly preteen and teen girls, though 50-year-old women also are big fans
Fan club: TwilightMOMS, twilightmoms.com
Movie: Film adaptation of “Twilight” will be in theaters Dec. 12