Twilight: 10 Years Later

We thought we were in the Twilight clear since the release of the last movie was released six years ago, didn’t we? However, this year is the tenth anniversary of the release of the movie Twilight, which came about three years after the first book in the series was published. And while I will never recommend reading Twilight for literary purposes, the series still makes me a bit nostalgic. Ten years ago, I was a freshman in high school; I was the perfect age and in the perfect place for all of the hype that suddenly surrounded the books and movies, and, boy, did I fangirl hard.

The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer is nothing short of problematic in all kinds of areas, but when you’re fourteen, it seems like the greatest love story ever told. I wasn’t thinking about how accurate the representation of certain cultures were in the novel, or that Bella Swan might have been suffering from Stockholm Syndrome a little bit; I was too busy trying to decide if I was Team Edward or Team Jacob, like 75% of my high school (For the record, I was Team Edward). For me, the series is definitely something to cringe about now, but it will always have a special place on the bottom of my bookshelf because I still can’t bring myself to get rid of them.

I’ve heard the Twilight series compared to the Harry Potter series in that the books got kids (and adults) reading. My philosophy has always been that it doesn’t matter what you’re reading as long as you’re reading something, because if you’re reading, you’re learning. My little sister recently discovered Twilight and is currently devouring the series as fast as she can. While I want to recommend other books to her, with more powerful female characters, diverse characters, and accurate representation of various cultures, I’m stopping myself because I’m just glad she’s reading. And I’m glad that she’s enjoying what she’s reading, too. Who am I to dictate what people should be reading? Who am I to judge them based on their reading preferences?

I will gladly congratulate the Twilight movie franchise on its tenth anniversary, as well as the book series for getting people to read. It can even be argued that Twilight helped popularize the paranormal subgenre in teen, young adult, and adult fiction, which is still one of the most checked out subgenres from our shelves to this day.

So enjoy reading or rereading Twilight and watching the movies in honor of the anniversary! And don’t let anyone tell you anything different!

Happy Reading!

Little Golden Books 75th Anniversary

Who didn’t grow up with the books The Poky Little Puppy, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, and Four Little Kittens from Little Golden Books? This year, Little Golden Books will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Little Golden Books launched in 1942 and sold for $.25 each. At the time, children’s books typically sold for $2-$3 apiece and were considered a luxury for many families. Little Golden Books wanted to make books affordable for families with young children and promote reading.

Little Golden Books published twelve original titles in October 1942, and in only five months, the twelve books were in their third printing at 1.5 million copies. Little Golden Books were introduced to supermarkets in 1947 for an average cost of $.25 until the 1960s, when the cost went up to a whopping $.29 apiece. Aside from the original twelve Little Golden Books titles, other titles included characters from popular children’s television shows and Westerns, like Howdy Doody, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, and Sesame Street, as well as characters from Walt Disney movies. Richard Scarry began writing and illustrating Little Golden Books titles in the 1970’s, and Sesame Street and Barbie characters began making appearances, as well.By its 40th anniversary in 1982, 800 million Little Golden Books have been sold worldwide. In 1986, The Poky Little Puppy became the one billionth title printed.

Artwork from Little Golden Books has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, and the writing and artwork have won numerous awards. By January 2002, the Little Golden Books library boasted 1,200 titles. Today, the average cost of a Little Golden Book is $4.99, with several classics back in print to celebrate the 75th anniversary.

Now it’s time to introduce a new generation of readers to Little Golden Books; you can still purchase titles at several grocery stores, like Kroger. For more information, please visit the Little Golden Books website.

Happy Reading!