“twilight & history” by Nancy R. Reagin

When I first picked up “twilight & history” by Nancy R. Reagin, I knew that it followed the story of Twilight and delved into the histories of the different characters. That was about all I knew, and I hoped that I wasn’t about to embark on a dry and dreary tale. I mean really, there’s been so much written about Twilight already, I hoped that this book would put a new spin on the saga I love so much. And boy did it ever!

Nancy R. Reagin takes you not only through the journey that is Twilight, but she also takes  you back to times long ago, that actually happened in our history. Events covered are things such as the Civil War, Renaissance times, through the legends of the Quileute people, and Native Americans throughout history right up till today. If there is a time period that is not covered in this book, I fail to see what it is. And if it is, then it has absolutely no relevance to the Twilight series.

To give you just a taste of everything that will be covered in the book, Reagin begins with a timeline. On one side are events that happened in the “real world”, from when Jesus of Nazareth was crucified all the way through to the end of the Cold War. Alongside these dates, she inserts what was going on in the lives of our favorite Twilight characters at the same time, from when Aro found the Volturi to when the Cullens moved to Forks, and everything in between.

If that doesn’t have you hooked, nothing will. But true Twilight fans are definitely going to want more! And this book continues to deliver that. Chapter by chapter, readers learn things such as how Edward seems to be from a much more Victorian period, even though he was turned much later than that, and what like was like for Alice in the asylum, and why getting turned was a much better option for her.

Nancy Reagin also goes into great detail about things such as the Quileute people, both real and fictional, and outlines in detail how there’s a parallel that runs throughout the entire sage between how the settlers treated the first Native Americans, and how that’s very apparent in the way the Cullens treat Jacob, and the rest of the Quileute people and their land.

The entire book is remarkably interesting and both Twilight fans and history buffs are bound to find more than just a few fascinating new facts in this book. Mostly what I loved most about the book was that it allowed me to get to know my favorite characters even further, and look at them from a perspective I never have before.

– Kate


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