Twilight Saga Trailer Contest

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Here at NNT, we have begun work on a comprehensive Twilight Saga guide. Many other sites have wonderful resources for each of the four novels including The Twilight Lexicon. Our guide is slightly different as it will have an educational focus. We are currently completing our Twilight guide which will include:

* Quotes *Lesson Plans and Activities *Downloads *Character Bios *Reviews of the novels (both positive and those who voice concern over the novel’s content) *Novel Trailer and Movie Information *A time line of historical events mentioned in the novel with educational links to be used during research *Academic papers *Showcase of Twilight projects in the classroom 

How can you help? Over the next couple weeks, we will be asking for your favorite quotes, lesson plans, and other input. Now we are asking for you to use your movie-making editing skills! Below you can find a video that details how you can see your video project as part of our guide:

To get you in the creative spirit, I am posting below a cute video I saw encouraging people to read the Twilight series. It was created by kelbar84

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Please sir, I’d like some more … news, that is!

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* ET has some news about New Moon after talking to Dakota Fanning, Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene at the red carpet premiere for Summit’s new movie “Push.”

* Jesse McCartney talks to MTV about working with Jackson Rathbone in “The Last Airbender.”

* Also at MTV … a report about some recently surfaced photos of Robert Pattinson from a 2003 swimwear shoot.

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* MTV also reports that Lucy Hale auditioned for “Jane” in New Moon.

* The LA Times has an article, noting that Kristen Stewart’s movie Adventureland and Robert Pattinson’s film Little Ashes open on the same day.

* Collider has interviews with Edi Gathegi, Rachelle LeFevre and Ashley Greene.

* Our friends at Twilight Poison have compiled a list of international book charts where Stephenie Meyer’s books have topped the charts.

* PETA gave Twilight an award for most animal-friendly movie … um, they know that the Cullens eat animals, right??

Twilight Soundtracks

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You know it’s a slow news day when gossip about the New Moon Soundtrack is hot news. Click here to read about Weitz’s experimental taste. You can check out NNT’s Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn soundtracks by clicking on our media link above, or by clicking here.

Thursday News

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* Borders will have an exclusive, special version of the Twilight DVD featuring bonus extras … you can pre-order it now.

* According to the Lex, Borders stores will also be hosting midnight release parties for the Twilight DVD.

* Hot Topic is also offering a Twilight DVD bonus … an exclusive Edward Cullen film cell.

* And over at Amazon, they’ve got details about what’s included in the special edition Twilight BluRay.

* Kristen Stewart talks about her upcoming Joan Jett biopic over at MTV.

* Dakota Fanning isn’t the only one who wanted the role of Jane … according to Just Jared, Lucy Hale (from the CW’s “Privileged”) also auditioned.

* Robert Pattinson is wishing a Happy Valentine’s Day to … his dog. Adorable!

* Forbidden Planet UK has added an Edward & Bella action figure two-pack.

Also, two Twilight news items from the Forks Forum:

* Mike Gregoire, the Washington state governor’s husband, made a stop in Forks this week and posed by Bella’s Truck:

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* Also, the city of Forks is planning some fun for the release of the Twilight DVD:

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Wednesday News

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* MTV has a new interview with Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe … in the interview he mentions Robert Pattinson:

“I don’t have his number, so haven’t spoken to him [about any advice]. But I can safely say that his insisting that girls would choose me over him, that they would not,” he said regarding Pattinson’s status as a teen idol. “That they do not. He is much prettier and can be much more charming. And he can do that thing of being sultry and sexy.”

He added, “Rob can just sort of stand there and look at something and start to smolder. And I just can’t do that.”

* Peter Facinelli talks about New Moon and Dakota Fanning over at Popeater.

* Reelz Channel wants to know what scenes from New Moon are you most excited about seeing on the big screen.

* TwilightersAnonymous has a cool “TA Talks Back” segment this week about filming Twilight in Oregon. I’m partial to it, of course, because I live in Oregon, but still … it’s a nifty little article, with fun photos!

* Times of the Internet has an amusing list … “10 Signs You’re Too Obsessed with Twilight.”

* CinemaBlend has a new interview with Kristen Stewart. Most of the interview is about her new movie “Adventureland,” but she also talks about New Moon.

Time for another good book …

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It’s been a while, but I’m back with a collection of Reading Recommendations for you from NNT staffers and NNT visitors alike! And there’s nothing like another snowstorm (yes, it snowed here in Oregon yet again this winter!) to make you want to get all cozy & curl up with a good book! So, without further ado …

NNT staffer Phinecia has this recommendation:

The Turning: Blood Ties Book 1 by Jennifer Armintrout
(for age 16+ some sexual content)
This is a really good vampire book but there are three sex scenes not appropriate for younger readers. It’s not as good as Twilight but honestly what is?
Dr. Carrie Ames is finally living the life she’s always wanted as an ER doctor. Then one night a John Doe comes through the doors and he his horribly beaten and slashed. It’s the worst she’s ever seen and she loses her lunch for the first time ever. She decides she won’t be defeated like that and goes to the morgue to face her fear. Only John Doe isn’t human and isn’t dead. He’s one of the most powerful vampires alive and he tries to drain her. She fights back and stabs him. His blood shoots into her mouth and surprise, she wakes up a vampire. Follow Carrie on her journey to learn the truth about vampires and her sire John Doe. Find out why she is bound to him for eternity and how she overcomes her blood tie.

I’d like to recommend:

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
This book is to zombies what Twilight is to vampires … it’s a twist on the supernatural teen thriller/romance.  It’s also a very compelling look at the issues of racism, bigotry and prejudice. In this book, the zombies aren’t the bad guys — they are teens who died, and mysteriously came back to life. They have issues — their flesh is decayed; they are dead. But they are also beautiful, complex creatures facing a lot of hurdles in their lives. I seriously hope the author continues this series, because I would love to continue reading about these characters.

The Sookie Stackhouse Books by Charlaine Harris
For mature readers only — 18+
These books are seriously for adult readers only — but they are a very entertaining, highly addictive series about a telepathic waitress who falls in love with a vampire … and subsequently becomes part of a supernatural world that’s a whole lot bigger than she originally thought. These books are also the inspiration for the HBO series “True Blood.” The first book in the series is Dead Until Dark.

NNT visitor Hazel recommends:

Faith & Fairies by C.S. Haviland

NNT visitor Michelle B. recommends:

City of Bones (Book One of the Mortal Instruments) By Cassandra Clare
It’s an amazing mixture of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter, and has enough drama to keep anyone satisfied.
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
Although is doesn’t have any hot bloodsuckers it’s worth the read.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Again no Vampires or mythical demons but the story is great! And the characters have that Twilight familiarity to them.

See all of our Reading Recommendations here … and send your picks to sara.novelnovice@comcast.net

Have you read any of these books? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!