Winners of the “Defining Twilight” Essay Contest

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Brian Leaf has finally announced the winners of his Defining Twilight Essay Contest. It ran all summer-long and he received over 750 entries. Wow! From Brian, here are the winners:

Essays were judged on correct and effective use of the eight vocabulary words; creativity; clear communication of ideas; and correct syntax, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. After reading and rereading, we have selected the following winners. Congrats!

Ages 13-15

1st  Place ($500 and a copy of Defining Twilight)Sabrina Alvarez

2nd Place ($50 and a copy of Defining Twilight)Catie Asip, Brittany Tayler Huber, Rachel Shafran, Sabrina Alvarez


Ages 16-18

1st  Place ($500 and a copy of Defining Twilight): McKelvey Packard

2nd Place ($50 and a copy of Defining Twilight): Kevin Johnson, Anita Suen, Meagan Osburn, Cheyenne Elisio


Ages 19+

1st  Place ($500 and a copy of Defining Twilight)Lynda Yates

2nd Place ($50 and a copy of Defining Twilight): Aimee Petersen, Emily Ford, Jennie Church Morehead, Jennifer McKee


We will be announcing the next Essay Contest soon.

Didn’t win? Don’t worry — there are other chances to win cool prizes from Brian Leaf and Defining Twilight. Just become a fan of the Defining Twilight Facebook Page to get alerts and notifications about new contests and giveaways, or check out his website. And look for Brian’s next book, Defining New Moon, due out in mid-October!


Maggie Stiefvater’s “Shiver” could be the next teen werewolf movie sensation

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We’ve mentioned Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver here at NNT before … now, it’s been reported that Unique Pictures has acquired the movie rights to her novel, the first in a trilogy:

It’s only been in stores since August, but Magie Stiefvater’s quickly best-selling Young Adult novel Shiver is headed for the big screen.shiver_cover

Variety reports that Unique Features has picked up the movie rights to Shiver – the first in a planned trilogy about a human-werewolf romance.

Sound familiar? It should. Supernatural books are huge right now in Young Adult literature – thanks in large part to Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight Saga and its feature film franchise. Sure, Twilight is mostly about vampires – but any fan will tell you that werewolves are also a big part of the series, especially starting with the second book, New Moon. (The movie adaptation “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is due in theaters November 20th).

Shiver tells the story of Grace and Sam. As a girl, Grace is saved by a yellow-eyed wolf. For years, she watches the wolves in the woods behind her house – until one day, she meets a boy with eerily familiar yellow eyes. He is her wolf – blessed with taking his human form in the summer. The two fall in love, but as winter approaches again – supernatural forces threaten their romance.

Read more HERE.

Have you read Shiver? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Welcome Stephanie to the NNT staff!

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The Novel Novice Twilight family continues to grow … please meet another one of our new staff members:

My name is Stephanie, and I’m a 27 year-old graphic designer from Ohio. I’ve always been interested in art, music, and other creative avenues. I love movies, and I probably watch more TV than is healthy on a regular basis, but I am incapable of resisting the charms of my favorite shows. I also have my own personal library. Books and reading are the perfect escape for me, so I have this addiction to purchasing any book that captures my interest in the store. On a similar note, I love to write, which is how I fell into the world of fan fiction. And I love shopping – it’s a great stress reliever. I also have a one year-old Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix named Bella, and it is a testament to the Twilight series’ popularity that most people always assume her namesake is our favorite danger-magnet. And of course, that is the case.

How did you find out about Twilight?
My mom works in a school library, and about two or three years ago she heard of this new book series involving vampires. She told me that I might want to look into it because I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. So, I went to the neighborhood Borders and, since the paperback version of Twilight wasn’t too expensive, I picked it up along with the special edition of New Moon. And it was a good thing I did, because after I started reading … needless to say, I was captivated.
What is your favorite book in the series?
I have to go with Eclipse. It covers so much of the emotional spectrum, and defines Edward and Bella’s relationship as well as heightening the tension of the love triangle. But I must say that Breaking Dawn is a close second, simply because I love closure, and I’d been waiting to read about their wedding day since the end of New Moon. Plus, since I started writing my own fan fiction of Book Three from Edward’s point of view, I have reached a new appreciation for the last novel in the series. (NNT’s note: Stephanie’s story is called “Metamorphosis” and it’s superb. The first chapter was actually the second-place winner in our August 2008 fan fiction challenge.)
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Team Edward, all the way. Don’t get me wrong, Jacob is a great guy – but I am a firm believer in true love overcoming all obstacles, and let’s face it: vampires are sexy. There’s that whole ‘sparkly’ thing, the ‘I love you too much to kill you’ attitude, and I think the ‘thirsty’ black eyes are incredibly hypnotic. Seriously, who doesn’t prefer air conditioning to a space heater?
On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your obsession as a fan?
I don’t know if I’m a definite 10, because I’m sure that there are others out there more obsessed than me, but I’d have to say that I’m awfully close – a solid 9. I check for news on the movies every day, I hear songs and they remind me of characters or moments in the series, I must have at least 6 or 7 Twilight-related clothing items (and plan on buying more), I read and write Twilight fan fiction, my iPod has four playlists dedicated to the series, and I have managed to recruit my mom, sister, and two friends into the fandom. What’s more, I have the tendency to squeal every time I glimpse a Volvo on the streets around town.

We’re still reviewing our other applications … if you applied, please be patient! We will get back to you soon.

Wednesday Twi-News

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* Yesterday, we told you about pre-ordering the New Moon Soundtrack on iTunes, and some extras that come with it. Now you can also pre-order the New Moon Score from composer Andre Desplat.

* has a new interview with Charlie Bewley, who plays Demetri in New Moon (he’s the one with Alice in our news banner above!)

* ReelzChannel has posted its video spotlights on the Quileute Nation … great stuff!

* Twilight the Movie Game is now available for AT&T wireless devices …

* MTV has a new article about Robert Pattinson’s overnight rise to “sex symbol” status, and looks at other male stars with similar experiences — both positive and negative

* Hot Topic will be releasing lots of new New Moon merchandise tomorrow. Catch a preview on their website:

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* MTV has an article about those gorgeous new New Moon posters we showed you yesterday — featuring the Cullens, the Volturi and the Wolf Pack.

* TwilightersAnonymous has discovered that Robert Pattinson will be on the December cover of SciFi Magazine.

* The Lex has posted Wolf Pack Wednesday week 3 … go stop by to win a cool prize!

* HGE has tracked down two new movie stills — one of Billy Black and another of Laurent:

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Okay NNTers … comment away!

Soundtrack “extras”


Over on ITunes, you can pre-order the New Moon Soundtrack…but what is more interesting, at least to me, are the “exclusive” songs on the Itunes version of the soundtrack. Itunes offered special tracks when fans purchased the Twilight soundtrack from their site and it appears they are doing the same with New Moon. The soundtrack includes exclusive tracks from:

Lupe Fiasco

Amadou and Mariam

AND the two classical pieces below. Hmmm where do you think these fit in the movie?

NNT has *finally* joined Twitter!

Call us slow to hop on the bandwagon … but Novel Novice Twilight has finally joined Twitter!

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Celebrate Reading for Banned Books Week


Every year, during the last week of September, the American Library Association celebrates Banned Book Week.


Because books should be read, not banned.

To celebrate reading & the importance of the First Amendment.

And because everyone should have access to intellectual material, even if it’s considered “controversial.”

This is a subject I take very personally — having enjoyed a life-long love of reading, that continues to this day. What gives any one person the right to ban a book? To keep me from reading something? Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t give you the right to hide it away from the world. I’ll try to keep my opinion to a minimum here (though I sounded off on the  Portland Books Examiner page here).

It’s an important issue for us here at Novel Novice Twilight, too, since we’re an education-based site and we feel strongly in the power & importance of reading. What would you do if Twilight were banned? Or any of your other favorite books?

Every year, individuals or groups contest books they deem controversial for various reasons. In the past, these books have included classics like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Even J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has made the top ten list in the past.

These are the top 10 most contested books of 2008 (and why):

1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group

2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

8. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

This week, groups across the country are celebrating reading for Banned Books Week. The ALA has even released some fantastic posters to support the cause. Check them out below, then tell us in the comments your thoughts on the subject — and how you plan to celebrate Banned Books Week.