AN UNININITIATED REVIEW OF NEW MOON For many people past the age of adolescence, the success of the Twilight series of supernatural romances was both surprising and a bit unsettling, what with their strongly devoted fan-base smitten with the tale of feisty teen Bella and her relationship with vampire Edward, as well as numerous detractors claiming that the books were anti-feminist, promoted abstinence and were badly written. However, the appeal of the series becomes very clear in watching this adaptation for the second book. By using a supernatural character as part of the central romance the film delivers a tale where the hyperbole of first love is actually genuine (although the Romeo and Juliet references that occur throughout the story seem somewhat obvious and clunky), and with the target audience of teenage girls being rather under-served by popular cinema, the character of Bella provides an interesting role-model, despite her over-dependence on Edward, and in this film her childhood friend Jacob (who has a secret of his own). Also, the fact that several key plot points revolve around good looking young men removing their shirts probably helps.

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HACHETTE ANNOUNCES GREEN GOALS Future sales of Stephenie Meyer’s novels should be green in more ways than one.

The Hachette Book Group, where authors include Meyer and Malcolm Gladwell, is the latest publisher to announce a broad range of environmental goals. The new policy features promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent and increase tenfold the amount of recycled fiber.

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TEAM EDWARD VS REAL VAMP SCIENCE The public’s thirst for vampires seems as endless as vampires’ thirst for blood.

Modern writers of vampire fiction, including Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice, Stephen King and countless others, have a rich vein of vampire lore to draw from. But where did the modern idea of vampires come from? The answer lies in the gap between science and superstition.

Some sources incorrectly trace vampires back to Romanian prince Vlad Tepes (1431-1476), who fought for independence against the Ottoman Empire. Though by most accounts his methods were brutal and sadistic (for example, slowly impaling his enemies on stakes, drawing and quartering them, burning them to death, etc.), in reality they were not particularly cruel or unusual for the time. Similar techniques were used by the Catholic Church and other powerful entities and rulers during the Middle Ages to torture and kill enemies.

Bram Stoker is said to have deled some aspects of his Count Dracula character on Vlad Tepes.

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So, what do you think of todays Twilight Saga news?