The new Twilight movie New Moon seems to be the thing that everybody is talking about at the moment. Record-breaking movie takings are being reported on the TV, radio and blogs everywhere, the cast are being interviewed left, right and center, and all of the Twi-hards are coming out of the woodwork. You can probably tell I’m not a fan and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sick of all the attention that these books and movies are getting. I can just see the publishers and movie producers rubbing their hands with glee.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that people are reading the books, but it’s all the publicity that goes into making the whole thing so huge that I’m really against. There are so many great books out there, but publishers think they’re onto a good thing with books such as Twilight and Harry Potter, and they milk them to death, putting all their marketing on one particular book or series. There are plenty of books I can think of that are so much better written and are far greater stories than these blockbusters but they don’t get the attention that they should.
If you’re sick of the Twilight Saga and want to try something new, you could try some of these which we think are the best reads of the year for young adults:
- Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (sequel to The Hunger Games)
- Brainjack – Brian Falkner
- Paper Towns – John Green
- Butterfly – Sonya Hartnett
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan
- Beatle Meets Destiny – Gabrielle Williams