Considering how wide the differences between reading on one's own and reading in a class are, I'm interested in how educators might take some aspects from the former to let high school students read just to read.
Before Meyer's first book came out in 2005, visitor levels ranged from 5,000 to 10,000 people per year, according to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. Compare that to 2009, when nearly 70,000 "Twi-hards" swept through town.
Men wanting to inspire the kind of rapacious passion Edward does might try reading the Twilight novels. Think of it as research: anything that sends the opposite sex into that much of a tizzy should be viewed as a textbook.
As the ardor cools for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, it's easy to forget all the humans except that most desired one -- Kristen Stewart's Bella. And then there's actress Christian Serratos's bespectacled Angela Webber.
The first rule of successful moviemaking is knowing your audience, and the makers of "Eclipse," certainly know theirs. They have taken everything in Meyer's book that is romantic and flung it full force on the screen.