The Twilight Illustrated GuideEdit
The Guide was published April 12, 2011, after having been in the works for the previous three years. Meyer was recorded as stating that there were many unauthorized guides to her world that held the wrong information and that she saw it as her "mission" to correct this false information and finally reveal some long-awaited answers. How ironic, then, that her "official" guide was primarily made up of already posted information practically copied word for word from her own website and the Twilight Lexicon, requiring people to pay money for information that already existed. In addition to the copied information, there was an interview included that had taken place years before it was finally published.
And no, despite the promises made, it didn't answer any of our long unanswered questions. The Guide didn't even mention any of the questions most of the readers wanted to know.
Though most of us really knew better than to expect coherent answers by this point.
Questions the Guide did NOT Answer:Edit
Why did Bella HAVE to leave Arizona for Forks? She could have waited it out a year till she was a legal adult and gotten her own place. At what point in the series did Bella actually do anything decent for another person who wasn't Edward?
What was Bella hearing voices in her head and putting herself in needless danger for no reason in order to HEAR those voices supposed to be if it wasn't actually some sort of telepathy from Edward and it was not supposed to be schizophrenia?
Exactly how was Bella's "suffering" so much worse than the rape, betrayal, and abuse experienced by the other female characters that made Bella more deserving of sympathy and understanding than those other girls who were apparently only "jealous", "bitter", or "evil"?
How are "different types of love" shown in this series if the only kind that seems to matter and be considered "true" love or even of ANY kind of importance or concern is that of the instantaneous, obsessive variety—which apparently beats out family, friends, and normal relationships built over time?
What does Bella have against humans that makes them unworthy of care or concern when so many of them are DYING because of her?
Hell, what does MEYER have against humans to treat them so badly simply for existing?
If Edward stopped a van in front of a crowd of people in order to save Bella, how is it none of them noticed? And how was it that this incident wasn't considered more of a risk of revealing his secret than openly sparkling in the sun? Why would the WHOLE SCHOOL show up to visit Bella in the hospital when hardly any of them had spoken to her?
Bella didn't even get hit by the van. Why did she need to stay in the hospital?
How was Edward and Bella's love "forbidden" if nobody was actually preventing them from being together?
If Bella tried to drag Jessica into some very real danger to hear the aforementioned voices in her head despite Jessica's attempts to look out for her and demonstrate some common sense, how is it that Jessica is the one being the bad friend in that situation?
Why did Lauren deserve to be scammed simply for not liking Bella?
And honestly, what did Bella do at any point in the series to be liked? At what point was she a good friend to anybody that would make her human friends ditching her such an unforgivable act?
Why was it okay for the Cullens to invite all their vampire friends to Forks and give them permission and CARS to go out and kill people just so long as they didn't do anything to implicate the Cullens in the crimes? Lets keep in mind that these vampires wouldn't be there and those innocent people likely wouldn't be eaten if the Cullens hadn't called all those blood-drinkers over in the first place, causing all kinds of trouble and commotion yet again over ONE PERSON.
We've had at least two or three incidents where numerous people died or were harmed for Bella's sake, and the "heroes" are only driven to action once she's in danger, with little regard to any of the other innocent people who were killed that had nothing to do with the situation. So why is it okay for all these OTHER people to die so long as this one person is safe and protected?
Why was Jacob made into a pedophile?
Why are they child grooming Claire?
Who was Embry's father? What was the point of making his paternity an issue if you weren't going to follow through with it?
Why were Charlie's attempts to actually act like a parent to Bella rebuffed so badly? Was there ever a reason explained for Bella giving Charlie such a hard time?
Why was it that every time someone who wasn't Edward even attempted to call Bella out on something selfish or stupid she had done, that person was portrayed as the bad guy?
When Bella ran off to another country without so much as telling him where she was going, why was Charlie in the wrong for being upset about it?
If the wolves were "shape-shifters" instead of the werewolves we'd spent the majority of four books thinking they were and thus conveniently NOT actually enemies of the vampires, then why did they only start to phase whenever the vampires showed up?What do you have against blondes?
How can Bella be considered a feminist if she does little to nothing for herself or to even protect herself, and falls in line with whatever Edward tells her?
Same note: how is Bella actually a reader if we never see her reading anything?
If all Bella is paying attention to half the time is Edward's looks, then how does that make her any different from the lovestruck girls obsessed with his looks that Edward has had to deal with in the past?
Why did Bree Tanner have to die?
Why was there so much drama and buildup to a final battle that didn't happen? And no, saying it was a "mental battle" doesn't count as an answer when everyone is gathered there for a real life or death fight and it ends with the villains killing one of their own for being wrong and deciding to pack up and go home with no conflict?
Why does nobody seem to care when their family or loved ones are being hurt or killed right in front of them?
If Bella's power is based on her "love", at what point in the series was it ever shown ANY kind of care or concern--much less any actual LOVE--for anyone besides herself and Edward?
If Bella is such a caring person, why does she show no guilt or remorse over the loss of lives that have occurred either directly or indirectly because of her?
How was Edward stalking Bella and breaking into her house to watch her sleep romantic?
Why was Leah the bad guy when her fiancee and cousin essentially backstabbed her?
What was the point of making Leah into a wolf at all if you weren't going to do anything with her?
How was Carlisle living in the sewers in London all those years ago during a time frame when London didn't have sewers yet?
How was Rosalie's family rich and well off during the Great Depression if it was a time when the banks were failing badly and closing?
If the Cullen family likes humans so much, why are they so aloof from them?
Why do the Cullen kids keep going to school and risking their secret?
Plus, if they need to go to school, why high school? They don't benefit from this education anymore, which must get incredibly frustrating. They are surrounded by students talking about their future plans, while they fully know they'll just keep repeating high-school indefinitely. Why didn't it occur to anyone except Carlisle to use their time, abilites and skills in a useful way? Or to do ANYTHING worthwile within hundreds of years? Despite of not aging, they'd at least pass as university students. There are ways around the age problem, should it ever come up, also Jasper DID manage to get a philosophy degree (but never seemed to start anything with it). Why aren't they hoarding degrees and skills by now? Edward is a prime offender in this. He loathes himself for endangering mankind, yet made NO attemps to benefit it, or to redeem himself like Carlisle does. They all had plenty of opportunities and possibilites, from becoming medical researchers to super-heroes.
How is Carlisle able to perform as a doctor (a highly sought after doctor no less!) without risking the secret or anybody questioning his credentials?
How was Carlisle able to build an island for Esme without getting attention or causing ANYBODY to become suspicious?
Given that everybody believes the "false" traditional views of vampires, how was anybody supposed to know Edward WAS a vampire simply by his openly sparkling in the sun, and thus warrant his death for "revealing the secret"?
If their cell walls are crystalline to cause the sparkling, then wouldn't they sparkle in any kind of light rather than just direct sunlight?
And wouldn't they spontaneously combust simply trying to move?
How was Edward able to get an erection? And if he's "ice cold" and everything, wouldn't that make the sex extremely uncomfortable?
If the vampires can't eat anything, how are they able to digest blood?
What was with the double standard of male supernatural creatures being able to make kids but female supernatural creatures not being able to?
If all of the bodily fluids were replaced with vampire venom and the vampire venom is supposed to be acidic enough to eat through contacts within the span of a couple of hours just from the moisture in their eyes, why is there no mention of this acidity applied to any other aspect? Like the saliva or Edward's sperm?
Why was Bella's scent such a problem for the vampires if they didn't need to breathe?
Renesmee...why? Just why?
Also, while Renesmee is supposed to grow at an enhanced rate physically, how is she gaining all this information mentally? So you say she's mentally an adult? Fine. But an adult mentality doesn't mean an adult's worth of information. That takes learning. Learning takes time. How is she able to even read when no one is actually TEACHING her how? To that point, how is her knowledge base magically increasing on its own without anyone actually teaching her anything?
How is it that 23 chromosome pairs in one parent plus 25 chromosome pairs in the other parent manage to equal an offspring with a perfect 24 chromosome pairs instead of a kid with 23 pairs and two extra chromosomes that can't bond to anything? Hell, given that she's a hybrid, how does Renemsee not have any genetic problems or disfiguration?
If the wolves are supposed to be "whatever the imprint wants" and Jacob imprinted on Renesmee right when she was born...does that mean Renesmee wanted Jacob from the womb?
If imprinting is for the sake of reproduction, why have two of the wolves imprinted on children, and why was one of those imprints a hybrid who should, by all rights and scientific reasoning, be infertile?
Things the Guide Told Us That We Didn't Want to KnowEdit
Several quotes from the interview starting off the guide have given the impression that Meyer actually resents her sons. Meyer has said that she has neglected her friends due to her focus on caring for her sons. She then turned around to say that her sons were secondary to her writing. Statements have been made to the effect of the boys needing to learn that she "has her own life". Given that there are three of them and that the oldest of the boys is 8 and hardly in a position of being capable to care for himself on his own yet, these statements come off as ignorant and callous, and raise questions as to her capability as a parent.
Meyer created Renesmee as her ideal child: a girl, cute and perfect, learns everything on her own by magic, grows fast, requires little to no interaction from her mother outside of being adorable or when the mother wants to deal with her, and yet loves the mother unconditionally anyway.
Meyer has flat-out stated, in all seriousness, that she fully intends to leave her husband if Edward or Jacob turned out to be real. The fact that her husband is not bothered by this and doesn't seem to be taking this claim seriously has actually upset her. The fact that she is apparently this devoted to two fictional characters to the point of being fully willing to abandon her family has upset a lot of people.
She does take the time to explain the vampire-making process. And by "explain", we mean "tells us how a person is more beautiful as an all-powerful, all-perfect vampire than as a normal, dull, ugly human". Apparently the venom is somehow super smart enough to act on its own as an instant-beauty maker, removing all "defects" from the person undergoing the change. These "defects" include scars, wrinkles, moles, birthmarks, tattoos, anything asymmetrical, and skin pigment. This process is not only as illogical as just about everything else she has come up with so far, but it is also racist (as it doesn't matter what race or ethnicity you are, the venom automatically somehow makes you white) and comes off as the author telling all her readers that they're not considered beautiful because they're flawed. Thanks, Meyer. We always enjoy our authors telling us we're flawed and ugly.
Apparently, the vampires are just as shallow as Meyer and her self-insert Bella. When it comes to choosing to turn someone, only the attractive humans really have a chance at being made into sparklepires, because "beautiful people make beautiful vampires". The rest of us non-attractive people are simply doomed to a normal, boring life of being sparklepire fodder.
Meyer stands by how she ended Breaking Dawn, even knowing at the time she was writing it that the readers would not like the outcome. While it is admirable for an author to stand by what they write despite negative reaction from the fans, her response to the criticism to how she ended Breaking Dawn was to shift the blame to those readers stating that they "didn't get it". What they were supposed to "get" was never explained.
Jasper apparently has a degree in philosophy. What relevance that has to the series is left unexplained.