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Hello again, Twilight Saga fans! To celebrate the fact that Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 is coming out in theaters in a little over a month, we are reading and discussing the fourth book in The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn for Wikia Book Club!

The first and second discussions are over, but, if you missed them, you can read the transcripts here and here, and keep the discussion going!

Our third and final discussion is coming up though, so check out the discussion topics below and be sure to join us on November 1 at 5PM PST in the live chat as we get to the end of the story with our favorite vampires and wolves!

Thursday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. PST

Read Chapter 29 (“Defection”) through Chapter 39 (“The Happily Ever After”). Discussion topics to include:

  1. When Alice and Jasper disappeared, what were your initial thoughts? Did you believe that they were gone forever? What were some other possibilities for them going away? Would it have been possible for them to stay with the family and still protect them? How—and what impact could that have had on the ending?
  2. During the final conflict with the Volturi, Bella exhibits incredible supernatural ability. Did you find this talent surprising or not, given Bella’s ability to shield her mind while still human?
  3. Since New Moon, we have all believed that Jacob and others in the Quiletes tribe were werewolves. However, in the field Edward refers to them as shape-shifters. Why did Edward use that term? What are the main differences between werewolves and shape-shifters? Why is this distinction important?
  4. The scene in the meadow looked to be headed toward a fight-to-the-finish war between the Cullens and the Volturi. What do you like/dislike about the final showdown between the united vampire clans and the Volturis? Were the Volturis defeated or did they just make a tactical retreat, which means they might still be a threat?
  5. In writing The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer has made a number of references to other literary works. She claims that Twilight is based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; New Moon reworks Romeo and Juliet; Eclipse is her homage to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights; and Breaking Dawn references A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice. How do these literary allusions affect your understanding or enjoyment of The Twilight Saga? Has Meyer inspired you to read (or reread) any of the texts she mentions? Does Meyer’s series remind you of any other stories?
  6. Overall, did you find Breaking Dawn a satisfying conclusion to The Twilight Saga? Why or why not? If you could talk to the author, is there a question you would ask her about the book or series?

Be sure to follow us on Good Reads and Twitter! While you’re at it, tweet @WikiReads with the title of the next novel you’d like us to Book Club.

Update

Transcript for this discussion is now available here.



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