i had heard of twilight, been seeing it in bookstores, heard there were plans to make a movie. i don't ususally like to read series because i tend to get sucked in and miss out on other stuff i'd like to read for the sake of continuing the story. like when i read lemony snicket's series of unfortunate events--there are 13 of them suckers and i felt like i couldn't read anything til i finished them all! so i was weary of twilight. i thought i should at least read the first one just to see what all the fuss is about, so i put myself on hold for a copy at my library (along with a hundred other people lol). then i went to get my hair cut one day and EVERY girl in the salon was talking about twilight. i thought "now i really need to read this book" so i just went out and bought a copy. when i started it, i was surprised because it wasn't what i expected, and yet i hadn't known what to expect. i knew it was a love story and there were vampires involved, but i didn't think i would feel so connected to the characters. i hadn't read anything this engaging in a long time. i was losing sleep at night so i could stay up to finish whatever chapter i was on. i'd have dreams about bella and wonder what she'd do next. naturally i felt a bit silly. i was slowly becoming obsessed with this book. first thing in the morning while eating my breakfast i was reading. every spare moment was devoted to twilight. my husband thought i was wacky (he still does). as soon as i finished book one, i knew i had to continue. i went and bought the rest of the saga the next day. here's where i fall in love with jacob black. when edward left i thought "WHAT?" but when jacob re-entered the picture (after being such a minor char in book one) i was really pleased. to me, he's such a likable guy, and totally devoted to bella, and poor bella starts to put the pieces of her life back together because of him. when he becomes a wolf, he can't keep it from her, and we're introduced to all the characters in his pack that i found interesting and humorous. i KNEW edward would be back, but i was a little dissapointed when he returned to the story (i know i'm in the minority here. some of you probably found new moon next to unreadable, due to the amount of jacob, but i relished it). eclipse is my favorite in the series. and i was also really satisfied with breaking dawn, but I felt when it ended like a little part of my life was over too, as silly as that sounds. i was really going to miss jacob and bella and edward and all my new forks friends. i've tried reading other books since finishing the series, and its just not the same. i really just want more twilight. i think i'll start the series over, maybe read them once a year for the rest of my life. they really are my favorite books now and i'm totally grateful to stephanie meyer for creating this universe and the characters that inhabit it.