Oh wow. Where to begin?
First off, Stephenie inspired me to read again. I read a lot when I was younger. But between intermediate school and my first few years in high school, I quit reading so that I wouldn't be classified into the nerd type at my school. I was horribly scared of being judged. But reading her series and The Host was probably a blessing from God. No joke. I mean, It reopened my world perspective. I saw things differently, I felt things that I never felt before, I let my guard down for once and just let emotions come to me instead of blocking it. Even though I knew the characters were fictional (or are they...) I felt love. I felt the raw love and it broke me and I cried like a baby through the happy and sad times. Reading these books made me feel human again.
Second, she inspired me to write. Now, it sounds cheesy, but listen to this. I absolutely hate(d) writing. And I was never any good at it. I have a hard time expressing things they way I see them in my head. You can ask my english teachers. They will happily back you up. But she inspired me to be creative and try to let out what is in my head and write it on papers. If she can write a wonderful story from one simple dream, imagine what can come from my head as well?
Third, she raised my standards when it comes to guys. I never really was one to settle for the right guy. I stray far away from dating, because I knew I was attracted to the bad guys. (the james... whoever said that, was genius. I'm borrowing our idea). And since I kept falling for the James type and getting hurt, I blocked off all the possible influences. I grew up knowing I wanted an Edward, yet I knew that fewer and fewer of his type still exist. So instead of just going with this generation of trying to find the most tolerable James type, I know that I will settle for nothing less than Edward.
Fourth, she is just amazing. I can't explain that. I'd be typing forever and ever. But she has definitely been one of the most, if not THE most, positive influence on my life in literature. I owe her so much gratitude. I'm happy that she was put on this earth.