Breaking Dawn: Love It or Hate It, We’ve Got You Covered

The first “Breaking Dawn” movie–the fourth of five film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twilight Saga–came out this weekend, grossing an estimated $138 million worldwide so far. While not quite as strong an opening weekend as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” or even “New Moon,” it tops “The Dark Knight” and “Transformers”–that’s a lot of people who want to see how things turn out between the brooding vampire Edward and his mortal love Bella.

On the other hand, in last week’s Monday Poll, 61% of you said that the trend in teen lit you’re most ready to see the end of was vampires. (Check results in our polls archive.) The good news is that whether you love or hate vampires, we’ve got you covered.

For those of you who can’t get enough of the “I love you but we can’t!” side to Edward and Bella’s story, check out the titles that have been nominated for one of this year’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults lists, “Forbidden Romance” (“oh so wrong, but oh so right”). It includes books that will appeal directly to Twilight fans, like Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo, about an angel who’s come to earth to save mankind but falls in love with a human boy, or Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (among YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten this year), about a girl who forsakes her pack and masters for the boy she loves. The list also features titles across other genres like the dystopian story Matched by Ally Condie (“In a world where nothing is left to chance, Cassie discovers she actually has one or does she?”), a realistic love story in Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, and a fairytale-like fantasy in Malinda Lo’s Ash.

If you’re among the anti-vampire crowd, check out the 2011 Popular Paperbacks list “Zombie, Werewolves & Things With Wings” (“Because vampires suck!”). It’s got all sorts of paranormal stories that have nothing to do with bloodsuckers, sparkly or otherwise: Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver heats things up with the story of a werewolf and a human drawn to one another; Lauren Kate’s Fallen is about “mysterious, sexy, and lethal” angels; Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King (another of the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten) is about warring factions of faerie, and Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch is a good, old-fashioned story of evil (and one not-so-evil) witches.

Are there any other books you’ve read recently that seem like the perfect thing to read after seeing “Breaking Dawn, Part 1?”

— Gretchen Kolderup, currently reading Epic by Conor Kostick