Study Guide

Eclipse

By Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse Introduction

In Eclipse, the third installment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, Bella once again finds herself in deadly peril. Her malicious vampire enemy Victoria builds a bloodthirsty army of newborn vampires in order to finally kill Bella. Faced with a common enemy, Edward's family of good vampires, the Cullens, forge an unlikely alliance with the Quileute werewolves to fight Victoria's vampire army. In the midst of it all, Bella has to decide between her love for Edward and her love for Jacob. And if that wasn't enough for one human girl to handle, she also has to choose between her life as a human and an immortal vampire existence with Edward.

According to Stephenie Meyer, the plot development of Eclipse centers on Bella's transformation:

In both Twilight and New Moon, Bella commits to becoming a vampire without once really examining what price she'll pay. In Eclipse, Bella fully comprehends that price. And then she chooses to pay it. Every aspect of the novel revolves around this point, every back story, every relationship, every moment of action. (source)

Eclipse came out in summer 2007 and soon knocked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from its No. 1 perch (source). Just before this, Barnes and Noble Booksellers accidentally shipped advance copies of Eclipse to some of the customers on who pre-ordered the book. Immediately, many fan site forums for the Twilight series were shut down to prevent spoilers from popping up online. Stephenie Meyer even wrote a letter to the fan site Twilight Lexicon, in which she pled with those few lucky advance readers to keep the secret. Barnes and Noble apologized for their computer error, only for the same mistake to occur during the release of Eclipse Special Edition. It was to hit store shelves on May 31, 2008, but multiple copies were released up to a whole week early. Even a few of Stephenie Meyer's close relatives leaked copies of the book.

Although Eclipse received mixed reviews, there seems to be something so irresistible that even booksellers and the author's family broke the rules to share the story with the world. What might that be? Well, there's only one way to find out. Read on…

What is Eclipse About and Why Should I Care?

As is the case with all books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, Eclipse has sold millions of copies. According to Megan Tingley, a top editor at Little, Brown and Company (the publishing house for the Twilight series), the sales of Eclipse were so robust because the book doesn't include sexually provocative material or graphic language, which makes it an easier sell for parents. "There is a lot of young-adult fiction that is pretty racy, but parents know these books are romantic, not sexual," she says (source).

Although Eclipse doesn't feature overtly sexual material, it does talk about sex and choice. Bella, for example, is eager to make love to Edward as soon as possible. He, on the other hand, would rather wait until they're married. Later, he gets carried away and Bella stops him. She's decided that for her the right order of things places marriage before sex.

What does all this mean? Well, there's a lot of opportunity in this book to talk about when it's right to have sex, and Eclipse has become a new sex education tool for parents. So cheer up, all current teens and teens-to-be! Forget about the birds and the bees – it's all about vampires and werewolves now. Plus, parents now have a perfect excuse to read the whole Twilight series "for educational purposes." Everyone wins!

Eclipse Resources

Websites

Official Website of Stephenie Meyer
A valuable resource for any Twilight fan, this site includes information on the creation of Eclipse as well as a helpful FAQ.

Twilighters Anonymous
This site is hailed the most advanced and complete fan site and information source for everything Twilight.

Twilighters.org
This site mostly tracks the stars of the Twilight movies, but it also includes info on the books, characters, news, forums, and fan gear.

Movie or TV Productions

Eclipse, 2010
Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson will return as Bella and Edward in Eclipse, slated to be released June 30, 2010 (USA). David Slade (30 Days of Night) will direct the film. If you check out his filmography on IMDb, you'll find that he knows a thing or two about vampires and might have to tone down his thirst for blood on film for – as Meyer calls it – "people who don't like vampires."

Documents

Vogue on Meyer
"How did a suburban mother of three become the next big thing in publishing with her chaste-but-erotic Twilight series?" Vogue questions Stephenie Meyer on how she deals with fame.

David Slade Admits Finding Twilight World a Challenge
Eclipse film director David Slade talks about his struggle to identify with the Twilight world.

Interview with David Slade
David Slade talks about his plans for Eclipse.

Video

Stephenie Meyer Presents Eclipse
Check out this YouTube video about what Stephenie Meyer has to say about Eclipse.

Fan Trailer # 1
This fan trailer features some nice imagery. But beware, it might be a bit on the gory side.

Fan Trailer # 2
This trailer is kind of like a music video; nice incorporation of the red band of love, featured on the Eclipse cover.

Fan Trailer # 3
This trailer is all about Team Jacob vs. Team Edward; it's probably the most Hollywood-like trailer of the ones featured.

Melissa Rosenberg on Adapting the Twilight Saga
Melissa Rosenberg talks about her collaboration with Stephenie Meyer in bringing the Twilight series to the big screen.

Audio

Eclipse Audiobook
Purchase and download the Audiobook from Random House Audio

Images

Eclipse Fan Book Cover
Featuring Jacob Black.

Eclipse Fan-Made Movie Poster
We'll soon see what the official one looks like as well!

Author Stephenie Meyer
Here's a photo of the woman behind Twilight, author Stephenie Meyer.