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What Was Your First? Genre-Introducing Novels
A large part of Twilight's magic for me was its novelty. I had never read a vampire novel. I hadn't even read a paranormal romance before Twilight. The standard conventions of paranormal romance: insta-love; brooding, mysterious guy with supernatural power; love triangle; life threatening danger - all of this was new to me.
Twilight felt fresh and wondrous. I think we can all agree that Twilight is not the best written series. I've read other books since Twilight that follow the same pattern but are better written, have more developed characters, sexier romance, and better world-building. But not one of them has captured my heart in the way that Twilight did and continues to do.
Would I have felt the same if I'd spent the previous several years reading books like Vampire Academy, House of Night, Vampire Diaries, or other series? I can't be sure, but I don't think Twilight would have held the same cache.
Like any first, the first book in a genre that you come to love will always be memorable. Twilight will always hold that distinction for me. It didn't re-introduce me to reading, but it did introduce me to paranormal romance and re-kindled an obsession with young adult novels.
Some of my other "Firsts"
Fantasy: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Historical Fiction: Ann Rinaldi's books - especially A Break With Charity
Historical Fantasy: The Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray
Contemporary Fiction: Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin - okay, this was a long time ago
Dystopia: The Giver by Lois Lowry (although it didn't make me a lover of the genre - just that book)
Science Fiction: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (still not a sci fi lover though)