There seems to be a successor to the Harry Potter series of books for today's teenage reading market. In the popular new series, author Stephenie Meyer's gentlemanly vampire and the girl who loves him is capturing the imagination of young adults around the country. "Eclipse" is the third in the series. Just released, the author sold 150,000 copies in its first day of sales, Tuesday.
The two previous books are "Twilight, published in 2005 and "New Moon" published last year.
"I've been in this business for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this," said Megan Tingley, publisher.
The series is especially popular with teenage girls. The author heavily uses the Internet to promote her books, mostly MySpace and her own web site. Meyer is a mother of three young boys, 33 years old and lives in the suburbs of Phoenix. The idea of the first novel came to her in a dream one night, she said. The books have vampires, romance and suspense.
Yesterday I read an article in the Houston Chronicle by Hillel Italie of the AP. Laura Bush and daughter Jenna are writing a book to be illustrated by Denise Brunkus of the Junie B. Jones series. The story is about "a mischievous little boy who likes to do everything but read. With the help of his teacher, he finds out that books and their characters can be a lot of fun.", according to HarperCollins. Experiences from teaching in classrooms will be used by both Bush women. Jenna Bush is a teacher in an elementary school in Washington, D.C.
Jenna also has her own book to be in bookstores this fall. It is titled "Ana's Story" where she draws on her experience with UNICEF in South and Central America. The story is of a 17 year old single mother who is HIV-positive.
Other Bush twin, Barbara, works with health policy issues for African nations, concentrating on HIV/AIDS and distributing medicine to children and women.
Last week the New York Times ran a front page story on the former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton. Front page story. She's fabulous, according to the news rag. I don't recall them running stories on her as she was falling down drunk in London while a student at Oxford, out on the town with her boyfriend. Plenty of stories to go around on the Bush twins and their younger, college days though. The Clintons, who want socialism for you and me but not themselves, installed Chelsea in a job at a Hedge Fund on Wall Street, starting salary in the six figures. The New York Times would like you to know how perfect a human being she is.
Hey, isn't her mother running for President? Just one of those crazy coincidences, I know.