A guy reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2009-2011)

Reading Twilight: Chapter 18 (The Hunt) AND Chapter 19 (Goodbyes)

 The song for this chapter is Supermassive Black Hole by Muse


As you all surely noticed, something is different about this post, and the difference is that I have covered more than one chapter. One of these is my excuse:

  1. A band of masked Twilighters led by Bailey leapt through my window, chained me to my desk, and threatened to stone me with textbooks if I didn’t read faster.  Or:
  2. I caught a fatal type of Dangermagnetosis and must now read double-speed in order to finish before my premature death. Or:
  3. Stephenie ended Chapter 18 at a part in the story no sane being, male or female, human or vampire, could set the book down.

Yes, I just kept on from 18 to 19, and might have gone onto 20 if I hadn’t stopped myself. In a flash it transformed. The beginning of the book was great (I’m a guy, so Edward-gushing wasn’t completely my type of reading), but this part is thrilling. Vampire action? Vampires running beside the car, chasing and tracking Bella down? If there are any guys reading this, still on the fence about reading Twilight, know that the romance and stuff guys don’t usually enjoy, at the beginning of the book, is entirely worth it for what is happening now. In fact, those parts are of great importance to make this part of the book so strong, so you know just how imperative it is to Edward that Bella stays alive.

There are hardly words to be said about this chapter, as I’m still trying to resist pulling it off the shelf and jumping right into the next part. Like I said at the beginning of this site, I am not one who has ever enjoyed vampire books or movies. For some reason, they just didn’t click with me. But Stephenie’s have completely rendered a new view of vampires in my mind– from the old Dracula with capes into something worthy of vamptastic.

In these chapters, there is a very strong tension in the air at all times, which is handled so masterfully I can’t get over it. Somehow, I can feel James watching from the shadows, circling the house, running next to the car– this constant danger that at any time could strike from the dark. At the same time, Edward is there as well, showing an aggressive side I have not yet seen. He has gone instantly from this romantic fellow into a vicious, dark defender, ready to hunt James at whatever cost. The prospect of having to tear James to shreds and burn the pieces does not even sway him for a second from what he has to do. There is a driving force to protect Bella that leaves no room in Edward’s mind for questioning what has to be done. She’s worth whatever it takes for him to keep her alive.

Believe me when I say that the absolute, sudden shifting from a romance into a page-turning thriller within the space of 20 pages had me shocked. Regular vampire romances do not do that. However, Twilight is not a regular vampire romance.

Unfortunately, my mind wandered off again, snickering back at me as it did:

“What’s your hunting range?” Laurent casually inquired.

“Somewhere in that direction,” Carlisle said, pointing. “But, you might rather wait a month or two. After all…”

He gestured towards a sign which read:

Sorry, we’re out of season

I am looking forward to grabbing Chapter 20 with the greatest anticipation, and hoping that I can resist from just leaping upon the rest of the book and devouring them all at once with near-vampiric fury.  😀


– I’m about ready to celebrate: my Youtube is up to 870 subs! My goal is 1000 by the end of summer, so if anybody likes Youtube be sure to check out my channel.

– This week is my final exam in college before summer break, and then I will be much free-er to get back with everyone’s emails. However, I just received the editorial letter for my novel. Thus, following June 27, my email-answering speed will fall again while I work on that. But I will still reply!

– For those who haven’t heard, most of Stephenie’s Breaking Dawn shows were sold out within the hour. Wowsa. So you were all right: my 3 hour guess was way too much 😀



89 Responses

  1. wow, I can’t believe i’m like one of the first to write! Finally! Anyways for shame Kaleb, i actually thought you might resist the temptation in these chapters… to bad. Also the excuses were hilarious! Can’t wait til your next post!

  2. Interesting, these are the chapters where I usually yawn and just start reading through to get back to the mushy stuff. I’m glad, though, to see that you’ve finally gotten to a spot where you just can’t put it down. Welcome to true Twilight Fandom.

  3. 2 chapters! I was wondering when you would finally give in and read more than one. Glad that you’re really enjoying it, and I can’t wait for your next post!

  4. haha! I knew you weren’t gonna be able to read just one chapter at a time forever…it was only a matter of time before you gave in…lol! I love the song for the chapter by the way =)

  5. I’ve been shocked the entire time reading your posts that you have been able to set it down. Once I got to chapter three of Twilight I was dangerously hooked. I commend you for being so strong to put it down in the midst of all the action and I am very glad that you did “cheat” and read two chapters =D

  6. You were right about people noticing that you read two chapters. That is a first for you. But I don’t know how you can stop yourself from reading. I can say that most people read these books in a day or two each.

    Also nice sign and keep reading 🙂

  7. NO HUNTING AT ALL HAHAHAHAHHAHA……. that pic was hilarious.

    As for vampires, yeah the same happened to me. Vampires were bleh for me until I met Stephenie’s vampires. I never liked vampires before!! Steph’s vamps are original. They spark and don’t have fangs and live in a wonderful house and drive a volvo/mercedes/bmw/jeep LOL…..

    2 chapters too? for the next entry? j/k 😀 Good luck with your examn ))

  8. SEE!
    this is the main reason why I WANT ALL MY GUY FRIENDS to read Twilight… because like you said the gushy stuff at the beginning is totally worth it to get to the ACTION PACK FUN at the end!
    LOVE IT!


  9. So… I don’t think I ever told you about this. But a long time ago there was a running joke with Stephenie as to what Eclipse held (as this was pre-eclipse release talk). The joke was that Edward while up in Alaska, visiting the Denali Clan, was eaten by a polar bear. So… your pictures was actually much more humorous than you probably even intended. Good play, sir. Good play.


  10. Gosh, reading this blog makes me want to read Twilight, yet again. I don t know how Stephenie does it, but that tension is SO on-the-edge-of-your-seat-

    And, omg, I totally saved your “No Hunting” picture to my Twilight folder of pictures, so next time I see it I will laugh out loud 🙂

  11. How can you go through your day not laughing hysterically at all the thoughts you have ?!

  12. I have always been amazed at how you were able to only read chapter at a time, with days inbetween each chapter. I was wondering if you would ever falter to the twilight induced adrenaline. I guess, since you’re a guy, all it took was some action. 😀

    I think you’re going to have trouble putting the book down during the other books…..

  13. Hahaha. I knew you wouldn’t be able to just read ONE chapter every few days. I read Twilight in in 1 1/2 days and New Moon in half a day, and most people did the same type of thing too, so I knew you wouldn’t be able to do it for too long XDD

  14. I started reading twilight, and I could read a few chapters every couple days, it was a pretty nice paced book, but there was no omggottareadthenextchapter thing for me until these chapters. I read the first 17 chapters in a week, and the rest of the book in a couple hours.

  15. mwahaha, we told you! we told you you wouldnt be able to resist!! Yay im glad your enjoying the action after sticking the romance!! I agree with you totally! i told my friend i was reading this book about vampires and she was like ‘vampires!? That dosnt sound like you!’ But the way SM’s done it is just awesome!
    Cant wait to hear your thought on the rest of the book, they are always insightful adn hilarious!!!

  16. I remember stopping at the end cuz I was soo scared…

    Im such a weenie…

  17. Actually, the Chicago tickets didn’t sell out quite so fast. When I got through on the phone line, about two hours after they started selling the tickets, the man said the tickets were sold out, but then some tickets became available because someone didn’t finish their transaction online, so we got their tickets (Yay im going to the Chicago signing! Just had to say that.) So, the Chicago tickets didn’t sell out til about 2 central time, maybe a bit later, so about 2 hours. Of course, that was probably because the site didn’t work for most people and the phone lines were jammed because the site didn’t work. But still. You were kinda close… ish.

  18. As much as I love reading, I’m greatly looking forward to when the movie comes out, because the actions sequences will RULE!!!

  19. You don’t need an excuse to explain that you couldn’t help but read 2 chapters at a time! I don’t know anyone who can put down Twilight after one or two chapters, so I ask, Why limit yourself? lol.
    I’m happy you’re enjoying it so much!

  20. Yay, your almost done!!!!!!
    I can’t wait fot until you read New Moon. Oh, and if you like action your going to LOVE Eclipse…

  21. HAHA Wow, this really cracked me up. You’re practically my hero for reading this book (and understanding it), but not quite. I’ve got two guy friends who started reading them during the school year. They actually brought them to school! No shame whatsoever. 🙂

  22. Ok I’ve enjoy your site from the momment I foun it, but never really felt your enthusiasm for the book. You seem to liked it but, not really love it. Now Im sure that you have the twilight bug, I can feel it in your writting, way to go Kaleb, welcome to our world.

  23. Your sign is hilarious. I don’t know how you’ve been able to pace yourself. I read all 3 books in 2 days. I’m with Callie, if you love the action sequences, you’re going to love the vamptastic action in New Moon and Eclipse – Vampires, Werewolves and Virgos Oh My!

  24. hahaha! i love your excuses! and the sign about no human hunting!!! you’re hilarious!

  25. I admire your restraint friend, I have none when it comes to books and read the series in three days and re-read them periodicly in the months following…well done 🙂

  26. out of season… LOL!! 😉
    U R sooo funny. the awesomeness of the book must have rubbed off on you, he he. 🙂
    Glad to see you’re enjoying it, i cant wait to hear your thoughts on new moon, there are some very mixed reviews.

  27. Hahaha! I remember, like, hyperventilating at that part. And then I retreated into the dark recesses of my room to read the rest so that my family wouldn’t interrupt.


    It’s so easy to just give in, isn’t it?

  28. I started reading your blog on Twilight a couple of weeks ago and I have say I’ve really enjoyed your insight and funny comments. Your pictures crack me up!
    I decided to leave a comment because I have to say I’m right there with you when the book shifted from all romance to a race for Bella’s life. I’m not a terribly mushy girl. Action is much more my thing. I love a book that has a balance of both. When James and crew came into the picture I perked up and it was even HARDER to put the book down. I think if you were done with finals you would have continued. Enjoy Chapter 20 when you get there. 😀

  29. Kaleb! I believe that Bailey did climb in through your window, because I was with her. ! Hahaha. I love NoMoreMarbles. Shes the only youtuber I’ll watch. BUT! Since you’ve been like an asset to my every day life, i think I shall go and subscribe to your channel! I know, right? Amazing. Hahaha
    Love the double chapter review! Can you believe that your almost done. 😛
    ~Kim aka LupsandTnks

  30. YAY! Two chapters, finally! haha. Yeah I was hooked from the beginning too, but as soon as James started tracking her, there was absolutely NO way I could put the book down. It just gets better and better. Hurry up and finish! =]]

  31. Two chapters, eh? It just gets more and more intense. So good luck trying to stay away from the book for long periods of time!

  32. haha the girls that ordered a birthday cake! i would of done the same.

    it was a short post Kaleb ,even more to cram both chapters in one .nice. oh yeah and well your sense of humor is hilarious!

  33. Good for you, Kaleb! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the book so much. Just reading your site cracks me up on a daily basis–I can’t wait until your book comes out!

  34. woohhoo finally 2 chapters. it just keeps getting BETTER and BETTER! good luck holding out. buts its true. those chapters were the ones that had me awake until 3:00 in the morning all hyped up in anticipation.

  35. So I must say your images never cease to amaze or amuse me. Also, if you finish the book or get through a whole bunch of chapters before your next post, I can’t wait to see what you say about my favorite chapter (which is chapter 23).

    Enjoy the rest of it. You have hit what I call the point of no return!

  36. Okay, I have to admit, I usually get pretty mad when you change the sentences but that one actually made me laugh too. I appluad you, you are doing a fantastic job at figuring out what makes girls love this book. And trust me all girls are turned on by guys that actually have read Twilight(or any book for that matter!!).

  37. woo-hoo!! give into temptation!!!!!

    I was reading the books again and paying special attention to the ends of the chapters, and it was fun to see what kind of cliffie’s you were going to have to live through with just reading one chapter at a time. Don’t worry, you did it through most of Twilight, and most of New Moon might be the same. Good luck at the end of NM and Eclipse, though!! =]

  38. Ha, i thought you’d rush through the end of the book quickly. I did the same thing-except I finished the book start to finish, not just the ending.

  39. I can’t believe your almost done! If you think it wa hard to stop at those chapters, just wait untill you finnish some of the ones to come.

  40. Congratulations Kaleb! You have gone from a Twilight Reader to a Twilight Fan. Welcome!

  41. im re-reading twilight again and im on the same place as you!

    this whole book is great.
    kudos to you being able to resist reading the rest.

    the first day i got it, i read it all at once. there was no way i could stop =]

  42. Hi there. It’s good to know that there are other male Twilight fans like me on the internet. I was beginning to think I was the only one. For what seems to be such an exclusively ‘girl’ book, it has some pretty kick-to-the-ass action scenes.

    Keep on truckin’

  43. Kaleb, are you hoping to have New Moon & Eclipse finished in time to start Breaking Dawn with the rest of us? I would hate to have someone ruin it for you like so many people did with the Potter series or ever this series. Sadly fans just get so excited about good books, and they just can’t control themselves.

  44. HA! you broke!! now amy owns me five bucks!!!!

    We had a bet going to see if you could read just one chapter at a time.

    Amy had faith in you. I didn’t. Twilight is way to addictive.


  45. I applaud u for lasting this long without reading two chapters at a time… Good job! I never could do it

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