Twilight Series in Order | How to Read Stephenie Meyer’s Books

Twilight Series in Order
Twilight Series in Order Stephenie Meyer

How do you read the Twilight series in order? Or perhaps you’re wondering how to watch the Twilight movies in order?

Full transparency, I’ve never read or watched these books.

Whoa. Hold on there. Don’t hit that back button yet.

One of the things I specialize here on my blog, in addition to book reviews, is reading orders and book lists.

I do the research so you don’t have to. So even though I have read the Twilight books, I do know how to arrange the Twilight series in order.

And it’s not as simple as you might think.

Twilight Saga Summary

Twilight is the fad series of my late teen years to early twenties. I’ll never forget when Twilight rode the popularity wave to its heights in the late 2000s.

My lack of interest in the series falls somewhere between being just beyond the target age and because I detest vampires.

Probably the latter.

So it’s safe to say I’ll never read or watch these books. I just don’t do vampires.

Twilight is the story of a girl who moves to a sleepy little town in Washington where she expects to be bored out of her mind. She is unaware that she’s about to step into a world of vampires in werewolves.

Even once she learns what they are, her desire for Edward can’t keep her out of that world. This marks the series as an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.

That reminds me, I also don’t like urban fantasy.

But you aren’t here for my opinions, you want your Twilight series in order, so let’s get on with it.

Twilight Series in Order (Books)

Here is a list of the Twilight series in order by Publication Date. This includes a novella you’re probably not familiar with:

  1. Twilight (2005)
  2. New Moon (2006)
  3. Eclipse (2007)
  4. Breaking Dawn (2008)
  5. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, An Eclipse Novella (2010)
  6. Midnight Sun (2020)

When do I read the Novella?

The only question that may arise from this reading order above is when to read the novella?

The more observant folks will notice that The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is an Eclipse Novella.

So should you read it after Eclipse, or after Breaking Dawn when it was published?

That’s truly up to you. I don’t think there’s a wrong answer here. Those that wish to read the books as the original fans experienced it will want to read the Novella in publication order as listed above.

But those who want to keep the story flow intact, may choose to read the novella after Eclipse.

It’s all a matter of preference.

But how about the Twilight movies in order?

Twilight Series in Order (Movies)

Here is a list of the Twilight series in order by Publication Date. This includes a novella you’re probably not familiar with:

1. Twilight (2008)
2. New Moon (2009)
3. Eclipse (2010)
4. Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
5. Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)

Get all 5 movies in a single Blu-Ray combo pack.

Will there be a Midnight Sun movie?

That’s a great question isn’t it?

No information is currently known (March 12, 2021) about whether there will be a Midnight Sun movie, but with a series as popular as Twilight, I wouldn’t be surprised if news breaks soon that one is in the works.

Considering that Midnight Sun published in 2020 out of the blue after more than 12 years of silence in the series and that the book published during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s possible filmmakers will take awhile to adapt the latest book to the big screen.

The Twilight Saga Books in Order

Twilight Stephenie Meyer, Twilight Series in Order

1. Twilight

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.

Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife — between desire and danger.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.


New Moon Stephenie Meyer Twilight Series in Order

2. New Moon

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

Bella and Edward face a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy’s reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi.

Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.


Eclipse Stephenie Meyer Twilight

3. Eclipse

As the love triangle heats up in the third book, Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob and her romance with Edward — and her decision could change the fate of vampires and werewolves forever.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger.

In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?


Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer Twilight Series in Order

4. Breaking Dawn

In the explosive finale to the epic romantic saga, Bella has one final choice to make. Should she stay mortal and strengthen her connection to the werewolves, or leave it all behind to become a vampire? When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one?

If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved? To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan.

Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

This astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic.


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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, An Eclipse Novella

Newly turned vampire Bree Tanner lives in terror — and must find her way out of untold danger — in this pulse-pounding novella, a companion to Eclipse.

Bree Tanner, a self-described “vampire nerd” first introduced in Eclipse, lives in terror in a coven of newborn vampires. She is a member of Victoria’s vampire army, and as that army closes in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, she finds her first friend and discovers a truth about daylight.

While fans may know how it ends, they don’t yet have the full story: Bree’s tale of danger, mystery, and romance is one for the books.


Midnight Sun Stephenie Meyer Twilight Series in Order

5. Midnight Sun

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

 This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire.

As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.


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