When I wrote about Sunshine, I said that I was surprised that I liked that book because I don't usually like vampire stories (except for the movie version of Dracula with Frank Langella and that's a special case). When Twilight came out, I didn't pay much attention because of the subject matter. However...
Older son loved Twilight. Daughter loved it. She and her friend discussed it, often, in the carpool on the way to dance camps this summer. If You Belonged Here blogged about the Pride and Prejudice angle (favorite quote: "Anyway, clearly there are overwhelmingly obvious reasons why a vampire should never date the lunch, umm, I mean human."). Mommy Brain also didn't care for vampire stories, and she loved it. Semicolon "read Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse last month, one after the other, like candy, in the course of two or three days." Time magazine said: "What makes Meyer's books so distinctive is that they're about the erotics of abstinence. Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint." Orson Scott Card's mini-review also mentions: "Today Mr. Darcy is a vampire." In an interview with Newsweek, Stephenie Meyer mentions that some fans want lots of details: "You wouldn't believe the questions I get. People want to know every single detail. You know, I majored in English, not biology."
I got it from the library last week after putting it on hold. Friday morning, I had some time to myself and started reading it. I spent all my free time reading and finished it that evening.
I'll put the rest of this "beneath the fold" so that I don't give anything away. Not that I'm going to go into much detail, anyway since there are lots of good reviews for you to read that I've already mentioned.