When the movies rocketed these books to success there was the emergence of both twi-hards and twi-haters causing much controversy and lots of books since have been compared to twilight.
All this, of course, isn't the reason why I'm thankful for them though. Although I've always enjoyed reading, I wasn't the avid reader I am today because I hadn't yet discovered what it is I was really into.
I was reading books passed to me by my parents and chick lit novels by authors such as Chris Manby and Marian Keyes, which, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed but never found them unputdownable.
After reading, and enjoying, the Harry potter books by J.K. Rowling (because i couldn't wait to see how it all ended) I heard about a movie coming out soon called Twilight.
Knowing, like any other reader, that the book is usually better I decided to give something new a try and ordered myself the first book.
Before I was even finished I ordered the rest and finish them in days when they arrived, even staying up until 3am finishing Breaking Dawn, powering through a major reading headache I'd acquired because I just couldn't stop.
I was in love with the series, with Edward, even with rainy dull forks. I immediately dragged my husband to the movie which I loved just as much. I bought and read The Host, then amazon recommended a series called Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and another book site recommended House of Night, both of which I bought, from there sparked an obsession with fantasy books.
I bought them by the box load and filled up with my shelves and I'm still going today.
So even though I've since read books that may be better than Twilight and if I read it now I may not love it as much as I did then, when it was my introduction to the genre, I'm extremely thankful to the Twilight series and Stephanie Meyer for sparking such a love of books in me that meant I eventually even set up my own book club, followed by this blog.
I read and loved Harry potter first but it was twilight that really had the effect on me and changed my reading forever.
So if you're ever stopping yourself from trying something new maybe you should rethink it, because you never know what could happen.
What books are you thankful for?