Last summer about this time the media was full of just one thing, Harry Potter and his incredibly lucrative finale in the literary world.  Never in recent history had a book called forth such emotion, attention, and love.  And in most literary experts opinions, never again. 

And yet, on August first, barely more than a year after the exorbitant midnight-release parties, the leaked book scandals, and the ultimate battle between good and evil, another frenzy will take center stage. 

Twilight, the epic and intensely addictive story of Bella Swan and her adventures in the supernatural world of vampires and werewolves threatens to become the stuff of legends that we thought would die with Lord Voldemort. 

Sure, Stephanie Meyer’s $8.8 million profit doesn’t compare to the $35-some-odd million of the Rowling empire, but you have to admit, for four books in five years, that’s quite an accomplishment.  Not to mention that Meyer had already proven herself above the one-hit-wonder of many literary successes by publishing her first adult novel The Host last summer, with two sequel books planned in the next few years, as well as a ghost story. 

This is all without even mentioning the promised retelling of Twilight from Edward’s point of view titled Midnight Sun.  Meyer refuses to accept a deadline for this book, but has vowed to attempt to finish writing it within the next year. 

And Meyer isn’t the only writer who’s success is about to reach epic proportions.  Christopher Paloni, the wonder boy of fantasy literature, will be releasing his third Inheritance Saga, will be released this September.  This series, which Palioni began when he was a mere fifteen years old, tells the story of a young farm boy who finds a dragon egg while hunting and begins a path of destiny that makes Frodo Baggins adventure look like a trip to Disney World.

Pre-orders of Brisinger: The Seven Promises of Eragon Shadeslayer are already rocking the charts of bookstores across the country.  The fourth book, Brisinger: Saphira Bjartskular soon to follow, is sure to keep fans on their toes and lines at the bookstore checkout for the next two years. 

No matter how you look at it, there is still a market for good literature in our culture.  It will take more time to tell if Meyer, Paloni, or any other author will ever reach Potter level, but the speed of their success, and the desperation of fans who love them, shows that love of reading is not yet dead, or forgotten. 

So, to those who think Twilight is just a teen girls fad, think again.  To the writers working on the next literary sensation, remember, there are always readers of all ages out there “thirsty” for more. 

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