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The Start of a Journey

April 16th, 2008 at 12:35 pm by Kaleb Nation

Kaleb Nation - 2008My name is Kaleb Nation, and this is the start of a journey.

I am a writer and a radio show host from the United States, and it was not until 2007 that I heard of author Stephenie Meyer. At the time, I did not pay attention to her books, because so often new trends come along for teen readers and disappear just as quickly as they came.

This book, however, has not gone away, and in fact has grown to become a phenomenon, sitting on top of the New York Times bestseller list for almost all of its 35 week run on the charts. Any book that knocks Harry Potter down any at all grabs my attention, but this book not only passed Harry up but continues to stay there.

I realized also the power of Stephenie Meyer when I wrote a post on my regular website, kalebnation.com, spoofing that I had been cast as some character named Edward Cullen in her upcoming movie. Within 24 hours, my website was receiving thousands of visitors simply by saying Stephenie’s name. This same phenomenon happened nearly every time I wrote a blog about her.

Twilight, the novel by Stephenie MeyerThe last straw was when I looked at the front page of my own website, and realized that I had 4 posts about Twilight, and only 2 about my own book series! Besides the constant prodding by my readers that I should bloody well read the books, pressure began to surmount as I watched the frenzy every time Stephenie showed her face in public. An American J.K. Rowling? I had to find out.

And thus, despite the fact that I am a guy, and I do not read vampire romances, nor werewolf romances, nor hobbit romances, nor any other romances, I bought Twilight, the first book in the series, and am now reading it. This website is my journal, as I seek to discover how Stephenie Meyer has cast a spell over nearly every girl in the world.


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71 Responses

  1. Clair

    whoop! Good luck with the reading :D
    Have fun!!!
    Can’t wait to hear/see what you think!

  2. Stephie

    Hi Nathan~
    I recently bribed my 17 year old son to read Twilight. He wanted a Donnie Darko dvd and I wanted him to read Twilight!
    Well, he picked up New Moon and started reading it the same evening that he finished Twilght and then proceeded to devour Eclipse! He told me that I’m going to have to buy 2 copies of Breaking Dawn because he doesn’t want to wait for me to finish it!
    Hope you love it too!

  3. Stephie

    Why the heck did I call you Nathan? Sorry, I must have been saying nation in my head and it came out Nathan. Forgive me Kaleb, I’m getting old!

  4. Shannondoah Fleury

    Good for you!
    There is already a surprising amount of guy Twilight fans, so maybe you will help them to see the light! :P :P

  5. April

    Awesome. I’ve now got you booked marked and plan on checking on you daily to see if you’ve updated something new to add to the Twilight discussion.

    I read the books to my boyfriend and after about the third chapter he was like, “Come on, what happens next?”

    I hope that you feel the same way.

  6. HankTheCowdog

    Murglesnorfporkchopsnorf

  7. GINNY-ELLE

    Hey!!!!!!! i clicked on ur link and well good luck im going to tell my friend jake about this because he was going to read twilight then chickened out bcause it was a romance book.. :) good luck!!! G.E.

  8. savannah

    toldya (well i didn’t tell ya, but i thought it) no guys. oh-well, it’s only the first day! good luck!

  9. Katerina

    Kaleb wtf why dont you read romances?? and btw i like your new site =] anyways now that you have a whole web site about you reading Twilight i think you should try and read the second chapter now (i promise you’ll fall in love with the ideal of edward)

  10. Erin =)

    I think more boys have read twilight than are letting on… & enjoyed it too. My brothers (19 and 16) have read it & they loved it, but they continue to pretend it was only an “okay book” even though they each finished the entire series in about 3 days… haha

    good luck & you are in for a treat. There is nothing better than reading a fantastic book for the first time =)

  11. Twimoonilipse12

    I am a Twilighter. Obviously my name kinda gives off the vibe of “obsessed without a cure” haha.

    I think it is very cool on the study of what you are doing.
    Kudos

    Twi.:D

  12. John

    You’re hardly the only guy to ever read Twilight, I’m a guy and I’ve read all three books and loved them. Seriously they’re great, hope you enjoy reading them.

  13. Kame-chan

    x3 this may sound weird but I dislike Bella. yes. I liked her in the beiginning….once I read New Moon….I don’t like her….or Edward…I am on the Wolf Team. oh yes.

    sorry,point is I hope you enjoy reading Twilight. =] and that you become a Jake fan! =D have you read about him yet? It’s a small part in the 1st book but it grows in New Moon…BIG TIME.

    ENJOY YOUR READ(and hope you soon join the Jake Team! =)

  14. Katerina

    ewww whf why the helll whould you like jacob BLAH he acts like a effen 2 year old and hes ugly im defintly team Edawrd/Bella i hope Jacob dies in the 4th book then it would be happily ever after

  15. savannah

    go edward/bella team!!! i dont want jacob to die! if she kills to many characters then thats the end of the series! i like jacob but he is sooooo imature, but edward is a little toooooo mature, but edward still wins!!!

  16. Zach

    O.k. my name is zach and i just found out about twilight three months ago and when i finally got my hands on one i loved it!!! And about tha guy thing…i think more guyz need to read cause its always an adventure and they just dont c that and to those guyz like me who have had the guts to go out on the internet and post comments sayin that they read the books and loved them, ROCK ON!!!

    P.S. Cant wait 4 the new book Breaking Dawn!!!

    P.P.S. All the girls out there who doesnt like the face of Edward Cullen well u will just have to suck up ur pride, Go watch the movie, & who no’s…u might just even like it :-)

  17. Esme echo

    Welcome to the Twilight universe! I can’t wait to read your take on the characters!

  18. Joanne Maria

    SM herself suggested this website, so here I am..GOOD LUCK..I know you will love the books and I will be checking in to see how you are doing..

  19. Twi-Biter Sarah

    Good lick on the reading Twilight! I’ve gotten a ton of friends hooked and my husband promised to see the movie so hopefully i can get him to read the book before then. Also, Stephenie Meyer mentioned your site on her Myspace Blog so that says how exciting it is that you are reading Twilight! You WILL have a following. :)

  20. ashley

    Wow your website even has Stephenie Meyer herself bloging about it!!

    If that made any sense? it did to me!
    Hope you like the book!

  21. Mikah

    Yeah well, my friend aaron (a boy btw) actually yelled at ME to read these books, he came across them on amazon looking for a good book to read and then started screaming at me to read them and when i did i couldnt stop.I’m addicted.
    i would say good luck but you wont need it for these books, i will say good luck sleeping at night without knowing what happens next… thats the part that i had trouble with lol
    can’t wait for you to start conversations about the books, just keep reading (haha as if you could stop)

  22. Yvonne

    First off, I must applaud you for actually buying the book. I heard about twilight about a month ago and how extraordinarily cheesy (yet hilarious) it was, but I couldnt bring myself to actually spend some dosh on it. (I’m a poor uni student) Hurrah for Borders and my long breaks at uni. :)

  23. Michelle

    Good on you! I’m going to have to drag my friend Jacob (yes, i know what you’re thinking, I’ve taken to calling him Ben since Eclipse came out, it’s WAY to weird to call him by his name)so then I can drag him to the movies to see the movie with me! (I have a plan, I am going to drag everyone I know to the movies with me one by one so that I have a legitimate reason to see it a thousand times with out looking like a loner)

  24. Ideal_Idiot

    I clicked on your Google adds… only for your benefit. It adds up.. right? *clicks a few more times* Now maybe you can get New Moon and then Eclipse… I’ll keep clicking.
    Love,
    A Twilight Nerd.

  25. Steph

    You crack me up. I can’t wait to read more!

    That’s really all I can say right now because I’m supposed to be getting ready for school …

    Yeah I think I should start that now.

  26. 3sh

    guys should read Twilight because:

    1) even if its a romance novel, its a brilliant one at that (not those low, mushy types)

    2) my older brother (he’s 23) has long been a fan as i have when Twilight wasnt all that famous yet. he doesnt really go for out-flat romance novels but Twilight isnt any ordinary romance novel. he has great taste in books – obviously, haha!

    3) The Twilight series is NOT boring.

    4) there are wicked awesome vampires & kick-ass werewolves!

    WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?

  27. Laura

    Ha! Welcome to the Twilight universe!! And you’re not the only guy who reads the books, but it’s probable that you’re one of the most comical!! Hope you enjoy it…..And, btw, what are your books about?

  28. Emily

    This is such an awesome idea! I’ve seen some guys (sadly only two) reading the books in my school and one was actually asking if he could borrow my copy. I’m sure there are more and maybe this site will help them not to pretend to scoff at the sight of our large percentage of people in my classes and the hallways swooning over the books (namely Edward). I look forward to seeing your views on the books; have fun reading!

  29. vanessa

    This is Such A cool Idea!!! So Many guys At My High School Are tired of hearing girls talk over and over about the book and Edward Cullen and the fact that all the girls (including me) have fallen in love with this character as soon as we read the book.But too actuallly find a guy who is willing to read the book Is Cool!!!!

  30. Stephanie

    I think it’s soo greatt that your reading Twilight. Hopefully this will encourage more guyz to read it!!

  31. Kate

    OMG! haha thats hilarious! You will probably love it. And even if the whole romance thing isn’t your kinda book, since you are a write you’ll be able to appreciate how wonderfully well written it is. I am like the most obsessed person that i know personally and i can tell you that you will LOVE it!

  32. Angela

    Hey don’t be discouraged!! my boyfriend and his best friend LOVE the books and aren’t ashamed about it. My bf is actually the one who got ME to read the books lol….and I know many more guys who like the books too!! Good luck with this, not that you’ll need it. The only thing I can’t figure out is how you can spend any free time on here instead of reading…. I don’t know, maybe that’s just me–I’m hopelessly addicted to the series. Well happy reading, anyway! I’ll be checking up on you! =]

  33. TWIHARD

    I love love love love this book I can’t wait to hear a guy’s percpective. Good luck! *giggles*

  34. Ariel

    I actually had not read the Twilight series until my boyfriend and his best friend had already read it. One of them bought me the book for my birthday, and then I got hooked. I blame it completely on them.

    Also, in comments 2 and 3, when “Stephie” called you nathan, I’d really like to think that she is a buffy fan and subconciously connected the name kaleb to actor nathan fillion.

  35. Rene'

    My children were making fun of me,because once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I would come home from work and read, read,read. My husband was getting mad,then my daughters started could not stop,then friends and they said”omg”,”we want Edward”. Happy reading!! Can’t wait to get your comments,but you will be a twilight fan for sure!!

  36. Dani Cullen

    ha ha…i cant wait to see what you do…it is an AH-MAIZ-ING book and your the only boy that i know that is actually reading it :) my best friend(s) got me reading it and i can’t stop i’ve read the series like 3 times and i pre-ordered it whenever they first announced that the book was coming out August 2, well enjoy!

  37. Alex

    Hey, I think this is awesome what your doing. I only know one guy who has ever read Twilight (that admits it) and more should. It really shows how guys SHOULD act in a relationship, barring New Moon. Anyway, good luck, I hope you love the books as much as I do! :D

  38. Kristin

    Hey, I know some guys who love twilight or at least were bullied enough into reading them by my obsessed friend. Good Luck!

  39. Emily R.

    Kaleb– You rock!
    I started reading Twilight in November and found that I couldnt put it down! Then I borrowed both New Moon and Eclipse from my friend. (I all but broke into her house to get them!) They are great arent they?
    Have fun… lol.
    Emily

  40. shadesofblack

    i think i’ll attempt to read your blog about Twilight… i just read all 3 books myself and loved them… but i’m a girl so…

  41. A~

    Okay, I think I’m gonna read all your entries. I’m curious =P
    Twilight is awesome, I just read all the 4 books last week, and it got me hooked =D

  42. spookybell

    I have just started reading your blog about Twilight and I know I am going to be entertained!!!

  43. BrooklynBridges

    ok, i know im starting to read your blogs a few months late
    (or years, sheesh, gimme a break)
    but a few words:
    BEST DECISION OF YOUR LIFE
    (unless your married/engaged then 2nd best and tell whats-her-face i said hi :) )

  44. Florabella

    BrooklynBridges I’m with you I’m late too, but this sound really interesting to read up on. I love anything that has to do with Twilight. ;}

  45. Bella

    Hey, i love twilight and the series so much but i haven’t seen a guy reading them yet. they should! the books are amazing and it’s good you’re reading them!!

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  47. MEBOBGIRL

    Cool. My 10 yr old brother is on Eclipse some how!

  48. Liana

    Wow. It's just so amazing reading this post when you were just beginning to venture into the overwhelming world of Twilight. Now you're half way through the last book and are a famous web star. Once again, wow. You have come a long way, my friend. I admire you and your amazing commitment.

  49. mariam tarek

    kaleb i started watching your vlogs a couple of weeks ago,i also admire that you're a writer and i will definitely read your book :) … i just had to read the 1st lines you wrote in the beginning of your journey in the twilight world..mine was who the hell is Edward Cullen ? and now i bet people call me an obsessed twilighter :) :) that's how life goes ;)

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  53. cantanstrophe

    I'm sorry to be an anti on a clearly pro-Twilight site, but this comment really pushed my buttons. Specifically the whole 'wtf why dont you read romances??' and 'i promise you'll fall in love with the ideal of edward' parts.

    Perhaps this may be a difficult concept for you to grasp, but not everyone likes romances. Some of us (probably not Kaleb, but my point still stands) find them pointless garbage driven by a hopeless excuse for a plot whose only reason for existence is to lead up to a kiss which isn't even satisfying because of the strictly formulaic nature of these books.

    Secondly, 'i promise you'll fall in love with the ideal of edward'? Really? For starters, Edward Cullen is a misogynistic, manipulative, two-faced bastard. No person in their right mind would fall in love with him. And if – by some faulty logic – one did, they would be hard pressed to find anyone who was even remotely like him, purely because most guys prefer their girls to have at least some dignity.

    Sorry, but that just really pissed me off.

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  55. Mrs. N. Schumann

    The reason women read romances most of the time is one because they are single and in search of hope that an ideal guy is out there for everyone. Just because you are heartless and obviously cold to the emotions of others doesnt give you the right to knock down a whole genre of literature simply because you, one person out of millions thinks its “pointless garbage driven by a hopeless excuse for a plot whose only reason for existence is to lead up to a kiss which isn't even satisfying because of the strictly formulaic nature of these books.” Writing books like the Twilight Saga had to be one of if not the hardest thing Stephenie Meyer probably ever did. Have you ever written anything that made the greater population of the planet run out to buy your books or crowd the parking lots of theaters around the world? As far as your opinoin of Edward I'm treating that as just an opinion because obviously you are to stupid to see that there is an “Edward” in every romance book. The character as the leading man is ment to be the ideal ment to be the object of every readers desire. Youre the one that needs to show some dignity and even respect for the writers of those books you see as pointless garbage.

  56. thejackle123

    I got curious and bought the book app for my Ipod… lets just say Itunes wasn't happy while it waited for my bank to catch up with the bill.

  57. yarie

    what team r u on?

  58. yarie

    hope u like the books like every body else

  59. kaitlyn

    thanks so much for doing this! i have a friend whose reading skills aren't all that great. so i started to read to them and then thought i could find someone else who could read through the internet. well lo and behold i found you thru a comcast twilight extra.

  60. Hayley Blackwood

    I love twilight I read the series 3 times in 1 week. I drove my mom and dad crazy and even my sister that introduced me to the book. Stephenie Meyer is definetly very talented. I can relate to the book in many ways but I also think of the book as a place to escape when my life gets too rough. I said I didn't want to read it and it was horrible but now every time I mention how much I love it everybody says “I thought you hated it” but now I relize you don't judge a book by it's cover.

  61. Mackenzie

    i am so inspired that you read the twilight books. i'm a 13yr old girl and i just made my dad read them and he was embarasssed to admit he liked them! rock on!

  62. Mackenzie

    i am so inspired that you read the twilight books. i'm a 13yr old girl and i just made my dad read them and he was embarasssed to admit he liked them! rock on!

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  64. Twritebite

    http://www.cafepress.com/werewolves1
    Good luck with the reading. Have fun!!! I bribed my brother to go with me to see Twilight in the theature. At that time I had no idea what it was about, other than a vampire movie. I never liked vampire movies. But the previews I saw on TV interested me. My brother agreed to go with me because he does like vampire movies. As I was walking out of the theature after the movie was over, I was thinking , I wan't to read the book. (Someone I worked with talked about reading the Twilight books all day.) Two weeks later I bought the first three books. (I couldn't find Breaking Dawn until a cople weeks later.) I was hooked! I still am now!
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  65. Lisa

    I know you have finished the series now, and I think they are absolutely incredible! Although, I must say, I prefer the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling!

  66. Koncisealchemy

    Interesting, this mission you choose to take upon yourself. I must admit quite admirable… kinda wish I had thought of it myself, but of course I really wasn't into the Twilight thing when it first started nor am I now. Honestly speaking I did begin reading the series, with high expectations, quite high since it followed Harry Potter and I'm an avid literary vampire fan, being of the Anne Rice generation. However I was gravely disappointed. My disappointment lies in the very heart of the entire story and some of its construction. Lets begin… Well to say the very least Mrs. Meyer's vampire knowledge fails to match any of the vampire lore that has been taught for the past thousand or so years, which solidifies that yes she must have dreamed it all… not to take anything away from her creativity because she was quite creative as of course any writer can easily claim, it just lacks any feel of believability. But of course that's not what interested the readers… not the vampire lore… Its all about the love story, right?
    Now before I start my triad… I must admit, just being honest and fair… that I didn't or better yet couldn't read all four books. I did start and finish the first two, the first I will say was…cute, but the second one… well lets just say that's where she lost me, actually somewhere in the middle of the second one, but being the psychotic reader that I am I couldn't leave it unread so I stopped at the end.
    Back to the love element of this….(I'm not sure what to call it) For starters… where do we start. Okay, Edward is what hundreds of years old and Bella is how old? Exactly. So you got this guy that of course is immortal so he has a few hundred years of experience under his belt and then you have this young high school girl who has yet to experience life on her own, I'm having trouble seeing where the attraction comes in. Oh of course Edward was overly enticed by the special scent of her blood, commonly known as blood lust… Now that I think about it why are all these vampires trolling high school halls when there are plenty of college campuses that could provide a much better back drop, honestly what could they be learning that they don't already know at this high school, history…really. Continuing… so Edward is attracted to this little girl, like every vampire that comes in contact with her, because of the special scent of her blood… all the while you got poor Jacob over here who has pretty much known Bella since they were what five, making mud pies together… in love with her for her…hmm and why does she have trouble picking who the better suitor is? Maybe its because vampires control minds, one of they're regular powers is attraction by all, just maybe… Every one and I mean every one was attracted to all of the Cullens except for the Native Amer. living there, because they knew what they were and could see through what some may call “vampire magnetism”. Moving on… now that we have established who likes who, or did we? I was also quite confused about who Bella truly likes or loves, which ever verb you prefer. Of course she was quite smitten with Edward, I mean who wouldn't be, he was mysterious, he had unnaturally youthful good looks, he was brilliant in every subject at HIGH school, and of course he has oodles and oodles of money… come on people Edward was vampire.. oh and lets not forget how hard to tried not to show any interest in Bella when every other guy was drooling over her, why wouldn't he, the coolest guy in HIGH school not want her…of course he couldn't be that cool… only a vampire could. Oh lets not forget about poor Jacob just yet, like we said he loved Bella for Bella… quick side note, she really wasn't that lovable, unless of course you go for that whole depressed woe is me thing… anyway you got Jacob over here giving it the old romantic try but of course failing due to the fact at the beginning he's a regular guy with a crush against a vampire… but now that Edward is gone and he's finally working his way in his duty to his clan turns him into something like a werewolf.
    ( Now for another bout of honesty, I do truly admire Mrs. Meyers nontraditional way of writing the werewolves in her story, taking from the Native Amer. culture and educating readers of other traditional lores that are out there, cheers to you Mrs. Meyers.)
    After Bella finally recognizes the real possibilities in Jacob, Edward causes a fuss, maybe he thought she was dead because she got over him and was in love with someone else, maybe… So now Jacob is a full fledged werewolf and Bella is really starting to dig Jacob but Edward pops up….we go through some mortal danger, bad guys die, Bella is saved.. but now shes acting confused as if she may actually have some feelings for Jacob, Edward doesn't worry, “I'm a vampire what I got to worry about” definitely not sunshine… now she's doing the back and fourth thing for a lil bit, sounds a lot like a player to me, or maybe its the mind of a young girl who has yet to experience life outside of her parents house by herself, just maybe. Fast forward past the old man and young girl sex scene made for High school girls to Bella being pregnant…(teenage pregnancy is rampant and we wonder why)…a lil further still to Jacob being in love with Bella's and Edwards unborn child, sounds like the cycle almost repeating it self all over again, except this time its an adult werewolf in love with an unborn vampire infant… One of them things that make you go..hmmm….

  67. Koncisealchemy

    I know, anyone who had the chance or gumption to read my last post…if it's still there… is probably wonder what more could I say. Well as I had mentioned briefly this (Twilight) was the out come of the authors dreams. Now they say dreams are many things, one being the reflections of our being or our thoughts, since a persona is the summation of our thoughts. And with that being said, Twilight cause to me heavily reflect on dream interpretation. You be the critic…

  68. Wing Commander Vinyaya

    Oh, good luck my friend. My friends at school and I are some of the few thirteen year old, female Twilight haters. I couldn't get past the fifth page of the first book. I wish you the best of success.
    God bless you and give you strength.

  69. Elle

    Stephenie Meyer will never surpass Harry Potter in my book! Which, by the way, is currently Bran Hambric:The Farfield Curse.

  70. Thiago Araujo

    Good luck with the reading.
    I met (Kaleb) when I was watching the DVD “Twilight in Forks : The Saga of The Real Town”. I bought it and I though how interesting would be his website. I'm an English student from Brazil and also a “twilightguy”. Lol…. =P I though that I could practice my English visiting his website often.
    I have the DVD's of the saga and I bought the books recently.
    I'll read Kaleb comments everytime when I finish a capter of the book to compare my opnion with his and to practice my English of course. Lol…
    Kaleb's site is really good. Congrats Kaleb!
    If someone wants to keep in touch with me, being friends and helping me with my English, add me please at:
    Skype: thiagomagnataok
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ThiaG0nLine
    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thiagohsm...

  71. Rachel

    i absolutely love the twilight saga and i'm sure you will too Nathan

    i actually just saw you on the twilight in forks the saga of the real town what inspired me to visit the site  

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