The vampire's drawn fresh blood in the Capital. Even as Twilight, the movie based on the first book in American author Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga series, failed to register healthy box office sales since it released this weekend, booksellers are seeing a jump in demand for the books. On campuses across the city, the books have become a hot topic of discussion, and other novels in the teenage vampire romance genre are moving off bookstore shelves.
"Most of my friends at my PG (paying guest accommodation) were reading the book and they told me that every girl should read it. The film has also just released, so it gave me all the more reason to pick it up," says Smriti Sah, a third year student at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.
Vidya Singh, another Delhi University student, says, "At least five people have recommended the book to me in the last three days. You can spot many students reading the book on campus."
"I had heard so much about Edward Cullen that I had to read the book. The book is such a craze in colleges now. I am going to watch the movie now-can't wait to," says Nomi Saikia, a third year student of Kamala Nehru College.
Meyer's novels narrate the love story of a 17-year-old girl, Isabella Swan, with a 90-year-old vampire, Edward Cullen. Four books have been published till now- Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, and they've been on bestseller charts in the country, selling over 18,000 copies at leading bookstores.
"The first book in the series, Twilight, is especially selling well since the release of the movie. Earlier, we sold 2-4 books a day; now, it's 10-15," says Asad Baig of Midland Book Shop. "Other vampire Gaurav Kumar of Oxford Bookstore, Gurgaon, has seen a rise, too. "We are selling four to five books everyday," he says.
"Twilight has opened doors for teenage vampire fiction, with The House Of Night series- co-authored by mother-daughter duo of P C Cast and Kristin Cast- also being picked up at bookstores across the country," says a spokesperson of national bookstore chain Landmark.