This TikToker Is Reading One Sentence of 'Twilight' Every Day

"Maybe we'll get to see this apple once we get later in the story."

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We’ve been in varying states of quarantine for nearly a year (barf), which means we’ve all found ways to get creative figuring out ways to pass the time. Some of us lovingly nurture our sourdough starter, others have taken up digital painting, and some have probably written at least one novel by now. Many of us are using this time to catch up on our reading lists, finally starting the classics we’ve been putting off for a rainy day, like Moby-Dick, Great Expectations, or Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance Twilight-which is what one TikTok user has been reading since November… one sentence a day. And, luckily for us, documenting it all on video. 

TikTok user Shaiann Alger (with the vivid handle @new_poop15) picked up her copy of Twilight on November 25, and proceeded to post one TikTok of herself every single day since then, reading every sentence in order from beginning to (hopefully!) end. Inspired by fellow TikToker Spencer Mayleben, who has been reading one sentence of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone every day for almost a year, Shaiann’s posts are both expert parody and valuable literary analysis. At only 69 sentences in at time of publication (nice), it shouldn’t take too long for you to catch up if her videos haven’t surfaced on your For You page yet, and, trust us, we recommend watching every single one. Alger presents every sentence with equal care, first introducing herself at the beginning of her videos with various identities, from “Hi, I’m DreamWorks’ Shrek character” to “a turbochad” to “not mad, just disappointed.” She then reads that day’s sentence (we’re barely past the first pages of the first chapter), kicking off insightful commentary with a dry “okay,” and ends with, “That’s all for today.” The videos, when watched one right after another in reverse chronological order, offer a comforting pattern, Alger’s soft deadpan and careful observations digging deep into, surely, one of our generation’s richest texts. Take Day 52, for example, just after Bella Swan gets off the plane in Forks: “‘Charlie was waiting for me with the cruiser.’ Okay. So, I guess Charlie has a cruiser.” The facts are all there. 

Most of the sentences are pretty short, sometimes just two words, not offering much in terms of context or character development, but occasionally there will be a lengthy portion of dialogue or a page turn that makes that particular day feel a little bit special, a little bit momentous. 

How many sentences are there in Twilight? There are 544 pages in the paperback Alger reads from, so there must be thousands of them. This endeavor could go on for years. We sure hope it does. Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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