The Twilight Saga

It’s relatively simple to spot a phenomena. And let me just say that vampires, for reasons that bring about that all-encompassing sense of yearning… of unrequited love… are always at the forefront of that successful equation. We have film, television, book/comic book variations of Dracula, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Moonlight (more recently), True Blood, Blood Ties… the list goes on and on.

Twilight was created by author Stephanie Meyer and to be perfectly candid I’m not completely convinced that she had originally set out to create a franchise, let alone a cult phenomena. The books (at least for me) have infused yet another interesting twist to this popular genre. It’s indeed a Romeo & Juliet style love story with extremely intelligent characters. These are not your “run of the mill” high school students. They’re not all that interested in being “cool” for the sake of a trend. They actually enjoy a good quantum physics challenge; they’re bright and thoroughly engaging. Bella is a cynical young girl who is more of a parent to her parents than they are to her. And that works so well in this story dynamic. Edward, whether aware of it or not, has been searching for his soul mate, someone who represents his intellectual and romantic equal (now there’s a word you rarely hear in romantic tales)… but this is far from your “average” novel. It’s woven in such a way that we are given a chance to see the world through the eyes of a bright, young, intellectually riveting girl with a vast capacity for making astute observations about life and all that it entails. Her point of view is what propels the entire series and it’s a very empowering voice.

The first film is set to debut today and by my own speculation, Twilight will be a huge hit… yet another vampire phenomena to fulfill our internal struggles with love, life and the double-edged sword of immortality. Some “phenomena” evidence to ponder… Twilight is the fourth most searched movie on the Internet according to IMDbPro’s movie meter. During the month of April (2008), the film’s 18 listed cast members made up most of the top 30 searched stars on the web. There was so much response to the Twilight casting photos when they were initially posted, MTV.com’s server crashed. The response was very similar to in numbers to the likes of Harry Potter and Spiderman franchises. Since its initial week of release on MySpace’s Trailerpark, the first Twilight teaser trailer has reached nearly three million views, comparable to Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Since the debut of Twilight’s second teaser trailer in mid-July, it has been streamed over 1.6 million times. Yahoo! expressed that this it was is one of the top 5 most popular trailers outside of any “summer movie”.

Book by Book Synopsis of The Twilight Saga:

Twilight
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back… Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight is an irresistibly compelling love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page. Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite. It’s easy to understand why Twilight has quickly become a huge international phenomenon, developing a strong core base of dedicated fans, especially women, who are drawn to the story of a Romeo & Juliet style romance between mortal and vampire.

New Moon
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of an evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may just be beginning… Legions of readers entranced by the New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for more, and they won’t be disappointed by this gripping sequel. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. Passionate, riveting, and deeply moving, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

Eclipse
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob– knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Breaking Dawn
When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would have hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved? In the much anticipated fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s vampire love story, questions will be answered and the fate of Bella and Edward will be revealed.

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~ by upbeatmag on November 20, 2008.

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