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We couldn’t afford anything, but here’s proof that there’s a lot of Twilight stuff out there!
The Twilight Saga
Inspiration: a Mary Shelley-esque dream, can be found in Chapter 13 of Twilight: “In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire.”
Setting: Forks, Washington, the rainiest place in America = vampires don’t sparkle in the sun!
Genre: Young adult, horror, fantasy, romance, science-fiction. Meyer: “suspense-romance-horror-comedy”
Audience:young female readers but a remarkable multigenerational appeal, Meyer says: "I don't believe in categorizing books into age groups."
Translations: 38 different languages. Harry Potter = 65 languages.
Bestseller: 70 million copies worldwide (HP = 700 million), 102 weeks on NYT children's series list, 52 weeks topping USA Today bestseller list. Trumps Rowling for record consecutive runs. One in seven books sold in 2009 was one of the Twilight saga!
Awards: U.K. Children's Book of the Year, U.K. (2008), Children's Choice Author of the Year (2009), and many more!
Themes: Brontë-esque romance between average teen and sexy vampire, good and evil, freedom of choice.
Style: "Meyer floods the page like a severed artery. She never uses a sentence when she can use a paragraph. Her books are big but not dense -- they have a pillowy quality distinctly reminiscent of Internet fan fiction.” Lev Grossman, Time, 2008.
Isabella (Bella) Swan – Passive Heroine
Jacob Black: Friendly Wolf
Reader’s Digest Condensed Twilight Saga
Reader’s Digest Condensed Twilight Saga
New Moon (2009)
New Moon Trailer
Eclipse June 20, 2009
Breaking Dawn 2011
Stephenie Meyer: Cinderella Superstar
Bella has become so dependent on Edward for happiness and meaning that in her life after his departure (in New Moon) she becomes an empty, emotionless “zombie.” Not for a few days or weeks, for months. It seems that by leaving, Edward has put her on auto-pilot, as she has no interest in choices or opportunities she may have that won’t help her bring Edward back. She literally has no life, personality, aspirations, happiness, anything without Edward. She only manages to even partially regain any of these things by coming dependent on another man, Jacob, and using him as an emotional crutch.
There is topic on which she does appear to make a conscious, if stupid, decision. She decides to start cheating death on a regular basis so that she can hear Edward’s voice. However, it becomes obvious that she’s not really in control of this supposed “choice” either: “I was addicted to the sound of my delusions. It made things worse if I went too long without them.” New Moon, Chapter 15, p.352
Twilight Saga: A Pop Culture Phenomenon
Cultural Importance: Why Twilight?
Why is Twilight so crazy popular?
Habbo/Twilight Tie-In: virtual community of fans
Volvo: “What Drives Edward” promotion
I will always
watch over you
Creepy Twilight merchandise, and lots of it.
Twilight Tonner dolls: $140 each
Twilight Barbies: $25 each
cheer up Edward!
You name it, it’s been given the Twilight treatment!
Educators, academics, and schools are harnessing the popularity of Meyer’s series for classroom use.
Edward as stalker, or “just a cute shirt?”
Jacob as stalker, or “just a cute shirt?”
Edward Wall Decal: “Be Safe”
Edward Shower Curtain: Weird!
Festive Edward stocking
Virtual Literary Tourism
You can also watch the recently
released documentary about the
real people and places of
“For all the claims I hear that Twilight is creating new generations of book lovers, I rarely come across much discussion of the actual books…it seems instead Twilight is creating hordes of consumers…the phenomenon is not so much creating new generations of readers as it is feeding our addictions to commodities and celebrity.” What do YOU think?
Natalie Wilson, Seduced By Twilight blog, “Can You Buy That Twilight Feeling?”
October 8, 2009
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