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Twilight Marks the Dawning of a New Era…
March 13, 2009, 4:58 am
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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart play the two star-crossed lovers

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart play the two star-crossed lovers

With “worldwide sales of the four books in the series now top 25 million,” reporters at “Reuters” believe that the series is “the holy grail of publishing.”  The saga’s unique premise was conceptualized by author Stephenie Meyer in a dream.  After securing a contract with Little Brown Publishers, Meyer fleshed out the ideal man – er, vampire, and jump started the hearts of adolescent teens all around the world.  With the saga translated in 37 languages, it’s no surprise that the film “Twilight” would be received with as much, if not more, enthusiasm.  The studios knew to strike while the iron was hot and cash in on a generation that was dying to see the saga brought to life.

“Twilight” goes against many perceptions of the supernatural world.  The main characters include your typical run-of-the-mill characters types:  human, vampire, and werewolf.  Bella Swan, newbie to Forks, Wash., turns the heads of many men, including the illusive Edward Cullen, resident vampire.  The Cullen family is feared by all of the students because of their frightening persona (an act to avoid questioning and suspicion) and disposition.  Well, everyone except Bella.  She is dazzled by his luminescent skin, piercing topaz eyes, and fierce protectiveness.  Edward continuously fights the urge to kill his love, for the attraction to her blood often times drives him mad.  And you thought Romeo and Juliet had it bad.

Lovingly referred to as “Twihards,” fans of the saga flipped over the idea of the film and lobbied for their favorite actors to be cast as the characters.  “Entertainment Weekly” even polled the fanbase for who they thought should be recast in the film series.  Although the crowd originally hated the idea of Rob Pattinson playing Edward, they adamantly approved of the match when he said, “What if I’m not the hero.  What if I’m… The bad guy?”

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, “Twilight” handles the hype well and includes some pivotal scenes.  The book is always better than the film (when is it not?).  Filming started this week for the second in the saga named “New Moon,” being released in November of this year.  Legions of fans will flock to the newest installment and (hopefully) rake in an additional $371 million worldwide.

Already, records show that the DVD has sold 3 million on its first day alone. Millions of tweenage girls gathered in hoards to buy the first copy.  Sold at midnight, many stores such as Wal-Mart, Borders, and Barnes & Noble kept their doors open past normal business hours.  Hopefully, this marks the dawn of a new era that jumpstarts the lagging film industry.

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