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10 things to know about Twilight

By afterthebite · November 20, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

So we've compiled this list for "Twilight" newbies planning a trip to the movie theater:

1. The books -- "Twilight," published in 2005, is the first in the four-tome series, followed by "New Moon," "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn."
Bella: Kristen Stewart

2. Bella Swan -- The 17-year-old heroine, played in the film by Kristen Stewart ("Into the Wild," "Panic Room"), is new in the small town of Forks, Wash., where she goes gooey for a handsome classmate who happens to be a vampire. Bella is the books' first-person narrator.

3. Edward Cullen -- The aforementioned vamp, the tall, pale and handsome yin to Bella's yang. Played by Robert Pattinson -- best known as Cedric Diggory in the "Harry Potter" films -- Edward protects
her from evil bloodsuckers. And smooches her.
Edward: Robert Pattinson

4. The Cullen family -- Edward is one of four adopted siblings, and his father, Carlisle, is the town doctor. They're all vampires, but are benevolent and drink animal blood.

5. Jacob Black -- He has a small role in the first book/film, but he must be mentioned: He's played by Grand Rapids-born, Hudsonville-raised star-in-the-making Taylor Lautner. Jacob, who lives with his father in LaPush, the Indian reservation home to the Quileute tribe, is one of Bella's oldest friends. He has a larger role in subsequent stories.
The Cullens: Jackson Rathbone as Jasper and Ashley Greene as Alice.

6. Stephenie Meyer -- Lots of comparisons to J.K. Rowling for this writer and recent multimillionaire, who got the idea for "Twilight" from a dream. She had input on the movie script, and has a cameo in the diner scene. She's now writing the series from Edward's point of view.

7. Catherine Hardwicke -- Highly credible director gets a major shot at the mainstream with "Twilight." She's no stranger to the subject matter of teenage girls -- her directorial debut was "thirteen," a shocking drama about junior-high girls discovering sex and drugs.

8. Sequels -- Considering advance ticket sales and oodles of hype, they seem like a sure thing. Film studio Summit Entertainment already has optioned the other three books.

9. Team Edward/Team Jacob -- It's no secret "New Moon" finds Bella broken up with the vamp and getting together with howling-at-the-moon Jacob. Hence, the "Twilight" fanbase is divided (and Lautner has a built-in fan base).

10. The next big franchise? -- It sure seems that way. When "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was bumped from the release schedule, "Twilight" took its prime pre-Thanksgiving spot. Hardwicke recently told Entertainment Weekly it likely would have to earn $150 million before the studio green-lights "New Moon."


Meet the Cast of Twilight the Movie

By afterthebite · November 19, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

It's time to meet the cast of Twilight, the movie.

Bella Swan

Bella is played by Kristen Stewart. Born April 9, 1990, Kristen's other notable roles include Panic Room, Zathura, In the Land of Women, and the critically acclaimed Into the Wild.

Edward Cullen

Edward is played by Robert Pattinson. Born May 13, 1986, Robert is an English actor, model and musician, and is best known for playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Charlie Swan

Charlie is played by William Albert "Billy" Burke. Burke, born in Bellingham, Washington, is known for his recurring role as Gary Matheson in the second season of 24. He has also guest starred in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (in the episode "Second Skin"), Party of Five, Gilmore Girls, Karen Sisco, and Monk.

Alice Cullen

Alice Cullen is played by Ashley Greene. Ashley has starred in the music video for "Kiss Me, Kill Me" by Mest and has appeared as a guest on many popular television programs, such as Punk'd and Crossing Jordan.

Jacob Black

Jacob Black is played by Taylor Lautner. Born February 11, 1992, Taylor is an actor and martial artist who is perhaps best known for his 2005 family film performances in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D with Taylor Dooley and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 with Steve Martin and Alyson Stoner. He also appeared on the UPN/CW TV series Love Inc.

Carlisle Cullen

Carlisle is played by Peter Facinelli. Married to Jennie Garth, Peter was born November 26, 1973. His daughter's name is Luca Bella. After reading the books, she wants to be called “Bella". He has appeared in films such as the Scorpion King, Stealing Time, and Hollowman 2.

Esme Cullen

Esme is played by Elizabeth Reaser. She is perhaps best known for co-starring in the 2005 feature films Stay, and The Family Stone, the 2006 television series Saved, and her guest role in Grey's Anatomy. She also starred in the CBS Fantasy/Dramedy series The Ex-List, in which she played the series' lead character, Bella Bloom.

Jasper Hale

Jasper Hale is played by Jackson Rathbone. He is known for his role as Nicholas Fiske, on the ABC Family drama Beautiful People. He has had guest roles in The OC, and Close to Home. He has made a couple of movies, Molding Clay (AKA River's End), Pray for Morning, and Travis and Henry. He also did extensive work for Disney 411 and interviewed big stars like Hilary Duff.

Rosalie Hale

Rosalie Hale is played by Nikki Reed. She became known in 2003, after the release of the film Thirteen, and has since appeared in several films, including Lords of Dogtown and Mini's First Time.

Emmett Cullen

Emmett Cullen is played by Kellan Lutz. Before acting, he was an Abercrombie & Fitch model. Lutz has acted on a number of television shows. He had recurring roles on Model Citizens and The Comeback, and smaller roles in episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, CSI: NY, Summerland, Six Feet Under, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Heroes. He was also in the films Stick It, Accepted, and Prom Night.

Renee Dwyer

Renee Dwyer (Bella's mom) is played by Sarah Clarke. Best known for her role as Nina Myers on the Fox Network's television show, 24, Clarke met her husband, Xander Berkeley, while on the set of 24 (he played her supervisor, George Mason) and they were married in September 2002, a year after meeting. She gave birth to their first child on September 23, 2006, daughter Olwyn Harper.


The evil vampire James is played by Cam Gigandet of Tacoma, Washington. He is perhaps best known for his role as Kevin Volchok on the FOX TV series The O.C. Some of his other television credits include The Young and the Restless, Jack & Bobby, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Victoria is played by Rachelle Lefevre. Lefevre has appeared in numerous television series, including: Life on a Stick, playing Lily Ashton on the short-lived television show, Charmed, playing Olivia Callaway on the episode "Love's a Witch", and on the fifth season of Undressed, playing Annie Isles. Lefevre was cast as Annie Cartwright, the female lead in Life on Mars, a David E. Kelley remake of the original British TV series. She shot a pilot episode, but was soon replaced.


The vampire Laurent from the Twilight movie is played by Edi Gathegi. Edi is an up-and-coming actor who is featured in the films Death Sentence, Gone Baby Gone, and Crank.




About Twilight Book 2: New Moon

By afterthebite · November 19, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

"Shoot," I muttered when the paper sliced my finger; I pulled it out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut. It all happened very quickly then. Edward threw himself at me, flinging me back across the table... I tumbled down to the floor by the piano, with my arms thrown out instinctively to catch my fall, into the jagged shards of glass. I felt the searing, stinging pain that ran from my wrist to the crease inside my elbow. Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm-into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires. Legions of readers entranced by Twilight are hungry for more and they won't be disappointed. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural twist. The "star-crossed" lovers theme continues as Bella and Edward find themselves facing new obstacles, including a devastating separation, the mysterious appearance of dangerous wolves roaming the forest in Forks, a terrifying threat of revenge from a female vampire and a deliciously sinister encounter with Italy's reigning royal family of vampires, the Volturi. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

About the Author
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona. Stephenie is the author of Twilight, the prequel to New Moon.

About Twilight Book 4: Breaking Dawn

By afterthebite · November 19, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

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 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?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life-first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse-seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed... forever?

The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

About the Author
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona. Stephenie is the author of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.

About Twilight Book 3: Eclipse

By afterthebite · November 19, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga. 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?

About the Author
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature, and she lives with her husband and three young sons in Arizona. Stephenie is the author of Twilight and New Moon.

About Stephenie Meyer Twilight author

By afterthebite · November 19, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

Stephenie Meyer is a Brigham Young University graduate who is married with and three boys. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. After the publication of her first novel, Twilight, booksellers chose Stephenie Meyer as one of the "most promising new authors of 2005" (Publishers Weekly).

The inspiration for writing Twilight came to Meyer in an unusual way. She had a dream about a vampire who was in love with a teen girl, but he craved her blood. Meyer put her dream to paper and came up with what is today the 13th chapter of Twilight the book.

Spending three months writing the entire novel, she signed a three-book deal with Little, Brown, and Company, and the first book was released in 2005.

Twilight quickly gained recognition and won numerous honors, including:

  • A New York Times Editor's Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • An Amazon "Best Book of the Decade...So Far"
  • A Teen People "Hot List" pick
  • An American Library Association "Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults" and "Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers"
  • Has been translated into 20 languages

Following Twilight, Meyer continued the story as the Twilight series with New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

Stephenie Meyer has stated that Breaking Dawn would be her last book written from the perspective of Bella Swan's perspective. She intended to write Midnight Sun as Edward Cullen's side of the story, but an online leak of a rough draft of the first half of the book caused Meyer to postpone the project indefinitely. You can read the partial draft of Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer on stephenie meyer com.

On November 20, 2008, the Twilight movie release date, the book was released as a major motion picture, with a cast of Kristen Stewart playing Bella Swan, and Robert Pattinson playing Edward Cullen.

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