The Twilight Saga: New Moon is out now, and it’s the third and final book in the beloved series. It was written by Stephenie Meyer, and it picks up immediately where the previous film left off. While we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the final book, it’s been a while since we’ve seen or heard from the stars of the movie. They’ve kept very busy since the film wrapped, with Kristen Stewart giving birth to her daughter in May and Robert Pattinson going on an unexpected holiday to Italy with his pregnant wife. So let’s take a look back at their careers before the biggest break of their lives: the making of New Moon.

Robert Pattinson

It’s safe to say that Robert Pattinson is one of the biggest stars in the world right now. But while many may know him for his role as Vampire Edward Cullen in Twilight, he’s done much more in his career. After debuting in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures in 1994, he went on to star in nine more films, including four more for Jackson. He also starred in The Lost Boys and The Hobbit, the latter of which was a prequel to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the novels by J.R.R Tolkien. He even went on to star in the first season of the HBO series True Blood alongside Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Overall, it would be fair to say that Robert Pattinson has pretty much been in every major film since 1994. He even had a supporting role in the 2015 Oscars-winning film Birdman, which was directed by Mr. Peabody himself, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. What’s more is that since Twilight, he’s released several solo music videos and even recorded an entire album, titled Wuthering Heights, which was inspired by the Brontë novel of the same name. His song, “The Seeker”, was featured in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone soundtrack. It was a bit of a departure from his normal film soundtracks, which are usually driven by drum and bass or dubstep to match the film’s dark theme, but it’s safe to say he’s not one to shy away from a challenge. In fact, the singer/songwriter even named one of his tracks, “Midnight Sun”, after another of his films, Midnight Sun, which is about a lighthouse keeper who falls in love with a visitor from the north named Sigrid (played by Kaya Scodelarios).

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is a self-made superstar. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is the culmination of a decade of hard work and determination. After appearing in a couple of relatively unknown films, she rose to fame as Bella in the Twilight films. She then went on to star in the highly-anticipated Twilight sequel, Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Most recently, she was one of the stars of Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and starred alongside Robert Pattinson in the thriller, The Hundred-Foot Journey. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film. As for her solo work, she appeared in the superhero musical, X-Men: Apocalypse, which was released in 2016. Overall, considering that Kristen Stewart’s only prior appearance was in 2002’s The Seagull, it’s fair to say that she pretty much exploded onto the scene in 2014 with Twilight. It would also be fair to say that her movie career is far from over.

The Making Of New Moon

It takes a lot of hard work to bring a fantasy series like Twilight to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter put it best: “…the grueling schedule, which started long before production began, shows how seriously [Stephenie] Meyer and her team took their responsibility to make sure everything turned out perfect.” The making of New Moon was no exception. It was a grueling schedule with almost constant shooting. The book was published in 2005, and while it wasn’t as popular as Twilight or the other two books in the series, it did reach number six on the New York Times Best Seller list. Film critics have also compared it to Romeo and Juliet, which stars Stewart’s Bella and Pattinson’s Edward Cullen, in that it explores similar themes of love and tragedy, which is fitting considering that Stephenie Meyer is a writer of romances and chick-lit. It was her biggest selling point, however, that she wrote the screenplay for the adaptation in just 18 months. For the most part, she stuck to her usual writing routine, knocking out around 100 pages a month on average. It was when she was on the set of Twilight in Hungary that she wrote most of the screenplay for New Moon. She kept regular hours, arriving early in the morning to work and often staying late to make sure she wrote everything before the day was over. Her co-writer, Melissa Mathison, has said that the biggest challenge was to make sure the dialogue worked for both an American and Hungarian audience. A lot of the minor characters also have British accents, which was a challenge to keep in mind while writing.

The Final Say

In the decade since she wrote Twilight, Stephenie Meyer has become one of the most successful and popular female novelists in history. In April 2018, she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for “services to literature”. Overall, it’s safe to say that she’s enjoying her career. After all, she’s got five Oscars, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA to her name. More importantly, she’s finally been able to complete her debut novel, The Sun is Also a Star, which was first published in 2013 and focuses on the romance between a famous astrophysicist and a waitress. It’s set in present day Chicago, and the two fall in love while working at a coffee shop owned by a very understanding boss. It’s a sweet story, but it’s clear that Stephenie Meyer is best known for her dark fantasy and science fiction classics, with New Moon being the best example yet of her unmatched skill. Even her publisher described the final novel as “a perfect finale to a perfect series”, and it’s certainly fair to say that New Moon is the best novel yet written by Stephenie Meyer. It’s sad but fitting that this is the last word from Stephenie Meyer and the Twilight Saga. After 10 years, it’s safe to say that she’ll be leaving her mark on literature forever.