Though he has gone down in history as one of cinema’s most famous vampire lovers, Robert Pattinson is actually a very big fan of the “Twilight” Saga. In fact, he is such a big fan that he named his dog after Jacob, the protagonist of “Twilight”, and named his cat after Emmitt Smith, the sheriff of Forks, Washington, where the movie takes place. Furthermore, he has even stated that he would like to play the role of Jacob, if the chance ever presented itself.
While on the subject of “Twilight”, it is important to note that Pattinson is not the only person who is a big fan of this seminal work of fiction. The “Twilight” Saga is widely regarded as one of the greatest film trilogies of all time, and has had a truly significant impact on both popular culture and cinema as a whole. In particular, the story of three teenagers who fall in love and endure hardship because of this love is a theme that has resonated with audiences for decades.
The Beginning Of Something Big
The genesis of “Twilight” actually dates back to 1994, when Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the young adult novel “The Bonjoro Effect” for a whopping $350,000. At the time, author Stephenie Meyer was 26 years old and had already penned six novels, including the bestselling “Survivor’s Guide to the Apocalypse”. Though she had originally written “The Bonjoro Effect” as a joke, she soon realized the potential of her new project and set to work. The result was the monumental “Twilight” Saga.
The Most Anticipated Sequel Of All Time
Needless to say, the anticipation for the next instalment of the “Twilight” Saga was immense. Warner Bros. even went so far as to set up a Twitter account (@Twilight) just to keep fans updated on the project’s progress. Ultimately, the studio was able to keep its promise and “Eclipse” was released in 2008, proving to be the most successful film in the series to date.
The Influences Behind ‘Twilight’
There are several important influences that can be traced back to the “Twilight” Saga. To begin with, Stephenie Meyer has acknowledged that she drew heavily from her own life for the story, which is set in New York City. In fact, she has stated that many of the details in the book came directly from her own personal experiences. This is not entirely surprising, as Meyer was actually born and raised in New York City, and many of her closest friends still live there. In the same way, some of the themes in “Twilight” are also autobiographical, such as the struggles of figuring out one’s identity and the desire to belong somewhere or to someone.
A Life-changing Literary Masterpiece
“The Twilight Saga” is widely considered to be a life-changing literary masterpiece. Over the years, it has won widespread critical acclaim and made an indelible mark on the science fiction and fantasy communities. In 2016, the American Library Association named the series as one of the 100 most influential novels of the 21st century so far.
Significant Others In The Literary World
Though “Twilight” is often associated with Stephenie Meyer, it is important to remember that she is not the only author who has contributed to the series. In 2007, author Cassandra Clare published a novella titled “City Of Lost Souls”, which was included in the adult novel “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”. Clare has also written several other young adult novels, including “City Of Heavenly Death” and “The Dark Artifices”. It is estimated that the collective works of Clare and Meyer have sold over 150 million copies around the world and have been translated into over 40 languages.
Meyer’s success has not only benefited from her collaborative efforts but has been largely enabled by her notable social media presence. In fact, the hashtag #TeamEdward or #TeamJacob has become a worldwide phenomenon in concert with Meyer, where people around the world have come together in support of their favorite “Twilight” character. Though some may argue that these hashtags have turned into spaces where “Twilight” fans can come together and propagate a culture of “self-awareness” and “sustainability”, they have also served as a form of “safety net” for fans, as the popularity of the hashtag attests. It seems nowadays, when a popular culture phenomenon comes under fire from critics or the media, fans feel the need to rally behind the figures that they love, thus creating a “digital-space-safety-net” where they can express their discontent in the guise of support for their idols.
‘Twilight’ And The Renaissance Of Comic Books
The “Twilight” Saga was originally conceived of as a comic book, and it was actually artist Adam Hughes who was responsible for bringing it to life. It was first published in 1995 as a four-issue mini-series titled “Twilight”, which is regarded as one of the greatest comic books of all time. In the years following, the series was collected into trade paperbacks and remains one of the most popular comics in the world, with a total print run of over 12 million copies.
A Timeless Tale
The overall appeal of the “Twilight” Saga is timeless. Though it was originally published in the early 21st century, much of the material within still resonates with audiences. This is most likely due to the fact that many of the themes and issues that the book addresses are still topical today. For example, as the world became more connected due to the digital revolution and social media, the story of three teenagers trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into the world felt all the more relevant. Furthermore, the love triangle at the center of the franchise has continued to fascinate audiences ever since it was first introduced in the series. In a 2012 poll, readers ranked it as the top storyline of the series, while characters Edward Cullen and Jacob Black were voted the second and third greatest supporting characters respectively.
An Epic Literary Saga
If you have never heard of the “Twilight” Saga, then you are undoubtedly familiar with its most famous and iconic symbols. The series has been the subject of a number of books, films, and comics, so it should come as no great surprise that they have reached such a wide audience. What is more surprising is just how many people there are who have never even heard of the book, let alone read or watched it. This should serve as a testament to the fact that there is still plenty of room for literary masterpieces in the world of popular culture.