The latest Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was recently released and became the highest-grossing movie of the year so far. The latest installment in the saga, Eclipse, featured the most famous on-screen couple of the moment: Robert Pattinson and his vampire love interest, Kristen Stewart. Since its premiere, fans have been buzzing about the actors’ engagement and have been pleading for the happy couple to make their marriage official. While the film’s climax saw the characters say “I do”, the question remains: did the magic of true love truly shine through and bring two unlikely star-crossed lovers together?

Here, we take a closer look at how the megastar couple from Twilight became royalty enthusiasts and what the future may hold for the on-screen love story.

From Twilight to Royalty

The year 2012 will go down in history as the year of the female superhero. From Marvel’s blockbuster The Avengers, to the upcoming Man of Steel, DC Comics’ iconic female protagonists have taken the stage and won over audiences worldwide. One of the biggest successes of 2012 was arguably the young adult novel and movie The Hunger Games, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is arguably the biggest movie of 2012 and is expected to earn well over a billion dollars at the box office.

One of the novel’s biggest selling points is that it presents an entirely different view of the royal courts from that of the typical fairy tale. In the book, female warriors battle to the death in an arena so that the victor may claim the title of Champion. It’s an incredibly popular perspective among young audiences and has made the book a bestseller.

The movie adaption faithfully adapts Collins’ story and introduces us to a world of vicious competition and lethal fighting.

Kristen’s Makeover

The story of Kristen Stewart and her on-screen transformations is one of the most fascinating stories in Hollywood right now. We’ve covered extensively on how the Twilight starlet has gone from a plain Jane to a ravishing beauty in such a short space of time. Unfortunately, this newfound fame has come with its pitfalls. Most notably, the talented starlet has endured a great deal of bullying and harassment online. Even though these cyber-bullies have no physical power behind their words, Stewart has found that the constant negativity has taken its toll on her mental health. In November 2012, she made headlines around the world after a Twitter user insulted her by calling her a “retard”. To make matters worse, Stewart’s reaction to the hateful tweet was to block and report the man for bullying. While we admire her for standing up to the coward who subjected her to verbal abuse, we also have to say that this is one of the darker chapters in Stewart’s star-making tale.

Robert’s Bodyguard Service

On the other hand, Robert Pattinson has enjoyed considerable career success since his role in the Twilight movie series. In fact, the British actor has gone from strength to strength, starring in big-budget blockbusters to earning critical acclaim for his supporting roles in smaller productions. The talented actor proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and has continued this upward trajectory with starring roles in the upcoming Batman movie and Gangster Squad, due for release in the summer of 2013. While we would like to believe that the attractive prince helped launch Stewart’s career (much to the delight of female audiences), it’s likely that she rose to fame with or without him. Still, it’s safe to say that without the success of Twilight, Robert Pattinson may never have found the fame and fortune that his starlet girlfriend enjoys today.

The Future Of Their Relationship

While we can’t predict the future, it’s fair to say that the public’s perception of the relationship between the megastar couple from Twilight is unlikely to change anytime soon. The on-screen chemistry between the two is undeniable, and their dedicated fanbase will continue to support them whatever roles they choose to take on in the future. The fandom’s appeal is two-fold: on the one hand, they offer escapism from a stressful world, providing a glimpse of bliss for fans. On the other, they provide a source of inspiration for young people, teaching them to be their own individuals and to not rely on others to achieve success. At this stage in their relationship, we wouldn’t bet against the fairy tale ending for these sweethearts.