Most people have heard of the Twilight Saga. But did you know that it’s actually a series of movies?
The first of these was released in 2012 and was an instant worldwide phenomenon. The film follows the adventures of Bella Swan, a bright and bubbly teenager who falls in love with a mysterious and charming man named Edward Cullen. The couple’s romance is tested when Bella is forced to move in with her dad in New York City after her mom becomes critically ill. The movie became so popular that it was nominated for three Academy Awards.
The Sequel Cameo-Heavy
The franchise’s success led to three more movies being released in quick succession. The first of these was actually a prequel titled New Moon. It follows Bella and her best friend/potential love interest Jacob Black as they attempt to navigate the treacherous waters of high school life in the shadow of their superstar parents. As with the first film, the sequels became even more popular than the original, generating over $1 billion at the box office worldwide.
The Next Big Thing
The final film in the series is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. It continues where New Moon left off and picks up several years later. Bella, now a famous and respected woman, has given birth to a daughter named Emily. Meanwhile, the Cullens have settled into married life and are expecting their first child. The movie explores the complications of raising a family while striving to maintain your celebrity status.
The Complete Saga
So, did you know that Twilight is actually a series of movies? You don’t have to have seen them all to understand what I’m talking about. But it would be helpful if you had – especially if you’re reading this article on the topic. The Twilight Saga is the umbrella term used to describe the entire franchise. It started with a novel by Stephenie Meyer called Twilight. This was followed by the first of the five movies mentioned above, titled Twilight. Then came its immediate sequel, New Moon. This in turn was followed by Eclipse, the only one of the films to not be directed by a woman. After that came the massively popular Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2. Finally, we have the recent blockbuster, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which served as a prequel to the entire franchise. So, the question is: have you seen all of these movies?
If not, you might be wondering what they’re all about. It’s already been established that Twilight is set in the near future. This means that some of the technology used in the movies might not yet be available. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the story! After all, a lot can happen in five years.
The Director’s Cut
If you’re still reading this and you’ve seen all five Twilight movies, you might be wondering whether or not there’s an additional version of the series you haven’t seen yet. Well, wonder no more! In 2017, a director’s cut of the first Twilight was released on DVD. It includes several minutes of previously deleted scenes, as well as some additional artwork and a new English voice-over. So, if you’re seeking additional material, you can find it here!
The Saga’s Global Impact
The Twilight series has been adapted for television in many different countries. In fact, it’s been successfully adapted for an Italian television series, as well as an Indian television series and a French television series. The films have also inspired a Korean musical and a Malaysian opera. The impact of the series around the world is undeniable. It’s been so successful that many people still consider it to be a guilty pleasure, even though they’ve heard of the controversy surrounding the content. In 2015, Stephenie Meyer stated that she received over 300 letters from fan girls a week. The letters typically started with the line, “I love your books.” Then they would go on to say that the series had changed their lives for the better. Many of the fans said that they’d never felt so beautiful or so powerful as when they read the books. It was a heart-warming moment for Stephenie Meyer and her team.
An Unexpected Benefit
Aside from being a massive cultural phenomenon, Twilight has also been credited with improving the quality of people’s lives. Stephenie Meyer’s memoir, The Art of Storytelling, talks about how the series improved her life. She writes, “From the moment I decided to write a novel about Bella and Edward, that’s all I did – wrote. I didn’t go anywhere or see anyone. I just wrote and wrote and wrote some more.” This quote perfectly encapsulates the transformative power of the Twilight series.
The Future Of Storytelling
The success of the Twilight series has inspired many other writers and movie producers to try their hand at adapting existing stories into film. One of the most famous examples is The Chronicles of Narnia. The four books in this series are written by C.S. Lewis and were originally published between 1950 and 1956. They were followed by The Silver Chair in 2006 and The Last Battle in 2014. The latter two books in the series were directed by Andrew Niccol, who previously directed the television series, The Terminal. The Chronicles of Narnia was so successful that it was followed by a prequel titled The Magician’s Nephew in 2017 and a sequel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2018. Also in 2018, Disney announced a live-action adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. This will be the first feature film to come from Walt Disney Studios since Beauty and the Beast in 2017.
Bella And Edward’s Biggest Challenge
The biggest challenge that Bella and Edward face in Twilight is staying true to themselves while also following the demands of the franchise. As talented and beautiful as Bella is, she’s still just a normal teenage girl. And, like all other teenage girls, she wants to be popular. However, being the daughter of famous and prominent people puts her in a unique position. She wants to be just like her mother and stepdads, but she’s also aware of the expectations that she’s faced with. This puts a lot of pressure on her to live up to the franchise’s standards. What’s more is that she doesn’t want to lose Edward’s love. She’s afraid that if she fails to live up to his expectations, he’ll no longer consider her attractive. This is a real fear for any teenage girl, particularly when you’re dealing with a famous and popular male protagonist.
The Final Word
So, as you can see, the reality of the situation is that the Twilight Saga is a great series. It has received widespread critical acclaim and has inspired many. It’s also been profitable, which is no mean feat, as most independent films usually lose money. For all intents and purposes, this is the ultimate underdog story. At the end of the day, it’s the triumph of hope over experience. It’s a fresh new take on a classic theme: young love overcoming adversity. The movies are gorgeous, the pacing is perfect, and the execution is flawless. Anyone seeking a feel-good story about a couple fighting against the odds will not be disappointed. And, for those seeking further reading, the entire series is readily available in Kindle format.. So, if you like fairy tales, you won’t be able to resist this one! Good luck out there.