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Twilight (series)
|Twilight |
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|Complete set of the four books |
|of the Twilight series and the spin-off novella, The Short Second Life of Bree|
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|Twilight |
|New Moon |
|Eclipse |
|Breaking Dawn |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Genre |Romance, fantasy, young-adult fiction |
|Publisher |Little, Brown and Company |
|Published |2005–2008 |
|Media type |Print |

Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. It charts a period in the life of Isabella "Bella" Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The series is told primarily from Bella's point of view, with the epilogue of Eclipse and Part II of Breaking Dawn being told from the viewpoint of character Jacob Black, a werewolf. The unpublished Midnight Sun is a retelling of the first book, Twilight, from Edward Cullen's point of view. The novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which tells the story of a newborn vampire who appeared in Eclipse, was published on June 5, 2010 as a hardcover book and on June 7 as a free online ebook.
Since the release of the first novel, Twilight, in 2005, the books have gained immense popularity and commercial success around the world. The series is most popular among young adults; the four books have won multiple awards, most notably the 2008 British Book Award for "Children's Book of the Year" for Breaking Dawn, while the series as a whole won the 2009 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Book.
As of March 2010, the series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide[4] with translations into at least 38 different languages around the globe.[5][6] The four Twilight books have consecutively set records as the biggest selling novels of 2008 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list[7] and have spent over 235 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Series Books.[8]
Thus far, the first three books have been made into a series of motion pictures by Summit Entertainment; the film adaptation of Twilight was released in 2008 and the second, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was released on November 20, 2009.[9] The third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was released June 30, 2010.
|Contents |
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|1 Plot overview |
|1.1 Twilight |
|1.2 New Moon |
|1.3 Eclipse |
|1.4 Breaking Dawn |
|1.5 Main characters |
|2 Setting |
|3 Structure and genre |
|4 Inspiration and themes |
|5 Origins and publishing history |
|6 Other books |
|7 Reception, influence and controversy |
|7.1 Literary criticism and reception |
|7.2 Book challenges |
|8 Film adaptations |
|9 Conventions |
|10 References |
|11 External links |

[pic]Plot overview
Twilight
Main article: Twilight (novel)
Bella Swan moves from Phoenix, Arizona to live with her father in Forks, Washington to allow her mother to travel with her new husband, a minor league baseball player. After moving to Forks, Bella finds herself involuntarily drawn to a mysterious, handsome boy, Edward Cullen. She eventually learns that he is a member of a vampire family who drinks animal blood rather than human blood. Edward and Bella fall in love, but James, a sadistic vampire from another vampire coven, is drawn to hunt down Bella. Edward and the other Cullens defend Bella. She escapes to Phoenix, Arizona, where she is tricked into confronting James, who tries to kill her. She is seriously wounded, but Edward rescues her and they return to Forks, having killed James.
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Forks, Washington
New Moon
Main article: New Moon (novel)
Edward and his family leave Forks because he believes he is endangering Bella's life. Bella falls into a deep depression, until she develops a strong friendship with Jacob Black, who she discovers can shape-shift into a wolf. Jacob and the other wolves in his tribe must protect her from Victoria, a vampire seeking to avenge the death of her mate James, by killing Bella. A misunderstanding occurs, and Edward believes Bella is dead. Edward decides to commit suicide in Volterra, Italy, but he is stopped by Bella, who is accompanied by Edward's sister, Alice. They meet with the Volturi, a powerful vampire coven, and are released only on the condition that Bella be turned into a vampire in the near future. Bella and Edward are reunited, and she and the Cullens return to Forks.
Eclipse
Main article: Eclipse (novel)
The vampire Victoria (James' mate from Twilight) has created an army of "newborn" vampires to battle the Cullen family and murder Bella for revenge. Meanwhile, Bella is compelled to choose between her relationship with Edward and her friendship with Jacob. Edward's vampire family and Jacob's werewolf pack join forces to successfully destroy Victoria and her vampire army. In the end, Bella chooses Edward's love over Jacob's and agrees to marry him.
Breaking Dawn
Main article: Breaking Dawn
Bella and Edward are married, but their honeymoon is cut short when Bella discovers that she is pregnant. Her pregnancy progresses rapidly, severely weakening her. She nearly dies giving birth to her and Edward's half-vampire-half-human daughter, Renesmee, but Edward injects Bella with his venom to save her life and turns her into a vampire. A vampire from another coven sees Renesmee and mistakes her for an "immortal child". She informs the Volturi, as the existence of such beings violates vampire law. The Cullens gather vampire witnesses who can verify that Renesmee is not an immortal child. After an intense confrontation, the Cullens and their witnesses convince the Volturi that the child poses no danger to vampires or their secret, and they are left in peace by the Volturi.
Main characters
See also: List of Twilight characters • Isabella "Bella" Swan – The protagonist of the series, teenager Bella is a perpetually clumsy "danger magnet" with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She is often portrayed as having low self-esteem and unable to comprehend Edward's love for her. She has an immunity to supernatural abilities involving the mind, such as Edward's mind-reading ability. After her transformation into a vampire in the saga's fourth installment, Bella acquires the ability to shield both herself and others from "mental harm" from other vampires. • Edward Cullen – Edward is a vampire who lives with a coven of like-minded vampires known as the Cullen family, who feed on animals rather than humans. Over the course of the Twilight series, Edward falls in love with, marries, and then has a child with Bella. At first, Edward feels a mutual hatred toward Jacob Black because of his love for Bella, but in Breaking Dawn, he comes to see Jacob as a brother and friend. Like some vampires, Edward has a supernatural ability: mind reading. It allows him to read anyone's thoughts within a few miles radius. Bella is immune to his power as a human, but learns how to lower this "shield" after her transformation to a vampire. • Jacob Black – A minor character in the first novel, Jacob is introduced as a member of the Quileute tribe. He resurfaces in New Moon with a much larger role as Bella's best friend as she struggles through her depression over losing Edward. Although he is in love with Bella, she initially sees him as just her best friend. He and other tribe members can shape shift into wolves. In Eclipse Bella realizes that she loves Jacob, though her feelings for him are overpowered by her love for Edward Cullen. In Breaking Dawn, Jacob finds a soulmate in Bella and Edward's baby daughter, Renesmee, ridding him of his heartache for Bella.
Setting
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Volterra
The story is set primarily in the town of Forks, Washington, where Bella and her father, Charlie Swan, live. Other cities in Washington briefly appear in the series or are mentioned, such as Port Angeles, Olympia, Seattle and La Push. Some events in Twilight take place in Phoenix, Arizona, where Bella was raised. Volterra, Italy, is featured in New Moon, when Edward travels there to commit suicide and Bella rushes to save him. Jacksonville, Florida, is mentioned first in Twilight and second in Eclipse, when Edward and Bella visit Bella's mother, who has moved there with her new husband. Seattle, Washington, is featured in Breaking Dawn when Jacob tries to escape his love for Bella, and when Bella tries to locate a man named J. Jenks. It is also the location of a series of murders committed by newborn vampires in Eclipse. In Breaking Dawn, Bella and Edward spend their honeymoon on a fictional "Isle Esme", purportedly off the coast of Brazil.
Structure and genre
The Twilight series falls under the genre of young adult, fantasy, and romance, though Meyer categorized her first book, Twilight, as "suspense romance horror comedy".[10] However, she states that she considers her books as "romance more than anything else".[10] The series explores the unorthodox romance between human Bella and vampire Edward, as well as the love triangle between Bella, Edward, and Jacob, a werewolf.[11] The books avoid delving into provocative sex, drugs, and harsh swearing because, according to Meyer, "I don't think teens need to read about gratuitous sex."[12]
The books are written in first-person narrative, primarily through Bella's eyes with the epilogue of the third book and a part of the fourth book being from Jacob's point of view. When asked about the structure of the novel, Meyer described her difficulty to pinpoint the premise of the novels to any specific category:
I have a hard time with that. Because if I say to someone, 'You know, it's about vampires,' then immediately they have this mental image of what the book is like. And it's so not like the other vampire books out there–Anne Rice's and the few that I've read. It isn't that kind of dark and dreary and blood-thirsty world. Then when you say, 'It's set in high school,' a lot of people immediately put it in another pool. It's easy to pigeonhole with different descriptions.[13]
The books are based on the vampire myth, but Twilight vampires differ in a number of particulars from the general vampire lore. For instance, Twilight vampires have strong piercing teeth rather than fangs; they glitter in sunlight rather than burn; and they can drink animal blood as well as human blood. Meyer comments that her vampire mythology differs from that of other authors because she wasn't informed about the canon vampires, saying,
It wasn't until I knew that Twilight would be published that I began to think about whether my vampires were too much the same or too much different from the others. Of course, I was far too invested in my characters at that point to be making changes... so I didn't cut out fangs and coffins and so forth as a way to distinguish my vampires; that's just how they came to me.[14]
Inspiration and themes
According to the author, her books are "about life, not death" and "love, not lust".[15] Each book in the series was inspired by and loosely based on a different literary classic: Twilight on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, New Moon on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Eclipse on Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, and Breaking Dawn on a second Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.[16] Meyer also states that Orson Scott Card and L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series are a big influence on her writing.[13]
Other major themes of the series include choice and free will.[13][17] Meyer says that the books are centered around Bella's choice to choose her life on her own, and the Cullens' choices to abstain from killing rather than follow their temptations: "I really think that's the underlying metaphor of my vampires. It doesn't matter where you're stuck in life or what you think you have to do; you can always choose something else. There's always a different path."[17]
Meyer, a Mormon, acknowledges that her faith has influenced her work. In particular, she says that her characters "tend to think more about where they came from, and where they are going, than might be typical."[12] Meyer also steers her work from subjects such as sex, despite the romantic nature of the novels. Meyer says that she does not consciously intend her novels to be Mormon-influenced, or to promote the virtues of sexual abstinence and spiritual purity, but admits that her writing is shaped by her values, saying, "I don't think my books are going to be really graphic or dark, because of who I am. There's always going to be a lot of light in my stories."[18]
Origins and publishing history
Stephenie Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, 2003. The dream was about a human girl, and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood. Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the transcript of what is now chapter 13 of the book.[19] Despite having very little writing experience, in a matter of three months she had transformed that dream into a completed novel.[17] After writing and editing the novel, she signed a three-book deal with Little, Brown and Company for $750,000, an unusually high amount for a first time author.[20] Megan Tingley, the editor who signed Meyer, says that halfway through the reading manuscript she realized that she had a future bestseller in her hands.[21] The book was released in 2005.
Following the success of Twilight, Meyer expanded the story into a series with three more books: New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), and Breaking Dawn (2008). In its first week after publication, the first sequel, New Moon, debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Chapter Books, and in its second week rose to the #1 position, where it remained for the next eleven weeks. In total, it spent over 50 weeks on the list.[22] After the release of Eclipse, the first three "Twilight" books spent a combined 143 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.[17] The fourth installment of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, was released with an initial print run of 3.7 million copies.[23] Over 1.3 million copies were sold on the first day alone, setting a record in first-day sales performance for the Hachette Book Group USA.[24] Upon the completion of the fourth entry in the series, Meyer indicated that Breaking Dawn would be the final novel to be told from Bella Swan's perspective.[25] In 2008, the four books of the series claimed the top four spots on USA Today's year-end bestseller list, making Meyer the first author to ever achieve this feat.[26] The series then won the 2009 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Book, where it competed against the Harry Potter series.[3]
Other books
Meyer originally planned to write a companion book to Twilight called Midnight Sun, which would be the story of Twilight told from Edward Cullen's point-of-view. She stated that Twilight was the only book that she planned to rewrite from Edward's perspective.[27] However, a rough draft of Midnight Sun's first twelve chapters were leaked on the internet. Stephenie Meyer has since put these twelve chapters on her website so that her fans could read them for free,[28] but has put the project on hold indefinitely due to her feelings about the situation. She stated,
If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely.[29]
Though she has no current plans to do so, Meyer has also stated that if she were to continue writing in the same universe she would write from the perspective of either Leah Clearwater or Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee Cullen.[30]
On March 16, 2010 Yen Press released Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1, a graphic novel based on the first book in the series.[31] On March 30, 2010, Meyer revealed on her official website that she will be releasing a new novella in the series, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which tells the story of a newborn vampire who appeared in Eclipse, on June 5, 2010.[1] An electronic version of the book was made available free from her web site, as well as in bookstores.[32]
Reception, influence and controversy
Literary criticism and reception
When initially published, Twilight garnered much critical acclaim[33] with Seattle Post-Intelligencer calling the book a "hot new teen novel",[34] and The Times lauded it for capturing "perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation."[35] Larry Carroll for MTV Movies has deemed Edward and Bella an "iconic love story for a whole generation".[36] Amazon.com hailed Twilight as "deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful", while School Library Journal stated, "Realistic, subtle, succinct, and easy to follow, Twilight will have readers dying to sink their teeth into it."[37] Other reviews described Twilight as an "exquisite fantasy",[37] and a "gripping blend of romance and horror".[38]
Lev Grossman of Time wrote that the books have a "pillowy quality distinctly reminiscent of Internet fan fiction", but still praised the series, comparing it to The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter:
People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there...There's no literary term for the quality Twilight and Harry Potter (and The Lord of the Rings) share, but you know it when you see it: their worlds have a freestanding internal integrity that makes you feel as if you should be able to buy real estate there.[17]
Outlining the anticipated release of Breaking Dawn, The Sunday Times called Twilight "no ordinary vampire series – it boils with desire that all goes painfully unconsummated – and Meyer turns out to be far from an ordinary author."[39] The Times wrote, "The vampires that sank their fangs into Harry Potter were born in the low desert of Arizona. They arrived in a dream, were immediately translated to paper, spread through the adolescent population like a virus and transmogrified into a publishing phenomenon."[40] The San Diego Union-Tribune described the books as a "classic tale of undying love, one that has fans gushing about a Harry Potter-with-fangs global phenomenon."[41] The Guardian described Meyer as an "imaginative storyteller, a prolific author and a newly powerful figure in the publishing market."[42]
In an interview with USA Today, US president Barack Obama said that he and his ten-year-old daughter, Malia, often bond over the Twilight books,[43] while Kelly Clarkson has described herself as a "Twilight nerd" and even wrote a song based on New Moon.[44] Emily Osment described Twilight as one of her "all-time-favorite books" and praised Stephenie Meyer, saying, "From the first chapter, Meyer grabbed my attention and kept me enthralled throughout the entire book. The characters contrast so greatly, I found myself wondering how she pieced them so seamlessly."[45]
As well, Emma Watson has described herself as a Twilight fan and said, "I love those books ... I literally felt depressed when I finished reading them".[46]
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An Arabic Twilight promotional poster in a bookshop in Dubai. By late 2009, the books had reportedly sold 100,000 copies in English across the UAE.[47]
Referring to the series' enduring popularity and fandom, USA Today said, "Move over, Harry Potter".[48] In addition, Entertainment Weekly hailed Meyer as "the world's most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice".[49] The New York Times has described Twilight as a "literary phenomenon",[50] and Matt Arado of Daily Herald noted that the Twilight books have become the "hottest publishing phenomenon since a certain bespectacled wizard cast his spell on the world."[51]
The widespread appeal of the Twilight novels and the huge online fan community of the series are often noted,[52][53] and the author and the series' popularity are often compared with J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter.[9][17] Describing the fan following of the books, the Phoenix New Times wrote, "Meyer's fandom is reminiscent of Harry Potter mania."[21] The Daily Telegraph agreed and described Twilight as the "spiritual successor to Harry Potter".[54] Rebekah Bradford of The Post and Courier noted that that the series has a "huge crossover appeal much like the Harry Potter books before them."[55] Meyer responds to such comparisons, saying, "It's terribly flattering to be compared to her, but there's never going to be another J. K. Rowling; that's a phenomenon that's not gonna happen again", however noting that "you can compare my fans to her fans more easily [than me to her]. I do think that we both have people who are just really really enthusiastic, and will come miles to see you and be involved, and everybody really cares about our characters."[56] Crystal Mack of Daily Herald noted, "While teenage girls are the main audience, young boys and adults of both genders have also been swept up in the phenomenon."[57] According to the Daily Telegraph, "Stephenie Meyer, in particular, has achieved incredible success across all the English-speaking nations and Europe and many will say that her Twilight series has filled the hole left by Harry Potter."[58]
A social networking community for Twilight fans has over 350,000 members at the series' official site, and the series has spawned hundreds of fansites.[59] The Twilight series' popularity and enthusiastic fan following have grabbed media attention and been dubbed "The Twilight Phenomenon",[60][61] with Gina McIntyre of the Los Angeles Times calling Twilight "a full-blown pop culture phenomenon".[62] Fans of Meyer are noted to "dress up like her characters. They write their own stories about them and post their tales on the Internet. When she appears at a bookstore, 3,000 people go to meet her. There are Twilight-themed rock bands."[17] The popularity of the Twilight series have also given rise to licensing of various merchandise and products, including T-shirts, action figures, posters and stand-ups, watches, board games, contacts and journals.[63][64]
The Irish Times noted, "The Twilight books...have generated a movement that strains definitions of the word 'cult'."[65]
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A store catering to tourists interested in the Twilight series in Forks, Washington.
Economically, the town of Forks, Washington, the setting for the Twilight series, has improved due to tourism from fans of the books.[66] Forks is visited by an average of 8,000 tourists per month,[67] and has been described as a "mecca for Twilighters".[68] Many of the restaurants have Twilight-themed menus and the shops sell Twilight-related items.[67] The town also hosts Twilight tours, which visit places such as La Push's First Beach, the hospital where Carlisle Cullen supposedly works, and a two-story house meant to portray the Swan residence.[66] In response to plans for the aging Forks High School to be renovated, Twilight fans have teamed up with Infinite Jewelry Co. and the West Olympic Peninsula Betterment Association to collect donations in an attempt to save the brick appearance or the building altogether.[69] In addition, an annual "Stephenie Meyer Day" is celebrated in Forks on September 13, the birthday of character Bella Swan.[70]
While comparing Stephenie Meyer to JK Rowling, Stephen King said, "the real difference [between J. K. Rowling and Meyer] is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer, and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good."[71][72] However, King understood the appeal of the series, adding, "People are attracted by the stories, by the pace and in the case of Stephenie Meyer, it's very clear that she's writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because it's not overtly sexual."[72]
Laura Miller of Salon.com wrote that "the characters, such as they are, are stripped down to a minimum, lacking the texture and idiosyncrasies of actual people", and said that "Twilight would be a lot more persuasive as an argument that an 'amazing heart' counts for more than appearances if it didn't harp so incessantly on Edward's superficial splendors."[73] Miller also accused the series of sexism in its portrayal of female characters, most notably Bella Swan's obsessive behavior relating to Edward Cullen and the emphasis on his romantic hero status.[73] Meyer has dismissed such criticisms, arguing both that the books center around Bella's choice, which she perceives as the foundation of modern feminism, and that Bella's damsel in distress persona is due only to her humanity.[74] Meyer also added, "Just because [Bella] doesn't do kung fu and she cooks for her father doesn't make her worthy of that criticism".[75] In another feminist critique of the series, Bitch magazine stated the novels' appeal were due to their being "abstinence porn", concluding that, "In reality, the abstinence message—wrapped in the genre of abstinence porn—objectifies Bella in the same ways that "real" porn might. The Twilight books conflate Bella losing her virginity with the loss of other things, including her sense of self and her very life. Such a high-stakes treatment of abstinence reinforces the idea that Bella is powerless, an object, a fact that is highlighted when we get to the sex scenes in Breaking Dawn."[76]
However, Shannon Simcox of The Daily Collegian has dismissed the criticism surrounding Bella, commenting, "While Bella plays the perfect damsel in distress that gets herself into sticky situations, she is also very in control of herself. She chose to move to Forks and be in a new place; she constantly faces a bunch of people who want to suck the life right out of her, and she is constantly pleading to become a vampire, too, so she can take care of herself and Edward."[77]
The prose and plotting of the series have also been criticized by Elizabeth Hand of Washington Post, who wrote, "Meyer's prose seldom rises above the serviceable, and the plotting is leaden".[78] The article, featured on the Yahoo! website Shine, also criticized the books and the author's final word on the series was, "Good books deal with themes of longing and loneliness, sexual passion and human frailty, alienation and fear just as the Twilight books do. But they do so by engaging us with complexities of feeling and subtleties of character, expressed in language that rises above banal mediocrity. Their reward is something more than just an escape into banal mediocrity. We deserve something better to get hooked on."[79][80]
Book challenges
The Twilight series made the number five spot on the American Library Association's (ALA) Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009, for being "Sexually Explicit", "Unsuited to Age Group", and having a "Religious Viewpoint".[81]
Film adaptations
Main article: The Twilight Saga (film series)
A screenplay for Twilight was written by Melissa Rosenberg and has been adapted into a film by Summit Entertainment. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the leading roles of Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen, respectively. The movie was released in the United States on November 21, 2008.[82] Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion, written by Mark Cotta Vaz, was released October 28.[83]
On November 22, 2008, following the box office success of Twilight, Summit Entertainment confirmed a sequel, called The Twilight Saga: New Moon, based on the second book in the series, New Moon.[84] The film was released on November 20, 2009. The Twilight Saga: New Moon was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2010 through midnight release parties.[85] That same day, Summit Entertainment released Twilight in Forks, a documentary about the primary setting of the Twilight series, Forks, Washington.[86] Topics Entertainment released its own documentary about Forks and the Twilight series on March 16, called Forks: Bitten by Twilight.[87]
The third installment in the series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was released on June 30, 2010.[88][89]
Conventions
While the Twilight series has been a visible presence in many conventions such as ComicCon, there have also been many conventions whose main focus has been on the Twilight series (books and films). Some notable conventions have been Twicon and a series of "Official Twilight Conventions" that are being held by Creation Entertainment.[90]
Twilight (novel)
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|Twilight |
|[pic] |
|Cover of Twilight |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Cover artist |Gail Doobinin (design) |
| |Roger Hagadone (photograph) |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Genre(s) |Young adult, fantasy, romance, vampire |
|Publisher |Little, Brown |
|Publication date |October 5, 2005 |
|Media type |Print (Hardcover, Paperback) |
| |e-Book (Kindle) |
| |Audio Book (CD) |
|Pages |498[1] (Hardcover) |
| |544[2] (Paperback) |
|ISBN |ISBN 0-316-16017-2 |
|Followed by |New Moon |

Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel[3][4] by author Stephenie Meyer. Twilight was initially rejected by 14 agents,[5] but became an instant bestseller when published originally in hardback in 2005, debuting at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list within a month of its release[6] and later peaking at #1.[7] That same year, Twilight was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2005.[8] The novel was also the biggest selling book of 2008[9] and, to date, has sold 17 million copies worldwide, spent over 91 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list,[10] and been translated into 37 different languages.[11]
It is the first book of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. A film adaptation of Twilight was released in 2008. It was a commercial success, grossing more than $392 million worldwide[12] and an additional $157 million from North American DVD sales, as of July 2009.[13]
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|1 Plot summary |
|2 Cover |
|3 Awards and honors |
|4 Development |
|5 Publication |
|6 Critical reception |
|7 Adaptations |
|7.1 Film |
|7.2 Graphic novel |
|8 References |
|9 External links |

[edit] Plot summary
Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mother, Renée, travels with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, a minor league baseball player. Bella attracts much attention at her new school and is quickly befriended by several students. Much to her dismay, several boys compete for shy Bella's attention.
When Bella is seated next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her. He disappears for a few days, but warms up to Bella upon his return; their newfound relationship reaches a climax when Bella is nearly run over by a fellow classmate's van in the school parking lot. Edward saves her life when he instantaneously appears next to her and stops the van with his bare hands.
Bella becomes determined to find out how Edward saved her life, and constantly pesters him with questions. After a family friend, Jacob Black, tells her the local tribal legends, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires who drink animal blood rather than human. Edward confesses that he initially avoided Bella because the scent of her blood was too desirable to him. Over time, Edward and Bella fall in love.
Their relationship is disturbed when another vampire coven arrives in Forks. James, a tracker vampire who is intrigued by the Cullens' relationship with a human, wants to hunt Bella for sport. The Cullens attempt to distract the tracker by splitting up Bella and Edward, and Bella is sent to hide in a hotel in Phoenix. There, Bella receives a phone call from James, who claims to be holding her mother captive. When Bella surrenders herself, James attacks her. Before she is killed, Edward, along with the other Cullens, rescues her and defeats James. Once they realize that James has bitten Bella's hand, Edward successfully sucks the poison from her bloodstream and prevents her from becoming a vampire, after which she is brought to a hospital. Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their school prom and Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, but Edward refuses.
[edit] Cover
Stephenie Meyer has stated that the apple on the cover represents the forbidden fruit from the Book of Genesis. It symbolizes Bella and Edward's love, which is forbidden, similar to the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, as is implied by the quote from Genesis 2:17 that is quoted at the beginning of the book. It also represents Bella's knowledge of what good and evil are, and the choice that she has in partaking of the "forbidden fruit", Edward, or choosing not to see him.[14] An alternative cover features Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the actors who play Bella and Edward, respectively, in the film adaptation.
[edit] Awards and honors • One of Publishers Weekly's "Best Children's Books of 2005"[8] • One of School Library Journal's "Best Books of 2005"[15]
[edit] Development
Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, 2003.[16] The dream was about a human girl, and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood.[16] Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the transcript of what is now Chapter 13 of the book.[17] In a matter of three months she had transformed her dream into a completed novel,[18] though she claims that she never intended to publish Twilight and was writing for her own enjoyment.[19] Her sister's response towards the book was enthusiastic and she persuaded Meyer to send the manuscript to literary agencies.[20] Of the 15 letters she wrote, five went unanswered, nine brought rejections, and the last was a positive response from Jodi Reamer of Writers House.[21]
[edit] Publication
Eight publishers competed for the rights to publish Twilight in the 2003 auction.[21] Little, Brown and Company originally bid for $300,000, but Meyer's agent asked for $1 million; the publishers finally settled on $750,000 for three books.[22] Twilight was published in 2005 with a print run of 75,000 copies.[21] It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list within a month of its release,[6] and later peaked at #1.[7] Foreign rights to the novel were sold to over 26 countries.[23]
In October 2008, Twilight was ranked #26 in USA Today's list of "Bestselling Books of Last 15 Years".[24] Later, the book went on to become the best-selling book of 2008.[25]
[edit] Critical reception
Initial reviews for Twilight were mostly positive, with Publishers Weekly called Meyer one of the most "promising new authors of 2005".[26] The Times praised the book for capturing "perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation",[27] and Amazon.com hailed the book as "[d]eeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful".[28] Hillias J. Martin of School Library Journal stated, "Realistic, subtle, succinct, and easy to follow, Twilight will have readers dying to sink their teeth into it",[29] and Norah Piehl of TeenReads wrote, "Twilight is a gripping blend of romance and horror".[30] Publishers Weekly's starred review described Bella's "infatuation with outsider Edward", their risky relationship, and "Edward's inner struggle" as a metaphor for sexual frustration accompanying adolescence.[31] Booklist wrote, "There are some flaws here–a plot that could have been tightened, an over reliance on adjectives and adverbs to bolster dialogue–but this dark romance seeps into the soul."[32] Christopher Middleton of The Daily Telegraph called the book a "high school drama with a bloody twist ... no secret, of course, at whom this book is aimed, and no doubt, either, that it has hit its mark.[33] Jennifer Hawes of The Post and Courier said, "Twilight, the first book in Stephenie Meyer's series, gripped me so fiercely that I called the nearest teenager I know and begged for her copy after I misplaced my own."[34]
Kirkus gave a more mixed review, noting that, "[Twilight] is far from perfect: Edward's portrayal as monstrous tragic hero is overly Byronic, and Bella's appeal is based on magic rather than character. Nonetheless, the portrayal of dangerous lovers hits the spot; fans of dark romance will find it hard to resist."[35] The New York Times review stated, "The premise of Twilight is attractive and compelling — who hasn't fantasized about unearthly love with a beautiful stranger? — but the book suffers at times from overearnest, amateurish writing. A little more "showing" and a lot less "telling" might have been a good thing, especially some pruning to eliminate the constant references to Edward's shattering beauty and Bella's undying love." [36] Although the Daily Telegraph later listed Twilight at number 32 on its list of "100 books that defined the noughties", it said that the novel was "Astonishing, mainly for the ineptitude of [Meyer's] prose".[37] Elizabeth Hand said in a review for the Washington Post, "Meyer's prose seldom rises above the serviceable, and the plotting is leaden".[38]
[edit] Adaptations
[edit] Film
Main article: Twilight (2008 film)
Twilight was adapted into a film by Summit Entertainment. The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as protagonists Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen, respectively. The screenplay was adapted by Melissa Rosenberg. The movie was released in theaters in the United States on November 21, 2008,[39] and on DVD on March 21, 2009.[40] The DVD was released in Australia on April 22, 2009.[41]
[edit] Graphic novel
Main article: Twilight: The Graphic Novel
On July 15, 2009, Entertainment Weekly confirmed rumors that a graphic novel adaptation of Twilight was in the works. The book will be drawn by Korean artist Young Kim and published by Yen Press. Stephenie Meyer reviews every panel herself. According to EW, "it doesn't look simply like an artist's rendering of Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson. In fact, the characters seem to be an amalgam of Meyer's literary imagination and the actors' actual looks." EW magazine published finished illustrations of Edward, Bella, and Jacob in their July 17, 2009 issue.[42]
Twilight (2008 film)
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|Twilight |
|[pic] |
|Theatrical release poster |
|Directed by |Catherine Hardwicke |
|Produced by |Mark Morgan |
| |Greg Mooradian |
| |Wyck Godfrey |
|Screenplay by |Melissa Rosenberg |
|Story by |Stephenie Meyer (novel) |
|Based on |Twilight |
|Starring |Kristen Stewart |
| |Robert Pattinson |
| |Billy Burke |
| |Peter Facinelli |
|Music by |Carter Burwell |
|Cinematography |Elliot Davis |
|Editing by |Nancy Richardson |
|Distributed by |Summit Entertainment |
|Release date(s) |November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17) (Los Angeles |
| |premiere) |
| |November 21, 2008 (2008-11-21) (United States) |
|Running time |121 minutes[1] |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Budget |$37 million[2] |
|Gross revenue |$392,563,465[3] |

Twilight is a 2008 American romantic vampire film based on Stephenie Meyer's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It is the first film in The Twilight Saga film series. This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Bella Swan (a teenage girl) and Edward Cullen (a vampire), and the subsequent efforts of Cullen and his family to keep Swan safe from a coven of evil vampires.
The project was in development for approximately three years at Paramount Pictures, during which time a screen adaptation that differed significantly from the novel was written. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the novel after three years of the project's stagnant development. Melissa Rosenberg wrote a new adaptation of the novel shortly before the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike and sought to be faithful to the novel's storyline. Principal photography took 44 days,[4] and completed on May 2, 2008;[5] the film was primarily shot in Oregon.[6]
Twilight was theatrically released on November 21, 2008, grossing over US$392 million worldwide.[3] It was released on DVD March 21, 2009, and became the most purchased DVD of the year.[7] The soundtrack was released on November 4, 2008.[8] Following the film's success, New Moon and Eclipse, the next two novels in the series, were produced as films the following year.
|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Plot |
|2 Cast |
|3 Production |
|3.1 Development |
|3.2 Adaptation from source material |
|3.3 Casting |
|3.4 Filming and post-production |
|3.5 Music |
|4 Release |
|4.1 Box office |
|4.2 Critical reception |
|4.3 Home media |
|4.4 Accolades |
|5 Sequel |
|6 References |
|7 External links |

Plot
Seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan moves to Forks, a small town near the Washington coast, to live with her father, Charlie, after her mother remarries to a minor league baseball player. She is quickly befriended by many students at her new high school, but she is intrigued by the mysterious and aloof Cullen siblings. Bella sits next to Edward Cullen in biology class on her first day of school; he appears to be disgusted by her, much to Bella's confusion. A few days later, Bella is nearly struck by a van in the school parking lot. Edward inexplicably moves from several feet away and stops the vehicle with his hand without any harm to himself or Bella. He later refuses to explain this act to Bella and warns her against befriending him.
After much research, Bella eventually discovers that Edward is a vampire, though he only consumes animal blood. The pair fall in love and Edward introduces Bella to his vampire family, Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie. Soon after, three nomadic vampires—James, Victoria, and Laurent—arrive. James, a tracker vampire, is intrigued by Edward's protectiveness over a human and wants to hunt Bella for sport. Edward and his family risk their lives to protect her, but James tracks Bella to Phoenix where she is hiding and lures her into a trap by claiming he is holding her mother hostage. James attacks Bella and bites her wrist, but Edward, along with the other Cullen family members, arrives before he can kill her. James is destroyed, and Edward sucks James's venom from Bella's wrist, preventing her from becoming a vampire. A severely injured Bella is taken to a hospital. Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their school prom. While there, Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, which Edward refuses. The film ends with Victoria secretly watching the pair dancing, plotting revenge for her lover James' murder.
Cast
See also: List of Twilight cast members
Main cast • Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, a seventeen-year-old girl who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington from Phoenix, Arizona and falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. Her life is put in danger after a sadistic vampire decides to hunt her.[9] • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, a 108-year-old vampire who was changed in 1918 and still appears to be seventeen. He is Bella's love interest and eventually falls in love with her. He has the ability to read minds, with the exception of Bella's, along with superhuman speed and strength.[9][10]
Secondary cast • Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen, a compassionate 300-plus-year-old vampire who looks to be in his early 30s. He serves as the town's physician and is the father figure of the Cullen family.[11] • Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen, Carlisle's vampire wife and a mother figure to the Cullen family.[12] • Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, a vampire who can see the future based on decisions that people make.[12] • Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, physically the strongest vampire of the family.[12] • Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale, a Cullen family member described as the most beautiful person in the world. She is incredibly hostile toward Bella throughout the entire film.[6] • Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale, a member of the Cullen family who can manipulate emotions. He is the newest member of the Cullen family, and thus has the most difficulty maintaining their lifestyle of feeding only on animals instead of humans.[12] • Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Bella's father and Forks' Chief of Police.[13] • Cam Gigandet as James, the leader of a group of nomadic vampires that intends to kill Bella. He is Victoria's mate and a gifted tracker, due to his unparalleled senses.[6] • Rachelle Lefèvre as Victoria, James' mate who assists him in finding Bella.[6] • Edi Gathegi as Laurent, the most civilized member of James' coven.[14] • Sarah Clarke as Renée Dwyer, Bella's mother who lives in Arizona with her new husband, Phil.[14] • Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, an old childhood friend of Bella and a member of the Quileute tribe.[15] • Christian Serratos as Angela Weber, one of Bella's new friends in Forks.[14] • Michael Welch as Mike Newton, one of Bella's new friends who vies for her attention.[6] • Anna Kendrick as Jessica Stanley, Bella's first friend in Forks.[9] • Gregory Tyree Boyce as Tyler Crowley, another one of Bella's classmates, also vying for Bella's attention. He nearly hits Bella with his van. • Justin Chon as Eric Yorkie, another one of Bella's classmates who vies for her attention.[9]
Production
Development
Stephenie Meyer's paranormal romance novel Twilight was originally optioned by Paramount Pictures' MTV Films in April 2004, but the screenplay that was subsequently developed was substantially different from its source material.[2][16] When Summit Entertainment reinvented itself as a full-service studio in April 2007, it began development of a film adaptation anew,[17] having picked up the rights from Paramount (who coincidentally had made an unrelated film with the same title in 1998) in a turnaround.[18] The company perceived the film as an opportunity to launch a franchise based on the success of Meyer's book and its sequels.[12][19] Catherine Hardwicke was hired to direct the film and Melissa Rosenberg to write the script in mid-2007.[20]
Rosenberg developed an outline by the end of August, and collaborated with Hardwicke on writing the screenplay during the following month. Rosenberg said Hardwicke "was a great sounding board and had all sorts of brilliant ideas.... I'd finish off scenes and send them to her, and get back her notes."[21] Due to the impending Writers Guild of America strike, Rosenberg worked full-time to finish the screenplay before October 31.[21] In adapting the novel, she "had to condense a great deal." Some characters from the novel were not featured in the screenplay, whereas some characters were combined into others.[22] "[O]ur intent all along was to stay true to the book", Rosenberg explained, "and it has to do less with adapting it word for word and more with making sure the characters' arcs and emotional journeys are the same."[23] Hardwicke suggested the use of voice over to convey Bella's internal dialogue[21]—since the novel is told from her point of view—and she sketched some of the storyboards during pre-production.[24]
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A screenshot depicting Edward and Bella in the meadow.
Adaptation from source material
The filmmakers behind Twilight worked to create a film that was as faithful to the novel as they thought possible when converting the story to another medium, with producer Greg Mooradian saying, "It's very important to distinguish that we're making a separate piece of art that obviously is going to remain very, very faithful to the book.... But at the same time, we have a separate responsibility to make the best movie you can make."[25] To ensure a faithful adaptation, Meyer was kept very involved in the production process, having been invited to visit the set during filming and even asked to give notes on the script and on a rough cut of the film.[26] Of this process, she said, "It was a really pleasant exchange [between me and the filmmakers] from the beginning, which I think is not very typical. They were really interested in my ideas",[27] and, "...they kept me in the loop and with the script, they let me see it and said, 'What are your thoughts?'... They let me have input on it and I think they took 90 percent of what I said and just incorporated it right in to the script."[26] Meyer fought for one line in particular, one of the most well-known from the book about "the lion and the lamb", to be kept verbatim in the film: "I actually think the way Melissa [Rosenberg] wrote it sounded better for the movie [...] but the problem is that line is actually tattooed on peoples' bodies [...] But I said, 'You know, if you take that one and change it, that's a potential backlash situation.'"[26] Meyer was even invited to create a written list of things that could not be changed for the film, such as giving the vampires fangs or killing characters who do not die in the book, that the studio agreed to follow.[26][27] The consensus among critics is that the filmmakers succeeded in making a film that is very faithful to its source material,[28][29] with one reviewer stating that, with a few exceptions, "Twilight the movie is unerringly faithful to the source without being hamstrung by it."[30]
They could have filmed [the script developed when the project was at Paramount] and not called it Twilight because it had nothing to do with the book... When Summit [Entertainment] came into the picture, they were so open to letting us make rules for them, like "Okay, Bella cannot be a track star. Bella cannot have a gun or night vision goggles. And, no jet skis...."
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer[16]

However, as is most often the case with film adaptations, differences exist between the film and source material. Certain scenes from the book were cut from the film, such as a biology room scene where Bella's class does blood typing. Hardwicke explains, "Well [the book is] almost 500 pages—you do have to do the sweetened condensed milk version of that.... We already have two scenes in biology: the first time they're in there and then the second time when they connect. For a film, when you condense, you don't want to keep going back to the same setting over and over. So that's not in there."[31] The settings of certain conversations in the book were also changed to make the scenes more "visually dynamic" on-screen, such as Bella's revelation that she knows Edward is a vampire—this happens in a meadow in the film instead of in Edward's car as in the novel.[31] A biology field trip scene is added to the film to condense the moments of Bella's frustration at trying to explain how Edward saved her from being crushed by a van.[25] The villainous vampires are introduced earlier in the film than in the novel. Rosenberg said that "you don't really see James and the other villains until to the last quarter of the book, which really won't work for a movie. You need that ominous tension right off the bat. We needed to see them and that impending danger from the start. And so I had to create back story for them, what they were up to, to flesh them out a bit as characters."[21] Rosenberg also combined some of the human high school students, with Lauren Mallory and Jessica Stanley in the novel becoming the character of Jessica in the film, and a "compilation of a couple of different human characters" becoming Eric Yorkie.[22] About these variances from the book, Mooradian stated, "I think we did a really judicious job of distilling [the book]. Our greatest critic, Stephenie Meyer, loves the screenplay, and that tells me that we made all the right choices in terms of what to keep and what to lose. Invariably, you're going to lose bits and pieces that certain members of the audience are going to desperately want to see, but there's just a reality that we're not making 'Twilight: The Book' the movie."[25]
Casting
When they told me Rob was probably the one, I looked him up and thought, "Yeah, he can do a version of Edward. He’s definitely got that vampire thing going on." And then, when I was on set and I got to watch him go from being Rob to shifting into being Edward, and he actually looked like the Edward in my head, it was a really bizarre experience. [...] He really had it nailed.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer[16]

Kristen Stewart was on the set of Adventureland when Hardwicke visited her for an informal screen test that "captivated" the director.[2] Hardwicke did not initially choose Robert Pattinson for the role of Edward Cullen, but after an audition at her home with Stewart, he was selected.[2] Pattinson was unfamiliar with the novel series prior to his screen test but read the books later on.[32] Meyer allowed him to view a manuscript of the unfinished Midnight Sun, which chronicles the events in Twilight from Edward's point of view.[33] Fan reaction to Pattinson's casting as Edward was initially negative; Rachelle Lefèvre remarked that "[e]very woman had their own Edward [that] they had to let go of before they could open up to [him], which they did."[32] Meyer was "excited" and "ecstatic" in response to the casting of the two main characters.[34] She had expressed interest in having Emily Browning and Henry Cavill cast as Bella and Edward, respectively, prior to pre-production.[35]
Peter Facinelli was not originally cast as Carlisle Cullen. "[Hardwicke] liked me, but there was another actor that the studio was pushing for", Facinelli said.[11] For unknown reasons, that actor was not able to play the part and Facinelli was selected in his place.[11] The choice of Ashley Greene to portray Alice Cullen was the subject of fan criticism due to Greene being 7 inches (18 cm) taller than her character as described in the novel. Meyer had also stated that Rachael Leigh Cook resembled her vision of Alice.[36] Nikki Reed had previously worked with Hardwicke on Thirteen, which they wrote together, and Lords of Dogtown. Reed commented, "I don't want to say it's a coincidence, because we do work well together, and we have a great history. I think we make good work, but it's more that the people that hire [Hardwicke] to direct a film of theirs [have] most likely seen her other work."[37]
Kellan Lutz was in Africa shooting the HBO miniseries Generation Kill when the auditions for the character of Emmett Cullen were conducted. The role had already been cast by the time that production ended in December 2007, but the actor who had been selected "fell through"; Lutz subsequently auditioned and was flown to Oregon, where Hardwicke personally chose him.[38] Rachelle Lefèvre was interested in pursuing a role in the film because Hardwicke was attached to the project as director; there was also "the potential to explore a character, hopefully, over three films"; and she wanted to portray a vampire.[39] She "thought that vampires were basically the best metaphor for human anxiety and questions about being alive."[39] Christian Serratos initially auditioned for Jessica Stanley, but she "fell totally in love with Angela" after reading the novels and successfully took advantage of a later opportunity to audition for Angela Weber.[40] The role of Jessica Stanley went to Anna Kendrick, who got the part after two mix-and-match auditions with various actors.[41]
Filming and post-production
Principal photography took 44 days,[4] after more than a week of rehearsals,[42] and completed on May 2, 2008.[5] Similar to her directorial debut Thirteen, Hardwicke opted for an extensive use of hand-held cinematography to make the film "feel real".[11][43] Meyer visited the production set three times and was consulted on different aspects of the story;[44] she also has a brief cameo in the film.[45] Cast members who portrayed vampires avoided sunlight to make their skin pale, though makeup was also applied for that effect, and wore contact lenses: "We did the golden color because the Cullens have those golden eyes. And then, when we're hungry, we have to pop the black ones in," Facinelli explained.[11] They also participated in rehearsals with a dance choreographer and observed the physicality of different panthera to make their bodily movements more elegant.[11][36][46]
Scenes were filmed primarily in Portland, Oregon.[6] Stunt work was done mainly by the cast.[47] The fight sequence between Gigandet and Pattinson's characters in a ballet studio, which was filmed during the first week of production, involved a substantial amount of wire work because the vampires in the story have superhuman strength and speed.[46] Gigandet incorporated mixed martial arts fighting moves in this sequence, which involved chicken and honey as substitutes for flesh.[48] Bella, the protagonist, is unconscious during these events, and since the novel is told from her point of view, such action sequences are illustrative and unique to the film.[32] Pattinson noted that maintaining one's center of gravity is difficult when doing wire work "because you have to really fight against it as well as letting it do what it needs to do."[32] Lefèvre found the experience disorienting since forward motion was out of her control.[32]
Instead of shooting at Forks High School itself, scenes taking place at the school were filmed at Kalama High School[49] and Madison High School.[50] Other scenes were filmed in St. Helens,[51] and Hardwicke conducted some reshooting in Pasadena, California, in August.[4][52] Twilight was originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on December 12, 2008, but its release date was changed to November 21 after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was rescheduled for an opening in July 2009.[53] Two teaser trailers, as well as some additional scenes, were released for the film, as well as a final trailer, which was released on October 9.[54][55] A 15-minute excerpt of Twilight was presented during the International Rome Film Festival in Italy.[56] The film received a rating of PG-13 from the Motion Picture Association of America for "some violence and a scene of sensuality".[57]
Music
Main article: Twilight (soundtrack)
The score for Twilight was composed by Carter Burwell,[58][59] with the rest of the soundtrack chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas.[60] Meyer was consulted on the soundtrack, which includes music by Muse and Linkin Park, bands she listened to while writing the novels.[61][62] The original soundtrack was released on November 4, 2008, by Chop Shop Records in conjunction with Atlantic Records.[8] It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200.[63]
Release
Box office
Twilight grossed over $7 million in ticket sales from midnight showings alone on November 21, 2008.[64] The film is fifth overall on online ticket service Fandango's list of top advance ticket sales, outranked only by its sequel the following year, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).[64] It grossed $35.7 million on its opening day.[65] For its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, Twilight accumulated $69.6 million from 3,419 theaters at an average of $20,368 per theater.[66] The film grossed $192.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $199.8 million in international territories for a total of $392.6 worldwide.[3] Its opening weekend gross was the highest ever of a female-directed film, surpassing that of Deep Impact (1998).[67]
Critical reception
Based on 193 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has received mixed reviews with an overall "Rotten" rating of 50%, with a weighted average score of 5.5/10.[68] In describing the critical consensus, it stated: "Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated."[68] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, it has an average score of 56 from the 37 reviews.[69] New York Press critic Armond White called the film "a genuine pop classic",[70] and praised Hardwicke for turning "Meyer's book series into a Brontë-esque vision."[71] Roger Ebert gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four and wrote, "I saw it at a sneak preview. Last time I saw a movie in that same theater, the audience welcomed it as an opportunity to catch up on gossip, texting, and laughing at private jokes. This time the audience was rapt with attention".[72] In his review for the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan wrote, "Twilight is unabashedly a romance. All the story's inherent silliness aside, it is intent on conveying the magic of meeting that one special person you've been waiting for. Maybe it is possible to be 13 and female for a few hours after all".[73] USA Today gave the film two out of four stars and Claudia Puig wrote, "Meyer is said to have been involved in the production of Twilight, but her novel was substantially more absorbing than the unintentionally funny and quickly forgettable film".[74] Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B" rating and Owen Gleiberman praised Hardwicke's direction: "She has reconjured Meyer's novel as a cloudburst mood piece filled with stormy skies, rippling hormones, and understated visual effects".[75]
Home media
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The film was released on DVD in North America on March 21, 2009, through midnight release parties, and sold over 3 million units in its first day.[76] It was released on April 6, 2009 in the UK.[77][78] Bonus features include about 10 to 12 extended or deleted scenes, montages and music videos, behind-the-scenes interviews, a "making-of" segment, and commentary featuring Hardwicke, Stewart, and Pattinson.[79][80] The Blu-ray disc edition of the film was released on March 21, 2009, in select locations, but was made more widely available at further retailers on May 5, 2009.[81] As of July 2010, the film has sold 10,639,202 units, earning $193,362,550.[82]
Accolades
Since its release, Twilight has received numerous nominations and awards. In January 2009, Carter Burwell was nominated for Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association.[83] Robert Pattinson won Bravo TV's A-List Award for A-List Breakout.[84] At the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Pattinson, who was nominated alongside Taylor Lautner, also won an award for Male Breakthrough Performance, "Decode" was nominated for Best Song from a Movie, Twilight won an award for Best Movie, Kristen Stewart won for Best Female performance, Stewart and Pattinson were awarded Best Kiss, and Pattinson and Cam Gigandet won an award for Best Fight.[85] Christian Serratos won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film: Supporting Young Actress.[86] For the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, held on August 9, the film and its actors received a combined total of 12 nominations, nine of which the film won.[87] At the 2009 Scream Awards, the film was nominated for nine awards, four of which it won.[88] The film won two ALMA Awards for makeup and hairstyling.[89] It also won the Public Choice Award at the World Soundtrack Awards, where Carter Burwell was also nominated for Composer of the Year.[90] Catherine Hardwicke received a Young Hollywood Award for her directing.[91] In addition, the film was nominated for Best Fantasy Film at the 35th Saturn Awards[92] and two Grammy Awards[93].
Sequel
Main article: The Twilight Saga: New Moon
MTV reported in February 2008 that Summit Entertainment intended to create a series of at least three films based on Meyer's books.[9] The studio had optioned New Moon, the second book in the series, by October 2008,[94] and confirmed their plans to make a film based on it November 22, 2008.[95][96] Because Catherine Hardwicke had wanted more preparation time than Summit's schedule for the production and release of the sequel would provide,[97][98] Chris Weitz was selected to direct it in December 2008.[99][100]

Twilight (soundtrack)

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|Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
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|Soundtrack album by Various Artists |
|Released |November 4, 2008 (U.S.) |
|Recorded |Various times |
|Genre |Pop rock |
| |Alternative rock |
| |Soundtrack |
|Length |45:30 |
|Label |Chop Shop/Atlantic Records |
|Producer |Alexandra Patsavas and Paul Katz |
|Professional reviews |
|Allmusic [pic][pic][pic][pic][pic]link |
|Entertainment Weekly (A−) link |
|The Twilight Saga soundtracks chronology |
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|Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2008) |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2009) |
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|Singles from Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|"Decode" |
|Released: October 1, 2008 (US) |
|"Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" |
|Released: October 23, 2008 |

The Twilight soundtrack is the official music for the 2008 film Twilight. The score was composed by Carter Burwell,[1] with the rest of the soundtrack chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas.[2] The album was released on November 4, 2008 by Patsavas' Chop Shop label in conjunction with Atlantic Records.[3] The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, having sold about 165,000 copies in its first week of release, 29% of which were digital downloads.[4] Twilight: The Score was made available for digital download on November 25, 2008, and the album was released to stores on December 9, 2008.[5]
Twilight is the best-selling theatrical movie soundtrack in the United States since Chicago.[6] Both the soundtrack and the lead single, "Decode" by Paramore, were nominated for the 2010 Grammy Awards.[7]

|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|1.1 Marketing |
|1.1.1 Standard listing |
|1.2 iTunes digital album |
|1.3 Deluxe edition CD/DVD |
|1.4 Singles |
|1.5 Chart performance |
|1.6 Certifications |
|1.7 Year-end charts |
|2 Score |
|2.1 Track listing |
|2.2 Chart performance |
|3 References |
|4 External links |

[edit] Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Director Catherine Hardwicke revealed in an interview with MTV that a song by alternative rock band Muse, later revealed to be "Supermassive Black Hole", would be included on the film's soundtrack.[8] The soundtrack includes two songs by Paramore,[3] a new song by Mutemath, and an original song for the film by Perry Farrell.[9] "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine was chosen for inclusion in the movie by star Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan.[10] The soundtrack won a 2009 American Music Award for Favorite Soundtrack.[11]

[edit] Marketing

The CD booklet on the physical CD folds out into one of four Twilight posters.[12] Hot Topic locations across the United States hosted exclusive Twilight soundtrack listening parties on October 24.[13] Albums bought at Borders bookstores feature an acoustic version of Paramore's "Decode".[14] Summit Entertainment provided a free remix of "Bella's Lullaby" through iTunes, with the purchase of a Twilight theatre ticket through online ticket services Fandango or MovieTickets.com.[15]

[edit] Standard listing

|# |Song/Artist |Scene |Length |
|1 |"Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse |The Cullens play baseball |3:31 |
|2 |"Decode" by Paramore |Second song in end credits |4:21 |
|3 |"Full Moon" by The Black Ghosts |Opening credits |3:50 |
|4 |"Leave Out All the Rest" by Linkin Park |Second song in end credits |3:19 |
|5 |"Spotlight (Twilight Mix)" by Mutemath |Bella gets out of car at school with Edward |3:20 |
|6 |"Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" by Perry Farrell |Bella and Edward first walk into prom |3:27 |
|7 |"Tremble for My Beloved" by Collective Soul |Bella gets saved by Edward from Tyler's van |3:53 |
|8 |"I Caught Myself" by Paramore |Bella and friends shopping for prom dresses |3:55 |
|9 |"Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation |Bella waiting at the parking lot for Edward |5:01 |
|10 |"Never Think" by Robert Pattinson |Bella and Edward talking at the restaurant |4:29 |
|11 |"Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine |Bella and Edward dance and talk alone at prom |4:02 |
|12 |"Bella's Lullaby" by Carter Burwell |On and off throughout the film |2:20 |

• The first song of the ending credits, Radiohead's "15 Step", was not included on the soundtrack.

[edit] iTunes digital album

A digital version of the album, available for purchase on iTunes, includes a digital booklet with artwork and images from Twilight and three bonus songs:[12]
|# |Song/Artist |Scene |Length |
|1 |"Let Me Sign" by Robert Pattinson |Edward sucks the venom from Bella's hand. |2:20 |
|2 |"La Traviata" by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra |Edward takes Bella to the Cullens' house for the first time. |3:05 |
|3 |"Clair de Lune" by The APM Orchestra |Edward and Bella listening to the song in his room. |5:58 |

[edit] Deluxe edition CD/DVD

A deluxe CD/DVD version of the album includes five additional tracks: 1. "Love Is Worth the Fall" (O.A.R.) – 3:38 2. "Decode" (Acoustic version) (Paramore) – 4:27 3. "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" (Live) (Iron & Wine) – 4:13 4. "Spotlight" (Son Lux Remix) (Mutemath) – 3:27 5. "Full Moon" (Appleblim & Komonazmuk Remix) (The Black Ghosts) – 4:53

[edit] Singles

• "Decode" by Paramore was the first single released from the soundtrack. It premiered on Paramore's fan club site and Stephenie Meyer's official website on October 1, 2008.[16][17] The music video for "Decode" premiered on November 3.[18] The song was certified Platinum in the U.S on February 16, 2010, selling over 1,000,000 copies. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Song Written for a Movie. • "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" by Perry Farrell was the second single released from the soundtrack. It premiered on Meyer's website on October 23, 2008.[19][20]

[edit] Chart performance

The Twilight soundtrack debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[4] Twilight is the first soundtrack to hit #1 in advance of its film's release since the 8 Mile soundtrack in 2002.[21] The album was certified double platinum on April 16, 2009.[22] After a re-release of the album in a "Deluxe Edition" in March, 2009, it climbed from #14 to #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 74,000 copies.[23][24][25] As of October 2009, the soundtrack has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide and has remained on the Billboard 200 for 48 consecutive weeks.[26]
The soundtrack peaked at number one in New Zealand on February 9, 2009 and has been certified platinum, selling over 15,000 copies.[27][28] The album has been certified gold in Mexico, selling over 50,000 copies.[29][30]
|Chart (2008) |Peak |
| |position |
|U.S. Billboard 200 |1 |
|Argentine Albums Chart[31] |5 |
|U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums |1 |
|Canadian Albums Chart |4 |
|Mexican AMPROFON Albums Chart[32] |5 |
|Mexican Top 20 International Albums Chart[33] |2 |
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart[34] |2 |
|New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[34] |1 |
|French Top 200 Albums Chart[35] |4 |
|German Top 100 Albums Chart |6 |
|Greek Top 50 Albums Chart[36] |1 |
|Italian FIMI Compilations Chart[37] |3 |
|Swiss Top 100 Albums Chart[34] |12 |
|Austrian Top 75 Albums Chart[34] |4 |
|Finnish Top 40 Albums Chart[34] |14 |
|Spanish PROMUSICAE Albums Chart[34] |28 |
|UK Compilation Album Chart[38] |9 |

[edit] Certifications

|Country |Certifications |
| |(sales thresholds) |
|Germany |Platinum [39] |
|Mexico |Gold [40] |

[edit] Year-end charts

|Chart (2009) |Rank |
|German Albums Chart [41] |15 |
|Swiss Albums Chart[42] |35 |
|US Billboard 200 [43] |108 |

|Preceded by |U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album |Succeeded by |
|Black Ice by AC/DC |November 22, 2008 - November 29, 2008 |Fearless by Taylor Swift |
|Preceded by |New Zealand number-one album |Succeeded by |
|Working on a Dream by Bruce Springsteen |February 9, 2009 - February 16, 2009 |Now You're Gone – The Album by Basshunter|

[edit] Score

|Twilight: The Score |
|[pic] |
|Film score by Carter Burwell |
|Released |December 9, 2008 |
|Recorded |September 2008 at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London, England |
|Genre |Orchestral |
|Length |46:53 |
|Label |Atlantic Records |
|Professional reviews |
|Allmusic [pic][pic][pic][pic][pic]link |
|The Twilight Saga scores chronology |
| |
|Twilight: The Score |
|(2008) |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score |
|(2009) |
| |

Carter Burwell composed and orchestrated the score for Twilight over a 9–10 week period, and it was recorded and mixed in about 2 weeks in late September 2008.[44] He began the score with a "Love Theme" for Bella and Edward's relationship, a variation of which became "Bella's Lullaby" that Robert Pattinson plays in the film and that is included on the Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[44] The original theme is featured throughout the film, and serves to "play the romance that drives the story".[44] Another theme Burwell composed was a "Predator Theme", which opens the film, and is intended to play Edward's vampire nature.[44] Other themes include a bass-line, drum beat and distorted guitar sound for the nomadic vampires, and a melody for the Cullen family.[44] Twilight: The Score was released digitally on November 25, 2008 and in stores on December 9.[5]

[edit] Track listing

1. "How I Would Die" – 1:53 2. "Who Are They?" – 3:26 3. "Treaty" – 1:58 4. "Phascination Phase" – 2:04 5. "Humans Are Predators Too" – 2:04 6. "I Dreamt of Edward" – 1:06 7. "I Know What You Are" – 2:37 8. "The Most Dangerous Predator" – 2:22 9. "The Skin of a Killer" – 2:58 10. "The Lion Fell in Love with the Lamb" – 3:10 11. "Complications" – 1:11 12. "Dinner with His Family" – 0:38 13. "I Would Be the Meal" – 1:24 14. "Bella's Lullaby" – 2:18 15. "Nomads" – 3:51 16. "Stuck Here Like Mom" – 1:40 17. "Bella Is Part of the Family" – 1:24 18. "Tracking" – 2:19 19. "In Place of Someone You Love" – 1:45 20. "Showdown in the Ballet Studio" – 4:50 21. "Edward at Her Bed" – 1:05

[edit] Chart performance

|Chart (2008) |Peak |
| |position |
|U.S. Billboard 200 |65 |
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart |52[45] |

New Moon (novel)
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|New Moon |
|[pic] |
|First edition cover of New Moon |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Cover artist |Gail Doobinin (design) |
| |John Grant (photograph) |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Genre(s) |Young adult, romance novel, vampire fiction |
|Publisher |Little, Brown |
|Publication date |September 6, 2006 |
|Media type |Print (Hardcover, Paperback) |
|Pages |563 |
|ISBN |0-316-16019-9 |
|OCLC Number |69104227 |
|LC Classification |PZ7.M5717515 New 2006 |
|Preceded by |Twilight |
|Followed by |Eclipse |

New Moon is a fantasy novel by author Stephenie Meyer, and is the second novel in the Twilight series. According to Meyer, the book is about losing true love.[1] The title refers to the darkest phase of the lunar cycle, indicating that New Moon is about the darkest time of protagonist Bella Swan's life.[2] The book was originally released in hardcover in 2006, following the successful publishing of Meyer's debut novel Twilight. A film adaptation was released on November 20, 2009.[3]
Upon its publication in the United States, New Moon moved quickly to the top of bestseller lists, becoming one of the most anticipated books of the year. It peaked at #1 on both the New York Times Best Seller list and USA Today's Top 150 Bestsellers,[4][5] and was the biggest selling children's paperback of 2008 with over 5.3 million copies sold.[6]
New Moon has been translated into many languages, including Czech, Thai, Russian, Norwegian and Arabic.[7]
|Contents |
|1 Plot summary |
|2 Publication and reception |
|2.1 Development |
|2.2 Publication |
|2.3 Reception |
|3 Film adaptation |
|4 References |
|5 External links |

Plot summary
On Isabella "Bella" Swan's 18th birthday, Edward Cullen, the vampire she loves, and his family throw her a birthday party. While unwrapping a gift, she gets a paper cut, which causes Edward's adopted brother, Jasper, to be overwhelmed by her blood's scent and attempt to kill Bella. To protect her, Edward decides to end their relationship, and the Cullens move away from Forks. This leaves Bella very heart-broken and depressed.
In the months that follow, Bella learns that thrill-seeking activities, such as motorcycle riding, allow her to "hear" Edward's voice in her head. She also seeks comfort in her deepening friendship with Jacob Black, a cheerful companion who eases her pain over losing Edward. Bella later discovers that Jacob and other tribe members are werewolves. Jacob and his pack protect Bella from the vampire Laurent and also Victoria, who seeks revenge for her dead mate, James, whom the Cullens killed in Twilight.
Meanwhile, a series of miscommunications leads Edward to believe that Bella has killed herself. Distraught over her supposed suicide, Edward flees to Volterra, Italy to provoke the Volturi, vampire royalty who are capable of killing him. Alice and Bella rush to Italy to save Edward, arriving just in time to stop him. Before leaving Italy, the Volturi tell Edward that Bella, a human who knows that vampires exist, must either be killed or transformed into a vampire. When they return to Forks, Edward tells Bella that he has always loved her and only left Forks to protect her. She forgives him, and the Cullens vote in favor of Bella being transformed into a vampire, to Edward's dismay. However, Jacob reminds Edward about an important piece in the treaty; if the Cullens bite a human, the treaty is over.
Publication and reception
Development
After Meyer finished writing Twilight, she found herself writing multiple, hundred-paged epilogues, and has said, "I quickly realized I wasn't ready to stop writing about Bella and Edward."[8] She began writing a sequel, which was entitled Forever Dawn and skipped over Bella's final year of high school.[9] While Meyer was still writing Forever Dawn, she learned that Twilight was going to be published and marketed as a young-adult novel.[9] Wanting the next book to be aimed at a similar audience, she decided to write a new sequel, New Moon, which took place during Bella's senior year of high school.[9] According to Meyer, the story was inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.[10]
Publication
New Moon was published by Little, Brown in the USA on 21 August 2006 with an initial print run of 100,000 copies.[11] Demand for the book was so high that advance reading copies were being sold on eBay for as high as $380.[12] New Moon immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Chapter Books[4] in its second week on the list, displacing popular children's authors such as Christopher Paolini and Markus Zusak,[13] and remained in that spot for eleven weeks. It spent over 47 weeks in total on the list.[14] New Moon also remained on the USA Today Best Seller list for over 150 weeks after entering the list two weeks after its release, later peaking at #1.[5]
By 2008, Publishers Weekly reported that New Moon had sold 1.5 million copies throughout the USA.[15] In October 2008, the book was ranked #37 on USA Today's "Bestselling Books of Last 15 Years".[16]
Reception
The novel received mostly positive reviews, Hillias J. Martin of School Library Journal praised the book, saying, "Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third".[17] Moreover, Cindy Dobrez of Booklist gave New Moon a positive review, stating that Bella's dismay at being ordinary "will strike a chord even among girls who have no desire to be immortal, and like the vampires who watch Bella bleed with "fevered eyes," teens will relish this new adventure and hunger for more". [18] Furthermore, Norah Piehl of Teenreads.com said, "In the middle, the story sometimes drags, and readers may long for the vampires' return. The events of New Moon, though, will leave Meyer's many fans breathless for the sequel, as Bella finally understands everything that will be at stake if she makes the ultimate choice to give up her humanity and live, like the vampires, forever." [19] Kirkus praised the novel, describing it as "an exciting page turner...This tale of tortured demon lovers entices."[20]
New Moon won the Senior Young Reader's Choice Award in 2009.[21]
Film adaptation
Main article: The Twilight Saga: New Moon
A film adaptation of New Moon was released on November 20, 2009.[22][23][24] It is the sequel to 2008's Twilight, which is based on the previous novel written by Meyer. The film starred Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively.[25] In late November 2008, Summit Entertainment greenlit the sequel, which was directed by Chris Weitz with Melissa Rosenberg returning as the screenwriter.[26] The majority of the film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.[27]
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
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|The Twilight Saga: New Moon |
|[pic] |
|Promotional poster |
|Directed by |Chris Weitz |
|Produced by |Mark Morgan |
| |Wyck Godfrey |
|Screenplay by |Melissa Rosenberg |
|Story by |Stephenie Meyer (novel) |
|Based on |New Moon |
|Starring |Kristen Stewart |
| |Robert Pattinson |
| |Taylor Lautner |
| |Ashley Greene |
| |Rachelle Lefevre |
| |Billy Burke |
| |Michael Sheen |
| |Dakota Fanning |
|Music by |Alexandre Desplat |
|Cinematography |Javier Aguirresarobe |
|Editing by |Peter Lambert |
|Distributed by |Summit Entertainment |
|Release date(s) |November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16) (Los Angeles |
| |premiere) |
| |November 20, 2009 (2009-11-20) (United States) |
|Running time |130 minutes[1] |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Budget |$50,000,000[1] |
|Gross revenue |$709,711,008[1][2] |

The Twilight Saga: New Moon, commonly referred to as New Moon, is a 2009 American romance fantasy-vampire film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2006 novel New Moon. It is the second film in The Twilight Saga film series and is the sequel to 2008's Twilight. Summit Entertainment greenlit the sequel in late November 2008, following the early success of Twilight.[3] Directed by Chris Weitz, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner,[4] reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively. Melissa Rosenberg, who handed in a draft of the film script during the opening weekend of Twilight, returned as screenwriter for New Moon as well.[5]
Filming began in Vancouver in late March 2009,[6][7][8] and in Montepulciano, Italy in late May 2009.[9][10] The film was released on November 20, 2009 in most countries, and set domestic box office records as the biggest midnight screening, grossing $26.3 million, which was superseded by its sequel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This led to the highest single day, domestic gross on an opening day, with $72.7 million.[11] Furthermore, New Moon opened with the third highest domestic opening weekend since 2002 grossing a total of $142,839,137.[11] The film also became the highest grossing film released by Summit Entertainment, and was the widest independent release, playing in over 4,100 theaters in its theatrical run, until it was surpassed by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[12]
New Moon was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 20, 2010 through midnight release parties.[13] As of April 2010, $144,808,588 in North American DVD sales, selling more than 6,367,352 units,[14] 4 million of which were sold within its first weekend, beating Twilight's 3.8 million units sold in its first two days.[15] The film was well received by fans,[16] but critical reception was less favorable.[17][18]
|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Plot |
|2 Cast |
|3 Production |
|3.1 Development |
|3.2 Casting |
|3.3 Filming |
|3.4 Special effects |
|3.5 Music |
|4 Marketing |
|5 Release |
|5.1 Box office |
|5.2 Critical reception |
|5.3 Home media |
|5.4 Accolades |
|6 Sequel |
|7 References |
|8 External links |

[edit] Plot
On her 18th birthday, Bella Swan wakes up from a dream in which she sees herself as an old woman. She expresses her distaste with growing older than her boyfriend Edward Cullen, a vampire who stopped aging physically at 17. Despite her lack of enthusiasm, Edward's adoptive family throws Bella a birthday party. While unwrapping a gift, Bella gets a paper cut, causing Edward's brother, Jasper, to become overwhelmed by her blood's scent and attempt to kill her. Realizing the danger that he and his family pose to Bella, Edward ends their relationship, and the Cullens leave Forks, Washington.
Edward's departure leaves Bella heartbroken and depressed for months; however, when her father, Charlie, decides to send her to live with her mother in Florida, Bella agrees to spend time with her friends. After seeing a movie with Jessica, Bella sees a group of men on motorcycles. This reminds her of when Edward previously rescued her from an assault, and she sees his image warning her to stay away. Bella discovers that all thrill-seeking activities evoke Edward's preserved image. She is also comforted by her deepening friendship with Jacob Black, a cheerful companion who eases her pain over losing Edward. When Jacob suddenly begins avoiding her, Bella discovers he has become a werewolf, an age-old enemy of vampires. Jacob's pack members are on constant patrol for Victoria, a vampire searching to kill Bella due to the death of her mate by Edward's hand, leaving Jacob little time to spend with her. Alone again, Bella returns to seeking thrill-inducing activities.
Through a series of miscommunications, Edward believes Bella has killed herself by jumping off a cliff into the ocean. Distraught over her supposed suicide, Edward travels to Italy to provoke the Volturi—a powerful vampire coven capable of killing him—by exposing himself as a vampire to humans. Alice, Edward's sister, and Bella rush to Italy to save Edward, and arrive just in time to stop him. It is then that Edward tells Bella that he always loved her and only left to protect her. However, the Volturi determine that Bella, a human who knows that vampires exist, must either be killed or transformed into a vampire herself. Alice stops them from killing her by sharing her premonition with Aro (Michael Sheen)—a Volturi elder who is able to read thoughts through touch—in which Bella has been transformed. Soon after, they return to Forks and Bella forgives Edward for leaving her. The Cullens vote in favor of Bella being transformed into a vampire, much to Edward and Rosalie's dismay. Later on, Jacob reminds Edward of the treaty the Cullens made with the Quileute tribe: they will not attack each other, as long as the Cullens do not bite any humans-an action necessary for Bella's transformation. The movie concludes with Edward telling Bella that he will change her into a vampire, but only if she marries him first.
[edit] Cast
See also: List of Twilight cast members
Main cast • Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, a young teenage girl who delves into a deep depression after her true love, Edward Cullen, leaves her. Her friendship with Jacob Black is expanded as she realizes that he can mend the hole left open by Edward. • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, Bella's vampire boyfriend who abruptly leaves town to protect her.[19][20] • Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, a cheerful companion who eases Bella's pain over losing Edward. He reveals to Bella that he is part of a pack of werewolves whose main goal is to protect her from the vampires Laurent and Victoria.[4][21][22]
Secondary cast • Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen, leader and father figure of the Cullen family.[23] • Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen, Carlisle's wife and the mother figure of the Cullen family.[24][25] • Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, a member of the Cullen family who can see "subjective" visions of the future and who develops a deep friendship with Bella. • Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, a member of the Cullen family. • Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale, a member of the Cullen family who "feels really strongly about her hatred for Bella".[26] • Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale, a member of the Cullen family who thirsts for Bella's blood after she receives a paper cut. • Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Bella's father and Forks' Chief of Police.[27] • Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria, a vampire who wants to kill Bella to avenge her lover, James.[28] • Edi Gathegi as Laurent, a vampire who also tries to kill Bella.[29][30] • Michael Sheen as Aro, the leader of an ancient Italian vampire coven known as the Volturi.[31] • Dakota Fanning as Jane, a guard of the Volturi who has the ability to torture people with illusions of pain.[32][33] • Anna Kendrick as Jessica Stanley, Bella's self-involved friend.[34][35] • Michael Welch as Mike Newton, Bella's friend who has a crush on her. He joins her on a date with Jacob.[36]
[edit] Production
[edit] Development
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Weitz at the New Moon Photocall in Paris, France, November 2009.
In early November 2008, Summit Entertainment announced that they had obtained the rights to the remaining books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.[37] On November 22, 2008, one day after the theatrical release of Twilight, Summit confirmed that they would begin working on New Moon. "I don't think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment," said Meyer.[38] In early December 2008, it was announced that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke would not be returning to direct the sequel. Hardwicke cited time restrictions as the reason behind her leaving the project.[39] On December 13, 2008, it was announced that Chris Weitz, director of The Golden Compass and co-director of About a Boy, had been hired to direct New Moon.[40] Weitz released a statement shortly after the announcement, assuring Twilight fans that he would "protect on their behalf the characters, [the] themes and story they love." He continued by saying, "This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book."[41]
Melissa Rosenberg had been working on adapting the novel prior to Twilight's release[42] and handed in the draft for New Moon during Twilight's opening weekend in November 2008.[5] "I would sit down at ten o'clock in the morning and work on [the script]... until six o'clock in the evening."[43] Rosenberg spent the months of October though June 2008 alternating between writing for the Showtime television series Dexter, and writing New Moon on weekends.[43] She and Meyer kept in touch during this five month period.[43] One of the key changes the screenwriter made while adapting the book was the decision to take Edward's voice in Bella's head and make it visual.[44] This change caused the first confrontation between the two main characters, one an "apparition", to be emotional.[44] For the screenplay, the four men who Bella approaches needed to create a significant and dangerous situation, and so Rosenberg gave these men motorcycles.[44] "I added the motorcycles, [mainly] because... they became an important part of [Bella's] relationship with Jacob."[44]
[edit] Casting
Due to major physical changes that occur in the character of Jacob Black between Twilight and New Moon, Weitz considered replacing Taylor Lautner in the sequel with an actor who could more accurately portray "the new, larger Jacob Black".[45] In an attempt to keep the role, Lautner weight-trained extensively and gained approximately 30 pounds.[46] In January 2009, Weitz and Summit Entertainment announced that Lautner would continue to play the role of Jacob in the sequel.[4] In an interview, fellow cast member Kristen Stewart talked about Lautner's transformation saying, "He's an entirely different person physically."[47]
In late March 2009, Summit Entertainment released a list of the actors who would be portraying the "wolf pack" alongside Lautner. The casting for the rest of the Quileute tribe was headed by casting director Rene Haynes, who has worked on films with large Native American casts, such as Dances with Wolves and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.[48] A casting call was also held in Vancouver in February 2009, specifically asking for "any first nations/aboriginal actors and actresses between the ages of 15 and 25".[49] Referring to the casting of Michael Sheen as Aro, Weitz claims to have "'aggressively' pursued the actor", and describes the character as "on the surface, a very gracious and friendly vampire, but beneath that he is a tremendous threat."[31]
[edit] Filming
Pre-production for New Moon began in December 2008.[50] Filming was scheduled to begin on March 23, 2009 in Vancouver,[6][7] but began a few days early.[8] Weitz envisioned a warm color palette for the sequel, contrary to the first film in the series, whose blue tones were prevalent.[51] His intention resulted in golden tones, a change that was inspired by Italian paintings, and ultimately served as the basis for the crew's collaborative work.[51] The approach also included the use of specific colors at certain points in the movie. For example, although Jacob's house is red, the color does not dominate until the climax of the movie. The director noted that, "The square becomes a flood of red, that's how conscious we were of every visual aspect."[52]
The use of film, rather than digital, cameras added to the "old-fashioned" nature of the production.[52] Two main Panavision cameras, a high-speed Arri 435 camera capable of shooting at 150 frames per second, a Steadicam, and VistaVision cameras for visual effect shots were among the equipment used to bring the book to the big screen.[52] As with the use of specific colors, the different cameras and shooting setups would help serve the story points.[52] When Bella was with Edward, the camera was moved on a dolly, in a very rigid, straight line to reflect how their relationship was "perfect". When Bella is with Jacob, the Steadicam provided a fluid and organic style; and when she is with her schoolmates, a slangy visual language was reflected by a handheld.[52]
Once the film went into production, the decision to shoot in Vancouver, rather than in Portland, came after debate on how to match the locations that were introduced in the first film.[53] One member involved in the decision process pointed out that Vancouver had been scouted as a potential setting for Twilight, and it was only because the U.S. dollar had, at that time, dropped below the Canadian dollar that Oregon drew Twilight principal photography to Portland and its surrounding areas.[54] Vancouver was chosen because it allowed a higher production value, while the surrounding areas contained beautiful forests and gray weather.[55] With this decision, however, came the issue of reconstructing key sets that were used in the first film. For the exterior of Forks High School, crew members were able to find a parking lot, but the school's steps needed to be filmed with a greenscreen backing to match those that were originally presented in Twilight.[56] David Thompson Secondary School would then be able to serve as the interior for the high school scenes.[57]
The Cullen house was one of the major "match" assignments, mainly because of the Portland area location's unique design.[56] The production team agreed upon finding a house in the Vancouver area with an interior that emulated the high ceilings, glass walls, and forest surroundings of the first location. One location was positively compared to the one in Portland, and therefore Weitz and the production team filmed portions of the film there.[56] In order to keep with the design of the original house, portions of the story that took place in New Moon were moved to different sections of the house that were not seen before.[56]
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Jacob's house as depicted in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
After scouting Vancouver for a place to film scenes that involved the Swan house, the decision was made to recreate the house on an empty lot with a tree line and approaching road.[58] The production team was able to rearrange the exterior of the house to match that in the first movie.[58] When faced with creating the interior, the team measured the house in Portland, and built various pieces of the house on the lot and on a stage in Vancouver.[58] The second film also attempted to clarify the location of Bella's room, which, as seen in the first film, seemed to be located in the front of the house, when in reality it was on the right-hand side.[58] Complications arose when the Portland house was repainted after Twilights release, which took away the aging the house had come to depict in the film. When recreating the house, the production team referenced the first film on high-definition Blu-ray.[58]
As a director, Weitz had the pleasure of introducing and filming on new locations and sets. Of particular interest was the Quileute reservation and Jacob's house.[59] Using the Quileute country in Washington as a basis, the production team decided to place Jacob's house on the edges of the territory, rather than in the community, because of Jacob's attachment to the wolves.[59] To Weitz, Jacob's house was the stepping stone into the forest world, where the reality of the werewolves is hidden. The production designer was faced with a "real world" versus "book world" challenge when the barn they located, described in the book as a red barn, was green.[59] Initially bordered by a green fence, the decision of painting the barn, aging it, and renovating the exterior proved to be a layout that fit well with Jacob's character.[59]
After scouting more than twelve possible locations to film scenes that would take place in Volterra, Italy, the scouting team selected the town of Montepulciano, which they believe was the best representation of Meyer's description in the book.[60] Principal photography concluded with the scenes that were filmed in this area from May 25 through the 29.[9][10][61][62] For the face-off between the Volturi and Edward, the idea was to have a bigger "bang", rather than just the paralysis of Edward.[63] Initially what was a huge battle with vampires being thrown everywhere turned into a one-on-one fight between Felix and Edward, after receiving a stamp of approval from Meyer.[63] The idea quickly changed from the typical outlandish battle, to portraying Edward as an average guy caught in the middle of a bad situation; for Bella, conveying the feeling of being caught in the middle of a group of vampires fighting was important as well.[63] This scene also required special effects, stunt work, and figuring out how to portray vampires fighting at very fast speeds.[63]
[edit] Special effects
Overseeing the visual effects department for New Moon was Susan MacLeod, who had previously worked with Weitz during the production of The Golden Compass.[64] MacLeod enlisted Tippett Studio to create the computer generated wolves, while Prime Focus of Vancouver handled the effects of the vampires.[64] To prepare for the aggressive task of making the wolves look real, Tippet artists studied wolf culture.[65] They also were able to reflect leadership and human muscle size by adjusting certain features of the wolves, such as their fat and tallness.[65] In February 2009, a group of artists were able to travel to Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, outside of Los Angeles, and see real wolves.[65] The artists were able to observe the behavior of both the timber and arctic wolves, who ran in packs of three to five. The idea was to give everyone a deeper feeling of the creature that they were creating.[65]
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One of the scenes Tippett Studio was responsible for animating.
MacLeod explained that creating the shape-shifting werewolves was not an easy task.[66] The wolf work included shooting "plates", or photographic imagery into which CG creations are integrated. Since the book described the wolves as being as big as horses, full-scale aluminum and board wolf cutouts were used as a visual reference for both actors and crew members.[66] Once the actors had a reference, the cutouts would be removed allowing the cameras to capture the scene.[66] In order for the CG wolves to be in sync with the live action cameras and actors' movements, the team used match movers, a land surveying tool that recorded the shooting location's topography with reference marks.[66]
A raw 3D model of Jacob's wolf was the basis for creating the others.[67] A muscle system, which gave the appearance of muscles firing and flexing, contributed to this model. From there, the initial fur layout went to painters who were responsible for its color and groom.[67] They also added characteristics, such as wet hair clumping together, and applied it to the fur. They refined this look before passing it off to the lighting and technical directors.[67]
One challenge for the production team was how to convey Bella's depression once Edward departs. In the novel, these pages were filled with the names of the passing months, and in the movie, would be represented as a visual effects shot with a camera circling around Kristen Stewart.[58] The window that was used for the original film did not quite fit what Weitz was looking for, so the production team created a bay window when recreating the Swan house.[58] The effect was one of the 300 visual effects helmed by Prime Focus. It required matching two camera shots: one that shot the actress in a chair, and the other shooting the view outside the window as seen from the house built on location.[58] Using a greenscreen, Prime Focus was able to enhance the changing of seasons with computer-generated leaves and falling snow.[58]
[edit] Music
Main article: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (soundtrack)
The score for New Moon was composed by Alexandre Desplat[68] while the rest of the soundtrack was chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who also produced the Twilight soundtrack.[69] The Twilight Saga: New Moon's Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on October 16, 2009,[70] by Patsavas' Chop Shop label, in conjunction with Atlantic Records.[69] It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[71] and climbed to number one a week later after selling 153,000 copies in its first full week of release.[72]
[edit] Marketing
The first promotional poster from New Moon was released on May 19, 2009.[73] On May 31, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner revealed the film's first trailer at the MTV Movie Awards.[74] Following the release of the trailer, two scenes from the film were presented at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con.[75] A 14-second preview of the second trailer was released online on August 12, 2009, and the full-length trailer was featured before theater showings of the film Bandslam.[76] The film's third trailer was shown at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, 2009.[77] Spike TV also aired a new trailer at the 2009 Scream Awards on October 27, 2009.[78]
American Idol finalist Allison Iraheta hosted an 8-minute block prior to the showing of the film in over 1,200 theaters across the United States, where she talked about her upcoming album and played some tracks, including "Friday I'll Be Over U", "Pieces", and "Trouble Is".[79] In addition, prior to the film's release, author Stephenie Meyer made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote the film.[80]
[edit] Release
Many theater showings sold out as early as two months prior to New Moon's release date.[81] The film set records for advance ticket sales, causing some theaters to add additional showings.[82] The film is also the biggest advanced ticket seller on Fandango, surpassing Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.[83] New Moon accounted for 86 percent of Fandango's online ticket sales the weekend before the film was released,[82] and its total morning ticket sales on November 20, 2009 are estimated to total $13.9 million.[82]
[edit] Box office
New Moon set records as the biggest midnight opening in domestic (United States and Canada) box office history, grossing an estimated $26.3 million in 3,514 theaters.[84] The record was previously held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which grossed $22.2 million domestically during its midnight premiere.[84] However in 2010, the following film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, broke that record with $30 million in over 4,000 theaters.[85] The film grossed $72.7 million on its opening day domestically, becoming the biggest single-day opening in domestic history, beating The Dark Knight's $67.2 million.[11] This opening strongly contributed to another record: the first time that the top ten films at the domestic box office had a combined gross of over $100 million in a single day.[86]
The opening weekend of New Moon is the third highest opening weekend in domestic history with $142,839,137,[87] behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3. The Twilight Saga: New Moon also has the sixth highest worldwide opening weekend with $274.9 million total.[88] With an estimated budget of just under $50 million, it is the least expensive movie to ever open to more than $200 million worldwide.[89] Over Thanksgiving weekend, the film grossed $42.5 million, and including Wednesday and Thursday ticket sales, grossed $66 million. It has earned $230.7 million in total since opening last week, 22% more than the previous installment grossed in its entire theatrical run. Internationally, the film grossed roughly $85 million over the weekend, adding up to a total worldwide gross of $473.7 million in ten days.[90] In its third weekend New Moon grossed $15.7 million in the domestic market[91] and another $40.7 million internationally, for a worldwide gross of $570.1 million.[91] In its fourth weekend, the film dropped down to #4 with an estimated $10 million, bringing its domestic total to an estimated $270 million.[92]
[edit] Critical reception
Reviews for the film have been mostly negative. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 28% of 203 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.6 out of 10. The site's general consensus is that "The Twilight Saga's second installment may satisfy hardcore fans of the series, but outsiders are likely to be turned off by its slow pace, relentlessly downcast tone, and excessive length."[93] Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film holds an overall approval rating of 38%, based on a sample of 39 reviews.[94] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 44 based on 32 reviews.[17]
Robert Ignizio of the Cleveland Scene described the film as an "entertaining fantasy", and noted that it "has a stronger visual look [than Twilight] and does a better job with its action scenes while still keeping the focus on the central love triangle."[95] Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post gave the film two and half stars out of four, praised Kristen Stewart's performance in the film and wrote, "Despite melodrama that, at times, is enough to induce diabetes, there's enough wolf whistle in this sexy, scary romp to please anyone."[96] The Seattle Post-Intelligencer gave the film a "B" grading and said, "the movie looks tremendous, the dialogue works, there are numerous well placed jokes, the acting is on point."[97]
Time Out New York gave the film 3 stars out of 5, calling it "acceptable escapism for those old enough to see it yet still young enough to shriek at undead dreamboats."[98] Jordan Mintzer from Variety stated, "Stewart is the heart and soul of the film", and added that she "gives both weight and depth to dialogue...that would sound like typical chick-lit blather in the mouth of a less engaging actress, and she makes Bella's psychological wounds seem like the real deal."[99]
Mick Lasalle from the San Francisco Chronicle responded with a more mixed review, stating, "[E]xpect this film to satisfy its fans. Everybody else, get ready for a bizarre soap opera/pageant, consisting of a succession of static scenes with characters loping into the frame to announce exactly what they're thinking."[100] Digital Spy gave the film 2 stars out of 5, praising Kristen Stewart for "carrying the film on her shoulders and, once again, bringing plenty of soul to a character who might otherwise come across as self-indulgent", but was critical of its lack of action, ultimately calling it "a draining experience".[101] Roger Ebert gave the film 1 star out of 4 and said that it "takes the tepid achievement of Twilight, guts it, and leaves it for undead."[102] Richard Roeper graded New Moon with a C- and called it a "plodding, achingly slow, 130-minute chapter in the saga".[103] Mark Sells from The Oregon Herald gave the film 1 1/2 stars out of 5, and suggested that "the magic will have to remain in the minds of the readers as this translation fails to inspire or connect beyond the pages."[104]
[edit] Home media
Various midnight release parties were held to help promote the film's DVD and Blu-ray release on March 20, 2010 in the United States and on March 22, 2010 in the United Kingdom.[13][105] Special features include an audio commentary by director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert, a behind the scenes documentary, and music videos.[13] Unlike the DVD and Blu-ray versions, the Ultimate Fan Edition DVD includes a 7-minute first look at the sequel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[106] Within its first weekend of release in the U.S., the film sold over 4 million units, beating Twilight's 3.8 million units sold in its first two days.[107] In North American DVD sales, the film has currently grossed $152,495,338 and has sold more than 6,789,631 units.[14]
[edit] Accolades
Since its release, New Moon has received several nominations and rewards. In March 2010, the film received the ShoWest Fandango Fan Choice Award for 2009's Best Movie.[108] The film was nominated for one Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, while Melissa Rosenberg was nominated for Worst Screenplay, Robert Pattinson for Worst Supporting Actor, and Kristen Stewart, and either Pattinson or Taylor Lautner for Worst Screen Couple.[109] At the 2010 Empire Awards, Pattinson was nominated for Best Actor and Anna Kendrick was nominated for Best Newcomer.[110] The BAFTA Awards saw Stewart win an award for Rising Star.[111] At the UK-based National Movie Awards, the film won the award for Best Fantasy Film, while Pattinson won an award for Best Performance.[112] At the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, the film was nominated for Best Movie, Lautner won an award for Favorite Movie Actor, and Jacob and Bella, who were also nominated alongside Edward and Bella, won an award for Best Couple.[113][114] At the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Pattinson, who was nominated alongside Stewart and Lautner, won the award for Global Superstar; the Best Male Performance award was also given to Pattinson, who was, again, nominated against Lautner. Stewart and Pattinson won the award for Best Kiss, while New Moon won the award for Best Movie.[115] For the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, held on August 8, the film and its actors were given a combined total of ten nominations, eight of which the film won, and three separate awards going to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[116][117] Alexandre Desplat was named Composer of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards.[118] In addition, the film was nominated for Best Horror Film and Taylor Lautner was nominated for Best Performance by a Younger Actor at the 36th Saturn Awards.[119] Lautner was also nominated for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Actor at the 2010 Young Artist Awards.[120]
[edit] Sequel
Main article: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
In February 2009, Summit Entertainment scheduled a film adaptation of Eclipse, the third novel in the Twilight series, for release on June 30, 2010.[121] Weitz would not be able to direct the third film of The Twilight Saga as it would be filming while New Moon would be in post-production.[122] David Slade was therefore confirmed as the director of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on April 22, 2009.[123]

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (soundtrack)

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|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|[pic] |
|Soundtrack album by various artists |
|Released |October 16, 2009 |
|Recorded |Various times |
|Genre |Pop rock, alternative rock, indie rock |
|Length |57:40 |
|Label |Chop Shop, Atlantic |
|Producer |Alexandra Patsavas |
|Professional reviews |
|Allmusic [pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][1] |
|CHARTattack [pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][2] |
|Dose [pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][3] |
|Drowned in Sound (8/10)[4] |
|Entertainment Weekly (A)[5] |
|IGN (9.0/10)[6] |
|The New York Times (favorable)[7] |
|NME (6/10)[8] |
|Pitchfork Media (5.4/10)[9] |
|Rolling Stone [pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][10] |
|The Twilight Saga soundtracks chronology |
|Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2008) |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2009) |
|The Twilight Saga Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2010) |
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|Singles from The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|"Meet Me on the Equinox" |
|Released: September 13, 2009 |
|"Solar Midnite" |
|Released: December 12, 2009 |
|"Satellite Heart" |

The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack is the official music for the 2009 film The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The score for New Moon was composed by Alexandre Desplat[11] while the rest of the soundtrack was chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who also produced the Twilight soundtrack.[12] The New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album was released on October 16, 2009[13] by Patsavas' Chop Shop label, in conjunction with Atlantic Records.[12]

|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|1.1 Track listings |
|1.1.1 Standard album |
|1.1.2 iTunes digital album |
|1.1.3 International bonus tracks |
|1.1.4 The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Companion |
|1.2 Marketing |
|1.3 Reception |
|1.4 Chart performance |
|1.5 Year-end charts |
|2 Score |
|2.1 Track listing |
|2.2 Chart performance |
|3 References |
|4 External links |

[pic][edit] New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

New Moon's soundtrack comprises songs that are all original and exclusive to the soundtrack[14] and are performed by various indie rock and alternative rock artists. New Moon director Chris Weitz stated that the soundtrack would feature songs from Radiohead, Muse, and Band of Skulls.[15] Death Cab for Cutie contributed the soundtrack's lead single, a song written specifically for the film called "Meet Me on the Equinox", which debuted September 13 during the MTV Video Music Awards.[12] Bassist Nick Harmer says, "We wrote 'Meet Me On the Equinox' to reflect the celestial themes and motifs that run throughout the Twilight series and we wanted to capture that desperate feeling of endings and beginnings that so strongly affect the main characters."[16] The music video for "Meet Me on the Equinox" premiered on October 7, 2009 and includes clips from the movie.[17] The English rock band Muse contributed a remix of their song "I Belong to You", which appears in its original form on their 2009 album The Resistance. St. Vincent collaborated with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to create a song called "Rosyln". When describing the song, she said, "[Justin] sings in his beautiful falsetto and I'm actually singing very, very low... I think there's something vampirey and creepy about the two of us singing together. It's a simple, stripped-down kind of song."[14] The soundtrack originally had a release date of October 20, 2009, but the date was moved up four days to October 16 due to "overwhelming and unprecedented demand".[13]

[edit] Track listings

[edit] Standard album

|# |Song/Artist |Scene |Length |
|1 |"Meet Me on the Equinox" by Death Cab for Cutie |2nd song in the end credits |3:44 |
|2 |"Friends" by Band of Skulls |Bella rides a motorcycle with a stranger |3:09 |
|3 |"Hearing Damage" by Thom Yorke |Victoria escapes the wolf pack |5:04 |
|4 |"Possibility" by Lykke Li |Bella sits and thinks while months go by |5:06 |
|5 |"A White Demon Love Song" by The Killers |1st song in the credits |3:34 |
|6 |"Satellite Heart" by Anya Marina |Edward drives Bella home after her birthday party |3:33 |
|7 |"I Belong to You" [New Moon Remix] by Muse |Bella and Jessica go to the movies |3:12 |
|8 |"Rosyln" by Bon Iver and St. Vincent |Bella in her room, printing pictures |4:49 |
|9 |"Done All Wrong" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club |Jared and Embry take Bella to Emily's house |2:49 |
|10 |"Monsters" by Hurricane Bells |Edward arrives at school |3:16 |
|11 |"The Violet Hour" by Sea Wolf |Bella's birthday party |3:32 |
|12 |"Shooting the Moon" by OK Go |Bella and Jacob spend time in his garage |3:18 |
|13 |"Slow Life" by Grizzly Bear featuring Victoria Legrand |Bella underwater after she jumps off the cliff |4:21 |
|14 |"No Sound But the Wind" by Editors |Edward drives Bella home from the Cullens' house after the vote |3:48 |
|15 |"New Moon (The Meadow)" by Alexandre Desplat |Opening credits |4:09 |

[edit] iTunes digital album

A digital version of the album, available for purchase on iTunes, was released simultaneously with the physical edition on October 16.[18] It features 3 bonus tracks and a music video, in addition to the 15 standard tracks. The pre-ordered albums include a fourth additional bonus track.
|# |Song/Artist |Note(s) |Scene |
|16 |"Solar Midnite" by Lupe Fiasco[19] |3:32 |Bella, Jacob and Mike at the movies |
|17 |"All I Believe In" by The Magic Numbers |4:04 |Bella and Jacob fixing motorcycles |
|18 |"Die Fledermaus - Duettino: Ach, ich darf nicht hin zu dir" by APM |1:09 |Edward, Bella, Alice,Jane,Felix & Demetri in an |
| |Orchestra[19] | |elevator |
| |(Translation: "The Bat - Duet: Alas, I cannot come to you") | | |
| |"Meet Me on the Equinox" by Death Cab for Cutie |Music video |- |

[edit] International bonus tracks

|# |Song/Artist |Region |
|1 |"Thunderclap" by Eskimo Joe |Australia |
|2 |"Frente al Mar" by Ximena Sariñana |Mexico[20][21] |
|3 |"Sed" by No Way Out |Spain & Mexico[21] |
|4 |"Cavalier Noir" by BB Brunes |France[22] |
|5 |"Es Tut Wieder Weh" by Jennifer Rostock |Germany[23] |
|6 |"destiny" by Miliyah Kato |Japan |

[edit] The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Companion

The Twilight Saga: New Moon - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Companion CD/DVD album consists of the international bonus tracks (with the exception of the Japanese bonus track) from the New Moon soundtrack, as well as a bonus DVD.[24] It was initially announced for release on March 16, 2010. On March 1, Warner listed the album as "sell hold"[25] and gave it a new release date of December 2011, effectively postponing the album. On March 24, 2010, it was reported that Warner had relisted the album with a new release date of May 25, 2010 with a few changes to the DVD; the removal of an interview with Chris Weitz and Alexandra Patsavas and the video for Lupe Fiasco's track "Solar Midnite".[26]
CD

|# |Song/Artist |Length |
|1 |"Solar Midnite" by Lupe Fiasco | |
|2 |"All I Believe In" by The Magic Numbers | |
|3 |"Die Fledermaus - Duettino: Ach, ich darf nicht hin zu dir" by APM Orchestra | |
|4 |"Thunderclap" by Eskimo Joe | |
|5 |"Cavalier Noir" by BB Brunes | |
|6 |"Sed" by No Way Out | |
|7 |"Frente al Mar" by Ximena Sariñana | |
|8 |"Es Tut Wieder Weh" by Jennifer Rostock | |
|9 |"Satellite Heart [Air Mail Remix]" by Anya Marina | |

DVD

|# |Song/Artist |Length |
|1 |Interview with Death Cab for Cutie and Alex Patsavas | |
|2 |Death Cab for Cutie - "Meet Me on the Equinox" (music video) | |
|3 |Anya Marina - "Satellite Heart" (music video) | |
|4 |Hurricane Bells - "Monsters" (music video) | |

[edit] Marketing

Hot Topic locations across the United States hosted New Moon soundtrack listening parties on the release date, October 16, where fans were able to listen to the entire soundtrack and hear special messages from the featured bands.[27] The album's CD booklet folds out into a New Moon poster.[28]
International versions of the soundtrack are available in certain countries, featuring bonus tracks from "local" artists.[29] For example, Mexican Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee Ximena Sariñana is featured on Spanish language versions of the soundtrack, with the song "Frente al Mar" ("In front of the Sea").[20][21]

[edit] Reception

Initial critical response to the New Moon soundtrack was generally favorable. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 69, based on 11 reviews.[30]

[edit] Chart performance

The soundtrack debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[31] and climbed to number one a week later after selling 153,000 copies in its first full week of release.[32] It made history as the first time ever a soundtrack and its sequel have both reached the #1 spot on the chart.[33] The album was certified Platinum by RIAA for a total number shipments and sales exceeding one million units.[34]
In New Zealand, it was certified Gold on October 18, 2009, selling over 7,500 copies in its first two days of release. The album debuted at number two and was certified Platinum after its first week of release, selling over 15,000 copies.[35] In Australia, the soundtrack rose to number one on the iTunes Store and has largely stayed in the top five since its release. It debuted at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart in the week beginning October 26, 2009, and was certified Platinum in its first week.[36] In Mexico, the album is jumped to No. 1 on the international album charts and No. 4 on the main chart after five weeks inside the chart, caused by the success of the film.[37] In the UK, the album debuted at number one on the compilations chart.[38]
|Chart[pic] |
|Peak |
|position[pic] |
|Certification[pic] |
|Sales/ |
|shipments[pic] |
| |
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart[36] |
|2 |
|Platinum[39] |
|70,000+ |
| |
|Austrian Albums Chart |
|4 |
| |
| |
| |
|Denmark Albums Top 40 |
|36 |
| |
| |
| |
|Dutch Albums Top 100 |
|66 |
| |
| |
| |
|France Album Chart |
|16 |
| |
| |
| |
|Finnish Albums Chart[40] |
|25 |
| |
| |
| |
|German Albums Chart[41][42] |
|3 |
|Gold |
|100,000+ |
| |
|Greek Albums Chart[43] |
|8 |
| |
| |
| |
|Italian Compilations Chart[44] |
|2 |
| |
| |
| |
|Ireland Compilation Album Chart[45] |
|1 |
| |
| |
| |
|Mexican Albums Chart[46][47] |
|4 |
|Gold[48] |
|50,000+ |
| |
|Mexican International Albums Chart[49] |
|1 |
| |
| |
| |
|New Zealand Albums Chart |
|2 |
|Platinum[35] |
|15,000+[50] |
| |
|Poland Albums Chart |
|37 |
| |
| |
| |
|Spanish Albums Chart |
|12 |
| |
| |
| |
|Swiss Albums Top 100[51] |
|9 |
| |
| |
| |
|UK Compilation Album Chart[38] |
|1 |
| |
| |
| |
|U.S. Billboard 200[32] |
|1 |
|Platinum[52] |
|1,082,481+ |
| |
|[edit] Year-end charts |
|Chart (2010) |
|Position |
| |
|US Billboard 200 |
|31[53] |
| |
| |
|Preceded by |
|Crazy Love by Michael Bublé |
|U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album |
|November 7, 2009 |
|Succeeded by |
|This Is It by Michael Jackson |
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|[edit] Score |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score |
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|[pic] |
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|Film score by Alexandre Desplat |
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|Released |
|November 24, 2009 |
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|Recorded |
|Air Studios in London and Studios Guillaume Tell in Paris |
| |
|Genre |
|Orchestral |
| |
|Label |
|E1 Music |
| |
|Producer |
|Alexandre Desplat |
| |
|The Twilight Saga scores chronology |
| |
|Twilight: The Score |
|(2008) |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score |
|(2009) |
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Score |
|(2010) |
| |
| |
| |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score was composed by Alexandre Desplat.[11] He replaced Carter Burwell, who wrote the score for the |
|previous film, Twilight. Weitz has a working relationship with Desplat, who scored one of his previous films, The Golden Compass.[11] |
|[edit] Track listing |
|"New Moon" – 3:19 |
|"Bella Dreams" – 2:04 |
|"Romeo & Juliet" – 2:46 |
|"Volturi Waltz" – 1:17 |
|"Blood Sample" – 1:15 |
|"Edward Leaves" – 5:03 |
|"Werewolves" – 4:25 |
|"I Need You" – 1:38 |
|"Break Up" – 2:04 |
|"Memories of Edward" – 1:39 |
|"Wolves v. Vampire" – 4:32 |
|"Victoria" – 2:05 |
|"Almost a Kiss" – 2:12 |
|"Adrenaline" – 2:24 |
|"Dreamcatcher" – 3:31 |
|"To Volterra" – 9:17 |
|"You're Alive" – 2:11 |
|"The Volturi" – 8:37 |
|"The Cullens" – 4:32 |
|"Marry Me, Bella" – 4:04 |
|"Full Moon" – 3:15[54] |
|[edit] Chart performance |
|Chart[pic] |
|Peak |
|position[pic] |
|Certification[pic] |
|Sales/ |
|shipments[pic] |
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|U.S. Billboard 200 |
|80 |
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|84,859 |
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Eclipse (novel)
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|Eclipse |
|[pic] |
|First edition cover of Eclipse |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Genre(s) |Young adult, Fantasy, Romance |
|Publisher |Little, Brown |
|Publication date |August 7, 2007 |
|Media type |Print (Hardcover, Paperback) |
|Pages |629 |
|ISBN |978-0316160209 |
|OCLC Number |124031725 |
|LC Classification |PZ7.M5717515 Ec 2007 |
|Preceded by |New Moon |
|Followed by |Breaking Dawn |

Eclipse is the third novel in the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. It continues the story of 18-year-old Bella Swan and her vampire love, Edward Cullen. Eclipse is preceded by New Moon and followed by Breaking Dawn. The book was released on August 7, 2007 with an initial print run of one million copies,[1] and sold more than 150,000 copies in the first 24 hours alone.[2]
Eclipse was the fourth bestselling book of 2008, only behind Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn,[3] and was also ranked #1 on Publishers Weekly's list of "Bestselling Hardcover Backlist Children's Books" in 2008 with over 4.5 million copies sold.[4]
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|1 Plot summary |
|2 Marketing campaigns |
|3 Cover |
|4 Early release |
|5 Publication |
|6 Reception |
|7 Film adaptation |
|8 References |
|9 External links |

Plot summary
The story opens with the revelation that Seattle, Washington is being plagued by a string of murders, which Edward suspects is caused by a new vampire that is unable to control its thirst for human blood. As Edward and Bella apply to colleges, Bella explains to Edward her desire to see her friend, Jacob Black, a werewolf. Although Edward fears for her safety, Bella insists that neither Jacob nor his wolf pack would ever harm her, and she begins visiting him occasionally. On one of these visits, Jacob tells Bella that he is in love with her and wants her to choose him instead of Edward, but Bella says she just sees him as a friend. To that, Jacob forcibly kisses her and she reacts by punching him in the face, spraining her hand while not even leaving a scratch on him. Meanwhile, Alice Cullen has a vision that Victoria, a vampire who is hunting Bella for revenge, has returned to Forks. A few days later, Edward proposes to Bella and, despite harboring an aversion to marriage, she accepts.
Bella and the Cullens soon realize that the Seattle murders are being committed by an "army" of newborn vampires, controlled by Victoria. The Cullens join forces with the wolf pack to combat this threat. As everyone else prepares for battle, Edward, Bella and Jacob camp in the mountains, hidden during the battle, where they are later joined by Seth Clearwater, a young wolf pack member, to wait out the fight.
In the morning, Jacob becomes upset when he overhears Edward and Bella discussing their engagement and threatens to join the fight and get himself killed. Bella stops Jacob by kissing him, and she comes to realize that she is in love with him as well. During the battle, Victoria tracks Edward's scent to Bella's forest hiding place, and Edward is forced to fight. Edward manages to kill Victoria and her vampire army is destroyed. Afterwards, Bella explains to Jacob that while she loves him, her love for Edward is greater. After receiving a wedding invitation from Edward, Jacob runs away in his wolf form to escape his heartbreak over Bella's decision to become a vampire.
Marketing campaigns
A few months prior to the release of Eclipse, Meyer hosted an "Eclipse Prom" event at Arizona State University with the help of a local bookstore and ASU's English department. The tickets sold out in seven hours, resulting in Meyer holding a second prom on the same day for which tickets sold out within four hours.[5] At the event, Meyer read the first chapter of Eclipse, which was released in the special edition of New Moon that same day. In addition, Meyer embarked on a 15-city tour to promote the book.[6] She also released the first chapter on her website and posted a "quote of the day" from the novel on each of the 37 days leading up to its release.[7]
Prior to the book's release, Meyer also made an appearance on Good Morning America.[8]
Cover
The book jacket features a torn red ribbon. Although it was supposed to be disclosed to the public in May 2007 at the Eclipse Prom, Barnes & Noble and Stephenie Meyer's official website premiered the newly released cover in March 2007, along with a preview summary of the book's plot.[9] The broken ribbon represents choice, as in the book Bella must choose between her love for the vampire Edward Cullen, and her friendship with the werewolf Jacob Black. Meyer also stated that the ribbon represents the idea that Bella is unable to completely break away from her human life.[10] Movie tie-in covers featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner as Bella, Edward, and Jacob, respectively, were released in May 2010.[11]
Early release
On July 25, an incident similar to the early release of the seventh Harry Potter book occurred with shipments of Eclipse.[12] Barnes & Noble Booksellers accidentally shipped advance copies of Eclipse to some of the customers who had pre-ordered.[13] Barnes & Noble said that it was a computer error, as their entire online store is computerized.[citation needed]
To prevent any spoilers from popping up online, many fansite forums for the Twilight series were shut down, such as the Twilight Lexicon.[14] Stephenie Meyer also locked her MySpace comments in an attempt to avoid spoilers.[13] In an open letter to the fansite the Twilight Lexicon, Stephenie Meyer pleaded with these "lucky readers" to keep the ending to themselves until the rest of the Twilight fans had the chance to read and enjoy Eclipse as well.[14]
An early book release also occurred with Stephenie Meyer's release of the Eclipse special edition, which included the first chapter and cover art of the subsequent novel Breaking Dawn.[citation needed] The special edition was to hit store shelves on May 31, 2008, but multiple copies were released up to a whole week early.[citation needed] Meyer knew that some copies had been leaked, and released the following quote:
"There is a lot of speculation on the internet about possible covers, content and text of Breaking Dawn. I hope everybody knows that you shouldn't believe everything you see on the internet. The only way you will know what is real is when you have the book in your hands. Until then, people should really take everything they see with a grain of salt."[15]
Publication
Eclipse was published with an initial run of one million copies.[8] The book replaced J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on the top of bestseller lists around the globe, including The New York Times Best Seller list, even though Deathly Hallows had been released only two and a half weeks earlier.[16] Eclipse peaked at #1 on USA Today's top 150 best sellers list and went on to spend over 100 weeks on the list,[17] and was later ranked #45 on their list of the best-selling books of the last 15 years in October 2008.[18]
Reception
Anne Rouyer of School Library Journal said that, "Meyer knows what her fans want: thrills, chills, and a lot of romance, and she delivers on all counts."[19] Selby Gibson-Boyce of Tulsa World wrote, "I read without stopping until I finished. Meyer's book would not detach itself from my hand. Exactly the same thing happened with Twilight and New Moon."[20] Publishers Weekly wrote, "The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story", while noting that, "it's unlikely to win over any newcomers."[21] The New York Times picked the book as an Editor's Choice.[22]
Film adaptation
Main article: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
A film adaptation of Eclipse was released on June 30, 2010.[23] It is the third installment of the Twilight film series, following 2008's Twilight and 2009's New Moon. Summit Entertainment greenlit the film in February 2009.[23] Since New Moon director Chris Weitz was in post-production for New Moon when Eclipse began shooting, he did not direct the third film.[24][25] Instead, Eclipse was helmed by director David Slade,[26] with Melissa Rosenberg returning as screenwriter.[27] Filming ran between August 17 and October 29, 2009 at Vancouver Film Studios.[28][29] It was the first Twilight film to be shot in IMAX.[30]
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
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|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse |
|[pic] |
|Theatrical poster[1] |
|Directed by |David Slade |
|Produced by |Wyck Godfrey |
| |Karen Rosenfelt |
|Screenplay by |Melissa Rosenberg |
|Story by |Stephenie Meyer (novel) |
|Based on |Eclipse |
|Starring |Kristen Stewart |
| |Robert Pattinson |
| |Taylor Lautner |
| |Bryce Dallas Howard |
| |Billy Burke |
| |Dakota Fanning |
|Music by |Howard Shore |
|Cinematography |Javier Aguirresarobe |
|Editing by |Nancy Richardson[2] |
| |Art Jones |
|Distributed by |Summit Entertainment |
|Release date(s) |June 6, 2010 (2010-06-06) (Los Angeles |
| |premiere) |
| |June 30, 2010 (2010-06-30) (United States) |
|Running time |124 minutes[3] |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Budget |$68 million[4] |
|Gross revenue |$693,579,566 [5] |

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, commonly referred to as Eclipse, is a 2010 American romantic vampire film based on Stephenie Meyer's 2007 novel, Eclipse. It is the third installment of The Twilight Saga film series, following 2008's Twilight and 2009's New Moon. Summit Entertainment greenlit the film in February 2009.[6] Directed by David Slade, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively.[7] Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the scripts for both Twilight and New Moon, returned as screenwriter.[8] Filming began on August 17, 2009, at Vancouver Film Studios,[9] and finished in late October, with post-production began early the following month.[10] Bryce Dallas Howard was cast as Victoria, replacing Rachelle Lefevre who previously played her.
The film was released worldwide on June 30, 2010 in theatres, and became the first Twilight film to be released in IMAX.[6][11] It set a new record for biggest midnight opening in the United States and Canada in box office history, grossing an estimated $30 million in over 4,000 theaters.[12] The previous record holder was the previous film in the series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $26.3 million in 3,514 theaters.[12] The film then scored the biggest Wednesday opening in the United States and Canada history with $68,533,840 beating Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's $62 million.[13] Eclipse has also become the film with the widest independent release, playing in over 4,416 theaters, surpassing its predecessor, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which held the record since November 2009.[14]
|Contents |
|1 Plot |
|2 Cast |
|3 Production |
|3.1 Development |
|3.2 Casting |
|3.3 Filming and post-production |
|3.4 Music |
|4 Marketing |
|5 Release |
|5.1 Box-office performance |
|5.2 Critical reception |
|5.3 Home media |
|5.4 Accolades |
|6 Awards |
|7 Sequel |
|8 See also |
|9 References |
|10 External links |

[edit] Plot
Riley Biers (Xavier Samuel) is attacked and bitten by Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), in order to begin creating an army of newborns set to destroy Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Back in Forks, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella discuss the complications of becoming an immortal vampire. At 18 years old, one year older than the age Edward was when he became a vampire, Bella expresses her aversion to the idea of marrying so young, though Edward refuses to turn her until they are married and she's had various human experiences she would otherwise miss. While Charlie Swan (Billy Burke) investigates the disappearance of Riley Biers, Edward suspects his disappearance was caused by the newborn vampires. Furthering his suspicions is the intrusion of Riley into Bella's room.
Although Edward fears for her safety, Bella insists that Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and the rest of the werewolf pack would never harm her, but Edward is still not convinced. Bella goes to La Push to see Jacob, and returns home unharmed. During one of her visits, Jacob confesses that he is in love with Bella, and forcefully kisses her. Mad, she punches him and breaks her hand, and Edward later threatens to break Jacob's jaw. Bella even revokes the invitations of Jacob and his pack members to her graduation party, but when Jacob apologizes for his behavior, she forgives him.
Meanwhile, Alice (Ashley Greene) sees a vision that the newborn army is attacking Forks led by Riley Biers. Jacob, accompanied by Quil (Tyson Houseman) and Embry (Kiowa Gordon) overhear this, which leads to an alliance between the Cullens and Wolf pack. Later, the Cullens and the wolves agree to a meeting place and time to train and discuss strategy. During the training Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) explains to Bella that he was created by a vampire named Maria to control a newborn army. He hated his original existence and upon meeting Alice, joined the Cullens with her. Bella sees the true bond between a mated vampire pair and begins to understand Jasper better. Despite her reluctance to marry, Bella realizes that spending eternity with Edward is more important to her than anything else and agrees to marry him. Edward and Bella camp up in the mountains to hide Bella from the bloodthirsty newborns. During the night, Bella overhears a conversation between Edward and Jacob, in which they temporarily put aside their hatred towards each other. In the morning, Jacob overhears Edward and Bella discussing their engagement and becomes very upset. Before he can run off to get himself killed in the fight with the newborns, Bella desperately asks him to kiss her, and she realizes that she has fallen in love with him. Edward finds out about the kiss but is not angry, as Bella says she loves him more than Jacob.
Victoria eventually finds Bella's hiding spot, and Edward kills her while Seth kills her partner Riley. The Cullens and the Quileute wolves, meanwhile, destroy her "army", though Jacob is injured saving Leah Clearwater from a newborn. Several members of the Volturi arrive to deal with the newborn army. They also see that the Cullens are guarding the newborn, Bree Tanner (Jodelle Ferland), who had refused to fight and surrendered to Carlisle. Jane (Dakota Fanning) tortures Bree to get information, then instructs Felix to kill her, despite the Cullens' efforts to spare her. When Jane notes that Caius will find it interesting that Bella is still human, Bella informs her that the date for her transformation has been set. Bella visits the injured Jacob to tell him that even though she is in love with him, she has chosen to be with Edward. Saddened by her choice, Jacob reluctantly agrees to stop trying to come between her and Edward.
Bella and Edward go to their meadow, where she tells him she has decided to do things his way: get married, make love, then be transformed into a vampire. She also explains that she never has been normal and never will be; she's felt out of place her entire life, but when she is in Edward's world she feels stronger and complete.At the end of the story they then decide they need to tell Charlie about their engagement.
[edit] Cast
See also: List of Twilight films cast members
Main cast • Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, who finds herself surrounded by danger and targeted by the vengeful vampire Victoria. In the meantime, she must choose between her love for vampire Edward Cullen and her friendship with werewolf Jacob Black.[15] • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, Bella's vampire boyfriend who is capable of reading minds, except for Bella's. In New Moon, Edward left Bella, and now he has returned to try to stay a part of her life.[16] • Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black,[7] a werewolf in whom Bella found solace during Edward's absence in New Moon. Now, Edward has returned to Bella's life permanently, and Jacob is looking for ways to prove that he is a better choice for her.
Supporting characters • Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen, a compassionate doctor who acts as a father figure to the Cullen coven. He is the one that created the Cullen family except for Alice and Jasper.[17] • Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen, a loving mother figure of the Cullen coven.[18][19] • Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, a member of the Cullen family who can see "subjective" visions of the future and who is close friends with Bella.[20] • Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, the strongest member of the Cullen family, and provides comic relief.[21] • Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale, who was raped by her fiancé and left to die before she became a vampire. She also feels that Bella is making a mistake for choosing to live the life of a vampire before she could live a full human life.[22] • Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale, a civil war fighter who was turned into a vampire to train newborns. He's also a member of the Cullen coven who trains his family to fight newborn vampires and can feel/control/manipulate emotions.[23] • Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Bella's father and Forks' Chief of Police. Burke admits he has not read the Twilight books, saying, "We can't make the book, we're making the movie", and that he works from the scripts.[24] • Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria, a vampire who wants to kill Bella to avenge her mate, James, whom Edward killed in the first Twilight film. • Dakota Fanning as Jane, loyal servant to the Volturi. • Cameron Bright as Alec, Jane's Twin, loyal servant to the Volturi. • Xavier Samuel as Riley Biers, the one Victoria changed to help her form an army of newborn vampires. • Jodelle Ferland as Bree Tanner a newborn vampire created to fight the Cullens, in the newborn army. • Sarah Clarke as Renèe Dwyer, Bella's mother who lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Phil. • Anna Kendrick as Jessica Stanley, one of Bella's friends in Forks. • Michael Welch as Mike Newton, one of Bella's friend's in Forks. Mike has a crush on Bella, and does not like Edward.
[edit] Production
[edit] Development
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David Slade at the London premiere of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
In early November 2008, Summit announced that they had attained the rights to the remaining books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.[25] In February 2009, Summit confirmed that they would begin working on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On the same day, it was announced that since New Moon director Chris Weitz would be in post-production for New Moon when Eclipse began shooting, he would not be directing the third film.[26][27] Instead, the film would be helmed by director David Slade, with Melissa Rosenberg returning as screenwriter. David Slade dove right into the project, interviewing cast members individually between two and three times to discuss characters and the plot.[28]
[edit] Casting
Summit Entertainment revealed that they would replace Rachelle Lefevre, who played an evil vampire named Victoria, with Bryce Dallas Howard in late July 2009. They attributed the change to scheduling conflicts, and Lefevre responded by saying she was "stunned" and "greatly saddened" by the decision.[29] Bryce Dallas Howard was initially approached to play Victoria in Twilight, but she rejected it as it was "too small of a part".[30]
Silent Hill's Jodelle Ferland was cast as the newly turned vampire, Bree Tanner.[31] Other new cast members include Xavier Samuel as Riley,[32] Jack Huston as Royce King II,[33] Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria, Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater, and Boo Boo Stewart as Seth Clearwater.[31]
Actors who auditioned for the various roles were not given a script to work from. Instead, actress Kirsten Prout mentioned, "they made the scenes exact transcripts from the book.... They didn't give the screenplay out. So, the audition side was just reading a page of Twilight and reading the lines that were interspersed between the descriptions."[34]
[edit] Filming and post-production
Principal photography for Eclipse began on August 17, 2009, at Vancouver Film Studios.[9][35] On August 29, photos captured Kristen Stewart, Billy Burke, and other principal actors, filming a scene with graduation caps and gowns.[36] September 2 brought Xavier Samuel together with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson filming at a soundstage for scenes at Bella's house.[37] Director David Slade stated that they filmed a scene with a tent on September 13.[38] He also said on his Twitter account that they filmed a kiss between Jacob and Bella on September 17.[39] Filming wrapped up on October 29, 2009, while post-production began in late November.[10] Slade published multiple updates on his Twitter account proclaiming that editing was going well.[40] He said the "story and the way [they] approached the film calls for a more realistic approach."[41] In April 2010, it was revealed that reshoots to the film were needed. Both Slade and Stephenie Meyer were present at the shoot along with the three main stars.[42]
In January 2010, an early draft of the film's script was leaked on the Internet.[43] The script presumably belonged to star Jackson Rathbone, as his name was watermarked across each page.[43]
[edit] Music
Main article: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (soundtrack)
The score for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was composed by Howard Shore, who composed the scores for such films as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Aviator.[44] The film's soundtrack was released on June 8, 2010, by Atlantic Records in conjunction with music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas' Chop Shop label.[45] The lead single from the soundtrack is "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)", performed by the British band Muse.[46]
On May 11, 2010, MySpace announced that the full Eclipse soundtrack listing would be unveiled starting at 8 a.m. the following morning every half-hour, totaling six hours.[47]
[edit] Marketing
On November 5, 2009, the American Film Market revealed the first poster for Eclipse.[48] In late February 2010, Summit Entertainment announced that the first trailer would be attached to the studio's own film, Remember Me, which also stars Robert Pattinson. On March 10, 2010, a 10-second preview of the trailer was released online,[49] followed by the release of the full trailer the next day.[50] The trailer's release coincided with the launching of the film's official website. On March 19, 2010, The Twilight Saga: New Moon was released on DVD and Blu-ray; the Walmart Ultimate Fan Edition includes a 7-minute first look at Eclipse.[51] On March 23, the second poster for the film was released.[1] The final Eclipse trailer debuted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in promotion for the movie, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning made a guest appearance on the show May 13; the audience also viewed a version of the film.[52][dead link] On June 6, 2010, a sneak peek of the film was shown at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards; that same week, more clips and TV spots were released also.[53]
In order to tie in the lunar eclipse on June 26, 2010, Summit Entertainment hosted screenings of the first two films in The Twilight Saga film series in twelve cities throughout the United States. The event was streamed live from Philadelphia and San Diego, and included cast member appearances and special previews of Eclipse.[54]
Nordstrom and Summit Entertainment joined together to sell a fashion collection inspired by the film, as was done for the previous installment. Created by Awake Inc., the collection is based on Ashley Greene's character, Alice, and Kristen Stewart's character, Bella. The Eclipse collection became available on June 4, 2010.[55] In a similar style to its New Moon marketing, Burger King started promoting the film on Monday, June 21, 2010. Their promotion heavily focuses on the "Team Jacob vs. Team Edward" aspect of the film.[56]
[edit] Release
Tickets for Eclipse went on sale on various online movie ticket sellers on Friday, May 14, 2010.[3] The official red carpet premiere for the film was held on June 24, 2010, at the Los Angeles Nokia Theatre.[57][58] Fans had the option of lining up starting on June 21, 2010, at the Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles before changing location on June 23.[59] An official United Kingdom premiere was held in Leicester Square, London on July 1, 2010. However, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were not present.[60]
Eclipse opened in 4,416 theaters and 193 IMAX screens. With that, early predictions forecasted the film will gross anywhere from $150 million to $180 million within its first six days of release, putting the previous installment, The Twilight Saga: New Moon's $142 million within its first three days, in danger of being broken.[61][62] Eclipse accounted for 82 percent of Fandango's online ticket sales, and has remained in the top five since May 14, 2010. MovieTickets.com also states that Eclipse is the top advance ticket seller on its site, with more than 50 percent of daily ticket sales.[63] The film is currently the top advanced ticket seller for 2010, and will likely remain so unless the other big franchise, Harry Potter, breaks the record in November.[64] Also the film showed an early trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Early ticket sales for the film also have broken records for Gold Class Cinemas, where more than 8,500 Twilight fans have reserved tickets; the Fairview, TX location sold out their showings of Eclipse for June 30.[65]
The film was re-released into theaters on September 13, 2010 as a celebration of lead character Bella Swan's birthday.
[edit] Box-office performance
Eclipse set a new record for the biggest midnight opening in the United States and Canada in box office history, grossing an estimated $30 million in over 4,000 theaters.[12] The record was formerly held by the previous film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, with $26.3 million in 3,514 theaters.[12] The movie has also surpassed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in total grosses for a midnight screening in IMAX. Eclipse garnered more than $1 million at 192 theaters, while Revenge of the Fallen earned $959,000,[66] until it was later beaten by Harry Potter and the Deathly Halows: Part 1 with $1.4 million.[67] The film grossed $68.5 million on its opening day in the United States and Canada, becoming the biggest single-day Wednesday opening over Revenge of the Fallen's $62 million,[68] and the second biggest single-day opening ever behind New Moon's $72.3 million.[13] Furthermore, the film earned $9 million at various IMAX locations during its first week.[69]
After six days of release in the U.S.A. and Canada, the film ended Independence Day with a total of $176.4 million, including $64.8 million during its first weekend.[70] In its second weekend, the film fell 51%, a better standing than its predecessors, grossing an estimated $31.7 million.[71]
The film opened overseas with $16.2 million, beating records set by the film's predecessor in Russia with an estimated $3.9 million, in Italy with an estimated $3.1 million, in the Philippines, grossing $1.2 million, and in Belgium, where it grossed an estimated $1.1 million. It is the third-best opening day ever in Italy; in the Philippines, Eclipse topped Spider-Man 3 for best opening day ever, and was the highest opening day ever in Belgium.[72] In three days, Eclipse topped the box office with $121.3 million[73] and during its first weekend it earned $71.3 million.
Overseas in its second weekend, the film grossed $70.6 million from 9,440 screens in 63 markets, a 1% drop from its first weekend. The film opened in the United Kingdom at number one, grossing $20.7 million from 523 locations (including previews), the market's biggest opening of 2010 (until Toy Story 3 surpassed it) and about $1.7 million more than The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed in its opening weekend in November 2009. The film also debuted at number one in France, grossing $13.3 million, which marks the third-largest opening in the country for a 2010 film (behind Deathly Hallows: Part 1's ($20.7 million) and Alice in Wonderland's $15.4 million). The film opened at number one in South Korea with $4.9 million.[74]
The film ended its box-office run in the U.S.A. and Canada on October 21, 2010 having grossed $300,531,751, surpassing its predecessor The Twilight Saga: New Moon which grossed $296,623,634 a few months before, to become the highest-grossing film of the franchise and the highest-grossing romantic fantasy, werewolf and vampire movie of all time at the American and Canadian box office.[75] It is the fourth movie of 2010 to reach $300 million and ranks 36th on the all-time chart in the U.S.A. and Canada. Compared to its predecessor overseas, it has grossed $393,047,815 against New Moon's $413,203,156. Therefore, internationally, Eclipse remains the second highest-grossing film in the franchise with $693,579,566 against New Moon's $709,826,790.[76] Eclipse's highest-grossing markets except the U.S.A. and Canada are the UK, Ireland and Malta ($45,709,785), Germany ($33,087,955), France and the Maghreb region ($32,987,421),Italy($19,984,000), Brazil ($30,499,010) and Australia ($28,566,737).[77]
[edit] Critical reception
Reviews for the film have been mixed. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 50% based on 221 reviews, with an average score of 5.5/10. Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics" the film holds an overall approval rating of 67%, based on a sample of 36 reviews.[78] The site's general consensus is that, "Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy."[79] Review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 reviews from film critics, the film holds a rating score of 58% based on 38 reviews.[80]
The Hollywood Reporter posted a positive review of Eclipse, saying the film "nails it".[81] Peter Debruge of Variety reports that the film "finally feels more like the blockbuster this top-earning franchise deserves".[82] Rick Bentley of McClatchy Newspapers stated the film was the best in The Twilight Saga so far, suggesting that, "The person who should be worried is Bill Condon, the director tapped for the two-part finale, Breaking Dawn. He's got a real challenge to make movies as good as Eclipse."[83] The New York Times praised David Slade's ability to make an entertaining film, calling it funny and better than its predecessors, but wrote that the acting has not improved much.[84] Giving the film 4.5 out of 5 stars, Betsey Sharkey from The Los Angeles Times praised David Slade's method of blending his previous works to form a funny movie. She stated, "Eclipse eclipse[s] its predecessors."[85]
Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, stating, "The dullness of the performances really stands out when somebody like Bryce Dallas Howard, or Anna Kendrick turn up and liven up their scenes." While calling the film "too chatty and too long", he did compliment David Slade's directing and noted that the movie will please the fans.[86] Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, stating that David Slade's pacing is "everything like molasses running uphill". He also criticized the characters, the actors portraying them, the big close-ups of hand-held devices, and called Howard Shore's score "gunk".[87] Wesley Morris from the Boston Globe stated, "If the first two movies were "get a room," part three is "get a therapist". He said the second and third film "repeat that discovery [in Twilight] without truly deepening it...the movies are interesting without ever being good."[88]
A negative review said that while "Eclipse restores some of the energy New Moon zapped out of the franchise and has enough quality performances to keep it involving", the film "isn't quite the adrenaline-charged game-changer for love story haters that its marketing might lead you to believe. The majority of the 'action' remains protracted and not especially scintillating should-we-or-shouldn't-we conversations between the central triangle."[89] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film a more positive review than for the first two films in the saga, but still felt the movie was a constant, unclever conversation between the three main characters. He criticized the "gazes" both Edward and Jacob give Bella throughout the movie, and noted that the mountain range that appears in the film looks "like landscapes painted by that guy on TV who shows you how to paint stuff like that." He also predicted that a lack of understanding for the film series in general would not bode well with the audience, stating, "I doubt anyone not intimately familiar with the earlier installments could make head or tails of the opening scenes." He gave the film 2 stars out of 4.[90] Steve Persall of the St. Peterburg Times called the movie "just monstrously bad", and said, "Eclipse leaves the sputtering story arc in idle, with only an uneasy truce between the vampire and werewolf clans amounting to anything new" and rating it grade C-.[91] The Guardian's columnist Peter Bradshaw gave the film a one-star rating in a review that lampooned Bella's continued abstinence, among other plot elements. Bradshaw, dubbing the series "The epic of the unbroken duck", wrote that "Bella Swan is starting to make Doris Day look like the nympho from hell", and concluded that "it could be time to sharpen the wooden stake."[92]
The film received nine nominations at the 31st Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture.[93]
[edit] Home media
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was released on DVD in the United States on December 4, 2010. The Two Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray discs will include special features such as: eight deleted and extended scenes, music videos by Muse and Metric from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and commentaries by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Geoffery.[94] It was released on December 1, 2010 in New Zealand and Australia.
[edit] Accolades
[edit] Awards
|Year |Ceremony |Award |Result |
|2010 |National Movie Awards |Most Anticipated Movie Of The Summer |Won |
| |Teen Choice Awards |Choice Summer: Movie |Won |
| | |Choice Summer Movie Star - Female: Kristen Stewart |Won |
| | |Choice Summer Movie Star - Male: Robert Pattinson |Won |
| | |Choice Movie Actor: Fantasy : Taylor Lautner |Won |
| | |Choice Summer Movie Star - Male: Taylor Lautner |Nominated |
| | |Choice Love Song: Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) |Nominated |
| |Scream Awards |The Ultimate Scream |Nominated |
| | |Best Fantasy Movie |Won |
| | |Best Fantasy Actress: Kristen Stewart |Won |
| | |Best Fantasy Actor: Robert Pattinson |Won |
| | |Best Fantasy Actor: Taylor Lautner |Nominated |
| | |Best Breakthrough Performance - Male: Xavier Samuel |Nominated |
| |Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards |Favourite Movie |Won |
| |2010 | | |
| | |Favourite Movie Star: Kristen Stewart |Nominated |
| | |Favourite Movie Star: Robert Pattinson |Nominated |
| | |Favourite Movie Star: Xavier Samuel |Nominated |
| | |Hottest Hottie: Taylor Lautner |Nominated |
| | |Fave Kiss: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson |Nominated |
| | |Fave Kiss: Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner |Nominated |
| |Brazilian Kids' Choice Awards 2010 |Couple of the Year : Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson |Won |
| |American Music Awards |Favorite Soundtrack |Nominated |
| |Satellite Awards |Best Original Song: Eclipse (All Yours) |Nominated |
| | |Best Original Song: What Part of Forever |Nominated |
|2011 |People's Choice Awards |Favourite Movie |Won |
| | |Favorite Drama Movie |Won |
| | |Favorite Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart |Won |
| | |Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Pattinson |Nominated |
| | |Favorite Movie Actor: Taylor Lautner |Nominated |
| | |Favorite On-Screen Team: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor|Won |
| | |Lautner | |
| |Grammy Awards |Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television, or|Nominated |
| | |Other Visual Media | |
| |Golden Raspberry Awards |Worst Picture |Pending |
| | |Worst Director: David Slade |Pending |
| | |Worst Actor: Taylor Lautner |Pending |
| | |Worst Actor: Robert Pattinson |Pending |
| | |Worst Actress: Kristen Stewart |Pending |
| | |Worst Supporting Actor: Jackson Rathbone |Pending |
| | |Worst Screenplay: Melissa Rosenberg |Pending |
| | |Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel |Pending |
| | |Worst Screen Ensemble |Pending |
| |Kids' Choice Awards |Favorite Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart |Pending |

[edit] Sequel
Main article: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Summit Entertainment announced in November 2008 that they had obtained the rights to the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's series, Breaking Dawn.[95] The studio greenlit an adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in April 2010, which will be split into two films. The film's first part is tentatively scheduled for release on November 18, 2011 and the second part on November 16, 2012.[96][97] Bill Condon will be directing, and author Stephenie Meyer will co-produce the films along with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey.[98]
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (soundtrack)
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|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|[pic] |
|Soundtrack album by Various artists |
|Released |June 8, 2010 |
|Recorded |Various times |
|Genre |Soundtrack, alternative rock, indie pop |
|Length |58:01 (standard edition) |
|Label |Chop Shop/Atlantic |
|Producer |Alexandra Patsavas |
|The Twilight Saga soundtracks chronology |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2009) |
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|(2010) |
| |
| |
| |
|Singles from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|"Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) by Muse" |
|Released: May 17, 2010 |
|"Eclipse (All Yours) by Metric" |
|Released: May 25, 2010 |
|"Heavy in Your Arms by Florence + The Machine" |
|Released: November 15, 2010 |

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album to the film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. It is the third soundtrack in the film's chronology, and was released on June 8, 2010. The soundtrack is once again produced by Alexandra Patsavas, the music director for the previous two films. The track list for the album was revealed in a special MySpace revelation May 12, 2010. The soundtrack debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart with estimated sales of 144,000 copies.
|Contents |
|1 Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack |
|1.1 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks |
|1.2 International bonus tracks |
|1.3 Reception |
|2 Chart performance |
|2.1 Year-end charts |
|2.2 Certifications |
|2.3 Accolades |
|3 Score |
|3.1 Track listing |
|4 References |
|5 External links |

[edit] Eclipse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The track list was revealed during a special all-day reveal event on the album's MySpace page. It followed the formula of the previous albums, including the songs used in the film ended off by one score track from the score album. The score for Eclipse was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Oscar winner Howard Shore.
|# |Song/Artist |Scene |Length |
|1 |"Eclipse (All Yours)" by Metric |First song of ending credits. Played during first and final meadow scenes with |3:45 |
| | |Bella and Edward in an orchestral instrumental arrangement. | |
|2 |"Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" |Second song in the graduation party at the Cullen house. |3:50 |
| |by Muse | | |
|3 |"Ours" by The Bravery |First song in the graduation party at the Cullen house. |3:47 |
|4 |"Heavy in Your Arms" by Florence and the |Second song of ending credits. |4:44 |
| |Machine | | |
|5 |"My Love" by Sia |Edward proposes to Bella and she accepts. |5:10 |
|6 |"Atlas" by Fanfarlo |Edward drops Bella off to meet Jacob. |3:27 |
|7 |"Chop and Change" by The Black Keys |Riley exits from the bar and into the rainy night. |2:25 |
|8 |"Rolling in on a Burning Tire" by The Dead |Victoria and Riley kiss. |3:53 |
| |Weather | | |
|9 |"Let's Get Lost" by Beck and Bat for Lashes|Bella calls Jacob without any response and decides to visit him. |4:10 |
|10 |"Jonathan Low" by Vampire Weekend |Bella rides off with Jacob on his motorcycle. |3:32 |
|11 |"With You in My Head" by UNKLE featuring |Jasper teaches the Cullens and werewolves to fight newborns. |4:43 |
| |The Black Angels | | |
|12 |"A Million Miles an Hour" by Eastern |Jacob confronts Bella and Edward at school. |4:07 |
| |Conference Champions | | |
|13 |"Life on Earth" by Band of Horses |Bella and Edward lying in bed, discussing why he refuses to change her. |5:30 |
|14 |"What Part of Forever" by Cee-Lo Green |Third song of ending credits. |3:57 |
|15 |"Jacob's Theme" by Howard Shore |Plays throughout the movie in scenes involving Jacob. |2:27 |

[edit] Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
[1]
|# |Song/Artist |Scene |Length |
|1 |"The Line" by Battles |Edward drives away furiously after dropping off Bella with |5:05 |
| | |Jacob. | |
|2 |"How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?" by Bombay Bicycle Club |Bella and Edward walk to the lunch table where Mike tries to |3:00 |
| | |help Jessica with her speech. | |
|3 |"Atlas (The Time and Space Machine Remix)" by Fanfarlo | |6:04 |
|4 |"What Part of Forever (Johan Hugo Remix)" Cee-Lo Green | |4:51 |
|5 |"Eclipse (All Yours)" [Acoustic] by Metric (iTunes | |5:10 |
| |pre-order[1] or ilovemetric.com bonus[2]) | | |

[edit] International bonus tracks
|# |Song/Artist |Region |Length |
|1 |"Magia y Deseo" by Jesse & Joy[3] |Mexico |3:33 |
|2 |"Eterno Pra Você" by Hori |Brazil |3:51 |
|3 |"Edge of My Dreams" by Lisa Mitchell |Australia |4:19 |
|4 |"Don't You Mourn the Sun" by MiMi |Switzerland |3:46 |

[edit] Reception

| Professional ratings |
|Review scores |
|Source |Rating |
|Allmusic |[pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][4] |
|Drowned in Sound |[pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][pi|
| |c][pic][pic][pic][5] |
|Entertainment Weekly |(B+)[6] |
|Rolling Stone |[pic][pic][pic][pic][pic][7] |

According to Metacritic, the soundtrack has received a weighted mean of 76, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8] It has generally been better reviewed than the soundtrack for New Moon, which received a score of 70, however, Entertainment Weekly gave New Moon a grade of A, whereas Eclipse was given a B+. Conversely, Allmusic gave the soundtrack for Eclipse a better rating than that for New Moon, awarding it 4 stars out of 5 rather than the previous soundtrack, which received only 2.
[edit] Chart performance
The soundtrack debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart behind Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals with estimated sales of 144,000 copies, making it the second soundtrack in the Twilight series that did not debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and the first that never hit number one. It peaked at #4 on German Album Charts. In Mexico, the album peaked at #4 on international charts and #7 on overall charts. As of December 2010, the album has sold 517,000 copies in the U.S. and more than one million copies worldwide.
|Chart (2010) |Peak |
| |position |
|German Albums Chart [9] |4 |
|Mexican Albums Chart[10] |7 |
|Mexican International Albums Chart[11] |4 |
|U.S. Billboard 200 |2 |

[edit] Year-end charts
|Chart (2010) |Rank |
|German Albums Chart[12] |75 |
|US Billboard 200 |58[13] |

[edit] Certifications
|Country |Certifications |
| |(sales thresholds) |
|Germany |Gold [14] |
|US |Gold [15] |

[edit] Accolades • 2010 Teen Choice Awards: o Teen Choice Awards for Choice Love Song: "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" by Muse (Nominated) • 2010 American Music Awards: o American Music Awards: Soundtracks – Favourite Album (Nominated)
[edit] Score
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Score |
|[pic] |
|Film score by Howard Shore |
|Released |June 29, 2010 |
|Genre |Orchestral |
|Label |E1 Music |
|The Twilight Saga scores chronology |
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score |
|(2009) |
|The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Score |
|(2010) |
| |
| |

Howard Shore composed the score for the film, following Alexandre Desplat, who scored New Moon, and Carter Burwell, who scored Twilight.[16] "Eclipse (All Yours)" from the soundtrack is included on the score album as part of the song, "Wedding Plans".[17]
[edit] Track listing 1. "Riley" – 1:53 2. "Compromise/Bella's Theme" – 2:44 3. "Bella's Truck/Florida" – 1:50 4. "Victoria" – 2:18 5. "Imprinting" – 2:07 6. "The Cullens Plan" – 2:19 7. "First Kiss" – 2:00 8. "Rosalie" – 4:09 9. "Decisions, Decisions..." – 1:50 10. "They're Coming Here" – 4:01 11. "Jacob Black" – 2:13 12. "Jasper" – 3:56 13. "Wolf Scent" – 2:19 14. "Mountain Peak" – 5:03 15. "The Kiss" – 3:45 16. "The Battle/Victoria vs. Edward" – 6:57 17. "Jane" – 3:12 18. "As Easy as Breathing" – 3:21 19. "Wedding Plans" – 6:12 20. "Eclipse Score (Bonus Track)" (available only in ITunes) – 4:19
Breaking Dawn
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|Breaking Dawn |
|[pic] |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Genre(s) |Paranormal romance, young-adult fiction |
|Publisher |Little, Brown and Company |
|Publication date |August 2, 2008 (USA) |
| |August 4, 2008 (UK, AUS) |
|Media type |Print (hardcover, paperback) |
|Pages |756 (hardcover) |
|ISBN |ISBN 031606792X |
|OCLC Number |229895748 |
|LC Classification |PZ7.M5717515 Br 2008 |
|Preceded by |Eclipse |

Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Divided into three parts, the first and third sections are written from Bella Swan's perspective and the second is written from the perspective of Jacob Black. Breaking Dawn was released on August 2, 2008 at midnight release parties in over 4,000 bookstores throughout the US.[1] From its initial print run of 3.7 million copies, 1.3 million were sold in the first 24 hours of the book's release, setting a record in first-day sales performance for the Hachette Book Group USA.[2]
|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Plot summary |
|2 Publication history |
|2.1 Development |
|2.2 Marketing and release |
|2.3 Publication |
|3 Reception |
|3.1 Awards and honors |
|4 Film |
|5 References |
|6 External links |

[edit] Plot summary
Breaking Dawn is split into three separate parts. The first part details Bella's marriage and honeymoon with Edward, which they spend on a private island, called Isle Esme, off the coast of Brazil. Two weeks into their honeymoon, Bella realizes that she is pregnant with a half-vampire child and that her condition is progressing at an unnaturally accelerated rate. After contacting Carlisle, who confirms her pregnancy, she and Edward immediately return home to Forks, Washington. Edward, concerned for Bella's life and convinced that the fetus is a monster as it continues to develop with unnatural rapidity, urges her to have an abortion. However, Bella feels a connection with her unborn baby and refuses.
The novel's second part is written from the perspective of shape-shifter Jacob Black, and lasts throughout Bella's pregnancy and childbirth. Jacob's Quileute wolf pack, not knowing what danger the unborn child may pose, plan to destroy it, also killing Bella. Jacob vehemently protests this decision and leaves, forming his own pack with Leah and Seth Clearwater. Bella soon gives birth, but the baby breaks many of her bones and she loses massive amounts of blood. In order to save her life, Edward changes her into a vampire by injecting his venom into her heart. Jacob, who was present for the birth, almost immediately "imprints"—an involuntary response in which a shape-shifter finds his soul mate—on Edward and Bella's newborn daughter, Renesmee.
The third section of Breaking Dawn shifts back to Bella's perspective, finding her changed into a vampire and enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina misidentifies Renesmee as an "immortal child", a child who has been turned into a vampire. Because "immortal children" are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen allies and witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires' secret existence. At that time, Alice and Jasper, who had left prior to the confrontation, return with a Mapuche called Nahuel, a 150-year-old vampire-human crossbreed like Renesmee. Nahuel demonstrates that the crossbreeds pose no threat, and the Volturi leave. Edward, Bella, and Renesmee return to their home in peace.
[edit] Publication history
[edit] Development
The title, Breaking Dawn, is a reference to the beginning of Bella's life as a newborn vampire. The cover is a metaphor for Bella's progression throughout the entire series; she began as the physically weakest player on the board, the pawn, but at the end she becomes the strongest, the queen.[3]
The plays The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream both influenced Breaking Dawn. Originally, Meyer wrote a book titled Forever Dawn, which was a direct sequel to Twilight.[4] While the basic storyline remained the same, Forever Dawn was narrated completely from Bella's point of view, the werewolves and Jacob were "only sketchily developed", Victoria and Laurent were both alive, and there was an epilogue.[3] Meyer went on to say that she "may post some extras someday if I ever have time to go back through the Forever Dawn manuscript—it's just as long as Breaking Dawn."
In regard to Renesmee's unique name, Meyer wrote that she "couldn't call her Jennifer or Ashley. What do you name the most unique baby in the world? I looked through a lot of baby name websites. Eventually I realized that there was no human name that was going to work for me, so I surrendered to necessity and made up my own."[3] Meyer decided to include the pregnancy in her story while she was researching vampires and came across the legend of the incubus, a demon who could father children.[3]
Meyer states in regard to ending the series that:
"The Twilight Saga is really Bella's story, and this was the natural place for her story to wind up. She overcame the major obstacles in her path and fought her way to the place she wanted to be. I suppose I could try to prolong her story unnaturally, but it wouldn't be interesting enough to keep me writing. Stories need conflict, and the conflicts that are Bella-centric are resolved."[3]
[edit] Marketing and release
Entertainment Weekly magazine released an excerpt of Breaking Dawn on May 30, 2008.[5] Stephenie Meyer also revealed a 'Quote of the Day' from Breaking Dawn for about three weeks prior to its August 2, 2008 release. The first quote was released on Stephenie's website on July 12, 2008.[6] The first chapter of Breaking Dawn, "Engaged", was released in the special edition of Eclipse.[7] Breaking Dawn was officially released on August 2, 2008 through midnight release parties in over 4,000 bookstores,[1] most of which involved costume and trivia contests, crafts, and face painting.[8]
Godiva also made a Twilight-themed chocolate bar, which was released in Barnes & Noble book stores at the release parties.[9] A four-city Breaking Dawn Concert Series, featuring Stephenie Meyer and Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld, coincided with the novel's release. The concert series sold out three of its four locations on the day that tickets went on sale,[10] selling out in under an hour in one city.[11]
[edit] Publication
Prior to the novel's release, the first three Twilight books had already sold 8.5 million copies throughout the US[2] and over 2 million copies in the UK.[12] Breaking Dawn was one of the most anticipated books of 2008 with The Guardian noting, "Teenagers across the world are anxiously awaiting the next instalment of author Stephenie Meyer's vampiric series of novels."[1] To meet the high demand, Little, Brown Books added a printing of 500,000 additional copies just prior to publication of the title, bringing initial print run to 3.7 million.[2]
The book sold 1.3 million copies in the US[2] and 20,000 copies in the UK in its first 24 hours of release,[13] as well as 100,000 copies in Canada during its first weekend.[14] Breaking Dawn debuted at #1 on USA Today's top 150 best sellers list and has gone on to spend over 58 weeks on the list.[15] It was also the biggest-selling children's book of 2008 with over 6 million copies sold.[16]
A special edition of Breaking Dawn was released on August 4, 2009, containing a DVD of the Breaking Dawn Concert Series and an interview with Meyer.[17]
[edit] Reception
Reception of Breaking Dawn was, at best, "mixed".[18] Lev Grossman wrote, "First, since there's a lot of one-star reviews up on Amazon, let me say up front: I loved Breaking Dawn."[19] Cara von Wrangel Kinsey of School Library Journal responded with a positive review, describing the book as "captivating" and noting, "While this novel is darker and more mature than the earlier titles, Meyer's twists and turns are not out of character."[20] The Charlotte Observer agreed and called the book "pretty darned good", but criticized the book's length saying, "I wish [Stephenie Meyer] hadn't felt compelled to pack so much into one volume. It should have been two books."[21] Mary Harris Russell of the Chicago Tribune also responded with a positive review and hailed the book as a "fun read", noting that Stephenie Meyer "continues to produce witty writing about families, teenagers and popular culture",[22] while Time called the book "a wild but satisfying finish to the ballad of Bella and Edward" and gave it a rating of A-.[23] An article in The Daily News Tribune said of Breaking Dawn, "Some of the dialog is a bit stilted,... but, if you stay close to Meyer's rich and prodigious narrative, you too might fall in love with its suspense and moving sensitivity".[24]
Publishers Weekly stated that the main problem with Breaking Dawn was that, "Essentially, everyone gets everything they want, even if their desires necessitate an about-face in characterization or the messy introduction of some back story. Nobody has to renounce anything or suffer more than temporarily—in other words, grandeur is out."[25] In an article by The Associated Press, journalist Sara Rose wrote on NewsOK.com that fans of the series would love "engaging characters, great humor, a distracting obsession with beauty, focus on the minutiae of emotions"; however "casual readers may be disappointed with a lot of build-up and little action."[26] The Independent called the book, "shockingly, tackily, sick-makingly sexist" and said that "Bella Swan lives to serve men and suffer."[27] Entertainment Weekly graded Breaking Dawn with a D, criticizing the birth scene and Bella's "unwavering passion for Edward" and having no other goals.[28] The Washington Post also responded with a negative review, making comments such as, "Meyer has put a stake through the heart of her own beloved creation," and "Breaking Dawn has a childbirth sequence that may promote lifelong abstinence in sensitive types."[29]
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Meyer responded to the negative response of many fans to the book and called it the "Rob Effect"; she said that the fans need time to accept the ending of Breaking Dawn, just as they needed time to accept Robert Pattinson playing the role of Edward in the Twilight movie.[30]
[edit] Awards and honors
Breaking Dawn was the recipient of a British Book Award for "Children's Book of the Year".[31] In the 2009 "Children's Choice Book Awards", the novel was chosen as "Teen Choice Book of the Year" and Meyer won the "Author of the Year" award.[32]
[edit] Film
Main article: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Summit Entertainment announced in November 2008 that they had obtained the rights to the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's series, Breaking Dawn.[33] The studio greenlit an adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn in April 2010. The film is to be split into two parts, the first of which is scheduled for release on November 18, 2011.[34]Then, on Friday, August 6th, 2010, Summit Entertainment announced that the second part of the movie will be theatrically released on November 16, 2012.[35] Bill Condon will be directing both parts; The Twilight Saga author, Stephenie Meyer, will co-produce the film along with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey.[36] In July 2010, Summit announced that the movie will be shot in Vancouver, Canada, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Actress Maggie Grace has signed on to play the part of Irina in the movie, and Mackenzie Foy has signed on to play Renesmee, Edward and Bella's half vampire half human child. [37]
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
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|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn |
|[pic] |
|Official logo for Part 1 |
|Directed by |Bill Condon |
|Produced by |Wyck Godfrey |
| |Karen Rosenfelt |
| |Stephenie Meyer |
|Screenplay by |Melissa Rosenberg |
|Based on |Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer |
|Starring |Kristen Stewart |
| |Robert Pattinson |
| |Taylor Lautner |
|Music by |Carter Burwell |
|Cinematography |Guillermo Navarro |
|Editing by |Virginia Katz |
|Distributed by |Summit Entertainment (USA) |
| |E1 Entertainment (UK) |
|Release date(s) |Part 1: |
| |November 18, 2011 (2011-11-18)[1] |
| |Part 2: |
| |November 16, 2012 (2012-11-16)[1] |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Budget |Part 1: |
| |$75 million[2] |

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, commonly referred to as Breaking Dawn, is an upcoming two-part romantic-fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. The two parts form the fourth and final installment in the popular Twilight Saga series. Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt will serve as executive producers for the film, along with the author of the series, Stephenie Meyer; the screenplay will be written by Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter of the first three entries.[3] All three main cast members, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, will reprise their roles.
Part 1 will be released on November 18, 2011,[4][5] and Part 2 on November 16, 2012.[1] Both parts will be released by Summit Entertainment.
|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Plot |
|2 Production |
|2.1 Development |
|2.2 Filming |
|2.3 Music |
|3 Cast |
|4 References |
|5 External links |

[edit] Plot
Further information: Breaking Dawn
On November 4, 2010, Summit Entertainment released the official synopsis of the film in its entirety:
In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the new found married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.
After their wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon, where they finally give in to their passions. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal.
But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.
The suspenseful and deeply romantic Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a world wide phenomenon.[6]
[edit] Production
[edit] Development
Talks for a Breaking Dawn film started after Summit Entertainment greenlit the second and third adaptations of the franchise, and scheduled the two films to be released six months apart.[7] Wyck Godfrey, producer of the previous films in the series, stated in mid-2009 that they had every intention to make the film version of Breaking Dawn,[8] but Stephenie Meyer, author of the series, explained on her website's Breaking Dawn FAQ that if an adaptation were to be created, it would have to be split into two movies because "The book is just so long!", saying that she would have made the book shorter if it were possible.[9] She also believed it to be impossible to make a film due to Renesmee, writing that an actress could not play her because she is a baby that has complete awareness, "The one thing that I've never seen is a CGI human being who truly looks real"; however, she did acknowledge the film might be possible due to the quickly-advancing technologies.[9] Moreover, because of the mature and explicit nature of the Breaking Dawn book, fans and critics questioned if the studio would be able to keep a PG-13 rating, noting that the movie should not be rated R for the ever-growing fan base.[10] In March 2010, Variety reported that Summit Entertainment was considering splitting the 754-page book into two films, along the same lines as Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[11] Since under contract for only four films, the status of Kristen Stewart's, Robert Pattinson's, and Taylor Lautner contracts were in question, making the possibility of a split unlikely.[11] Producer Wyck Godfrey stated that all three main cast members were signed onto one Breaking Dawn film.[3]
On April 28, 2010, Summit announced that Bill Condon, who directed Dreamgirls, would direct Breaking Dawn; producing the film will be Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, and author Stephenie Meyer. "I'm very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book - and we're hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience," said Bill Condon.[12] In June 2010, Summit officially confirmed that a two-part adaptation of the fourth book would start filming in November.[13][14] A November 18, 2011, release date has been set for the first part, while the second part's release date, despite rumors of it being the following summer, is being negotiated.[15][5] Wyck Godrey is also considering releasing the second film in 3D to differentiate between the time before and after Bella becomes a vampire.[14]
In June 2010, Melissa Rosenberg stated in an interview that the decision on where to split the film has not been decided, as she was still in the drafting stage of the scripts.[16] "I think it comes down to Bella as human and Bella as vampire," she said, hinting at a potential splitting point. She stated that Bill Condon would probably disagree with the statement, explaining that the decision is ultimately up to him.[16] The Twilight Saga also helped motivate Rosenberg into launching a female-centric production company, Tall Girls Productions: "The charter of it, if there is one, would be to create some strong roles for women... the female Batman, the female Tony Soprano." She explained that, despite the fact of the many hours of hard work ahead of her, it is what she wants to do.[16]
[edit] Filming
In order to keep the budget on both parts of Breaking Dawn reasonable, which would be substantially greater than the previous installments in the series, filming in Louisiana was being negotiated in early 2010. Shooting in Louisiana would provide larger tax credits, which a studio as low-profile as Summit Entertainment would benefit from.[4] Summit announced in a press release on July 9, 2010, that filming will take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Vancouver over the next year starting this fall.[17] Both parts will be shot back-to-back as one project.[14] The film will attempt to keep its PG-13 rating as it will not be featuring any of the extremely gruesome scenes from the novel.[2][18]
Filming officially began on November 1, 2010. The first scenes were produced in Brazil, with locations in Rio de Janeiro and Paraty.[19]
[edit] Music
On January 6, 2011 it was announced that Carter Burwell, composer of the first film in the series, will be returning to score both parts of the final installment.[20]
[edit] Cast
Further information: List of Twilight cast members

|Actor |Role |Part 1 |Part 2 |
|Kristen Stewart |Bella Swan[13] |• |• |
|Robert Pattinson |Edward Cullen[13] |• |• |
|Taylor Lautner |Jacob Black[13] |• |• |
|Billy Burke |Charlie Swan[13] |• |• |
|Peter Facinelli |Carlisle Cullen[13] |• |• |
|Elizabeth Reaser |Esme Cullen[13] |• |• |
|Ashley Greene |Alice Cullen[13] |• |• |
|Kellan Lutz |Emmett Cullen[13] |• |• |
|Nikki Reed |Rosalie Hale[13] |• |• |
|Jackson Rathbone |Jasper Hale[13] |• |• |
|Mackenzie Foy |Renesmee Cullen[13] | |• |

After confirming one film, Summit had been keeping their eye on a fifth installment.[4] In May 2010, Billy Burke and Peter Facinelli were the only cast actors who were confirmed for both parts of Breaking Dawn, while other cast members such as Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz were still in negotiations for a second part. If the actors holding Summit back from making an official announcement did not reach an agreement with them, the studio would not have minded recasting their roles, as was done in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with Bryce Dallas Howard's character, Victoria.[4] However, in June 2010, Summit officially confirmed that a two-part adaption of the fourth book would start production and was made clear that all major actors, including the three lead roles, the Cullen family, and Charlie Swan, would return for both parts. The role of Renesmee, Edward and Bella's daughter has been confirmed to be played by Mackenzie Foy.[13] Maggie Grace will join the cast of Breaking Dawn as Irina.
Various other cast members have been officially announced.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
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|The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner |
|[pic] |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Country |United States |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Genre(s) |Young adult, fantasy |
|Publisher |Little, Brown |
|Publication date |June 5, 2010 |
|Media type |Print (Hardcover) |
|Pages |178 (Hardcover)[1] |
|ISBN |ISBN 1-907-41036-8 |

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a companion novella to the Twilight series by author Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of a newborn vampire, Bree Tanner, who is featured in the third book of the series, Eclipse. The book is written from the viewpoint of Bree, as opposed to the rest of the series which is predominantly narrated by character Bella Swan.[1] Meyer let director David Slade, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, and a few of the actors read a draft of the story during production of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.[2]
|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Plot summary |
|2 Characters |
|3 Publication history |
|3.1 Development |
|3.2 Release |
|3.3 Tie-in with movie |
|4 Reception |
|5 References |
|6 External links |

[edit] Plot summary
The story begins with Bree and Diego hunting for human blood in Seattle, Washington. Bree has been a vampire for three months, and Diego has been one for eleven months. Together they kill and drink a pimp, two prostitutes and two homeless people. Bree and Diego talk about "her" (Victoria) and ask why she is turning so many people into vampires. Diego thinks something is coming, and that "she" is using them as protection. They hide in a cave and discuss their human lives, and how Riley came to offer them a second life as a vampire. Together they decide that Riley is using them as pawns for protection, and that he might be lying to them. They also discover that sunlight does not kill a vampire, but makes their skin sparkle. They become friends and decide to form a "club," spending the day "playing ninja," looking for Riley and the other vampires they live with. They find that Riley had relocated everyone to a log cabin and Diego gets into a fight with Raoul, an arrogant newborn, but another newborn, "Freaky Fred," uses his repelling power to stop Raoul from killing them. That night Bree and Diego stalk Riley, suspicious that he is meeting with "her." They eavesdrop on Riley's conversation with Victoria. Eventually the Volturi show up, threatening to punish Victoria for amassing a vampire army but willing to give her army a chance to destroy the Cullens. The Volturi say that if Victoria does not attack within five days, they will kill her.
Bree returns to the log cabin and resolves to run away, while Diego stays behind to talk to Riley. Riley returns to the cabin alone and tells his vampire army that there are older vampires in Seattle (the Cullens) who want to kill them, and if they want to survive, they will have to work together and learn how to fight. Riley tells Bree that Diego is doing surveillance work with "her" and will return to join them in the fight. After three nights of training, Bree and the vampires hunt a ferry boat to drink the passengers' blood and regain their strength for the battle against the elder vampires. Riley then tells everyone that the vampires they will be fighting have yellow eyes and keep a human (Bella) as a pet, giving them Bella's scent to hunt. They head off to fight the Cullens. Fred decides to run away to Vancouver before the battle, and Riley retreats, telling Bree that Diego has already started fighting with the group. Bree arrives at the battle to find the newborn vampires being killed by the Cullens, and thinks that Diego is already dead because she cannot see or smell him anywhere. She deduces that Victoria and Riley killed Diego for being disobedient the night he went missing. Bree surrenders to the Cullens. They debate whether or not to kill her and decide to restrain her until the Volturi arrive. Bree has trouble resisting the urge to drink Bella's blood. The Volturi show up and interrogate Bree for information. She explains that Riley lied to her and everyone else, and if they did not do as they were told they would be killed. She uses her thoughts to tell Edward that the Volturi had allowed the army to attack the Cullens. The book ends with the Volturi deciding to kill Bree, and Edward tells Bella to close her eyes. Bree thinks that Edward is talking to her. She closes her eyes, and is instantly killed.
[edit] Characters • Bree Tanner: The narrator of the story. She was 15, almost 16, when she became a vampire. Bree was introduced as a three month old newborn in Eclipse. Bree's father had been hitting her after her mother left them. She ran away from home and was living in the streets of Seattle when Riley found her. She was starving, and either ate out of garbage cans, or attempted to steal food. Riley asked, "Want a burger, kid?" and then took her to Victoria who turned her into a vampire. Bree, like other newborn vampires, believed in the urban vampire stories and was afraid of the sun and wooden stakes. Later when Diego showed her they weren't true, she was relieved, but wasn't sure if they should tell Riley. She didn't trust Riley that much. Bree is confused in Riley's true plans and tries to figure out the truth with Diego. She also doesn't know all the rules of the vampire world because Riley never explained to any of the newborns. She likes to read and develops a crush on Diego during the book. Bree could have run away from the fight and left with Fred but she went back to look for her Diego. Bree surrenders to the Cullens, but in the end the Volturi destroy her. • Diego: Bree's friend, who eventually falls in love with her and is alluded to be her "mate." He was 18 when he was turned into a vampire. He was trapped in an alley when he killed the leader of a gang who killed his brother. He was rescued by Riley, who offered him a new life. Diego considers Riley, besides Bree, one of his best friends and trusts him, but he still doubts Riley's motives. Diego confronts Riley on the urban vampire stories about the sun burning them telling Riley it wasn't true. It is suggested that Riley and Victoria brutally killed Diego. • Riley: The leader of the newborns. He gets his orders from Victoria. He is responsible for finding troubled children and bringing them to Victoria so she can change them into vampires. He is described by Bree as beautiful, just like all vampires are. At first she likes him, but after she has been changed into a vampire, she becomes distrustful and suspicious of him. Riley is said to be very fond of Diego and in love with Victoria. • 'Freaky' Fred: Develops friendship with Bree. Fred has the power to repel others. He uses this to keep other newborns away from him. Because of this they call him Freaky Fred. Bree has a habit of hiding behind him to keep herself away from the attention of Raoul and Kristie and their gangs. Fred is also described as handsome, has blond hair, and looked like his age is of a college student. Among all the vampires who have decided to fight, he is the only one who decides to run away. He asks Bree to join him but she decides to first go back to find Diego. • Raoul: One of the leaders of a gang of newborns. Bree strongly dislikes him. He seems to have the power to attract people, although this power only seems to work on people who are dimwitted. He is very competitive and definitely not the smartest. He and his gang has a rivalry with Kristie and her gang until Riley forces everyone to work together against the Cullens. • Victoria: Victoria gives Riley orders to create an army to battle Bella and the Cullen clan. She gives directions which includes telling lies to the newborns but she also lies to Riley which is exposed in Eclipse: Victoria pretends to love Riley when she truly loved James (the reason for creating the vampire army). During the battle, both she and Riley are destroyed by Edward Cullen and Seth Clearwater. Bree and the rest of the newborns have never met Victoria, their creator. Riley tells the newborns it is to protect themselves and that their minds were not safe but it was not totally true. Though the newborns' thoughts were not safe, the newborns could not see Victoria for her safety, not theirs, due to Alice's ability to read the future. She (Alice) was focused on Victoria's choices but was not 'tuned in' to the newborns.
[edit] Publication history
[edit] Development
According to Stephenie Meyer, she began writing the story while she was editing Eclipse.[1] Later, she planned on including it in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide:
"This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide."[2]
The resulting story became too long to be included in the Guide, and so it became a stand-alone book.[2]
[edit] Release
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner had an initial print run of 1.5 million copies.[3] It was released in stores on June 5, 2010,[1] and was available for free viewing from June 7 to July 5 on the book's official website.[3] For every book sold, one dollar will be donated to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.[3] For those who take advantage of the free viewing there will be an option for the individual to make a donation as well. The online version of the book is for viewing only and not offered as a download.
Two weeks after its release, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was on USA Today's best-seller list. Publisher Little, Brown estimated that 700,000 copies were sold in the United States, and 75,000 people read the entire book online for free.[4] Bree Tanner also became one of the fastest selling books in the UK having sold 89,549 copies, at an average of 79 copies per minute, in less than nineteen hours. It is also the third fastest selling hardback title in the UK, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Lost Symbol.[5] In its first full week in the UK, it sold 136,995 copies and was described as an "incredible achievement for a book that has been free to view online" and making Meyer the second most successful young fiction author in the UK market, behind JK Rowling.[6][7]
[edit] Tie-in with movie
In 2009 Summit Entertainment approached author Stephenie Meyer to ask for a draft of the book for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Meyer gave a draft to the cast and crew of the film to get to know more about Bree. Meyer also gave a copy to screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. The book is set to be adapted into the film. The film was released in IMAX in theatres on June 30, 2010, where Bree was portrayed by Jodelle Ferland.
[edit] Reception
Reception for Bree Tanner has been mostly positive. Fox News described the book as a "riveting story" and commented, "In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion."[8] USA Today also responded with a positive review and noted, "Reading Bree's story enriches our reading of the Twilight saga and will enhance enjoyment of the Eclipse movie".[9] Kat Lay of The News of the World lauded Bree Tanner as "bloody fangtastic", and the author's final word on the book was, "You really sympathise with this creature as she struggles not to kill heroine Bella. Meyer is great at tugging the heart strings one moment and making you draw back in shock the next".[10]
Twilight: The Graphic Novel
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|Twilight: The Graphic Novel |
|Publisher |Yen Press |
|Date |March 16, 2010 |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Page count |224 pages |
|Creative team |
|Writer(s) |Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim |
|Artist(s) |Young Kim |
|Original publication |
|Language |English |
|ISBN |ISBN 9780759529434 |
|Chronology |
|Followed by |Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume II |

Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a graphic novel by Young Kim, an adaptation of the first thirteen chapters of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
|Contents |
|[hide] |
|1 Plot Summary |
|2 Reception |
|3 References |
|4 External links |

[edit] Plot Summary
The plot describes Bella Swan's move from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mother, Renée, travels with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, a minor league baseball player. Bella attracts much attention at her new school and is quickly befriended by several students. Much to her dismay, several boys compete for shy Bella's attention. She is immediately struck by the extreme beauty of the Cullens, who appear pale and different.
When Bella is seated next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her. He disappears for a few days, but warms up to Bella upon his return; their newfound relationship reaches a climax when Bella is nearly run over by a fellow classmate's van in the school parking lot. Seemingly defying the laws of physics, Edward saves her life when he instantaneously appears next to her and stops the van with his bare hands.
Bella becomes determined to find out how Edward saved her life, and constantly pesters him with questions. After a family friend, Jacob Black, tells her the local tribal legends, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires who drink animal blood rather than human. Edward confesses that he initially avoided Bella because the scent of her blood was too desirable to him. However, he admits his true nature and when this doesn't scare away Bella, they begin a relationship.
They begin questioning each other about their lives, and Edward decides to show Bella why he and his family can't be in the sun. They go hiking for a day, where Edward tries once more to show just how dangerous he really is, but it turns out that neither can stay away, culminating in a kiss. The novelization ends with Edward taking Bella home.
[edit] Reception
The graphic novel's first printing was reported to be of 350,000 copies, which, according to USA Today, was believed to be the largest first printing for a graphic novel in the U.S. market.[1] A typical first printing for a graphic novel is between 20,000 and 25,000 copies.[2] Yen Press announced that the graphic novel sold 66,000 copies in its first week, which it claimed was a record for U.S. sales of a graphic novel in its first week.[3]
As of June 10, 2010, the Twilight graphic novel was at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover graphic books in its 12th week on the chart.[4]
Nick Smith of ICv2 gave the graphic novel a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, writing, "The romantic nature of the story is emphasized, and the artistic style used will be very attractive to the same audience which devoured the novel."[5] Ronald S. Lim of the Manila Bulletin wrote, "While the graphic novel isn't lacking any visual flair, it does struggle to tell a fascinating enough story when it comes to the plot. ... This isn't exactly Kim's fault, but more of Meyer's. Twilight, as a novel, is not replete with action."[6] Chris Sims of Comics Alliance wrote that "Kim does a fantastic job" with the art, but the lettering "hits new lows. It is garbage. Even if you can get past the fact that they lettered an entire graphic novel in Times New Roman — which I assume was a choice meant to make it look more like a novel and less like a comic — they still managed to get everything wrong."[7]
Midnight Sun (novel)
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|Midnight Sun |
|Author |Stephenie Meyer |
|Country |United States |
|Language |English |
|Series |Twilight series |
|Subject(s) |Vampires |
|Genre(s) |Young adult, Fantasy, Romance novel |
|Publisher |Little, Brown and Company |
|Publication date |TBD |
|Media type |Print |

Midnight Sun is an unreleased companion novel to the book Twilight by author Stephenie Meyer. It would be the retelling of the events of Twilight, but written from the perspective of Edward Cullen as opposed to that of Bella Swan.[1] Meyer has stated that Twilight is the only book from the series that she plans to rewrite from Edward's perspective.[2] To give them a better feel of Edward's character, Meyer allowed Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the film adaptation of Twilight, and Robert Pattinson, the actor playing Edward, to read some completed chapters of the novel while they filmed the movie.[3]
[edit] Pre-release history
On August 28, 2008, Meyer halted the writing of Midnight Sun in response to the illegal leak of twelve chapters of the unfinished manuscript on the Internet. She stated, "If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun, and so it is on hold indefinitely."[1] She made the twelve-chaptered draft available on her website in fairness to her readers, now that the novel has been compromised before its intended publication date.[4] Meyer also stated that she doesn't believe the manuscript was leaked with any malicious intent, and would not give any names.[1]
In a November 2008 interview, Meyer said that, "It's really complicated, because everyone now is in the driver's seat, where they can make judgment calls. [...] I do not feel alone with the manuscript. And I cannot write when I don't feel alone."[5] She said that her goal was to go for around two years without hearing about Midnight Sun, and she thought that she would begin working on the novel again once she was sure that "everyone's forgotten about it".[5]

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