The Twilight Saga is a New York Times best-selling fantasy series by author Stephanie Meyers, and movie series starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Bella Swan is a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen, who seeks to protect her as does Jacob Black, a werewolf. The books spawned the 'Twilight' movies, which have also gone on to become worldwide mega hits.
The Twilight Saga Books:
The Twilight series originated in the mind of Stephenie Meyer, the author of the books that started it all. First published in October 2005, the Young Adult romance fantasy series about teenage humans, vampires, and werewolves soon gained a passionate following.
Stephenie Meyer is the definition of perseverance. Like so many popular works, 'Twilight' was rejected over-and-over, by a total of fourteen publishing agents before being picked up by Little, Brown and Company. When the first book went to stores, 'Twilight' debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List, and jumped to #1 in the first month of its release.
'Twilight' has gone on to sell more than 100 million copies worldwide and has been translated into at least 38 languages from around the world.
The first book, 'Twilight', introduces a young seventeen year old named Isabella "Bella" Swan. Bella moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington, where she soon finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a boy named Edward Cullen. From the look of him, he appears her age, but in reality he is a 104 year old vampire. Cullen was bitten by a vampire when he was seventeen years old back in 1918, and so remains frozen, ageless, and immortal in that state.
The series consists of four books: 'Twilight,' 'New Moon,' 'Eclipse,' and 'Breaking Dawn.'
The Twilight Saga Movies:
The Twilight Saga movies, building on the audience established by the book series, have become a major pop-culture phenomenon. The movie tries to remain true to the novel, following seventeen year old Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, who moves from sunny Arizona to dreary Forks, Washington to live with her father. Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, saves the life of Bella in the school parking lot by stopping a speeding van with his strength at which point Bella begins to question how Cullen was able to save her life. After much prying, she discovers that he and his family are vampires.
The major tension at the heart of the series is Bella and Edward's mutual attraction, and Edward's will of steel which he maintains in order to keep himself and from those around him from harming her.
'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' (2009)
Starring Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson, in the second film, 'New Moon', Bella celebrates her eighteenth birthday party with the Cullens. However, at the party Bella gets a paper cut which draws blood. The scent and presence of human blood at the party drives Edward's brother, Jasper, crazy enough to try to kill Bella.
As a result, Edward and his family leave Forks, Washington for fear that one of them will harm a human, which drives Bella into a deep depression. Separated from Edward, she becomes so withdrawn that her father attempts to send her to Florida to live with her mother. But Bella begins to hang out with friends again and realizes that thrill-seeking activities remind her of Edward's warnings. Around the same Edward returns to Forks. However, Bella is then faced with the decision of whether to become a vampire or not.
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' (2010)
Bella and Edward have been reunited, but their forbidden relationship threatens to be torn apart again by an evil vampire wanting revenge. But on top of the immanent danger posed by the evil vampire, Bella is forced to choose between her true love for Edward and her friendship with the werewolf Jacob Black as tensions escalate between the hosts of vampires and tribes of werewolves.
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part I' (2011)
Edward and Bella are finally together after years of hesitant romance. Planning to marry and to become parents, Bella and Edward will face their greatest challenge yet, more than any of the difficulties which they have faced.
As the last book is broken into two movies, where the split occurs creates a whole new cliffhanger through which to wait!
'The Twilight Saga' Stars:
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
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