If you are a true Twilight fan, you can still learn a thing or two with these top thirty interesting facts about The Twilight Saga!
The Twilight Saga is a series of books written by Stephanie Meyer.
Publishing of the books began in 2005, and ended in 2008.
The books are published through Little, Brown and Company.
The books in the saga are: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and a separate novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
The books are classed as young adult, fantasy and romance.
The saga follows Isabella ‘Bella’ Swan as she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington and falls in love with vampire, Edward Cullen.
The series begins with Twilight, in which we meet Bella as she moves to Forks and meets vampire family, the Cullens. Falling for Edward, Bella’s life comes under threat from sadistic vampire, James. The novel closes after an attempt on Bella’s life, whereupon Bella and Edward are reunited.
In New Moon, Edward leaves to protect Bella. Bella becomes withdrawn, until she becomes friends with newly turned werewolf, Jacob Black, who falls in love with her. After an accident, Edward believes Bella to be dead, and travels to vampire family, the Volturi, hoping they will kill him. Bella and Edward are finally reunited, and leave with the promise to turn her into a vampire.
Eclipse opens with a string of vampire attacks from previous character, Victoria. Edward and Jacob must work together to protect Bella, their families and their homes, whilst still vying for her heart. Bella finally chooses to stay with Edward and agrees to marry him, to Jacob’s disappointment.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is a novella that runs parallel to the Eclipse plot. It follows the newborn vampire Bree as her group sets out to attack Bella, Edward and Jacob.
The series ends with Breaking Dawn, in which Bella and Edward get married and fall pregnant. After nearly dying, Bella is turned into a vampire and their daughter Renesmee is born. Believing Renesmee to be a danger to society, the Volturi travel to kill her. When they see otherwise, they let her live.
The series is seen mainly through Bella’s eyes, even though Jacob features as a prominent narrator for the epilogue of Eclipse and a portion of Breaking Dawn. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is narrated by Bree.
It was rumored that Meyer would be releasing a book through Edward’s eyes. It was due to be called Midnight Sun.
The idea for Twilight came from a dream in which a male vampire thirsted for a young girls blood.
Twilight took three months to write.
Meyer’s vampires are not the typical vampire – their fangs are actually sharp teeth, the Cullens abstain from human blood and their skin sparkles in the sunlight.
The saga won the 2009 Kids Choice Award for Favorite Book.
The saga has sold over 116 million copies.
The saga has also been translated into over 38 languages.
The town of Forks, Washington has become a mecca for Twilight fans.
Fans of the franchise are known as ‘Twihards’.
There has been a huge surge in merchandise from clothing, graphic novels, jewellery, perfumes and much more.
The Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle is typical of the fantasy genre, where a mortal woman falls for a supernatural creature or is forced to choose between the two species.
Meyer has been influenced by writers such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Emily Brontë.
Meyer’s Mormon faith has also influenced the characters and her style of writing.
Meyer has stated in interviews that her books try to encompass the themes of love and free will.
The saga’s reviews mainly focus on its popularity than its literary prowess.
The saga is criticised however for ‘poor writing’, stripped down characters and the belief that Bella is a ‘damsel in distress’.
Summit Entertainment have created five film adaptations; Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & Part 2.
The films’ star Kristen Stewart (human Bella Swan), Robert Pattinson (vampire Edward Cullen) and Taylor Lautner (werewolf Jacob Black).