Meyer's four vampire novels - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn - have catapulted the author into non-fiction writer stratosphere. Although the books' target audience is teens, people of all ages (mostly women, but there are a fair number of male fans) have become obsessed with the lives of the Cullen family, Bella Swan, and the Quileute Indians. The series has generated dozens of fansites and we're not just talking sites with a couple of pages of generic info. No, Twilight fans are a creative bunch who spread their love of Meyer's work with richly detailed and researched sites (check out Twilight Lexicon, His Golden Eyes.com or Twilight Moms.com).
And Twilight fans are not afraid of airing their opinions of the upcoming movie. When Robert Pattinson, Harry Potter's Cedric Diggory, was first announced as Edward Cullen, fans weren't shy about voicing their doubt over that bit of casting news (since then Pattinson's become popular with Twilight fans). Every bit of information on the film version of Twilight has been analyzed and any news spreads faster than wildfire amongst online fans. That all adds up to a lot of pressure on director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) and the new kid on the block production company Summit Entertainment. If the first batch of fans to see the movie post negative reviews, it could seriously hurt the prospects for future films of the series. But conversely, if Twilight is as good as we're all hoping it will be, then positive word of mouth could propel Twilight the movie into Harry Potter box office heights.
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to Forks, Washington, to spend time with her dad and is immediately drawn to an incredibly handsome, perpetually 17-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.
Twilight sinks its teeth into moviegoers on November 21, 2008.
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