By Lajla R.
A look back at one of the most popular young adult stories in the past decade.
Recently, I have become very interested in the Twilight saga, both the books and the movies. Some love them, some strongly dislike them. Some people think they won’t like the books because they hated the movies, while others won’t watch the movies because they didn’t like the books. Whatever your thoughts, it is important to look back and see what a huge splash it made – it has almost been ten years since Twilight [the movie] was created.
In October of 2005, Stephenie Meyer released her new book Twilight, a novel with 498 pages in hardcover. This novel popularized Stephenie’s career of being a writer. One critic wrote, “Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.”
Meyer wrote four excellent books in the Twilight saga. What she didn’t know was that movies would be created, too. In November of 2008, the movie Twilight made its debut. The novel became popular overnight with over 29 million books sold in 2008 and 26.5 million books in 2009. The movie was a winner at the MTV movie awards in June 2009. Kristen Stewart played main character Bella Swan; she really did remind readers of “Bella Swan — the girl from the Twilight series.” It is amazing how the director of Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke, not only made it so that the movie was very similar to the book, but there were also funny moments, such as when Bella and Edward went to school together for the very first time side by side. Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson, walked by her side as she got out of the car. Everyone turned to them outside because they were very surprised at this. Bella spoke, “Everyone is staring.” Edward then spoke, “Not that guy. No, he just looked.” The movies still had humor, but at the same time, stuck to the storyline.
In the Twilight film, Charlie, Bella’s father, was played very well by Billy Burke. He stayed very true to the character in the book and acted like a loving caring father. Overall the cast members did an amazing job, whether they were flying through the air as a stunt or being more of a side character such as Jacob Black or Esme Cullen.
There was a special reason the acting has to be extra good for Twilight. No one who played a vampire could see through the special contacts they had to wear. One time, Peter Facinelli accidentally hit Nikki Reed in the face. Another time, Kellan Lutz accidently knocked Jackson Rathbone out.
Something fun to learn is that a couple of people from the movie got to keep things they wore while making the movie Twilight. Kellan Lutz got to keep his baseball cap. Nikki Reed got to keep baseball shoes she used for the baseball scene. Luckily, Kristen Stewart brought them home for her after filming because she loved them so much. She never wore them because there was mud on them. She never washed them because being dirty “made them special.” They all had a lot of fun making the movie and it is still fun almost ten years later to watch it!