Stephenie Meyer Talks More About the Twilight Movie
If you haven't already heard of Stephenie Meyer and her cult-following series "Twilight," you soon will. The collection of books ("Twilight," "New Moon," "Eclipse," and upcoming "Breaking Dawn") is a new kind of teen-lit that deals with romance, fantasy and interestingly vampires. "America's J.K. Rowling" sees her first novel in this saga released come December through director Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown). The books have already done exceeding well - "Eclipse" actually knocked "Harry Potter" off the #1 spot on USA Today's bestseller list - and judging from comments by Robert Friedman, CEO of Summit Entertainment, we could be in for a real treat. "We always saw this as more of a Romeo and Juliet set in the very interesting world of vampires. The obvious success of the books, and what we knew to be the franchise potential, was something we couldn't resist."
I heard allusion to Meyer and her growing success last year when "Eclipse" debuted and the Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling comparisons began to run rampant. Prior to that, the "Twilight" series remained under my radar. After all, I'm not a teenage girl, nor do I jump at the chance to read a story about teen angst and pining for a "beautiful Edward." It's all a bit too The Covenant for me.
Grade 9 Up–Headstrong, sun-loving, 17-year-old Bella (Kristen Stewart) declines her mom's invitation to move to Florida, and instead reluctantly opts to move to her dad's cabin in the dreary, rainy town of Forks, WA. She becomes intrigued with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a distant, stylish, and disarmingly handsome senior, who is also a vampire. When he reveals that his specific clan hunts wildlife instead of humans, Bella deduces that she is safe from his blood-sucking instincts and therefore free to fall hopelessly in love with him. The feeling is mutual, and the resulting volatile romance smolders as they attempt to hide Edward's identity from her family and the rest of the school. You can grab some copies of the series on Amazon.com.
I have to give the whole affair some credit. Beyond the intriguing mix of vampires and high school love, the author is a rather interesting topic herself. The genesis of the storyline came to Meyer in a dream back in 2003. Inspiration comes at odd times sure, but why is a Mormon stay-at-home mom that doesn't watch horror movies dreaming about vampires? Despite a dearth of exposure to traditional material on the nocturnal creatures - she's not even read Bram Stoker's "Dracula" - Meyer obviously has a hidden knack for this unique dark and romantic concoction she's managed to create. Props to her.
So will I run out to see Twlight on December 12th? I'm not quite sure. The whole vampire inclusion strikes my horror fanboy chord, of course; but don't be fooled, the series doesn't sit in the horror genre at all. Meyer told Entertainment Weekly that the centerpiece of the storyline is really the romance. "I think that it's romance more than anything else…romance tends to be my favorite part of any book or movie, because that's really the strongest emotion."
If that wasn't enough, Twilight almost jumps off my list when I read another of Meyer's comments. "I've seen little pieces of Interview with a Vampire when it was on TV, but I kind of always go YUCK! I don't watch R-rated movies, so that really cuts down on a lot of the horror. And I think I've seen a couple of pieces of The Lost Boys, which my husband liked, and he wanted me to watch it once, but I was like, it's creepy!"
The project and series are interesting, sure, but it amounts to a horror tease for me. Take out the vampires and I probably never would have noticed "Twilight." The author actually has another book in the works called "The Host," which seems to similarly flirt with the nefarious. She recently described to MTV that the upcoming book is like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers, if the aliens had won. That gives you a sense of the horror, but these body snatchers are so kind and so good, and the world is such a good place when they're in charge, it makes it hard to hold their colonizing against them." The author goes on to say that she'd love to see Matt Damon in the lead. Depending how Twilight does this December, that may not be such a pipe dream after all.