The kids out there can’t get enough of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” (a series of vampire novels written for young adults by — get this — a Mormon housewife!), which is probably why Entertainment Weekly just did two separate articles — one on her latest, and final “Twilight” book, “Eclipse”, and the other a behind-the-scenes look at “Twilight”, the first of what is sure to be many movies in the series. Can you say, “Harry Potter who?” Well, okay, so Potter still reigns supreme in the land of young readers, what with another couple or so movies still to come, but by the time the aging boy wizard has left cinemas, it’ll all be about angst-filled vampires. Joy!
Excerpt from the Meyer article:
During one mad summer, while her husband and three young boys slept, Stephenie Meyer wrote a mountain of pages about a heady romance between a smart 17-year-old girl and a handsome god of a vampire. Mystified as to how a nice housewife living in Phoenix goes about cracking the New York publishing world, she joined a small writers’ group of cozy, supportive women who were working on trivia books, Hallmark cards, and song lyrics. On a lark, she’d gotten up the nerve to contact a handful of literary agents whose names she’d found online, sending them each a tease about Twilight. The right one bit, and landed her new client a three-book deal for $750,000. (”I’d been hoping for $10,000 to pay off my minivan,” says Meyer.)
Time for a new mini-van, I’d say.
The other article delves into the book’s transformation from the pages to the screen:
In April 2004, Paramount’s MTV Films optioned Twilight, but then developed a script that bore little resemblance to it. (It featured night-vision goggles and transformed Bella into a hip track star.) ”They could have put that movie out, called it something else, and no one would have known it was Twilight,” Meyer says. Fortunately for devout fans of the book, Paramount put the project into turnaround. Then, in 2006, Erik Feig, president of production at Summit Entertainment, tried to make a deal with Meyer. The author had been burned before and resisted. Feig drew up a contract, guaranteeing the writer that the film would be true to her vision, including a promise that ”no vampire character will be depicted with canine or incisor teeth longer or more pronounced than may be found in human beings.” That did the trick.
And look, they also included a pic of the cast and the cover, featuring Bella and Edward (below).
“Twilight”, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Welch, Justin Chon, and Peter Facinelli, and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, opens December 12.