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Twilight (stylized as twilight) is a young adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie The novel was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of The film adaptation, released in . Inspired by her dream, Meyer wrote the draft of what is now Chapter 13 of the book. The first drafts were titled. Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author .. The fourth installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was released November 18, , And the fifth and last installment, The Twilight. Twilight is a young adult vampire-romance novel written by author Stephenie Meyer. . The Cullens are one of only two covens (that they know of) that do not feed on Not wanting to part just yet, Bella asks Edward to stay.
I turned toward the house, beckoning to Jacob as I ducked under the porch. I heard Charlie greeting them loudly behind me.
I couldn't get used to it, though I'd been staring at him all afternoon. His skin, white despite the faint flush from yesterday's hunting trip, literally sparkled, like thousands of tiny diamonds were embedded in the surface. Like so many things, it seemed to be effortless to him. He barely looked at the road, yet the tires never deviated so much as a centimeter from the center of the lane. He drove one-handed, I lay with my arm across my eyes, groggy and dazed. Something, a dream trying to be remembered, struggled to break into my consciousness.
I moaned and rolled on my side, hoping more sleep would come. He paused outside the door for an instant. Edward opened the door to a high-ceilinged room with tall, west-facing windows.
The walls were paneled again Keep Reading Up until that moment, I'd had no doubt that he'd be staying with me while I spent a few interim hours in the real world. And then I saw the black car, a weathered Ford, parked in Charlie's driveway The first male into the clearing fell back immediately, allowing the other male to take the front, orienting himself around the tall, dark-haired man in a manner that clearly displayed who led the pack.
All the house lights were on. My mind was blank as I tried to think of a way to make him let me go. This wasn't going to be pleasant.
Edward pulled up slowly, staying well back from my truck. All three of them were acutely alert, In the end, Bella chooses Edward's love over Jacob's friendship and agrees to marry Edward.
Bella and Edward are married, but their honeymoon is cut short when Bella discovers that she is pregnant. Her pregnancy progresses rapidly, severely weakening her. She nearly dies giving birth to her and Edward's half-vampire-half-human daughter, Renesmee. Edward injects Bella with his venom to save her life and turns her into a vampire. A vampire from another coven sees Renesmee and mistakes her for an "immortal child". She informs the Volturi , as the existence of such beings violates vampire law.
The Cullens gather vampire witnesses who can verify that Renesmee is not an immortal child. After an intense confrontation, the Cullens and their witnesses convince the Volturi that the child poses no danger to vampires or their secret, and they are left in peace by the Volturi. The story is set primarily in the town of Forks, Washington , where Bella and her father, Charlie Swan , live. Some events in Twilight take place in Phoenix, Arizona , where Bella was raised.
Volterra , Italy , is featured in New Moon , when Edward travels there to commit suicide and Bella rushes to save him. Jacksonville, Florida , is mentioned first in Twilight and second in Eclipse , when Edward and Bella visit Bella's mother, who has moved there with her new husband.
Seattle, Washington , is featured in Breaking Dawn when Jacob tries to escape his love for Bella, and when Bella tries to locate a man named J. It is also the location of a series of murders committed by newborn vampires in Eclipse. The Twilight series falls under the genre of young adult , fantasy , and romance , though Meyer categorized her first book, Twilight , as "suspense romance horror comedy".
The books are written in first-person narrative , primarily through Bella's eyes with the epilogue of the third book and a part of the fourth book being from Jacob's point of view.
When asked about the structure of the novel, Meyer described her difficulty in pinpointing the premise of the novels to any specific their category:.
I have a hard time with that. Because if I say to someone, 'You know, it's about vampires,' then immediately they have this mental image of what the book is like. And it's so not like the other vampire books out there— Anne Rice 's and the few that I've read. It isn't that kind of dark and dreary and blood-thirsty world.
Then when you say, 'It's set in high school,' a lot of people immediately put it in another pool. It's easy to pigeonhole with different descriptions. The books are based on the vampire myth, but Twilight vampires differ in a number of particulars from the general vampire lore. For instance, Twilight vampires have strong piercing teeth rather than fangs; they glitter in sunlight rather than burn; and they can drink animal as well as human blood.
Meyer comments that her vampire mythology differs from that of other authors because she wasn't informed about the canon vampires, saying,. It wasn't until I knew that Twilight would be published that I began to think about whether my vampires were too much the same or too much different from the others.
Of course, I was far too invested in my characters at that point to be making changes According to the author, her books are "about life, not death" and "love, not lust".
Montgomery 's Anne of Green Gables series are a big influence on her writing. Other major themes of the series include choice and free will. It doesn't matter where you're stuck in life or what you think you have to do; you can always choose something else. There's always a different path. Meyer, a Mormon , acknowledges that her faith has influenced her work. In particular, she says that her characters "tend to think more about where they came from, and where they are going, than might be typical.
Meyer says that she does not consciously intend her novels to be Mormon-influenced, or to promote the virtues of sexual abstinence and spiritual purity, but admits that her writing is shaped by her values, saying, "I don't think my books are going to be really graphic or dark, because of who I am. There's always going to be a lot of light in my stories. Stephenie Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, The dream was about a human girl, and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood.
Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the transcript of what is now chapter 13 of the book. Following the success of Twilight , Meyer expanded the story into a series with three more books: New Moon , Eclipse , and Breaking Dawn In its first week after publication, the first sequel, New Moon , debuted at 5 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Chapter Books, and in its second week rose to the 1 position, where it remained for the next eleven weeks. In total, it spent over 50 weeks on the list.
Meyer originally planned to write a companion book to Twilight called Midnight Sun , which would be the story of Twilight told from Edward Cullen 's point-of-view. She stated that Twilight was the only book that she planned to rewrite from Edward's perspective. Meyer has since put these twelve chapters on her website so that her fans could read them for free,  but has put the project on hold indefinitely due to her feelings about the situation.
She stated,. If I tried to write Midnight Sun now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on Midnight Sun , and so it is on hold indefinitely.
Though she has no current plans to do so, Meyer has also stated that if she were to continue writing in the same universe she would write from the perspective of either Leah Clearwater or Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee Cullen.
On March 16, Yen Press released Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol.
The Official Illustrated Guide , a definitive encyclopedic reference for the saga including character profiles, outtakes, a conversation with Meyer, genealogical charts, maps and extensive cross-references with nearly full color illustrations, was to be released on April 12, , after many publication delays since The reimagined novel has a more conclusive ending, seemingly precluding its continuation through the remaining three Twilight novels.
The response to Twilight has been mixed. While the books have become immensely popular, they have also generated much controversy. Twilight has gathered acclaim for its popularity with its target readers. The Times lauded it for capturing "perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation. People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there There's no literary term for the quality Twilight and Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings share, but you know it when you see it: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called the book a "hot new teen novel",  Entertainment Weekly called Meyer "the world's most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice",  The New York Times described Twilight as a "literary phenomenon",  and Matt Arado of Daily Herald noted that the Twilight books have become the "hottest publishing phenomenon since a certain bespectacled wizard cast his spell on the world.
The author and the series' popularity are often compared with J. Rowling and Harry Potter.
Rowling; that's a phenomenon that's not gonna happen again", however noting that "you can compare my fans to her fans more easily [than me to her]. I do think that we both have people who are just really really enthusiastic, and will come miles to see you and be involved, and everybody really cares about our characters.
Economically, the town of Forks, Washington , the setting for the Twilight series, has improved due to tourism from fans of the books. The series has garnered some notoriety both over its literary substance and over the type of relationship portrayed in the books.
Many have derided the series as poor writing. While comparing Stephenie Meyer to J. Rowling , Stephen King said, "the real difference [between Rowling and Meyer] is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer, and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn.
She's not very good. It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because it's not overtly sexual. Laura Miller of Salon. Elizabeth Hand of The Washington Post wrote, "Meyer's prose seldom rises above the serviceable, and the plotting is leaden.
But they do so by engaging us with complexities of feeling and subtleties of character, expressed in language that rises above banal mediocrity. Their reward is something more than just an escape into banal mediocrity. We deserve something better to get hooked on. The books have also been widely critiqued as promoting, normalizing, and idealizing an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. Sci-fi website io9 noted that Bella and Edward's relationship meets all fifteen criteria set by the National Domestic Violence Hotline for being in an abusive relationship.
Lee Butler of Young Adult Library Services Association commented how he was unusually hesitant to stock the Twilight books in his library because he felt the books were "robbing [teen girls] of agency and normalizing stalking and abusive behavior. However, they never so much as touch hands, Edward makes sure of that. One day, Edward tells her that the sun will be coming out that weekend, and he wanted to show her a place he loves up in the mountains.
Enthusiastically, she agrees to go with him, though she doesn't know where. However, as the appointed day nears, Edward tells her to reconsider going with him, warning her of the danger of being alone with him far from help - from witnesses. Undaunted, Bella tells Charlie and her friends that she is going shopping in Seattle that day. After Edward comes to pick her up this news infuriates him.
He makes it clear that he does not trust himself to not harm her. However, Bella wants to prove her faith in him, and they continue. In Bella's slow-moving truck as she insisted they drive to the base of a trail, and they hike for three hours until they reach the edge of the most beautiful meadow Bella has ever seen.
Bella runs out into the measow, and turns to watch him enter the sunlight. When he does, his skin sparkles as if millions of tiny diamonds were embedded in his skin. They lie down next to each other, and for the first time try touching faces, holding hands, etc. Edward always seems to be concentrating on self-control. At one point Bella leans too close, and he leaps up and runs to the edge of the clearing.
Slowly coming back, he explains that it is hard for him to stave off his animal instincts, though he loves her, he is always tempted to kill her.
The day that they first met, his expression was not disgust, but rather thirst. Her blood smelled better to him than any other. Then taunting her, proclaimng the fact that he is the perfect predator his looks, his smell, his inate charm, everything draws humans into their doom , he demonstrates his vampire strength and speed by circling the meadow in the blink of an eye, and snapping a giant limb from a tree and throwing it. Seeing her fear, his face falls. Apologizing sadly for his rudeness he lies back down beside her, and tries to describe what it's like to be near her.
Explaining how maddeningly intoxicating and irrisistably delicious she smells to him and he has super senses , he says the iconic line: The sun begins to set, and they reluctantly head for home. Edward suddenly enthusiastically throws her on his back and runs down the mountain at a blinding speed, reaching the road in minutes.
This so dizzies Bella that back at the truck she falls over and has to sit for a while to avoid being sick. Edward laughs and apologizes, sitting beside her.
When she has recovered herself, he leans in and kisses her for the first time. She responds wildly and kisses him back passionately. He hastily pushes her away, and then it is her turn to apologize. So, in a bittersweet mood, they fire up the old red truck and head back to town.
Not wanting to part just yet, Bella asks Edward to stay. After Charlie goes to bed, he sneaks in her window.
They lie on her bed holding each other. Embarrassed and sheepish, she asks if he finds her sexually attractive. He laughs and replies "I may not be human, but I am a man. Edward tells her that vampires cannot sleep, but that he will stay with her as she sleeps. In the morning, he takes her to meet his family. He is amazed when she tells him that despite the fact she is about to walk into a house full of vampires, she is scared they won't like her, not afraid for her life.
The Cullen house is out in the woods, and dbeautiful. Edward explains that the reason that the Cullens are rich is because Alice is so good at predicting the stock market.
The entire family is waiting for her inside, and hey all love her at once, and she is welcomed as practically a member of the family. Esme is especially delighted that Edward has found someboddy to love, she being very motherly.
Only Rosalie doesn't like her which is unexplained until the sequal "New Moon". Jasper, though friendly, stays far from her because he still has trouble staying on the "vegitarian" diet. Edward plays a lullabye he wrote for her on the Cullen's grand piano. Edward gives Bella a short tour of the house, stopping by Carlisle's room more of an office since he doesn't sleep. On the walls are many pictures from all different time periods.
Edward asks Carlisle to tell his history, and Carlisle tells Edward to tell it, since he knows it as well as he. Pointing to a painting of old London, Edward tells of how Carlisle lived in the s in England, the son of a very self-righteous religious leader that busied himself hunting down "evil". Carlisle was a disapointment because he was slow to accuse people without solid proof.
One night while hunting down vampires that were actually real for once, he was cornered and attacked. However, the vampire being weak nearly to the point of being crippled, it couldn't finish the job before slinking away. Carlisle managed to hide from those who would have killed him upon finding he had been bitten. When the change was complete, he wandered the countryside, refusing his thirst out of the pure goodness of his heart.
However, one day he realized he could feed on animals, and had been ever since. Next, Edward pointed to a painting of Renaissance Italy. There were four figures, all looking like Gods, one very much like Carlisle. He explains that Carlisle stayed with these patrons of the arts for a while: Marcus , Caius , and Aros.
These characters are intoduced in the next book in the series. However, he left them because he couldn't stand their blood-soaked and ruthless lifestyles. Eventually, Carlisle ended up in America, and discovered his talent for being a doctor.
Becoming extremely lonely over the years, he had been contemplating creating a companion. During the Spanish Influenza epidemic in the s, Carlisle came across a dying 17 yr. His mother, also dying suddenly gripped Carlisle, and begged Carlisle to save her son - inexplicably insinuating that she knew what Carlisle could really do.
When she died, Carlisle wheeled Edward to the morgue, and bit him. From then on, Edward had been his son and closest friend. Edward also told of the other Cullen's histories.
Esme jumped off a cliff after having lost a baby. Carlisle fell in love with her, and changed her.
Rosalie was bleeding to death in an alley when Edward and Carlisle came upon her explained in the third book. Later, Rosalie was out in the mountains and found Emmet mauled by a bear. Loving him at once, she carried him all the way back to Carlisle, afraid that she wouldn't be able to change him. Carlisle did not change Jasper or Alice. The pair wandered into the area one day, Alice said she had seen a vision of them, and they wanted to live the Cullen lifestyle.
Jasper was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War when he was made a vampire. Oddly, Alice has no recollection of when or where she came from, a total mystery to this day.
Edward also ashamedly tells of a time when he went through a rebelious stage, and left Carlisle to hunt humans. He tried to feed on only "bad" people, like murderers, but one day he looked in the mirror, saw his dark, blood red eyes, and penitantly returned to his father.
In Edward's room, Bella claims to Edward that she was not afraid of him. Seeing through this, he teases "You really shouldn't have said that", and pounces on her, landing on top of her on his couch. Just then, Alice and Jasper burst in, and Alice announces that there will be a thunderstorm that evening, so the Cullens would be able to play baseball without the sound of their equally thunderous batting drawing attention.