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One Twi-Mom’s Tribute to the ‘Twilight’ Saga

Yesterday I watched the final installment of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-human-werewolf love saga with my friends. Okay, I’ll admit I sneaked a peek the morning before at my favorite cineplex that was having a “Mother’s Morning Out” matinee showing. I couldn’t help it. I’m what they call a Twi-Mom, a well known segment of the fan base and a group that Taylor Lautner once described laughingly as “very dangerous,” in an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

While teenage girls and moms remain the most loyal fan base of the movies and books, we aren’t alone.  Men, including my dad and husband, enjoy the films, as does Mark Kermode, English film critic with The Observer. His Nov. 10th column, “Move over Luke Skywalker…I’m a Twilight man,” sets the record straight. He noted, “The idea that you have to be a teenage girl to ‘get’ Twilight is equally off the money – and I say that as a stuffy, bespectacled greying man rapidly approaching his 50th birthday who is looking forward to the arrival of Breaking Dawn: Part 2 this week with as much excitement as I await Steven Spielberg’s reportedly awards-worthy Lincoln. Maybe even more…”

So, as I say goodbye to the “Twilight Saga,” I want to share five things I will miss most:

1.The story. There’s nothing quite like first love, forbidden love, conflicted love. And to have all three rolled into one story, with elements of the supernatural and fantasy, how can you not be hooked? Thanks, Stephenie, for envisioning a world where a teenage girl dared to fall in love with a young vampire, while being drawn to a lifelong friend, who happens to be a werewolf.

2. The incredible supporting cast.  Many movies are made more memorable with a strong supporting cast (“When Harry Met Sally” and “Moonstruck” come to mind). “Twilight” is no different, benefiting from an amazing ensemble cast of both the Cullen clan and Quileute tribe of werewolves. Three of my favorite secondary characters include Alice, played by Ashley Greene, Carlisle played by Peter Facinelli, and, of course, Bella’s gruff and tough dad, Charlie, portrayed by Billy Burke. Who can forget the first time Charlie meets Edward while cleaning his rifle at the kitchen table?

Meyer and Rosenberg.

3. The collaboration between Meyer and the screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg. Both obviously shared the same vision to stay true to the books and I love that we had continuity of writing throughout the film franchise. The fact that Stephenie was credited as a producer in the last film is evidence that Summit knew what it was doing. I adored the final scenes of Breaking Dawn: Part 2  showing excerpts from Twilight the book, interspersed with shots of all the cast members, reminding us that these stories first began as words on a page. Well done!

4. The Volturi. Every good story needs a good villain, and the power-hungry, cultured ruling vampire coven fits the bill. Aro, played brilliantly by Michael Sheen, as well as Caius and Marcus, were a perfect counterpoint to Bella, Edward and Jacob. And who wasn’t rooting for Jane’s demise in the final fighting scene?

My friends celebrate after watching Breaking Dawn, Part I.

5.Finally, experiencing “Twilight” with my girlfriends. Our tradition of movie-watching together was a given after I read the books and watched the first film. I christened the experience on my blog after attending the 2009 premiere of “New Moon.”

While there will be other films to enjoy with my friends, none will likely hold the same anticipation and appeal that our “Twilight” outings inspired. I applaud the cast, the filmmakers at Summit Entertainment and most of all, Stephenie Meyer. Thank you. What a fun, unforgettable ride!

Why This Writer Thanks Stephenie Meyer

As a self-professed Twilight Mom, I joined the throngs of screaming teenage girls who converged on my neighborhood multiplex last night for the long-awaited second film in the Twilight Saga, New Moon.

My five buddies and I weren’t the only over-30 faces in the crowd – there were plenty of excited mothers with their girlfriends and daughters. My friend, Amy, 34, a communications manager, described the excitement of the moment on her Facebook Wall as she typed in her iPhone, “Watching Twilight New Moon with three hundred of my closest screaming teenage girlfriends! Fun!” My other friend Cindy, a life coach, returning from the concession stand with a tub of popcorn, overhearing one teen talking about how she was here with five of her best friends, confessed, “Well, I’m here with five of my 40-year-old friends.”

The undercurrent of excitement and excited chatter continued through the previews, until the film’s opening scene (appropriately a yellow moon) was greeted with screams from the teenage Twi-hards. My friends and I just smiled…it’s all part of the Twilight phenomenon – and it took us back to earlier, more carefree times.

So, what is it about this vampire-human love story that has transfixed a fan base of young and mature audiences? Twilight and New Moon screenplay writer Melissa Rosenberg told LA Times Hero Complex blog contributor Gina McIntyre that what’s so great about the story is Stephenie “really explores complex emotions. You could boil it down to girl loses boy, finds boy, but she doesn’t do the easy, black-and-white moves that a lot of young romances do. It’s very complex — [what happens when] you develop feelings for a friend, romantic love versus platonic love. These are very sophisticated emotions that are very real but also very hard to translate into a film where everything is usually very simplistic and easy to follow. How do you keep that sophistication and complexity? Because that’s the book, that’s what makes it interesting.”

A writer’s gift is transporting readers to another place where they can feel the emotions of the characters. That’s what Meyer – and by extension Rosenberg – accomplished in print and on screen.

It’s no secret that Meyer, an English graduate from Brigham Young University, loosely inspired each of her books from classic literature. Booksellers from Paris and Prague to Palm Springs are seeing record highs in sales of these classics:

  • Twilight: Pride and Prejudice 
  • New Moon: Romeo and Juliet
  • Eclipse: Wuthering Heights
  • Breaking Dawn: The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummers Night Dream

I’m grateful to Stephenie Meyers for more than entertaining us and inspiring a renewed appreciation for the classics: I’m grateful that this stay-at-home mother was brave enough to take a vivid dream she had one June night in 2003 about two star-crossed lovers — an “ordinary girl” and a beautiful, soulful vampire — and commit it to paper.

Read the story behind Twilight on Stephenie Meyer’s official website: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight.html