Twilight - Preview
Preview by Jack Foley
TWILIGHT is an action-packed, modern day love story between a teenage girl and a “good” vampire who must protect her from the “bad” vampires while resisting his natural instincts.
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change.
Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance.
Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands – and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. But he doesn’t have fangs, and he doesn’t drink human blood; Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice.
To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for – a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward and Bella do when James (Cam Gigandet), Laurent (Edi Gathegi) and Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre), the Cullens’ mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for her?
In case you haven’t heard about Twilight, here’s a few facts:
Twilight has quickly become a huge international phenomenon, developing a strong core base of dedicated fans, especially women, who are drawn to the story of a Romeo & Juliet- style romance between mortal and vampire.
Twilight is the fourth most searched movie on the internet according to IMDbPro’s moviemeter.
During the month of April (2008), the film’s 18 listed cast members made up most of the top 30 searched stars on the web.
There was so much response to the Twilight casting photos when they were initially posted, MTV.com’s server crashed. The response was very similar to in numbers to the likes of Harry Potter and Spiderman franchises.
Since its initial week of release on MySpace’s Trailerpark, the first Twilight teaser trailer has reached nearly three million views, comparable to Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Since the debut of Twilight’s second teaser trailer in mid-July, it has been streamed1.6 million times. Yahoo! expressed that this it was is one of the top 5 most popular trailers outside of any “summer movie”.
It’s based on the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – the first in series of four (did anyone shout, or scream, franchise?).
The series has sold over 5.5 million books domestically.
The series is a New York Times Best Seller and has been #1 for 54 weeks and counting.
Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the series and released on August 2, sold 1.3 million books in the first 24 hours.
For three straight weeks after Breaking Dawn was released, ALL four books in the series are on USA Today’s Top 5 Best Seller List.
The week Breaking Dawn was released, Twilight (released in 2006) had its best week ever and sold an additional 120,000 copies.
Recognition of the book has generated over 350 online sites all over the world, including twilightlexicon.com & twilightmoms.com
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