With the books’ underlying themes of adolescent awkwardness and the struggle with sexual tension, Meyer had tapped into a powerful vein that young girls everywhere (as well as stifled housewives, still age eighteen in their heads,) could sink their teeth into. Combine that fan base with the always-thirsty sect of goth vampire-worshipers, and it’s easy to see just what kind of crowd would, well, crowd the halls of Comic-con, or the lobbies of bookstores everywhere, whenever Meyer pays a visit.
The fan base has grown to such massive size (mostly coordinated by the Internet) that they’ve been given their own monikers such as “Twilighters,” or (my personal favorite,) “Twihards.” The fan cults take things to the usual extremes: hammering Meyers with overly analytical questions like, “How do the Vampires resist when Bella is on her period? ” Or citing the series as the sole reason why they didn’t commit suicide. (A pretty flimsy reason to live, if you ask me). Thankfully for her, Meyer has a pillow made of money to rest her weary head on every night that the fan-mania leaves her drained.
Bloody Good Future
However, things are not all love in the Twilight universe. A quick glance at the customer reviews over at Amazon reveal two distinct camps of thought about the series: those who are obsessed with it, vs. those looking sideways at the those obsessed it, wondering just what the hell might be wrong with them. (As a graduate student studying creative writing myself, I can tell you that, technically speaking, Meyer’s craft has room for vast improvement – a fact even the author herself seems to be aware of.) Said Meyer about fan reaction to the first chapter of Breaking Dawn that she posted online:
”There were a lot of people,” says Meyer, laughing and throwing her hands up in the air, ”who said, ‘This isn’t the real first chapter, the writing is so bad!”
I’ll second that opinion.
However bad the writing may or may not be, it will make little difference come August 2nd, when Breaking Dawn hits shelves nationwide. Fans of the books are already invested so deeply in the Twilight universe that Meyer could write “all work and no play” for 200 pages and still turn a profit from the pre-sold copies of Breaking Dawn, which has been No. 1 on Amazon for weeks now.
But movies, as they say, are a whole different animal. Actor Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter 4) found this out first-hand, when fans hit the Web in mass protest of his casting as Edward, Bella’s bloodsucking beau.
”I stopped reading after I saw the signatures saying ‘Please, anyone else,”’ Pattinson says, laughing.
Still, the scene at Comic-Con seems to suggest that many of the early wrinkles amongst fans have smoothed out since the film has edged closer to release; it’s almost assured that the film will be another solid payday for Meyer, and help push sales of the Twilight series even further through the roof than they already are.
As for Meyer herself? She is set to do a four-city tour for Breaking Dawn, before directing her focus to other upcoming projects, which include an adult romance/sci-fi book called The Host, (which sold for $600,000 at auction, and already has two sequels in the works); a ghost story called Summer House; and, for all those ‘Twihards’ out there: Midnight Sun, a retelling of Twilight from Edward’s vampiric point of view. Don’t count this lady out as a one-hit wonder. She just might be the next Anne Rice, reaping all that comes along with that title.
Are you a Twilight fan? Will you be camped outside bookstores and movie theaters trying to be the first to suck up all that Meyer’s vampire universe has bled? Or do you have yet to feed on her body of work? Let us know what you think.
Source: Entertainment Weekly