The Twilight franchise is a long way from being a failure; well over 100 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide, and the movies have grossed over $3.3 billion altogether at the box office. The series has also, however, become the butt of countless jokes and parodies, and has come under a great deal of fire for its weak, somewhat effectless protagonist and Meyers’ tweaking of werewolf and vampire mythology to make the creatures tamer and, more importantly, sexier.
The film adaptations of the Twilight novels have now reached their conclusion, though there’s already talk of rebooting the series and starting all over again. E.L. James’ popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which is also being turned into a movie, is famously a reworking of a lengthy Twilight fan fiction, and the fairly recent flood of copycat “dark romance” novels onto book store shelves indicates that we’ll be feeling the effects of Twilight mania for quite a while yet.
Now author Stephenie Meyer has joined the ranks of people who are tired of hearing about Twilight. Speaking asked by Variety whether she wants to write more about the Twilight franchise, Meyer replied, “I get further away every day. I am so over it. For me, it’s not a happy place to be.” She added that if she was ever to write about the world of Twilight again, it would be limited to “three paragraphs on my blog saying which of the characters died.”
Meyer has certainly been keeping busy since The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was released. Her sci-fi romance novel, The Host, was also adapted for the big screen with Saoirse Ronan in the lead role, but performed poorly at the box office and was almost universally panned by critics. Meyer has also started up her own production company, Fickle Fish, and recently produced a rom-com called Austenland, about a woman obsessed with Jane Austen’s writing who goes to a Jane Austen-themed amusement park in search of her own Mr. Darcy.
Often it’s difficult to tell whether the fans of Twilight outweigh those who despise the series, but Meyer isn’t the first person involved to denounce it. Actor Robert Pattinson, who plays pale and brooding vampire heartthrob Edward, has made no secret of his personal dislike for the character, saying in an interview with Empire, “The more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him. As a manic-depressive who hates himself.” He’s also pointed out plot holes in the movies on quite a few occasions and made fun of the ridiculous nature of some of the things that happen in them.
Meyer didn’t specifically mention any regrets about the way she had written the Twilight series, so it’s likely that her weariness of it has more to do with the stigma that is now associated with it. The author added that she is “interested in spending time in other worlds, like Middle-earth.” Hopefully she was just speaking figuratively and we won’t be getting a Meyerized version of “The Silmarillion” on the big screen any time soon.