Thursday, November 20, 2008

Twilight is the new Harry Potter?

The hype is huge, and the novels have sold 18 million copies worldwide. So we've compiled this list for "Twilight" newbies planning a trip to the movie theater:

1. The books -- "Twilight," published in 2005, is the first in the four-tome series, followed by "New Moon," "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn."

Bella: Kristen Stewart
2. Bella Swan -- The 17-year-old heroine, played in the film by Kristen Stewart ("Into the Wild," "Panic Room"), is new in the small town of Forks, Wash., where she goes gooey for a handsome classmate who happens to be a vampire. Bella is the books' first-person narrator.

3. Edward Cullen -- The aforementioned vamp, the tall, pale and handsome yin to Bella's yang. Played by Robert Pattinson -- best known as Cedric Diggory in the "Harry Potter" films -- Edward protects her from evil bloodsuckers. And smooches her.

Edward: Robert Pattinson
4. The Cullen family -- Edward is one of four adopted siblings, and his father, Carlisle, is the town doctor. They're all vampires, but are benevolent and drink animal blood.

5. Jacob Black -- He has a small role in the first book/film, but he must be mentioned: He's played by Grand Rapids-born, Hudsonville-raised star-in-the-making Taylor Lautner. Jacob, who lives with his father in LaPush, the Indian reservation home to the Quileute tribe, is one of Bella's oldest friends. He has a larger role in subsequent stories.

The Cullens: Jackson Rathbone as Jasper and Ashley Greene as Alice
6. Stephenie Meyer -- Lots of comparisons to J.K. Rowling for this writer and recent multimillionaire, who got the idea for "Twilight" from a dream. She had input on the movie script, and has a cameo in the diner scene. She's now writing the series from Edward's point of view.

7. Catherine Hardwicke -- Highly credible director gets a major shot at the mainstream with "Twilight." She's no stranger to the subject matter of teenage girls -- her directorial debut was "thirteen," a shocking drama about junior-high girls discovering sex and drugs.

8. Sequels -- Considering advance ticket sales and oodles of hype, they seem like a sure thing. Film studio Summit Entertainment already has optioned the other three books.

9. Team Edward/Team Jacob -- It's no secret "New Moon" finds Bella broken up with the vamp and getting together with howling-at-the-moon Jacob. Hence, the "Twilight" fanbase is divided (and Lautner has a built-in fan base).

10. The next big franchise? -- It sure seems that way. When "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was bumped from the release schedule, "Twilight" took its prime pre-Thanksgiving spot. Hardwicke recently told Entertainment Weekly it likely would have to earn $150 million before the studio green-lights "New Moon."

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