Friday, 1 April 2011

Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer Talks 'Midnight Sun' Bella's Wedding Dress And More

MTV – We’ll admit it, we’re jealous. Ten lucky—nay, very lucky—”Twilight” fans got to take part in a top-secret, two-day meet and greet in Vancouver with Stephenie Meyer, in which the author discussed everything from how Robert Pattinson is more like Jacob in real life to publishing “Midnight Sun” to Bella’s “unbelievable” wedding dress. Lucky for us, USA Today caught every minute of it.
Stephenie, who is getting ready to release “The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide” (it hits stores on April 12), said that while she loves writing “the vampire histories,” it seems like there’s two whose tale is done for good: Edward Cullen and Bella Swan!

“The story’s already been told, and I doubt I’ll ever write another series based on the same characters,” Stephenie said of the beloved “Twilight” couple. But, that doesn’t mean Stephenie isn’t willing to explore more Edward for her devoted fans.

The author divulged that “Midnight Sun,” the book told from Edward’s view point, may come to fruition after all, despite being partially leaked online a few years ago. “I’m hoping to do it someday because I know that’s what people want. No matter what book I put out from here to eternity they’ll want ‘Midnight Sun,’” she explained.

Thankfully, that’s not the only “Twilight” story she’s willing to revisit in the future. Stephenie (who has a fantasy novel about a 17-year-old girl who lives in a dark world of magic where “people are using bows and arrows and swords”, a 1,000 page book about mermaids and the follow-up to 2008′s “The Host” all on the horizon as future endeavors) said “there is a chance” that someday she might write about the relationship between Jacob and Renesmee.

Speaking of Renesmee, Stephenie divulged details on the infamous birth scene. “I’ve only seen a rough cut and there are pieces missing, but I don’t feel like it’s graphic. You’re not seeing it, but you know what’s happened. It’s emotional. It doesn’t feel horror-ish. There’s blood, probably the most blood we’ve ever seen in the series. But everything’s in flux; we’ll see in the final cut.”

In fact, Stephenie had plenty of juicy tidbits to share about what’s happening in “Breaking Dawn.” The writer gave plenty of props to Kristen Stewart, whose Bella goes through some major changes in the last two films (to say the least!). “She’s created a new character. I was really impressed. I’ve only really seen her as (the human) Bella, so to have her step up and change it in the right way—she didn’t have to talk to me. She knew. She knows the character so well now. She has really good instincts, and she looks amazing,” Stephenie said.

And as it turns out, KStew is looking rather amazing in her Bella wedding dress! “It’s such an interesting mix,” Stephenie said of the gown, “It has a vintage feel, but at the same time, there’s an edge to it. It’s really beautiful. And then on Kristen—oh, she looks amazing in clothes—and in that dress she’s so lithe and unbelievable.”

Stephenie, who worked as a co-producer on the last two movies, also revealed that the first installment of “Breaking Dawn” will end “when Bella opens her eyes as a vampire” (further elucidating producer Wyck Godfrey’s earlier statement). She added, “That’s the way it’s been shot. They can still do it any other way, but I think that’s the general idea. You kind of have to get there in the first film. That way you have all the time in the world to explore being a vampire and those exhilarating first moments.”

Nevertheless, Stephenie (who also reminisced about how “Rob is more like Jacob than Edward. He’s goofy, he’s funny, he doesn’t take much seriously. But he can turn Edward on like that”) has to do the same thing we’re all dreading: saying goodbye to the “Twilight” saga on the big screen. “I don’t know when it’s going to get me,” she said of accepting the idea that it’s almost over, adding, “But I know it will, and at that point I’m going to be a sobbing mess on the floor.” Join the club.

Ten lucky Twilight fans from around the world have come to this metropolitan Canadian city to meet the mega-selling author whose young-adult novels about an alluring vampire and his human soul mate have entranced them since 2005.
It's hard to say who's enjoying this total Twilight talkfest more — the attendees or the writer.
"I just love having the chance to sit down with a small group of fans," says Meyer, who is looking a little more Hollywood these days and a bit less like a suburban mom of three. "Bigger events are just too nerve-racking."
For this literary star, the days of chatting with a few fans at a local bookstore are over. Meyer is an international celebrity. Her books sell in dozens of countries. The film versions are hotly anticipated. Fan sites have gone viral.

This two-day chat fest with Meyer, which took place last Friday and Saturday, was a top-secret affair. Even the attendees weren't told where in the world they'd be meeting with Meyer until after they were notified they were among the chosen 10.
But every Twilight fan intuitively knows why Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is a logical meeting place — the cast and crew of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2, the final movies based on the four-book series, have been filming here since mid-February.
Stephenie Meyer by the numbers

Tallying her career:

2: New books this year: The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, out April 12; Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2, on-sale date not yet announced
38: Number of times Meyer has been No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list
167: Number of consecutive weeks one of the Twilight Saga novels has been in the top 50
116 million: Copies of the Twilight Saga, in all formats, sold worldwide
$192.7 million: Gross domestic box office for Twilight (2008)
$296.6 million: Gross domestic box office for The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
$300.5 million: Gross domestic box office for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
These die-hard Twi-hards know everything about the paranormal series that centers on the love between Edward Cullen, the sexy vampire portrayed in the films by dreamy Robert Pattinson, and teenage Bella Swan, played by the enigmatic Kristen Stewart.
Ranging in age from 15 to 34, the contest winners include Eden Marie Starnes, 16, of Port Charlotte, Fla., and the sole male winner, Stefan Caes, 26, of Germany, who secretly entered the contest in hopes of winning and surprising his wife, Jenny, also 26, who's here with him.
"We've been together since we were 17, so we see a lot of our story in Edward's and Bella's," says Jenny, who married Stefan nine months ago.
Two fans were chosen in random drawings held by Little, Brown for Young Readers, Meyer's publishers in the USA and Canada. The others won contests — which ranged from creating videos to writing essays to completing a Twilight trivia quiz — sponsored by publishers in France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Brazil and the U.K.
Super fans, super discussions
In roundtable discussions with Meyer at a Vancouver hotel, the winners discuss with finesse and endless authority vampire anatomy, werewolf legends, the back stories of the series' minor characters and, of course, the Edward/Bella/Jacob love triangle. (Jacob is the werewolf who also loves Bella and is played in the films by the often shirtless Taylor Lautner.)
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