‘Twilight’? Again? Seriously?

Alyssa Luther

Staff Writer

On Nov. 21, 2008, “Twilight” fans all across the world waited anxiously for theatre doors to swing open so they could fill its seats. A low roar travels down the hall as the theatre lights dim and the big screen flashes on, showing the beginning credits of a soon-to-be generationally-shaping movie.

Fast forward to 2020, the residences of teens and young adults smell like extra-butter popcorn. They grab their fluffiest blankets, put on their comfiest clothes, snuggle up in their beds, and stream the entire “Twilight” series in one sitting.

Stephenie Meyer released the sixth book in the “Twilight” series, “Midnight Sun,” in early August, at the peak of the “Quarantine Blues.”

This sent “Twilighters” into a craze because it was news worth getting excited about--something 2020 has not had a lot of.

The book rehashes the initial “Twilight” novel but from Edward’s perspective this time. According to vulture.com, Edward compares his relationship with Bella to the well-known Greek tale of Hades and Persephone.

The thrill of the newly retold forbidden love story sent die hard “Twilight” fans into a TikTok frenzy. TikTok has over 800 million active users every day, so when the latest “Twilight” book was published on Aug. 4, 2020, the “Twilight side” of TikTok unleashed itself from the depths.

Thousands of “Twilight” TikTok’s were being made a day. Creators produced so much content from scene reenactments, to cosplaying characters, to visiting the set locations in Ore.

The fans of this saga are so dedicated that one account even posted the movie one minute at a time on the buzzing app.

One dominant factor in the “Twilight” craze is actor, Robert Pattinson. Whether you were Team Edward or Team Jacob, everyone knew Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen.

His newest role will be playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming film, “The Batman,” which is set to be premiered on Oct. 1, 2021.

Actress Kristen Stewart also landed more prominent roles since her “Twilight” debut. Her latest movies “Underwater” and “Charlie’s Angels” has proven how much she has grown as an actress and in age.

Pattinson and Stewart starring in bigger prime-time movies has also been a leading factor as to why the Twilight craze grew astronomically in such a short amount of time.

This creates the question, “who will be casted in ‘Midnight Sun’ if it is produced?” Seeing that Pattison and Stewart are not exactly twenty-three and eighteen anymore, the dynamic duo most likely could not pass as high school students.

Recasting these well-known roles will certainly bring its hardships, but the payoff could be monumental if done correctly.

Seeing that the “Twilight” saga films grossed roughly 3,357.1 million dollars, not producing “Midnight Sun” would be a big mistake, especially since the demographic that grew up with the movies have grown up and now have their own money to spend on tickets, merch, and streaming services.

Whether you are a “Twilight” fan or not, you probably heard about the “Twilight” movement at some point from someone. 2020 may not be the best year, but at least some vampire versus werewolf nostalgia came from it.

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