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An American romantic fantasy film, 'Twilight' was a path-definer for its genre.
The five-film series portrays intense chemistry between vampires, werewolves, and humans. Because of its unexpected plot twists, unconventional romance, and gripping storyline, 'Twilight' became a huge success.
The story begins with Edward Cullen and his kin trying live in a town of humans without being detected as vampires. Then Bella, a human, moves to the town, and Edward falls in love with her. He and his family then try to protect this girl from a clan of evil vampires.
Did you know that the book 'Twilight' was rejected nine times before getting published? But interestingly, film studios knew that 'Twilight' would be a grand success as a movie even before the writer finished writing the entire series.
There are two types of 'Twilight Saga' fans, one that fell in love with the novels and the other that became die-hard fans of the movie series. Here are a few interesting facts about the book and the movie both.
Stephenie Meyer's book is quite different from the movie.
The Cullens were defined as ethereally beautiful in the book, and Edward Cullen was supposed to be the tallest of all, more than 6 ft (182 cm) in height.
The original 'Twilight Saga' comprises four novels about young adult fantasy romance.
Meyer's first choice of book title was 'Forks,' but later, it changed.
Books have more space to offer up backstories of characters such as Alice's and Carlisle's, but they weren't included in the movie.
Interestingly, the whole idea of the 'Twilight' story started from a dream.
'Twilight' was directed by Catherine Hardwicke; its first part became the biggest opening for a female director of that time. However, she only directed the first part.
On the release day, 'Breaking Dawn' broke all book records and sold 1.3 million copies in a day.
The 'Twilight Saga' has sold more than 160 million copies worldwide in 49 languages.
Check out these lesser-known facts about the 'Twilight' cast!
According to the book, vampires are very light, thoughtful, sensitive, and beautiful figures.
This was the first time these creatures were not shown as stereotypical blood-sucking predators. That's why it was challenging to choose a perfect cast.
Sometimes, there was a clash of opinions about whom to cast between the writer and director.
Stephenie Meyer has expressed that she had initially wanted Henry Cavill to play Edward Cullen.
However, instead of Henry Cavill, with his outstanding work in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,' Robert Pattinson grabbed the attention of Catherine Hardwicke.
She also suggested Tom Sturridge, Logan Lerman, and Orlando Bloom for the role of Edward.
But finally, Robert Pattinson was called to audition, and he bagged the role.
When Robert Pattinson was called for an audition, he had no idea about the 'Twilight' franchise.
Robert Pattinson underwent boat driving lessons for his role in 'Breaking Dawn Part 1.'
For the role of Bella, Jennifer Lawrence and Lily Collins were considered first.
However, Kristen Stewart's 'Into The Wild' co-star recommended her name to the director. She went for the audition and grabbed the role.
Kristen Stewart was just 17 years old when she started to film for this role, and she wasn't allowed to date.
Kristen Stewart wore contact lenses all the time throughout the series.
Kristen Stewart also had to wear a wig throughout the filming of 'Eclipse' because she had just cut her hair short to film 'The Runaways.'
Surprisingly, Stephenie Meyer also had a cameo in the first part of 'Twilight' at the Forks Diner and as a wedding guest in 'Breaking Dawn Part 1.'
Producers planned to recast Taylor Lautner as he was not as muscular in the first part. However, he gained weight in time for the 'New Moon' filming.
They also thought of replacing Edward as they felt that Robert Pattinson did not.
Check out these very interesting facts about the plots and locations of the 'Twilight' movies.
The film revolves around a young girl (played by Kristen Stewart) who is a high schooler and falls in love with a mysterious classmate who is a 108-years-old vampire (played by Robert Pattinson).
Multiple scenes were shot in several locations, including streets, lodges, schools, cafes of real places instead of made-up sets.
The Forks town and Forks High School are both real places in Washington where almost the whole story is set.
The 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' became a massive sequence. But did you know the battle scene shown in the movie doesn't exist in the novel?
The very famous honeymoon scene was filmed twice to make it family-friendly.
The iconic ballet room scene and baseball scene were the first scenes ever filmed for the movie.
The scenes of the third part, 'Eclipse,' were primarily filmed in Forks and La Push Beach on the Olympic Peninsula and also in Seattle.
Check out some facts about the box office performance of 'Twilight.'
The first book, which was written in just three months, sold a massive bundle in just a few months and kept everyone hanging for the next one, 'New Moon.'
The movies won several awards, such as the 2009 MTV Movie Awards to Robert Pattinson.
Christian Serratos won a Young Artist Award, two ALMA Awards for hairstyling and makeup, Catherine Hardwicke won a Young Hollywood Award, two Grammy Awards, and the list goes on.
It took less than a day for studio executives to realize that the movie was a hit and announced that the sequel had got a green light.
The first 'Twilight' film grossed over $7 million and outranked earlier records of movies such as 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,' 'The Dark Knight,' and 'Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.'
The 'Twilight' franchise became the very first to put summit entertainment on the map.
'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' made the most money, approximately $1 billion in total.
With such huge success, the movie was released in different countries with different titles such as 'If I Could Dream' in Sweden, 'Fascination' in France, and 'The Kiss of Eternity' in Norway.
Did Bella slip in 'Twilight'?
Bella was featured as clumsy and a bit of a klutz throughout the 'Twilight' film series. So, Kristen Stewart was asked to intentionally slip on ice while walking outside.
Were Bella and Edward really in the tree?
The top-of-a-tree scene was shot at the Columbia River Gorge's cliff with experienced body doubles since the place was quite dangerous for the real actors (who did not have the required skills and experience) to shoot. Still, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart stood on a tree branch for a while, supported with a rig, up about 100 ft (30 m).
How did they make Bella look dead in 'Breaking Dawn'?
Bella was meant to lose weight and look very bulimic to make her look dead in Breaking Dawn. It is also overheard that the actress wore cosmetic aids to exaggerate her cheekbones, collarbones, chin, and other bones.
Are werewolves immortal in 'Twilight'?
Although the werewolves don't age as humans do, they were not immortal in the series.
Who is the biggest wolf in 'Twilight'?
Sam Uley was described as enormous, very tall, jet black, thicker, and much more muscular than the rest, with a horrid snarl like a crack of thunder and edgy incisors. He was thus the biggest wolf in 'Twilight.'
Who is the oldest vampire in the 'Twilight' series?
The Egyptian coven's leader and one of the only two survivors during the historic assault of Volturi, Amun was one of the oldest vampires in the 'Twilight' series.
Who is the youngest Cullen?
At the story's beginning, Jasper Hale is the youngest Cullen who could manipulate emotions but couldn't resist the human blood. Although technically, the youngest Cullen is now Renesmee, Edward and Bella's daughter.
Who is the most powerful vampire in 'Twilight'?
Felix was considered the strongest vampire physically in the series. But, in the 'Twilight' universe, vampires are considered powerful based on their psychic abilities. Since Bella's power makes all of them nullified, her power to be defensive makes her one of the most powerful vampires. Do not miss Alice (Ashley Greene), who played an important role throughout the series with the most powerful vision.
Is Forks a real town ('Twilight' movie)?
The town 'forks' mentioned in the series is a real town situated on the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula.
Where was 'Twilight' filmed (forest)?
The moss-covered, thick forest in the movie was filmed near the forested Minnekhada Regional Park, off Quarry Road and Victoria Drive in suburban Port Coquitlam. The Silver Falls State Park was also used to shoot.
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