Time magazine published a fantastic article today about the Twilight books and movies. I think the most interesting part is about how Stephenie Meyer wound up writing the books:
The story begins with a dream. It wasn’t the Great American Dream–Stephenie Meyer, then a 29-year-old Mormon housewife living in Arizona, wasn’t sitting at home trying to figure out how to be the next mega-best-selling author. It was a different kind of dream.
On the morning of June 2, 2003, Meyer woke up with the fading afterimage of a vision in her head, of a young woman and a vampire, talking, in a meadow. She didn’t want to forget it, so she wrote it down. Then she kept on writing. Sometimes you have the dream, and sometimes the dream has you.
And how the publisher ended up acquiring it:
The woman who would publish meyer, Megan Tingley, was handed the manuscript in November 2003, right before she got on a cross-country flight to California. She wasn’t expecting great things. She’d never heard of Meyer. Nobody had. She wasn’t a vampire fan either.
But she spent the entire flight riveted by that 600-page bundle of paper. “I kept thinking, Well, she can’t possibly sustain this,” Tingley remembers. “The whole book is going to fall apart. She’s a first-time writer. I was with a colleague, and he was trying to sleep, and I kept pulling him awake and reading passages to him.”
Even though it was an early draft–back then Bella and her undead boyfriend Edward actually got married at the end–by the time she got off the plane, Tingley was desperate to buy it. But it was a Friday, and everyone was gone for the day. “So I just left a bunch of insane messages back at Little, Brown and with the agent and said, ‘Call me Monday. We have to talk!’” she says. “I pre-empted it on Monday from a street in San Francisco on my cell phone.”
But most of America will be talking about this little gem, from the original Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke:
By all accounts, the chemistry between the two leads was intense, maybe too intense. “After I cast him, I told Rob, Don’t even think about having a romance with her,” Hardwicke says. “She’s under 18. You will be arrested.” It was the beginning of the real-life are-they-aren’t-they, did-they-didn’t-they speculation that is now an ongoing subplot of the Twilight story. “I didn’t have a camera in the hotel room. I cannot say,” Hardwicke says. “But in terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn’t happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, O.K., I’ve got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.”
Soooo, is this a confirmation or what? I mean, I guess I don’t need Catherine Hardwicke to confirm anything for me, I’ll just go ahead and state the obvious: These two people have had sexual intercourse. Duh. But are they a couple currently? Who knows, but this will for sure get people talking … even if Kristen won’t. Anyway. The whole article is fascinating — a highly recommended read.
Here are pics of our darling little Twilight kids at a fan event in Madrid today.
November 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm by Evil Beet
I’m still titling this ongoing nonsense the Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson We Don’t Give a Fuck 2009 Tour, but I’ll give credit where credit is due: At the UK red carpet event for New Moon, there are actually some photos of Kristen Stewart where she kinda-sorta looks like she’s giving a fuck. I’m impressed with her, but I’m disappointed. I look forward to photos of Kristen Stewart press events, and I count on her to entertain me with new and improved I-don’t-give-a-fuck faces. Don’t buy into the Hollywood nonsense, Kristen! Fight the power! Get stoned and look bored! It’s what you do so very well.
November 12, 2009 at 1:24 am by Evil Beet
I’ll never understand the public’s fascination with these two, but Entertainment Weekly still felt the need to ask Kristen Stewart if she is romantically involved with Robert Pattinson.
Asked about the endless rumors of her supposed off-screen romance with Pattinson, for instance, Stewart got nicely fired up. “I probably would’ve answered it if people hadn’t made such a big deal about it,” she said. “But I’m not going to give the fiending an answer. I know that people are really funny about ‘Well, you chose to be an actor, why don’t you just f—ing give your whole life away?! Can I have your firstborn child?’”
Pattinson himself, who clearly loathes confrontation, tried to softly interject with philosophical statements about the need for an actor to hold onto his individuality. But Stewart cut him off. “I’ve thought about this a lot,” she said. “There’s no answer that’s not going to tip you one way or the other. Think about every hypothetical situation: ‘Okay, we are. We aren’t. I’m a lesbian.’ I’m just trying to keep something,” she said. “If people started asking me if I was dating Taylor, I’d be like ‘F— off!’ I would answer the exact same way.” Without missing a beat, Pattinson looked at Lautner, promising “Me too.”
Dudes, everyone knows those two are sinking your fangs into each other and no one fucking cares. While Kristen Stewart is constantly bemoaning the ills of fame, it would behoove her to realize that if it weren’t for her marginal acting skills as seen in mediocre movies that are based on poorly-written text, no one would even know who she is. She needs to drop the whole Jennifer Aniston-ish endless “relationships are hard” reel, get rid of the plaid shirts and just get on with the inevitable People “Yes, We’re in Love!” cover.
November 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm by Wendie
Hooray! New Moon‘s almost out, which can only mean one thing: Lots and lots of pictures of Kristen Stewart looking disgruntled on red carpets all over the world. ZOMG THERE IS NOTHING I LOVE MORE. Up first: Kristen (along with Taylor Lautner) in Mexico City, doing photo calls for “Luna Nueva.”
As part of her humanitarian efforts, Kristen supported the local economy by purchasing her entire outfit from a street vendor in a nearby slum. At first he wanted fifty pesos for it, but she got him down to forty. Well played, Bella!
November 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm by Evil Beet
This new trailer for the latest film in the Twilight saga is called “Meet Jacob Black.”
Personally, I think it should be called “Meet Jacob Black’s Biceps.” Or maybe, simply, “Beet Was Right All Along About How Freakin’ Hot Taylor Lautner Was Going to Be.”
Needless to say, I like it. But I wonder how Robert Pattinson’s going to handle it when Taylor emerges as the big male star this go-around. Or is he going to be too busy having sex with Kristen Stewart to notice?
August 17, 2009 at 10:52 pm by Evil Beet
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were snapped cozying up at a Kings of Leon concert in Vancouver this weekend (yes, the rest of the cast was there, too). Do these two look like a couple or do these two look like they’re too stoned to keep their heads up? Personally, I think it could go either way.
Oh, and the last picture in the gallery is of the two of them kissing. I guess … For me, no matter how long I stared at it, I really couldn’t tell. It was like those 3D posters from the ’90s that had the hidden picture in them. I could never see the hidden picture.
Images via INFPhoto.com