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The Twilight Effect

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Although Twilight has gotten some mixed reviews, that hasn't stopped people from speculating about its success - and the books too.

Publishing insiders are already saying that Stephenie Meyers' Twilight series will make it big, maybe even outperforming the Harry Potter series. Especially now with the movie out!

Elizabeth Eulberg, publicist for the Twilight books, said "I think it will definitely bring a bigger audience. We just hope the people who haven't read the books who see the movie will read them."

She adds that sales have risen in the past few weeks with worldwide sales of the four books in the series reaching 25 million. The books are also printed in 37 languages!

Eulberg added that "For the past three years we've been steadily getting more fans, so when 'Breaking Dawn' came out [in August] it sold 1.3 million copies on the first day in the U.S."

As for the book's author, Meyer claims the idea came to her in a dream back in 2003. Just six months later she had written Twilight and signed a six-figure deal.

Wonder how much of that money she's donated to her Mormon church and to the Yes on Prop H8te to promote lies????????????

But despite the books selling well, the flick is still not doing so well with the reviews.

Time Magazine added that while Twilight was not a masterpiece, it "rekindles the warmth of great Hollywood romances."

Will U be watching Twilight?

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159 comments to “The Twilight Effect”

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  1. 1

    I take back ever thinking he was hot. Blech.

  2. 2

    he looks like he's possessed

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  4. 4

    I just saw the movie, and although it wasn't as good as the book it was still a great movie! Viva la Edward!!

  5. 5

    He's fucken ugly no offense he just is. At least his face is lol

  6. 6

    HE IS NOT HOT! Sorry but he is NOT hot!

  7. 7

    I'll see it just to support reguardless of the mixed reviews. I read all 4 books and I am interested to see how the movie plays out.

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  9. 9

    i just saw the movies, he was soooo hot however the movie didnt live up to my expectations and i didnt set them that high

    hopefully the second one will be better

  10. 10

    I'll watch it for free online!

  11. 11

    i'm seeing it tonight at 8!!!!!!!!!!
    yay twilight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 12

    Love the books….the movie needed a bigger budget, I was a bit dissapointed

  13. 13

    he really doesnt seem that appealing…

  14. 14

    Yeah online so I don't have to spend one cent on this crap!

  15. 15

    he looked soo good in twilight but he look weird up there!
    still hot…
    hopefully they didnt ruin the books i loved soo much.

  16. 16

    Okay Perez what are you smoking?! He is not hot!! NOT HOT!! He's actually creepy looking! ew

  17. 17

    I think people who watch the movie shouldn't read the book, or if you've read the book don't watch the movie. Cause it's sooo different besides a few key phrases. Plus the acting was pretty crap. I am so damn disappointed in the movie, they completely butchered it!

  18. 18

    Like I want to watch preteen girls pee themselves from seeing a man who looks like he stuck his face in a blender.

  19. 19

    Twilight was fantastic in my opinion, even if there was some sucky camera angles or Kristen's acting in the ballet scene. Still kicked ass.

  20. 20

    i agree
    perez, that was really stereotypical, which is what you're against… so i thought…

  21. 21

    This dude is not hot. What do all you teenie boppers see in this kid?

  22. 22

    Re: Taylor – you know keeping foreskins up chances of getting bacterial infections and to be quite frank…it looks weird uncircumsized. i dont know if ur avatar is supposed to be funny or serious.

  23. 23

    the books suck. i am going to see it because everyone says it is horrible so i can make fun of it.

  24. MamaB says – reply to this


    He's not hot. Very scary. Frightening in fact.

  25. 25

    FUCK no!!

  26. 26

    I will hopefully see it Monday. Can't wait!

  27. 27

    Re: missag002 – The second one will be totally boss! They better get every detail in unlike the first…it seemed a little too rushed to me.

  28. 28

    its not so cool to target out individual mormons perez!! while she may have tithed to the mormon church or whatever, that doesn't mean she supported the mormon church and their shiteous ways during this election, so hate the leaders of the mormon church who abused their authority, not the people who are members!!

  29. 29

    he looks better as a vampire

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  31. 31

    Absolutely can't wait!!! I will see it tomorrow!!! I think I will end up liking it just because I love the books so much. I really don't think they could have massacred the story line and that is what is best about it.

  32. 32

    I'm friends with Edi who plays Laurent. So yes. I HAVE to see it.

  33. 33

    Already seen it, need to see it again, loved it. It might not be getting great reviews but the fans loved it and will be seeing it for a long time to come!

  34. 34

    Until u found out the creator of this was mormon you were all up in her nut sack. ”fair weather friend” much??

  35. 35

    enough with this movie already. that dude is fugly and whoever is trying to give facts about forskin needs to check her facts 1st. there are just as many health reasons to not get circumcised as there is too. and they look weird not circumcised? all most all of the world population is not circumcised!

  36. 36

    Oh and by the way, I think Rob is freakin gorgeous! AND HE BIT TYRA BANKS!!!!!!

  37. 37

    I was actually wondering the same thing about prop 8.

    that's a terrible picture of Robert by the way.

  38. 38

    I watched the movie at midnight last night and I was utterly disappointed. It was agonizing to watch. Kristen was very awkward and her acting made me cringe in some scenes. With that said, Rob was always nice to look at although he did make some weird tortured faces.

  39. 39

    7 o'clock showings at all theaters around here were sold out, found one theater with 1 ticket left for the 745 showing s were going at 945

  40. 40

    well i think he's hot…
    and when i can hear his voice 2 hours long i'm sure that i will love twilight,even if the story weren't that good.
    i just need to heat the voice,i love his accent

  41. 41

    yeah. perez has bad taste in menz.

  42. 42

    A theatre full of screaming fat chicks, let me think about it,NO FUCKIN' WAY!

  43. 43

    I had never heard of this thing until like 3 weeks ago. I don't get it. I'm gonna go see Quantum of Solace instead cuz i'm a grown ass woman and I wanna stare at a grown ass man in Daniel Craig

  44. 44

    yeah Perez,she must hate gays because she is mormon and must be supporting prop 8 with the profits and you like this movie and are promoting it asswell so YOU too are also promoting hate against your own kind. i mean we are grasping at straws here arent we?which only proves the point even more that you are a self-loathing fag.

  45. 45

    The reviews are not mixed they are all bad, except a few paid hacks. Just saw the movie and no way this is going to make Harry Potter money by the end of it's run. It will do good right out of the gate but does not have the cross over appeal that Harry Potter has. It will drop much faster then HP. Although I enjoyed the movie to a certain extent it basically was not very good. Bad acting, bad script, bad dirction, to slow and not enough action. I use to thing that Kristen Stewart was great, but now I know that she is nothing special. That guy in it sucks also. Yes the movie will make lots of money but it is no HP. The thing about HP is that young and old people like the movies even if they did not read the books.

  46. 46

    No, because I prefer books and movies with characterization and foreshadowing that isn't blatantly obvious.

  47. 47

    can someone who saw the movie post their opinion please?? i read all the books but idk if im gonna see the movie so yeahh.

  48. 48

    wow great way to ruin a article with the Pro 8 Bullshit douchebag

  49. 49

    stop hating on mormons perez
    you give out just as much hate as the hate that is spread
    i have lots of mormon friends and they are some of the most quality people i know
    i generally really like reading you site, but this is getting over the top
    stephanie meyer has a right to donate to her church just as much as someone else has the right to donate to their specific faith.
    i would like to think that in america that we don't discriminate against race, religion, or sexuality. you are hating on mormons as much as others hate on gays. if you are at least going to moan about how much people hate on gays, stop hating on mormons. they are good people regardless of what the leaders of their church do.

  50. 50

    woohoo—gonna go see it tomorrow. And perez, seriously, not cool to finger point at MOrmon individuals who aren't showing up on paper having contributed directly or even weighing in on the issue.

  51. Sweet says – reply to this


    I won't see it now that I know the author's Mormon!

  52. 52

    Because of the mixed reviews, I thought I wouldn't like the movie. I'm glad I was wrong. I liked the movie a lot!

  53. 53

    I just saw Twilight and I actually liked the way Rob Pattinson portrayed Edward better than I liked the book version of Edward. Here's why…

    He doesn't carry Bella around everywhere like she's a toddler.
    He doesn't rock her in the rocking chair like she's a little baby.
    He doesn't feed her with a bottle (okay that wasn't in the book, but it may as well have been)
    Rob is beautiful and the chemistry between the two of them is palpable.

    The movie was also really funny.
    Anyone who doesn't like this movie, has probably never felt passion in their life. Loved it!!!!! Thank you Catherine Hardwicke!

  54. 54

    I will end up seeing the Movie. I read all the Books - so might as well. And regarding his looks "To each his own". I personally think he is good looking, but obviously people have a different opinion - So be it.

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  56. 56

    Re: x charlottee – seen it twice already. loved it. read all four books 3x and I don't have time for this S&*T, but found a way. It's campy at some points, awesome in others. The Quiliote parts were bad. Bad acting all around. Some funny stuff that wasn't in the books. Some pandering to the tween scene, but I understand that. f you're a Twi fan, you'll like it. I think!

  57. 57

    Saw it. I thought it was awesome. :)

  58. 58

    I'll be seeing the film.

  59. 59

    F the critics- there's a site called Crazy Critics (basically the opposite of Rottentomatoes)- you should reference reviews from there instead. Obviously critics are not responding well to it, they're old and have nothing in common with twilight's market. They are just ruining the excitment

  60. 60


  61. 61

    Does anyone else not give 2 shits about this movie?

  62. 62

    Saw it AND LOVED IT!!! I mean it can't be as perfect as the book but the core was there so Yeah it'll be a HUGE HIT no matter what the Reviewers say!!!! GO TWILIGHT AND FOR THE NEXT 3 MOVIES - BIGGER THAN HP!!! YAY!!!

  63. 63

    He looks much better in full vampiric onset make-up. Rather ordinary otherwise.

  64. 64

    THANK YOU PEREZ for adressing the issue of her being mormon. i love you so much! and i am going to go see the flick in 20 min!

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  66. 66

    I totally loved the books. They are not award winning works of literature — they are a great escape. Truly entertaining. Saw the movie today and the same is true. Not Oscar worthy by any means, but a great escape. RPatz is a fabulous Edward. I think you have to read the books to understand his weird looks in the movie. So the movie is not as good as the book, but still good. What the hell do the critics know

  67. 67

    Hi Perez- I am a huge supporter on NO ON PROP 8 , and I teach this to my daughter as well. I was raised mormon…and while I do not agree with everything they teach, they are not bad people…in fact if you did your homework, you'd see all of the good that they do for people all around the world, and how many people outside of the church that they help. I really used to love reading your blog, I used to enjoy it, and it used to give me a great feeling…but you have turned into a hater, and you are discriminating against mormons and anyone else that does not share your point of view. you should be using your power and influence in a positive way, and not the hateful way that you are. You're ads are up 11%, use that money to counter act against prop 8. How much money did you contribute to no on 8? you should get your blog back to fun. cuz right now I think you suck!

  68. 68

    He's so Hot!!!And I never trusted the reviews….I loved many movies that weren't critic's favorites!!!GO TWILIGHT!

  69. 69

    Already saw it! Midnight showing baby!!
    I was so not disappointed.

  70. 70

    i NEVER change my mind about going to see a movie just b/c of bad reviews. movie reviews are simply the opinions of a few people, that's all. i always see whatever movie i feel like seeing no matter who likes it and who doesn't . xoxo

  71. 71

    hot? physically? maybe…..charismatic? hell yes! it's what will suck you into the character of edward. remember folks, it's just a character in a movie….

  72. 72

    Will someone please wash his hair for him……??????

    its gotta be attracting bugs by now

  73. 73

    Re: harrybalsac thinks ur an asshole! – agreed….ill pass…..

  74. 74

    Alright people. I went, it wasn't great but it wasn't amazing either. Like Summit picked it up almost as if they wanted to run it as an independent film without realizing the hype it would get. Summit's mistake. They should have budgeted the film better. Not the actors.

  75. 75

    Re: miss_alyss – yay!

  76. 76

    He is so fucking ugly. I can't stand him!

  77. 77

    Saw the movie and it's a MASSIVE disappointment. Kinda like Perez: a lot of hype but can't live up to it.

  78. 78

    hell yes! Im off to go see it for the 3rd time.

    its brilliant

  79. 79

    Not interested in the least.

  80. 80

    I'm sorry twilight fans, i know hes the big romantic lead, but just look at him!! Put him in a hoody with a flagon of cider and hes your average everyday chav! I'm sorry but its true!

  81. 81

    Saw it at midnight and it was worth the wait in line(sitting on the cold concrete outside the theater). Yeah the movie wasn't in the order of the book,but it was still amazing. Rob was super HOT and the cast was great too. =D

  82. 82

    This guy is nothing.
    Cam Gigandet is fine as hell. Cool as shit.
    And needs to come on home to mama for some sweet sweet luvvin.

  83. 83

    Another problem was there was no chemistry between the two lead characters… I mean most movies who have two people in love seem to get that chemistry but with Kristen and Rob it looked so forced! It was moreso awkward then anything… and they are supposed to be love-obsessed. It was quite funny seeing them say "ooh don't go. Your my life now" and other stuff like that when it didn't look meaningful at all.
    Rob has an accent in real life and in the one scene where he's jumping on her car and she asks him to act normal cause of her neighbours he like starts to talk with an accent then stops! It was quite funny. Maybe with all the money they are making from this film they can put the next movies into a better budget.

  84. 84

    Re: Wanna Milk Me Thinks You're a Douche
    Honey, I need to be milked.
    AND I need a good douche.
    Bring everything in an extra-extra-large.

  85. repus says – reply to this


    perez you are so flippant, for weeks you have been promoting this film now you hear that the books were written by a Mormon, your hating on the film.
    in a round a bout way didnt you contribute to prop 8???? by promoting the film, thus the books…….???? hey fight your fight….but acting like a two year old stomping his feet is not going to make the prop 8 supports listen any better..it is only adding fuel to there fire. and tell your friends hanging outside el coyote, that making children cry is not helping your cause its just turning more people away. and why again is it you are not protesting jewish intitutions?…..oh yeah you want to go into show biz. and catholic institutions? muslim institutions, christian institutions…….more christians then mormans???? oh i get it pick on the little guy that wont fight back.

  86. 86

    ok so i saw the movie and it was really pathetic. Way akward (not in a good, cutsie, and teenage sort of way, but in a cringe way) and the camera angles were pathetic. All the characters looked like they were going to lunge at each other all the time. The books aren't even that well written, please don't compare them to harry potter…it's pathetic. A challenge for some of you die-hard twilight fans: try to name at least 3 characteristics around bella and edward (not including clumsy and hot…they do not define a person.)

  87. dniki says – reply to this


    Of course I'll be watching Twilgiht tonight…9:45 can't come any sooner! =)

  88. 88

    It was A little rushed in the beginning,
    it jumped from scene to scene really quick
    and there were a few parts that were dissapointing
    but overall it actually was alot better then i thought it would be
    i really loved it!!! B+

  89. 89

    I saw it, and I LOVED it!

    Never listen to the reviews, darlings!

  90. 90

    Not cool Perez, not cool at all!! Way to spread hate. Just because she's a Mormon doesn't mean she supports what her church did! That was a very prejudice remark from you.
    You don't judge all by one and you know that!!
    The movie was great! I've seen it twice already and it keeps getting better and better! Off to see it a third time!
    Again, Perez, Just because the author is Mormon doesn't mean she had anything to do with Prop 8 pasing. Stop your hate and spreading of rumors and lies!

  91. 91

    i read all the books and i was not impressed. they were nothing spectacular. he was hotter as cedric diggory.

  92. 92

    I'm seeing it tomorrow! With my mom. We love the books. We've read them all. It's SO much better than Harry Potter. It has been getting mixed reviews, Which I am afraid of.

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  94. 94

    helllllllll yessss!

  95. 95

    All the bad reviews are written by people who haven't even read the books. I don't think you can appreciate the movie if you haven't read at least the first one. Like the one by Roger Ebert…what a dick. He didn't even bash the movie, just the story. Like some old dude is going to like a teen vampire romance. I loved the movie, even though the special effects left something to be desired. It was low budget though, and I'm sure the next one will be better. Like how Harry Potter got better looking as it went on.

  96. 96

    I'm sorry, this movie just looks so cheesy. It's like it wants to be really good, but after reading the reviews, this might make my Rainy Day Rental list.

  97. 97

    As far as the movie goes, it was a great laugh. Honestly the biggest mistake they made was casting Kristen Stewart as Bella. Her emotional range is…well it doesn't exist. And I had never seen a movie of hers till i saw twilight and I assumed she was going to be good because Rob said she was like the best actess of our generation or something. Well clearly he was lying just to get on her good side.They had no chemistry. The only time they have chemistry is in the interviews they do where she touches him every second and makes it blatantly obvious that she would rather be with him than her boyfriend. Too bad she didn't act like that on screen. If you watch panic room, the messengers…any of her other movies even better just want an interview and that's how she is in the movie.
    Rob was okay. The best actors were by far the cullen family which is unfortunate because they had such few lines. The people that play emmett and rosalie do a great job. Jasper and alice even have more skill. If you thought this movie was good you must lack intelligence or you're under the age of 15. The movie was entertaining, but only because I couldn't stop laughing at how kristen looked and sounded the same no matter what was going on, and how terrible the effects were. Not to mention the story line left me confused and I read the book.

  98. 98

    puh-fucking-leez. The Deathly Hallows sold more copies in one day than Breaking Dawn has sold thus far. First of all, these series aren't even related other than the fact that they appeal to roughly the same audience, and I'm so sick of them being compared.
    Harry Potter is a fucking empire. Twilight is decent, but the writing style is like that of a 3rd grader compared to JK Rowling. The only spark is the use of the words "dazzle" and "sparkle." I compare the Twilight hype to that of BSB and NSYNC in the late 90s: A bunch of hormone crazed girls drooling over unrealistic people and relationships. It will fade, trust me. Harry Potter has been around for more than 10 years and is stronger than ever. Not many series can do that.

  99. 99

    MS Meyers….OWES ROYALTIES TO JOSS, this is such a bad Buffy rip off. Complete with sneaking in to her room to watch her sleep, kissing in front of her beroom window(shot from same angel as Buffy scene) and the Prom scene. The book came to her in a dream….. did she mention if the she was sleeping with the TV on that happened to be playing reruns of Buffy. The kid has all the smoldering goodness any 15 year old girl will swoon over but the dialogue makes George Lucas look like a wordsmith !!!

  100. 100

    Considering the author married a Christian, I think it's safe to say she might not be as uptight as some Mormons. Also, I don't know why you assume all Mormons voted Yes on 8. The majority of Californians (because 52% IS a majority) voted Yes, does that make all Californians homophobic?

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