The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how Twilight was perceived by fans from the beginning, and how their perspectives continued to change as each book, and then each movie, came out.
I'll be doing one of these for every TwiYear through to the present, and Stephenie Meyer's interviews will be speckled in where they fit.
I'll be finding Twilight Fan comments all over the place, including fanfiction.Twilight Fanfiction AND Reviews changed DRASTICALLY after Breaking Dawn was published.
Btw, all hell breaks loose once you get to the Amazon reviews, below - see if you can hang in there for that long, TwiLadies. They really expose our over-obsessions.
Stephenie Meyer Interview w/ The Seattle Post Intelligencer
"It was very obsessive," said Meyer, who whipped out the book in three months. (There is NO OTHER WAY she could have written Twilight that fast. Writing IS tedious and it takes time.) "I didn't have outlines. I didn't have a synopsis. I just let the story go where it wanted to go."
"Twilight" opens as 17-year-old Bella moves from Phoenix to gloomy, rainy Forks, on the Olympic Peninsula, to live with her divorced father.
Just as Bella seems resigned to the dull predictability of small-town life, she meets the seductively intense Edward Cullen, who draws her (and READERS) like a magnet, even as he warns her he's no good for her because ... Let's just say the handsome and conflicted Edward has appetites that aren't on the USDA food pyramid.
Why a vampire dream?
"That's the weirdest thing," Meyer says. "I don't know where it came from. I'm not a vampirey person." (WOW!)
But she thinks readers like vampires because "they're beautiful, they're cultured, they can live forever. Vampires have that alluring edge to their horror (yes, this was the part about them that Stephenie WAS familiar with)."
"Ohhh," she murmured, "other writers are going to hate me."
Yeah, I'm going to find every little detail surrounding this issue.
The FIRST Twilight Fanfiction Poem on Fanfiction.net - it's GORGEOUS! It's funny, because this person wrote this poem before Twilight for another Vamp story - but she thought it suited Edward better, so she changed it to a Twilight poem. It doesn't quite fit Edward, but it's the thought that counts, right? Here's the end lines:
If you want my darkness,
Here's some reviews for it:
Watch out you goth people! Ha ha! I loved this!
Wow... I'm actually speechless... That's hard to do to me I'm telling ya:-) this is amazing! It captures all of Edwards selfhatred and hate for what he is. Forgive the comparison but It sounded in a way to me like an old man lecturing some younger kids in his head about how they understand nothing of the world and what they are showing themselves as. I love the crimson river thing, I think it showed that no matter where down the course of his life(the river) he is, he cannot escape the bloodlust(the water/river) no matter what he does. I love love love it! Wow...
I don't get this. Meyerpires have no fear for sunlight, it does not harm them in any way, instead, it makes them more attractive to their prey. They should love it instead of being scared of it. Although this poem is perfect for a traditional vampire, I'm afraid it doesn't suit sparkling disco balls.
Woah this is the FIRST twilight fanfic ever written. How did you write it though when Twilight wasn't even out until 2005? Did you read it on the internet or something? Maybe you can read minds? (NO, she is someone who obviously KNEW ABOUT VAMPIRES previous to Twilight.)
Wow. That was pretty powerful. You really do have a way with words. Keep up the good work.
2) This Fanfiction has the honor of being the very FIRST Twilight 'ficlet' written - and, it's BEAUTIFUL. Short and sweet, this story captures what we were all HOPING for in Twilight - some fans got it, some didn't.
This is how one blog introduced her fanfiction - I got this from the reviews:
...Without ruining the plot, it's a very simple and short story of what Bella felt when she woke up the first time as a vampire. It's a very short one-shot - about 500 words written. Some may even consider it a drabble. One thing's for sure: this should be considered a classic.
Here are more comments from the reviews:
I had to find the first Twilight Fanfic ever and you did it justice. I loved it! So beautiful! Maybe even better then some of Stephanie Meyers stuff.
WOW. i've read SO many fanfics in the last 2 months and NONE of them are that good even I can't write NEARLY that Awesome. so many similes and such i'm speechless. i've NEVER experianced that before. they need to invent a new word JUST to describe the awesomness of this story!
OH MY GOD. woah. for a "ficlet" it is incredible. for something so short, it has the most incredible amount of detail, and just wow. amazing. i love it. it is INCREDIBLE. wow.
I love it! I think it's true to Edward's character when he says, "...To feel as if you have no soul." Someting morbid that Edward would say. Great work.
its actually pretty sweet and aww poor edward and we all know how it tortures him so, but its the best choice that the lovers must b together for eternity...ah sweet love...keep writing.
This was really beautifully written, and I truly enjoyed your idea- it's obvious you thought things through and made the situation very close to the book. I think that it makes a perfect ficlet!
These are other reviews of other fanfictions throughout 2006:
1/30/06 - Safety
i love it! so sweet! even though it is kinda creepy that he watches her sleep but its also adorable!
Amazing :) Love Bedward!
WOW this was amazing! I have just finished the first book, and am having withdrawal symptoms waiting for the sequel to arrive in the post! But this quenched my 'thirst' for another dose of Bella/Edward heart fluttering scenes :D
This was adorable, i love how protective he is of her, and just reading about the way he touches her, god i can't believe i am actually in love with a fictional character HAHA
It was a good FanFic. I miss all the all older one's... before Breaking Dawn. Not that I don't like breaking dawn or anything.
The thing that is REALLY IRRITATING about some of these 'glowing' reviews - especially regarding your obsessions - is that you all KNOW how obsessed YOU are/were about this series - and NOW that these CURRENT young (and older!) girls who are so obsessed with this series are going through these MEAN, painful PR Assaults; you have NOTHING to say to STOP THEM?!!
I'm not normally into reading about vampires or the supernatural, but once again, this book is the exception! You'll love it. There's no excuse not to read such a wonderful book!!
This is a question that shoots off from the reviews of Twilight up on Amazon:
I'm 39, happily married, 3 kids, busy. I don't usually have time to read. I can't even remember the last book I read, although I do enjoy reading.
But I've NEVER been obsessed with a book like this. I'm pretty sure I have memorized their relationship up to the end of New Moon. I'm sure I will buy and read the next two books within days. From the posts I've seen, other people have been this obsessed.
My question is, how do you get over it?! I can barely focus on my family. All I want to do is read the book - again! And if I'm not reading it, I'm thinking about it. My poor husband can't figure out what's wrong with me?!
Yeah, THIS is basically WHAT HAPPENED with Twilight MOVIE and/or 'Robsten' Fan obsessions. ALSO, this response reveals the typical way Twilight was introduced to many older fans - through their daughters who were ALREADY irresponsibly and negligently obsessed:
Hello Michelle, just wanted to say I am relieved I am not the only mother out there obsessed with this series! I hadn't heard of twilight till the movie came out, at that time my 13 year old was reading the series. I took her to see the movie, and decided on a whim to start reading the first book, and ended up reading the entire series in about a week. This was back in November, and I have been unable to read anything else since. I feel pathetic, but I just keep reading these over and over again. I am obsessed, it seems to have taken over my life, everytime I think about putting the books up for good and reading something new, I nearly have an anxiety attack! This is killing me, because I am a big reader, I am a medieval history buff, but I can't seem to go back to my normal genre (and I have a whole bookshelf waiting to be read!). I have tried to read some other vampire novels, but I only seem to like Meyer's version of vampires so I haven't been able to get into them either... Perhaps you are right, talking to other addicts may help..
Oh it's nice to know I'm not alone! I'm 24 and totally obsessed with the Twilight Series... At the time I thought "VAMPIRE books being compared to the Harry Potter craze...really?!?! Ha!" Well, now I totally understand. I started Twilight the day before Thanksgiving and by Thanksgiving night I was online borrowing the e-book version of New Moon from our public library. (I was sooooo frustrated that it was Thanksgiving and wasn't thankful at all that every store in the country was closed with New Moon locked inside! All I can say is thank goodness the library had an e-book version or I may have had a meltdown!) I read New Moon in one sitting and then ran out (on Black Friday!! Ugh!) to get the other two books. I finished all 4.5 books in nine days (and that's only because I fought with myself for three days about whether or not to read Midnight Sun!)... My husband is so burnt out on Twilight.
You can count on this being added to, DAILY - large chunks at a time.