On February 25, 2008, Catherine Hardwicke yelled “action” for the first time on a film many thought would have a nice little run with fair box office numbers and that would be that. That film was ’Twilight’ and three years later people all over the world are still excited for anything and everything related to Edward, Bella, Jacob, The Wolf Pack, The Volturi and The Cullens.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are part of the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon and at this very moment are in Vancouver filming the final two parts of what I think has been an amazing, wonderful journey for all.
Because of ‘Twilight’, many doors have opened for Robert, Kristen and the rest of the cast. People who never really knew anything about them have now come to love them almost like family and have added other films each has been in to their growing DVD collections.
‘Twilight’ has turned people of all ages onto reading again and the films have introduced bands and music that many would likely never have considered listening to had they not been included in the soundtracks.
People young and old have witnessed the beautiful love story of Bella and Edward on screen as well as the love story of Robert and Kristen off screen renewing lost faith that true love can happen in this crazy, messed up world we live in today.
Young people have learned from the characters that it is ok to be different. You do not have to be with the popular people to be cool or important. You can be yourself and still have friends who love you just for being you. It’s ok to take chances and stand up for what you believe in , and even though you may face some scary challenges along the way always go with your heart and never give up on your dreams.
‘Twilight’ has affected fans in different ways. For many it has brought healing, new beginnings, new friendships, love, laughter and a brighter outlook on life. It has also had a great impact on the economy bringing jobs, tourism and boosts in business to the cities where the filming has taken place.
Not everything has been wonderful and great. There have been poor reviews by critics not only of the films but also the actors and whether they’ll make it in the business once the ’Twilight’ Saga ends. There have been crazy fan wars over which actors and characters are the best. There has been constant analysis over Robert and Kristen’s behavior, body language, attitude towards media, clothing style, the way they speak, smile, or don’t smile and their refusal to talk about their personal lives or relationship. There have been some uncomfortable fan encounters, and continuous rude, invasive run ins with paparazzi. Some fans hate Kristen, and make threats against her simply because she IS with Robert.
Some fans hate other fans because they choose to acknowledge, believe in, and support the obvious truth that Robert and Kristen are a couple off screen. Haters with their own personal, twisted, delusional agendas refuse to accept and support the truth because that would mean coming up with new fantasies, and new people to hate.
Three years ago Robert and Kristen along with the rest of the amazing cast brought characters to life that will continue to captivate us long after the final “cut” is yelled. When the credits role for the very last time it will be sad and many of us will need tissues. I am grateful my children and I have been able to experience the magic of ‘Twilight’ together. I am excited to see Robert, Kristen and the rest of the cast move on to new film projects, but ‘Twilight’ will always hold a special place in my heart.}