Just when you thought it was over, it’s not!
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer refused to commit to the rumor that she may write additional volumes of her already elaborate teen vampire saga at a press conference for the final film in the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. She did say, however, the idea of more blood, sex and tears in future books wasn’t impossible either.
In fact, she admitted to having already thought through the entire story. “I planned out where it would go for a couple more books,” she said. “So, I knew exactly what would happen,” of the storyline that involves Jake, played by Taylor Lautner in the films, and Renesmee, played by Mackenzie Foy, following the end of Breaking Dawn.
“There are other characters who I think would have a lot of voice in those coming stories,” she said.
So, Stephenie, when are you going to pop the laptop and start typing…?
“Maybe someday, I’ll write it out just for myself. We’ll see,” she said apprehensively to a room full of eager reporters in Beverly Hills.
Perhaps Meyer didn’t want to confirm for fear she might have to pull focus off the promotion off the next movie adapted from one of her book’s, The Host. The sci-fi film is about an alien race called the Souls who invades Earth. It’s set to come out in March 2013.
So, if Meyer isn’t planning to write the new books, would she mind if someone else did? (I mean, George Lucas finally set Star Wars free; it only took 35 years.) When asked if she would consider giving up the rights and letting someone else fill out the fantasy of what happens to Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), Jake and Renesmee, the 38-year-old author bristled. “It’s gonna be a hard thing,” she said. “I’m going to be the same when my kids grow up and go to college, I’m a hands on mom, and these characters really do feel like my kids.”
And why should she if there’s so much story to tell? If you’ve read the books (and if you haven’t, don’t worry we’ve done it for you), it’s no surprise that in the newest film, Breaking Dawn –Part 2, Jake has “imprinted”– or basically locked onto in a soul mate kind of way –Renesmee, the half-vamp-half-human daughter of Bella and Edward. When Renesmee and Jake get old enough to have a real relationship (ew, don’t start thinking they do in this film, yeesh!), what kind of things could happen in the world where these two get married and have children?
Perhaps a whole new species of one-quarter human/one-quarter vampire/half-wolf (or is Jacob half human/half wolf because he only changes into a wolf sometimes? I’ll need a ruling on that from a Twiharder) could be born into the wild.
The Twilight novels had no problem flying off the shelves. According to a report in Publishers Weekly, more than 116 million copies of the books had sold worldwide in 2010. And, let’s not forget how well the movies do. The first four films grossed over $2.5 billion worldwide. That’s a lot of Twihards. So, what’s the reason she’s putting the kibosh on the series for right now?
It seems the casting of the main characters might just be jamming her keyboard a little too much. “It’s hard right now because I had just been asked if the actors had gotten into my head as the characters. And, while I was writing Breaking Dawn, they hadn’t because I had written a rough draft of that so much earlier, long before they were cast. But now, they are in my head when I work on the stories, and it’s hard for me to disassociate. And that does feel like it’s a little corrupted.”
But Meyer is more than thankful to the cast for bringing her characters to life in a beautiful and profound way. Yet, for some reason she’s not dying to jump into the next volume. Maybe she needs a Twi-break? “I wouldn’t say no absolutely,” she said, “I’m not going to do it today, but I don’t know how I’m going to feel in five years.
That sounds like a definite maybe to us, Stephenie! So, we’ll take it.
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