Stephanie Meyer : The light behind Twilight!
Who would have thought ‘The Twilight’ to bring in such a dazzling dawn into the realm of contemporary literature? With her vampire romance series, she took the world by storm and generated a rage that spread worldwide like an epidemic. Well, almost. This young American author gained widespread recognition with her book selling over 100 million copies, having been translated into 37 different languages, and being a best-seller in the US.
Success must have come as an overwhelmingly surprising wave taking her adrift as before The Twilight happened, she had no experience in writing at all. One fine day, or it would be more appropriate to say night, in June 2003, the idea for Twilight occurred to her in a dream~ about a human girl and a vampire falling in love, but the latter thirsted for her blood. Thus, relying on her dream she penned down her visions in the shape of a complete novel, though she claims that she had no intentions of getting it published. But as they say, it was predestined, and Meyer’s enthusiastic sister prevailed upon her to send the manuscript to literary agencies. After some unanswered letters, some meeting with a positive response, competition for rights, auctioning etc., she finally signed a three-book deal in November with Little, Brown and Company. The rest, as they say, is history.
Soon, the book occupied the No.1 position in the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel was also named the Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Editor’s Choice. The tremendous success of the first novel encouraged her to expand the story, and thus came New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007) and Breaking Dawn (2008). These too lived up to the expectations and soon topped the lists of best-sellers. Readers seemed to have discovered a revelation in the tale woven by Meyers and the books flew off the shelves swifter than could have been anticipated. She not only won her first British Book Award for Breaking Dawn, but she also holds the sole record of having achieved the feat of authoring all the four books that have occupied the top four spots on USA Today’s year-end bestseller-list in 2008. According to Meyers, her inspiration behind the series comprises Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, amongst many other literary classics.
The Host, her adult sci-fi novel, was released in May 2008, and that too turned out to be extremely popular amongst readers. All her novels have also been made into movies, and the on screen adaptations have gained equally rave reviews by the audience! In 2008, she was ranked at 49 on Time magazine’s list of the “100 most Influential People”, while the following year, she featured on #26 in the Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. Her enormous annual earnings aside, she has also gained a huge fan following amongst young adult readers, who are immensely drawn to her books. Though she has also been assaulted by critics on various accounts, on a larger scale, it remains an undeniable fact that she has managed to win millions of hearts with her imaginative storytelling coupled with a “luminous clarity” of writing. She has featured in several lists, including being named as the “Author of the Year” by USA Today, one of the “Most Influential Women of 2008” by MSN Lifestyle, ranked #5 amongst “Hollywood’s Top-Earning Women” published by Forbes, (being the only author in this list), to name a few.
Here’s an author who has risen to the stature of being a phenomenon of sorts, with her novels and the lead characters being objects of unprecedented fascination. Her protagonists, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen have gained household familiarity, firing the wings of fantasy in young minds galore.