As a warning the number of rhetorical questions asked by this editorial may be stunningly oppressive. But please bare with us, there is a constructive point for engaging in this exercise. Still answers to these questions may only be realized outside of this article. Someone may receive an answer in the comment section or maybe elsewhere. Unfortunately, either way it will require your continued attention and definitely require your patience.
WHEN WILL THE TWILIGHT SERIES END? You may be asking a number of questions?
- What is “Twilight?”
- What is the “series?”
- What does “series end” mean?
An attempt will be made to answer all of these questions so that we can move forward with the point of this article.
The free dictionary.com claims this is the conventional definition for the actual word “Twilight”:
“The diffused light from the sky during the early evening or early morning when the sun is below the horizon and its light is refracted by the earth’s atmosphere. 
Referring to the young adult book series, Wikipedia defines “Twilight” this way.
“Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. It charts a period in the life of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen .”
No Twi-hards, even Stephanie Meyer defines the twilight series as only having 4 books, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” does not count . Referring to the movies, (that were an expression of the literature series), there were five movies in the same series. Though this is not an answer to the original question; they made a lot of money.
What does “series end” mean? As stated before the series stopped with the 4 or 5 episode of either the book or movie. Though there has been some discussion of the series continuing I agree with the rejection of acting cast members. Without efforts that would detract from the story; I agree it would be difficult to claim that vampire playing cast members were not aging.
Why is it that we continue to see so many “Twilight” influenced movies in theaters? Why ask that question; the real question of this editorial? Because maybe the value of the Twilight phenomenon should impact how we see or saw the series or franchise. Don’t we need to understand the value of the series, to understand whether it should (in anyway) continue?
What am I calling a “Twilight” influenced movie?
To me, a “Twilight” influenced movie might be any movie that shares characteristics with the “Twilight” series. Similar characteristics might include being written by Stephanie Meyers. Having a strong teenage lead protagonist who is female. Having the book deal with or express popular occult themes that may challenge some conservative Christian beliefs. Having the book feature or speak to a very young audience from Tweens to young twenty something adults, (despite the fact that many much older women were diehard fans as well).
“The Host” actually was another Stephanie Meyer novel with a strong female teenage lead character. Genre-wise more sci-fi than traditional horror, the book never-the-less retains some similar likeness to “Twilight.” “The Host” follows the main protagonist as she attempts to win back control of her body from an alien body snatcher. Only earning $26,627,201 we may not have to endure seeing a sequel.
“Warm Bodies” seems like it could easily be a candidate for being a “Twilight” influenced movie. Discussed on this sight before director Jonathan Levine’s Zombie flick was even produced by Summit Entertainment. The lead character was even named “R.” Which is only strange if you don’t realize “R” is the first letter of Robert Pattinson. He is the actor who played Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” film series. Though there are no plans to produce a sequel movie, Isaac Marion has produced a prequel “The New Hunger” and the sequel to the original book will be published.
Sure “Twilight” made a lot of money, but was that it’s only value? How should we think about that set of movies? What did we gain or what did we lose because of them. Was there any redeeming value to those movies?
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