3 Reasons Why Twilight Is So Popular

Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?

When talking Twilight it seems to me that the opinions on these movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s series of books run the gamut. There are those that hate the books and movies, there are those that love the books and movies, and then there are those that are simply, “Meh.”  No matter your opinion, one cannot argue that this wildly successful franchise is raking in the big bucks. So I thought I’d give you my 3 reasons why Twilight is so popular.

Reason 1

It’s a pretty basic formula. It’s a Romeo and Juliet story with a supernatural twist. Who doesn’t love vampires and werewolves? What teenage (or older) gal doesn’t fantasize about being the object of affection for both of those paranormal creatures? Who doesn’t love Romeo and Juliet with a happily ever after ending?

Reason 2

The winning element called a love triangle. This is a story that makes the statement “3’s a crowd” the understatement of the year. The angst these characters feel because they are inexplicably linked is excruciating, and what teenage (or older) gal doesn’t find the thought of having two severely attractive dudes vying for the right to establish their status as the other half of the relationship intriguing?

Reason 3

The most obvious and probably the most important reason why these books and movies are so wildly popular is because of all the vampires and werewolves. The element of fantasy is so front and center and all encompassing that escape is easy.  The excitement of being privy to such a secret is enough to make any teenage (or older) gal’s head explode.

So, my big question for you is…

Curious minds want to know: are you Team Edward or Team Jacob, or are you just “Meh.”? Why do you think Twilight is so popular?

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Kyra Dawson

By day I'm at Brighter Scribe or blogging at The Scribe's Desk about fantasy, sci-fi, horror, mythology, movies, TV, music, books, humor and some other entertaining ish. I'm also a published author who enjoys random acts of writing, video gaming, the art of fangirlling, and indulging my Inner Perpetual Teenager diligently. I'm also a regular contributor at Cinelinx and am passionate about giving back to the community.

6 Comments:

  1. I have to admit that I haven't seen a single one of the movies. They just looked a little too teen dream for me. But I know lots of adults like them too, maybe I'll bite the bullet one of these days and watch one. I wouldn't be surprised if I became hooked or something. I'll let you know if I do : )

    • I’m guilty. I devoured the books. Watched the movies, and I will be watching the next two. I even read the partial Midnight Sun. It is what it is and I rather enjoyed indulging my inner perpetual teenager. And a gazillion screaming teens can’t all be wrong. There has to be something about these books that has people in a frenzy. Is it Edward? Is it Jacob? Is it the lure of vampires and werewolves? (And it seems to me that one can’t exist without the other these days, but that is another story!) Is it the angst? Is it the undying, all consuming love? Is it the life and death intensity of everything? Let me know when you read them. You can do a post here! 😀

  2. I have to admit that I haven't seen a single one of the movies. They just looked a little too teen dream for me. But I know lots of adults like them too, maybe I'll bite the bullet one of these days and watch one. I wouldn't be surprised if I became hooked or something. I'll let you know if I do : )

    • I\'m guilty. I devoured the books. Watched the movies, and I will be watching the next two. I even read the partial Midnight Sun. It is what it is and I rather enjoyed indulging my inner perpetual teenager. And a gazillion screaming teens can\'t all be wrong. There has to be something about these books that has people in a frenzy. Is it Edward? Is it Jacob? Is it the lure of vampires and werewolves? (And it seems to me that one can\'t exist without the other these days, but that is another story!) Is it the angst? Is it the undying, all consuming love? Is it the life and death intensity of everything? Let me know when you read them. You can do a post here! 😀

  3. I like the books (and the movies) but not as much for the love story as for the world she created. Something about the feeling of the books and the movies made me fall in love with them. The style of writing resembles gothic fiction- Twilight is DEFINITELY not a masterpiece like Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, both of which I adore, but there’s something about how it’s so dark and open to interpretation that I love. Anyway, that’s all I have to say.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. I just heard that the studio is open to Stephenie Meyer writing more Twilight books and they would make them into movies. Studios love a built in audience and other than Harry Potter and The Hunger Games I can’t think of another film franchise based on popular YA Fiction that did as well. I think they should leave Twilight alone. Why mess with a good thing? What do you think?

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