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Why it's a new dawn for Twi-hards . . .

Published 20/11/2012 | 06:00

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There are plenty of other things that diehard fans of the Twilight saga can sink their teeth into when it's over, writes Ed Power

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The story of Bella and Edward comes to a deafening conclusion this weekend with the release of the final movie in the Twilight saga. For the millions of Twilight fans across the world the arrival of Breaking Dawn Part 2 is a momentous occasion. With no Team Edward or Team Jacob to root for in the future, how will they cope?

Worry not! Here are some ways R-Patz/K- Stew diehards can cope with the sun going down on Twilight.

Pattinson has struggled to step outside the shadow of Edward Cullen. He earned terrible reviews for his stony turn as a serial seducer in 19th century France in 'Bel Ami'.

However, there were glimpses of the intriguing actor he might become when he was cast as a mercurial financier in David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis', just out on DVD.

You can imagine the howls of anguish across Hollywood when it realised it had run out of Twilight novels to adapt. The good news is that author Stephenie Meyer had another franchise ready to go with her 2008 novel, The Host.

A screen adaptation is underway with Carlow's Saoirse Ronan in the lead. The movie is due for release next March – surely all you Twilighters can wait that long?

The success of Twilight unleashed a flood of low-grade vampire novels. Amidst the deluge of shlock a few gems sparkled, however. The most notable are The Passage and The Twelve, by respected literary author Justin Cronin.

He imagines a future where vampires have taken over the world and humanity lives in armed camps. It's great fun, with fantastic set-pieces.

Speaking to this journalist over the summer, K-Stew was upfront that Snow White and the Huntsman was going to be a big, big moment for her.

This was the first non-Twilight blockbuster with her name on the poster. What she DIDN'T say was that, while shooting the film, she had an affair with its married director, Rupert Sanders. But Snow White, now out on DVD, makes for fascinating watching in view of the background drama.

The 60-million selling erotica sensation Fifty Shades of Grey was inspired by the author EL James' love for the Twilight saga.

"Well, it all started way back in the day when I saw Twilight, the film, and I loved those books – I could not put [them] down, absolutely avidly read the books,"she said in an interview. "This switch was flipped. I had to write – started writing, wrote a novel, then I discovered fan fiction. [I] wrote about Edward and Bella and then decided to write about [Fifty Shades characters] Christian and Anastasia... And now I am here."

If you've ever wondered what Twilight with whips and chains would look (and sound) like, Fifty Shades has the answer.

The biggest challenge to the supremacy of Twilight arrived over the summer with the first installment of tween-beloved, post-apocalyptic saga The Hunger Games (starring Jennifer Lawrence, pictured left).

In contrast to Twilight, The Hunger Games was gently reviewed by critics, who praised it as smarter and sassier than most teen movies. The second in the trilogy arrives in 2014.

Irish Independent

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