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The Twilight book series as well as the film adaptation of the saga has not only generated a lot of money, it has taken the world by storm. It has inspired a flow of creativity among teenagers everywhere and has inspired the creation of many television shows centered around vampires and intense forbidden love. The second installment film, New Moon, will be in theaters on November 20 and has already generated a buzz greater than that of the Harry Potter craze.

The blockbuster movie and best selling books have had a tremendous effect on today’s culture. Blogs, discussion forums, and fan-based websites dedicated to sprouting story-writing ideas centered on what happens between the sequels have popped up all over the Internet. The books have gotten teens interested in reading and writing like never before.

The books, movie and future sequels have also opened up communication between teens and their parents. The books loved by both generations have found a common ground and can openly discuss relationships, romance, and resisting temptation such as sex. Due to her strong Mormon background, author Stephenie Meyer has included passion and love between the main characters without having to incorporate sex, which has created a positive influence on teens and won the approval of parents.

Television show writers have also embraced this phenomenon creating shows about young good-looking vampires and their drive to fit in and find love. HBO series True Blood, based on Sookie Stackhouse novels, is the second most watched series ever, and the debut episode of Vampire Diaries was the most watched premiere in CW history.

The Twilight series has also influenced fashion. Although the film Twilight and New Moon do not feature groundbreaking fashion statements, designers have cashed in on the vampire fad by incorporating pieces into their lines that are darker and more mysterious befitting the vampire persona.

Twilight and New Moon stars have also been appearing on covers and spreads of fashion magazines sporting high fashion outfits and accessories inspired by the movie.

This phenomenon has quickly changed the way people think. Even if you have not read the books nor watched the film or plan on doing either, chances are you know everything there is to know about the characters and the evolving romantic relationship between them. The forbidden love between the characters and immortality of the vampires has changed the way we view love, commitment, romance, and ourselves. It has definitely changed the way we feel about those we love, fighting for what we desire, and will continue to have an impact on society and culture (at least for the next couple of years).

Written by: Ana J. Cepeda

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Since Robert Pattinson exploded onto the scene roughly one year after promotion for the first installment of the Twilight series began. Girls around the world have been going crazy for him. As spectators to the phenomenon, we have to ask ourselves if the Twi-hards losing their minds over Pattinson or over his character, Edward Cullen.

Fictional characters have a habit of worming their way into young girls’ affections – especially moody young male characters. The case was no different with Edward Cullen, a mind-reading vampire who can run really fast and is obsessed with a classmate, one Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart). Fans posting to online forums call him protective, which is apparently a good thing, though possessive may be a better descriptor. Sarah Haskins broke it down in one of her “Target Women” segments: Edward Cullen is empathetic and shares his feelings, but best of all he’s a bad boy.

It’s a cliche that girls are attracted to dangerous bad boys, but maybe it’s a cliche for a reason. Girls have been fantasizing about bad boy Edward long enough for the phrase “Team Edward” to have become a cultural meme. (more…)

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