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Since its debut in 2005, the Twilight saga has captured the hearts of its readers, both young and old. Stephenie Meyer’s beloved star-crossed lovers, Isabella (Bella) Swan and Edward Cullen have made the hearts of readers swoon, but in her second book of the series, New Moon, audiences get a taste of just how life would be for Bella without Edward’s brooding and melodramatic love.

With the first book, Twilight, capturing the hearts of 10 million readers with its addictive storyline that entranced audiences and propelled them into a fantastical world of vampires and unrequited love, New Moon shocks readers with the question: how does one live without their true love?

Meyer found this book to be a parallel rendition to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. She used the following quote as an epigraph for the book looking to make it represent warning rather than romance.

Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night…
—Romeo and Juliet Act 3 scene 2

Throughout the book, Bella constantly references her favorite story as she contemplates her relationship with Edward as well as Jacob. Bella states, “What if Paris had been Juliet’s friend? Her very best friend? What if he was the only one she could confide in about the whole devastating thing with Romeo? The one person who really understood her and made her feel halfway human again? What if he really loved her, and wanted her to be happy?” (Meyer, pg. 370-371) This quote reflects her feelings for Jacob and vice versa. Paris is supposed to be the one whom marries Juliet, but is unable to win her heart although he is a good guy. Jacob and Paris are interchangeable. Jacob loves Bella the way Paris loves Juliet, however, Bella (like Juliet) does not feel the same for him. (more…)

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newmoonOSTThe score and soundtrack to the eagerly anticipated book-to-movie New Moon, the sequel to the teen vampire romance Twilight, is dark, brooding, and haunting like one would expect from this genre of film.

In Twilight, we were enchanted by the epic romance between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Bella’s opening narration, “I’ve never given much thought to how I would die, but dying in the place of someone I love seems like a good way to go,” is the mantra not only for Twilight but New Moon as well. The score matches the fervor of the romantic yet forbidden storyline, with a fiery of squelching electric guitars, riveting chamber music, and pulsating percussion beats.

Composer Carter Burwell, who has worked on films such as No Country For Old Men and Where the Wild Things Are, provided a bittersweet atmosphere for the first film. Amidst haunting tunes and marauding notes, chimes a piano motif that plays the heartstrings. The soft, tranquil piano serenade that Edward played for Bella, which signifies their love, is echoed throughout the film as Edward’s enchantment and devotion towards Bella grows and vice versa. “Bella’s Lullaby” is the heart of the film with a role all its own, keeping the viewer engaged and sympathetic towards the forlorn lovers. (more…)

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An allure of pale complexions, dark smoky eyes with extended lashes, deep crimson stained lips and raven hair has turned beauty trendsetters into beloved blood suckers. This year’s vampire inspired-look is credited to the popular Twilight franchise and HBO’s True Blood .

The visual trope of a vampire may include fangs but the image has sent many cosmetic brands lusting and beautiful villains strutting down Fall 2009 ready-to-wear runways. Anna Sui is among a platoon of designers bitten by the potent bloody brute. The models’ cheekbones were contoured in blush complimenting dark-lined eyes and bold lips. Muccia Prada took it a step further with blanched skin tones, red-rimmed eyes with a midnight smoky effect over the lids and spooky frizzed-up hair.

“Either go with black knight, a classic red or dark purple lipstick with crazy dramatic eyes to achieve the look,” said Roberto Salazar, freelance makeup artist at MAC Cosmetics. “You can use Carbon black eye shadow with a silvery dark metallic to highlight the lid, a smoulder eye liner, black Plump Lash and the same eyeshadow can be blended on the cheek under blush to get the pale scary effect.”

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Twilight Beauty, a new cosmetic brand composed of two lines makes it easier for vamp followers to take part in the captivating trend. The blockbuster series of Twilight films including New Moon which arrives in theaters on November 20 was the driving force behind the brand. Bundled in sophisticated packaging, Luna Twilight and Volturi Twilight launched in Dillards, Nordstroms and specialty retailers in September. (more…)

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