Kristen Stewart to shine in “Twilight”

Or perhaps that should be “to glow in
the moonlight.” The protagonist is, after all, a human in love
with a vampire. For those of you not familiar with the series,
will follow in the footsteps of the Harry Potter
and Chronicles of Narnia franchises in attempting to turn a bestselling
young adult fantasy series into a multimillion-dollar cinematic spectacle. Kristen Stewart will star as Bella Swan, one half
of the starstruck lovers.

She’s done some growing up since playing
Jodie Foster‘s daughter in Panic Room.

I’ve never read the Twilight
series, which is a recent phenomenon (the first book came out in 2005), but here’s
the premise, according to
Teenage girl Bella falls for what she thinks is a normal boy, but finds
herself in an abnormal situation: The object of her affections is a
vampire. But not just any vampire, according to Stewart:

“He’s so good and he’s so soulful
and he’s just not a liar — you can feel pain from him. The cool
thing about the story is that it’s a seemingly wonderful fantasy —
let’s fall in love with vampires and live forever — but it’s so much
harder than that. Imagine living forever. Living one life is hard enough.”

If you were paying attention to TV
in the 1990s, you’ve got to be thinking the same thing I am.
Is the author of this series paying royalties to Joss Whedon?

But no; in an interview posted on, Stephenie Meyer says she’s
never seen an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hmm.
The vampire-with-a-soul bit must be universal. You can catch a
clip of Meyer being interviewed here.

There’s already talk about
turning the movie into a series, should it be successful, and the casting
is certainly aimed at fans of fantasy franchises. Set to co-star
is Robert Pattinson, of Cedric Diggory fame. But the script
is already causing consternation among purist fans of the series over
at the movie blog. (I have sympathy. Don’t get me started
on Harry Potter adaptations.) In one scene created for
the movie, Stewart says,

“He throws me over his back,
right before he’s going to tell me that he’s a vampire, and then he
runs over the treetops. And we’re going to be in real treetops; we’re
not just going to CGI it. We actually get to go up there, and that’s
what I’m stoked on.”

So does that mean anything to you?
Does this movie have a shot at success? Any fans of the series
around here? Let us know what you think.