* BasedOnADream: A dream of a sparkling vampire lying in a field of flowers, apparently.
* CreatorBacklash: Creator/RobertPattinson, the actor of Edward Cullen, has openly admitted that he despises ''Twilight'' and practically bashes it on almost every interview. He has even called Stephenie Meyer "mad" with no real talent; she just writes down her erotic fantasies for the whole world to see. He also specifically notes that ''his own character'' is a stalker-ish creep and he acts the way he does to portray the character as such. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFA6Ycch1EM Don't believe]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVKmg5Z6bqg us?]]
** To a much lesser extent, Creator/KristenStewart admits that she doesn't really like ''Twilight'' either and it ruined her potential as an actress, but it's also because in general, she doesn't enjoy being famous. However, she doesn't excessively hate it as Pattinson does.
** And completing the trifecta, Creator/TaylorLautner had a few choice words when he found out about imprinting.
** Likewise in a 2011 interview with the AV Club, Anna Kendrick referred to her character Jessica as "an idiot."
** Not even Creator/StephenieMeyer herself likes the series any more. She claims to be "so over" ''Twilight'', not the least because of it overshadowing her more recent works. Further, if she ever returns to the series, it would only be to (post) "three paragraphs on [her] blog saying which of the characters died."
* CreatorBreakdown: Creator/StephenieMeyer, author of the ''Twilight'' books, has announced that she has ceased work on the fifth novel of the series (a retelling of the first from the hero's perspective) after someone she knew leaked the first 13 chapters online: "If I tried to write ''Literature/MidnightSun'' now, in my current frame of mind, James would probably win and all the Cullens would die, which wouldn't dovetail too well with the original story. In any case, I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working..."
* CreatorCameo: Stephanie Meyer has a cameo in the first film getting served a veggie plate in one restaurant scene. A waitress addresses her as Stephanie.
* DawsonCasting: Kristen Stewart was seventeen and turned eighteen while shooting the first film, making her an aversion. However she was still playing a high school student for the next two films.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Nordstrom and Torrid have massive tie-ins with ''New Moon'', mainly replicating Bella's clothes (apparently there were a lot of requests after the first movie and they just said "screw it, we're selling it ourselves"), which by happy coincidence are in style.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Peter Facinelli bleached his dark hair blond. Nikki Reed did the same for the first film only - as it took 36 hours to turn her hair blonde - and wore wigs for the remaining films. Ashley Greene initially wore a wig but eventually cut her hair for Alice. Averted with Kristen Stewart who wore hair pieces as Bella.
** Taylor Lautner nearly got recast as Jacob between the first and second movies, due to producers wanting a more muscular actor. So he hit the gym and gained several pounds of muscle - and was allowed to keep his role.
* EnforcedMethodActing: When Carlisle bites Edward, he whispers in Edward's ear. The in-character "I'm sorry" failed to get the right terrified reaction, as did the equally in-character "My son", so he whispered "You're sexy".
* FakeAmerican: In the film series. Edward is American but his portrayer, Robert Pattinson, is British.
* FakeBrit: Carlisle Cullen (British) is played by Peter Facinelli (American) in the movies. But given that he's probably lived in America for decades, if not centuries, it's plausible that he'd lose his accent.
* FanNickname:
** Jasper Hale is [[Podcast/RiffTrax BAD EVIL]] [[MarxBrothers HARPO]]!
** Lauren Mallory goes by "Fucking Lauren", thanks to Creator/AlexDay.
** [[Creator/StephenieMeyer SMeyer]], [[Creator/RobertPattinson RPattz]], [[Creator/KristenStewart KStew]].
** Antis, also.
** Jacob [=McMillion=] Abs!
** Famous ladies' man; Charlie [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the Vampire Slayer]]. He's also known as [[BadassMustache Mustache Dad]], thanks in part to [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]].
** Stephyloccocus for haters.
* LyingCreator:
** [[spoiler:"Vampires can't have children"]], our collective ''ass''. Meyer apparently narrowly construes the word [[spoiler:"to have"]] as meaning [[spoiler:"to bear"]].
** And her [[http://www.bluecorncomics.com/twilight.htm "genuine" Quileute folklore]] that isn't so genuine.
* FollowTheLeader: Like the FIlm/HarryPotter films, the final film is going to be in two parts. The comparison has not gone unnoticed in newspapers and blogs, who think it's just trying to feed off the fandom-feud by doing so.
* GenrePopularizer: Say what you will about the quality, but it triggered an explosion of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. SturgeonsLaw is in full effect, but some of them are actually quite good. Though a more accurate statement would be that it brought such a genre into the public consequence as there are/were a number of similar series well before Twilight.
** An example would be Literature/VampireAcademy.
** Another is Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries.
* MilestoneCelebration: ''Life and Death'', a GenderFlip[=ped=] retelling of ''Twilight'', was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the book itself.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The two most popular names for American babies in 2010 were [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/lists/us/2010/100 Jacob and Isabella]]. [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/name/isabella/us?viewing=graph Isabella]] didn't even make the top five names until 2006, and [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/name/jacob/us?viewing=graph Jacob]] is showing a steady incline in popularity over the past year, after a decade-long lull in popularity. Coincidence, or FanPreferredCouple meets ThemeNaming?
** As a side note, [[http://www.behindthename.com/top/search.php?terms=edward Edward]] is way down at #136, since it's a more old-fashioned named than the others. However, it's still managed to climb up a few places in the years after Twilight, even after a ''century's'' lull in popularity.
** Some people have gone as far as to name their daughters ''[[spoiler: [[http://www.nancy.cc/2010/01/04/attention-twihard-please-dont-name-your-baby-renesmee/ Renesmee]]]]''.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** Bryce Dallas Howard replaces Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria in the third movie
** Narrowly averted when Creator/TaylorLautner almost lost his role as Jacob Black in ''New Moon''. The director of ''New Moon'', Chris Weiss, was considering recasting Jacob, because he decided he wanted a taller and more muscular actor to play him ([[ExecutiveMeddling the studio producers were ''openly negotiating'' with other actors before the end of filming the first movie]]). Upon hearing this, Lautner immediately hit the gym and [[HeroicBuild apparently never left]]. He gained an insane ''35 pounds of muscle'' to keep his role in the series.
* PlayingAgainstType: Jane is a decided departure from the innocent little girl character type that DakotaFanning is known for playing.
* RealitySubtext: Most people seem to think so.
* RomanceOnTheSet: As of the [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/7296030/Robert-Pattinson-confirms-that-he-is-dating-Kristen-Stewart.html end-ish of February 2010]] the RealLife actors of Bella and Edward are dating. Some fans have been... disappointed about this development.
** Given the fact that Creator/RobertPattinson is well-known for talking out of his ass, and being proud of it, the idea that the two are actually dating in real life is pretty dubious.
** Well the article was corrected as an interpretation by the reporter, but I would say that two pretty, young and single co-stars that spend all the time that they are not filming other projects together, in addition to the time they already spend filming the movies and that complete each other ideas, defend each other, and most of the time are very close, the idea that they are dating its not THAT dubious.
** Not helping matters is the fact that they broke up when [=KStew=] was seeing this director guy, yet got back together ''just in time for the Breaking Dawn 2 premiere.'' Hmm.
* {{Vaporware}}: ''Literature/MidnightSun'', due to the leakage of the rough draft, is to be classified as such until further notice.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to [[http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-twilight-that-almost-was.html this article]], ExecutiveMeddling at Paramount was originally planning to turn ''Twilight'' into a far more action-heavy movie -- something of a high school-set version of ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' -- in order to bring in more male viewers. Bella was made into a far more active character (she was written as a track star) who fought back against the vampires, and gets turned into one herself in the first movie. AnyoneCanDie was in full effect, with Bella's dad dying by the end of the movie. A Korean FBI vampire hunter was introduced [[UnfortunateImplications as an antagonist]], and one scene had vampires picking off members of a SWAT team sent into a forest after them. An ExecutiveVeto from Creator/StephenieMeyer put the kibosh on this, and the resulting adaptation by Summit was made far more faithful to the novel.
** When writing the first book, Stephenie Meyer based the physical appearance of Edward on Creator/HenryCavill, who was then little known. She described him as perfect for the part but he was considered too old to play it when the film was made.
** Bella's original reason for moving to Forks was that her new stepfather was her school principal, and she was specifically uncomfortable living with a relatively strange man. Meyer was told to change this detail because her publisher felt it implied that Bella was afraid of sexual abuse.
** ''Twilight'' was originally only going to have one sequel called ''Forever Dawn''. The basic storyline is the same as what would become the fourth book, ''Breaking Dawn''. Edward and Bella [[spoiler:get married, she gets pregnant on the honeymoon, and Bella has to be turned into a vampire to survive the birth of their daughter Renesmee. Jacob isn't present at the birth, but he imprints on Renesmee a few weeks later]]. The biggest change is that the love triangle of Bella, Edward, and Jacob never develops because the events of ''New Moon'' and ''Eclipse'' never happen. In short, Edward never leaves and Bella and Jacob don't become close. The lack of the two middle books also leaves Victoria and Laurent alive. Laurent does a HeelFaceTurn and Victoria gets one of her minions to tell [[TheMafia the Volturi]] about [[spoiler:Renesmee]]. Victoria is later the only one killed at the final standoff, courtesy of the mostly-unnamed werewolves. The ending is still pretty much the same HappilyEverAfter as it is in the final version.
** Originally, the book was going to be called ''Forks'' until Meyer’s agent told her to come up with something more atmospheric.
** Also, there was gonna be a book telling the story from Edward's viewpoint, but it was scrapped after the first twelve chapters of the manuscript were leaked on the internet. The book was to be called "Literature/MidnightSun". (There's a host of conspiracy theories out there about how the manuscript was leaked, ranging from Robert Pattinson being behind it -- it was common knowledge that he had been given a copy to help him get into character, and also common knowledge that he hated his character -- to Stephenie Meyer herself, wanting an excuse not to bother to finish the book despite the fact that the fandom had clamored it desperately since her first mention of writing it -- to Stephenie Meyer's publishing house, with or without her consent. The manuscript was leaked right after the release of the highly controversial -- and loathed by even some of the most fanatical fans of the series -- ''Breaking Dawn. Midnight Sun'' appeased many people who were considering dropping the fandom entirely, and this was also around the time the movies began releasing.)
** Creator/JenniferLawrence auditioned for the role of Bella. [[http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/98500/Jennifer-Lawrence-Is-Relieved-She-Lost-Twilight-Role-To-Kristen-Stewart Yes, really.]]
* Christopher Heyerdahl plays Marcus on the movies and Bigfoot on Sanctuary a Neanderthal, the producers decide to make him a romance genre enthusiast reading Nicholas Sparks novels and ''Twilight'', even stating that he likes Marcus.
* The Swedish titles for the books have nothing to do with time:
** Twilight = Om jag kunde drömma = If I could dream
** New Moon = När jag hör din röst = When I hear your voice
** Eclipse = Ljudet av ditt hjärta = The sound of your heart
** Breaking Dawn = Så länge vi båda andas = As long as we both breathe
* The Norwegian title for ''Twilight'' is "Evighetens kyss" - the kiss of eternity. The rest of the titles are translated literally.
* The German titles go along the lines of "Bis(s) zum Morgengrauen", which is a pun where one S would mean "till dawn" and two S's would mean "Bite to dawn". The sequels continue the trend with "(Bite) till dusk/noon/etc."
* Similar to the Swedish titles, the French titles also have nothing to do with time:
** Twilight --> Fascination (Fascination)
** New Moon --> Tentation (Temptation)
** Eclipse --> Hésitation (Hesitation)
** Breaking Dawn --> Révélation (Revelation)
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