Twilight – 6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Vampire Movie and its Stars

Twilight, the hit vampire movie based on the bestselling books by Stephanie Meyer, was described by salon.com as “the sweet spot where Gothic literature and the iPod meet and make goo-goo eyes at each other.”  Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about Twilight, but here are 6 things you might not have heard…

1) Author, Stephanie Meyer’s top pick to play teen vamp heartthrob, Edward Cullen, was Henry Cavill, and not Robert Pattinson (of Harry Potter “Cedric” fame) who eventually got the role.  In a pre-film interview with the website Motley Vision, Stephanie Meyer stated:

“I’m a very visual person — when I read a book, I usually cast it in my head as I go. So, long before I knew I was writing a novel, I was already casting my characters. My favorite actor for Edward is Henry Cavill (a little known British actor who played Albert, the teenage son in the most recent version of The Count of Monte Cristo). I feel really passionately about him getting the role, and, should I ever get a chance to talk to anyone about any aspect of the movie, his name will be the first words off my tongue.” 

2) Robert Pattinson, although adored by millions of female fans, is self conscious about his looks.  In fact, he was mortified when he had to shoot a scene shirtless when filming Twilight.  Pattinson told a canada.com reporter:

“That whole scene…just having to take your shirt off for a guy when you’re not exactly like a gym bunny, especially when you’re supposed to be, it was one of the most embarrassing days of my life.”

3) Kristen Stewart’s car also had a role in Twilight.  Kristen, who plays Bella, the human high school girl in love with a vampire, bought her on-screen dad’s truck when the movie was over and drove it home, according to her interview with Premiere.com.

4) Vampire bad-boy, Cam Gigandet, discovered the book, Twilight, fell in love with the story, and was planning on making the movie himself a couple of months before he found out a movie was already in the works…by the same company he was filming another movie with.

5) The actors who played vampires in Twilight prepared for their roles and the way that vampires move by watching videos of big cats and working with a dance choreographer.  Cam Gigandet told Premiere.com:

“We actually watched numerous cat videos, like tigers and lions and all sorts of things, because they move with such a grace and speed and power and make it look so easy. Not that we’re running around like cats, but there’s that movement. It’s very fluid, so we worked on that as much as we possibly could. And we even worked with a dance choreographer to get in touch with our bodies.”

6) 16-year-old actor and new driver, Taylor Lautner, would often get to the set early, partly to show the producers he could drive.  Lautner told a reporter at MTV:

“I’ve got my license in my back pocket to show them I’m Ok and that I won’t kill them … hopefully.”

For more Twilight facts and info, visit some of the links above.

Marked and Betrayed

I was thrilled to get home and find the books Marked and Betrayed in my mailbox yesterday.  I had won Betrayed in a contest over at Dionne Galace’s blog, It’s Not Chick Porn (see my previous post), but was not expecting to receive a copy of Marked as well, so I was doubly stoked.  Adding to my excitement, the books were signed by the authors, although one was signed “You’ve been marked,” which freaked me out a little bit — lol.

For some reason, I’m just not into the book I’m reading now, so I think I’ll put it aside for awhile and jump right into this series (called the “House of Night” series) of YA vampire fiction.

I Won!

Yesterday, I was surprised to get an email telling me I’d won a free book in a contest.  I was especially suprised because I didn’t know I had entered a contest.  It turns out, they were giving out a free copy of Betrayed to commenters on one of the posts over at the blog, It’s Not Chick Porn — I guess I missed the line about the contest when I was reading it over.  (This blog regularly features contests and free stuff, so be sure to check it out.)

The post is a very cute and entertaining interview between the mother-daughter writing team of PC Cast and Kristin Cast.  Here is one of the questions the daughter asked the mother:

“Now that you are having a mid-life crisis, quickly approaching menopause, and quite possibly on your way into diapers, what do you plan on doing with the rest of your years as you float toward the oh, so great white light?”

Betrayed is the second in the young adult vampyre series, The House of Night.  The first book is titled Marked.

Sara Hantz had this to say about it in her blog at sarahantz.com:

When I was asked to review Marked, I wasn’t sure what my reaction would be. I don’t read paranormal books, especially not books with vampires in them. Well, all I can say is WOW!!! It hooked me from the start. It’s one of those rare books that, if you have to put it down, you spend the intervening time wondering what’s going to happen next to the characters.”

The authors have upcoming guest appearances in Tulsa and Shawnee, Oklahoma, as well as Reno, Nevada, in October/November 2007.