Our Twilight Beginnings
How Twilight became our love story
A quick announcement before we get to this week’s newsletter: the Britney live chat! It’s happening TOMORROW, Wednesday 8 November at 4pm ET. We will create the chat a few minutes before we start. Please join us… and by us I mean Professor Duana will be coming! Because we need a PhD in celebrity memoirs to guide us through the conversation and our feelings. But also, you should know, Duana has been studying the Spears family since Britney became famous. We’ll be chatting for a full hour, see you then! And now to our topic this week…
Exactly two weeks from today, on November 21, it will be the 15th anniversary of the release of Twilight, the movie based on Stephenie Meyer’s book by the same name that would go on to become a five-movie franchise grossing over $3 billion and launch its two leads into superstardom. So we’re commemorating Twilight over the next couple of weeks here at The Squawk and also on the main site because Twilight was a MAJOR pop culture event, it occupied a lot of space for years in the gossip ecosystem, including at LaineyGossip. Twilight’s greatest significance, however, at least for us, was not in what it gave us in content but in what it brought to us behind the scenes. Twilight was the genesis of the creative collaboration between Sarah and me. If Sarah and Lainey are a rom-com, Twilight would be our matchmaker. As for our trope? Probably the closest one that applies is the classic enemies-to-lovers! Just like Twilight, LOL.
But first, a few inside baseball Twilight stories, which I’ve never before shared in all my coverage. To be clear, this isn’t about exclusives, and it’s probably not even that gossipy, but more along the lines of what it was like reporting on Twilight back then and what we think of it all now, looking back on that time.
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