What J.K. Rowling did for wizards and witches, author Stephenie Meyer
is now doing for vampires and werewolves. Since the first book in her four-part Twilight
series was released in 2005, millions have been bitten by this modern-day romance.
If you haven't read the books, chances are you've heard of the film adaptations, which feature a cast young actors with a fanatic following.Twilight
, the first movie, has grossed more than $380 million worldwide since its November 2008 release. The second installment, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
, also shattered box office records.
Even if you're not a Twi-hard or a Twi-mom (think "devoted fan"), you can still enjoy the other films in the series—Eclipse
and Breaking Dawn
—with a little Vampire 101. Here's what you need to know.