The Entire Twilight Saga Just Hit Netflix And Fans Are Screaming
Get prepared to take a wild trip down memory lane, Twilight
fans, as the complete saga is currently obtainable to binge on Netflix.
Based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, the initial novel Twilight
, published in 2005, introduced the everyday teenage girl Bella Swan falling in love with the sparkly vampire Edward Cullen. Meyer later published over three sequels for the next three years: New Moon
, and Breaking Dawn
. The series also included a juicy love triangle between Bella, Edward, and the werewolf Jacob Black.
However, the books did not pick up full steam up until November 2008 once the initial film dropped in theaters starring Kristen Stewart
and Robert Pattinson
in their breakout roles, grossing $393 million worldwide. New Moon
set records for advance ticket sales and had the sixth-highest worldwide beginning weekend with $274.9 million. Breaking Dawn
was split into two-part films, with Part 2
becoming the highest-grossing film of the Twilight
series at $830 million.
became such a major, mainstream cultural moment that it even inspired another major film project: Fifty Shades of Grey
was first written as a Twilight
fan fiction series before author E.L. James rewrote it as an original series. The phenomenon was virtually unmissable for anyone who lived via late aughts and early 2010s. And because the series arrived on Netflix on Friday (July 16), fans were hyped to relive the nostalgia.
Despite the franchise’s success, the Twilight
saga received its share of backlash and criticism, as well. The connection between Edward and Bella and even the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle often obtained the most criticism
in series because of the question of whether their relationships were healthy or abusive. As a result, a popular meme
“still a higher end love story than Twilight
” spawned on Internet forums and images.
Nonetheless, the story continues today. Last year, Stephenie Meyer published a companion novel told from Edward’s point of view, Midnight Sun
. Fans can also learn more about Edward’s past in this book. And though Twilight
may be a joyously eccentric fever dream, you could spend an excellent weekend re-watching the movies on Netflix, or exploring them for the initial time to be able to see if they still live up to their legacy. For its cult following, it is certainly one of these series you need to watch at least once in your lifetime.
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