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LA Times Interview with Stephenie Meyer and Kristen Stewart

Here is a great interview that Kristen and Stephenie Meyer did with LA Times!

Even after all this time, author Stephenie Meyer, the Mormon mother of three who became an overnight literary sensation with the 2005 publication of her young-adult novel“Twilight,” can’t explain the phenomenon that surrounds the grand romance between vampire Edward Cullen and human teenager Bella Swan, characters played on-screen by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

“I don’t know what makes people love it, I don’t know what makes people hate it,” said Meyer, seated comfortably in a suite of a Beverly Hills hotel. “But I do know that the feeling of being in love is a good feeling. We want to feel that emotion.”

“I’ve always said that,” Stewart said to Meyer, sitting beside her. “It’s so vicarious. It’s not like you are watching two people or reading two people. You feel like you are doing it. It’s rare.”

There’s no question that “Twilight” is that rare gem: a book and movie property that stokes a kind of unquenchable fire among its largely female fan base. That following has been so sizable and so fervent that the “Twi-hards,” as they’re called, have helped transform Meyer’s supernatural tale into a $2.5-billion business, proving that girl-centric tales can be powerful forces at the box office.

With the fifth and presumably final big-screen entry, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” due to arrive in theaters Friday, Meyer and Stewart seem to share a bond reminiscent of the connection between Meyer’s two protagonists.

Their closeness stems from the unlikely duo’s joint goal of ensuring that the beloved material, for all its melodrama, remained intact as it was translated to the big screen. That required them to battle nervous studio executives who wanted Stewart’s interpretation of Bella to be less tortured, hardened detractors who railed against overwrought story lines and pop culture satirists who often turned the franchise into its own punch line.

Meyer had already made the leap from Arizona housewife to bestselling author when she first met Stewart, then an up-and-coming actress building her career primarily through roles in indie films. In the intervening years, Meyer’s stature and influence as a young-adult author became comparable to that enjoyed by J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins, though critics never responded to her writing the way enthusiastic readers did.

Stewart, however, has garnered plenty of acclaim — if not in the often tepidly reviewed “Twilight” movies, then in small challenging roles in films such as Sean Penn‘s “Into the Wild”or Walter Salles‘ upcoming adaptation of the Beat Generation classic “On the Road.” She’s also endured a tabloid celebrity she never planned for thanks to her on-again, off-again relationship with “Twilight” costar Pattinson.

Reaching the end of the saga was particularly satisfying for the actress, who seemed pleased to be able to take Bella to the happy if somewhat complicated conclusion of her journey — and to move on to the next phase of her career.

“I’m so ready to be done,” said the 22-year-old.

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