Twilight heads toward $74 million, will it surpass this figure

For fans of vampires this is an excellent weekend. The hype leading up to Friday’s release of the movie Twilight had people standing in long lines to get tickets. Some people even camped out for days in advance. In my area it’s sold out. Radio personalities have been reading sections from the young adult book series by Stephanie Meyers for weeks, interviewing the stars and running contests for free tickets.
What’s the appeal? Twilight strikes a chord in both young adults and adults because it is about romantic love. As a writer of romance, I believe that finding love is a universal theme in both books, movies and in life. Who doesn’t want love in their lives, to find “the one” who makes our heart sing?
Twilight is the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). She moves to Fork, Washington to live with her dad, Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), the town’s sheriff. When she starts school she becomes intrigued with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) who has a secret known only to his family. Edward falls in love with Bella but knows that he’s putting her in danger by getting closer to her. He warns Bella that they shouldn’t be together but she refuses to listen. When Bella learns that Edward is a vampire, she’s not afraid of anything but losing him because she’s in love with him too. But when another vampire, James (Cam Gigandet) wants a “snack”, Bella’s life is in jeopardy.
Stephanie Meyers books from The Twilight Saga received a New York Times Editor’s Choice, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, An Amazon “Best Book of the Decade…So Far”, A Teen People “Hot List” pick, An American Library Association “Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults” and “Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers”  and has been translated into 20 languages. I’m sure more accolades are headed Meyer’s way.
The movie Twilight is heading for the $74 million mark for this weekend and may surpass that figure. If you’re heading to the movies, and can find a showing that’s not sold out, why not see Twilight? You might want to read the book too.
Have you seen Twilight? What did you think of the movie? Did it do the book justice?