The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

Twilight Saga ends with movie love letter to fans


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Twilight fans bid an emotional farewell this week to Bella, Edward and Jacob in Breaking Dawn-Part 2, the romantic book and movie franchise that ignited a pop culture infatuation with blood-sucking vampires and werewolves.

The tumultuous love triangle between human girl Bella Swan, vampire Edward Cullen and werewolf Jacob Black, that has gripped avid fans known as "Twi-hards" for seven years, comes to a tantalizing end as Breaking Dawn-Part 2 hits movie theaters around the world.

The Twilight film franchise, based on a series of novels by Stephenie Meyer, rocketed the three main stars, Kristen Stewart (Bella), Robert Pattinson (Edward) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob), into the spotlight and the first four films have grossed more than US$2.5 billion (S$3.1 billion) at the worldwide box office.

For director Bill Condon, who shot both parts of Breaking Dawn together and split into two movies post-production, the fifth and final film was all about the fans - who get a surprise twist to the ending.