September 27th, 2010

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Twilight series still part of 'Banned Books Week'

The "Twilight" series, first published in 2005, is featured by the American Library Association for Banned Books Week, which runs this year from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2.

One of the most popular fictional series of the past five years, "Twilight" has the keen distinction of also being one of the American Library Association's Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009. Writing about the supernatural is a surefire way to find your books banned. Fantasy, vampires magic, the supernatural and even science-fiction books are grouped in with Satanism, the occult and witchcraft by those who attempt to have the books removed from library shelves.

Vampires are easy targets for book banning, as the banning of the "Vampire Academy" in Texas proves. Even with its vast popularity and cross-marketing machine (from books to movies, game boards and school supplies), the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer has been challenged and either banned or returned to school library bookshelves.

For similar reasons, Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and the Harry Potter series have all been banned or challenged at one time.

The "Twilight" series begins with a simple romantic premise as familiar as the tale of "Romeo and Juliet:" Two young teens with different backgrounds, who should not be together, fall in love. Make one the new girl in school and the other a vampire, add exploratory thoughts about death and sexual desire, tons of adjectives and adverbs and you have the new teen sensation.

The Twilight series has been challenged for being "unsuited to age group," "sexually explicit" and because of its "religious viewpoint," according to the ALA.

Specific challenges and bans include:

* In September 2008, the "Twilight" books were temporarily removed from and later returned to middle-school libraries in the Capistrano Unified School District in California. It was the district's instructional materials specialist who initially "ordered" the books removed.

* In May 2009, the series was challenged at Brockbank Junior High in Magna, Utah. A parent complained about the "over sexual content" in the novel "Breaking Dawn," which is part of the series. ((ORLY?))

* In September 2009, "Twilight" was banned from library at Santa Sabina College Strathfield in Australia for being "too racy," according to Library and Information Science News. The "Twilight" series was removed from "schools because they believe the content is too sexual and goes against religious beliefs," according to Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom in November 2009.

The "Twilight" series has achieved popular, financial and critical success. The first book in the series hit The New York Times Best Seller list within a month of being released.

The first book in the series -- also called "Twilight" -- has sold 17 million copies worldwide and earned a number of awards, including The New York Times Editor's choice. It is also included on these lists:

* Best Children's Books of 2005 and "Best Book of the Year" by Publisher's Weekly

* Best Books of 2005 by School Library Journal

* The Top Books of 2008 from USA Today

The rest of the books in the series continue to receive accolades and set sales records:

* "New Moon" (2006) received the Young Reader's Choice Award in 2009.

* "Eclipse" (2007) sold more than 4.5 millions copies and was in a top-five selling book of 2008.

* "Breaking Dawn" (2008) broke a first-day sales record, selling 1.3 million copies in its first day, according to Hachette Book Group USA.

Source via Twilighters Anonymous

Maggie Grace as Irina in Breaking Dawn

EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Grace will play a new vampire threat to Kristin Stewart's Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Grace, who played Liam Neeson's in-distress daughter in Taken, will play the role of Irina in the final installments of the Stephenie Meyer novel, which director Bill Condon is directing in two separate films.

Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other "vegetarian" vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events. The first of two pictures will be released by Summit Entertainment on November 18, 2011, followed by the finale on November 16, 2012. Melissa Rosenberg is writing both scripts, and Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer are producing. Grace just completed the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Faster for CBS Pictures and re-teamed with Taken producer Luc Besson in Lockout, the outer space saga that stars Guy Pearce as a wrongly convicted man offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter (Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Grace is also waiting to reprise in Taken 2. She is repped by UTA and Global Creative.

Source: Deadline
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Are You Afraid?

Song: "Saving Peyton" by John Nordstrom
Program: Sony Vegas Pro 8
Fandom: Twilight
Pairing: Edward Cullen & Bella Swan
Vidder: AngelAtTwilight (me)
Summary: I guess this is my version of what could be running through Bella's thoughts as Edward is fighting with Victoria... why she makes the sacrifice she does for him.

*Note: Brand new account that needs subs! Not only is this my 1st video on the new account, but this is also my very 1st attempt at using Sony Vegas Pro 8. I realize that it's not the best by far compared to everyone else's, but hopefully it'll get better from here. Feedback & ConCrit welcome and always appreciated. Spam and harsh comments will be deleted.

Newcomer Mackenzie Foy to play Renesmee in 'Breaking Dawn'

It’s a big day for Twihards. First Maggie Grace signs on to play Irina. Now has learned that little 9-year old Mackenzie Foy is inches away from signing on to play Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s vampire/human love child that’s a central role in the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

It’s not yet clear how the diminutive actress, who’s appeared in one episode each of television shows FlashForward and ‘Til Death, will portray the character who ages a full 17 years in only seven. Sources have suggested that director Bill Condon will employ similar digital effects to those used by David Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where Foy’s face would be digitally transferred onto the face of a younger child. It’s also probable that the studio will hire a younger child in some capacity, too.

Summit Entertainment is remaining mum on the issue. But to see Foy’s angelic face, which could very well be the offspring of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, check out her website.

Source: EW