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Bittersweet Twilight

November 2012 is a bittersweet month for fans of the Twilight Saga.

It’s the last time the cast will do interviews for a Twilight Saga movie.

It’s the last time fans will gather in Tent City for a Twilight Saga movie premiere.

And it’s the last time audiences will line up for midnight showings to be the first people to see a Twilight Saga movie.

Fans across the globe are saying goodbye to this immensely popular series, and the cast is putting their crazy ride rise to fame into perspective. And in many ways, the fans and cast will always share the bond of these movies.

“That first dose of looking up and seeing that something that’s really affected you does the same things to other people is mind blowing,” said Kristen Stewart, who plays the series’ heroine, Bella Swan. “It’s the coolest thing about the job, actually. It’s really exciting. I’m incredibly overwhelmed, admittedly, but it is the greatest part of the job.”

And it’s difficult for the cast, too, to say goodbye to their characters and each other.

“I find it so amazing that this cast meshed so well and got along so well. We are so thankful for that. We had a blast every time we filmed these movies and every time we promote them, and I really think that’s a miracle. It was an amazing experience, and those relationships are going to be the biggest thing I’ll take from it,” said Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob Black.

Stewart added, “Another really common question is, ‘How is it going to be to walk away from this?’ I genuinely feel like I don’t have to walk anywhere. That’s what I love about this job. I wouldn’t have done it in the first place unless it was something that I would always carry, and I think they [Lautner and Robert Pattinson, who plays her on-screen husband, Edward Cullen] feel the same way. They tell me they do.”

Now that the Twilight Saga is finished, how will this experience – and the fame that has resulted from it – impact the casts’ careers?

“People ask if I’m afraid of getting typecast, but you can’t be afraid of it. It’s not up to you. I’m getting parts where I don’t play a vampire. I don’t know if people will accept me in them, but there’s really nothing to be afraid of,” Pattinson said.

The fans of this series have bonded just as much as the cast. In fact, that’s what many of the so-called Twi-hards will take with them. The friendships and memories that have come from their love of Stephenie Meyer’s series and the movies made from them will last far beyond the saga’s end.

“I don’t know how people will remember this series at all,” Pattinson said. “It’s crazy how intense people are about this series. So I’m not sure how that will last – if there will be that tenacity in 15 years.”

While the tenacity may not be there, the Twilight Saga certainly will have a lasting impact on millions of fans.

 

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