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Much like the rest of us, Edward Cullen came to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer in a dream. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on Friday, the creator of the wildly popular book series told the media queen that the vampire love story all came to her one night while she was asleep.
"It was two people in kind of a little circular meadow with really bright sunlight, and one of them was a beautiful, sparkly boy and one was just a girl who was human and normal, and they were having this conversation," the 35-year-old author explained. "The boy was a vampire, which is so bizarre that I'd be dreaming about vampires, and he was trying to explain to her how much he cared about her and yet at the same time how much he wanted to kill her."
"I got up and got the kids ready for the day, and then I sat down at the computer to write some notes, because I didn't want to forget it," Meyer, who was a stay-at-home mom at the time, recalled. "It was a passion and a frenzy when I started writing. I'd been bottling up who I was so long I needed an expression."
As so the Twilight saga began, and when it came to casting the film, the author said she had a very specific look for Edward in mind. "I knew that the problem was going to be Edward, because he's the perfect vampire," she said. "How do you cast that from your pool of human actors?"
But Robert Pattinson "doesn't look like everybody else," she said. "There's something unusual. There are moments where he looks exactly like he did in my head." As for the role of Bella, "there's plenty of people who look like the girl next door. We were really lucky with Kristen Stewart, who is a phenomenal actress."
And Meyer couldn't have imagined the phenomenon that her books have become -- or that Edward Cullen would become a household name. "It was just me spending time in this fantasy world, and when it was finished, it was like, this is long enough to be a book, even. I studied literature and I loved to read, but writing to me seemed — well, first of all, everybody knows you can't make a living at writing."
Tell that to the people who bought their tickets for this Friday's premiere of New Moon back in September.
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