A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play by William Shakespeare, in which the quarrel between the King and Queen of the fairies is linked with the love stories of four people.
Stephenie Meyer was influenced by this play, and also by Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice, in writing the Twilight saga. In fact she has said that Twilight was loosely modelled on Pride and Prejudice; New Moon on Romeo and Juliet; Eclipse on Wuthering Heights; and Breaking Dawn partly on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, the fifth largest state in America. It is also one of the hottest, with temperatures reaching 100ºF in the warmer months, and sometimes even 120ºF.
No wonder Bella feels so out of place in rainy Forks!
Bella is described as wearing a sleeveless white eyelet lace top, a gesture of farewell to Arizona's hot weather.
She also carries a parka, no doubt to protect herself against the rain which she will surely find in Forks.
This 1953 Chevrolet was chosen by Stephenie Meyer, after talking with her more car-obsessed brothers.
A different model was used for the movie. The truck was auctioned after filming ended and is now rented out for charitable contributions.
The names in Twilight may have symbolic meaning.
Billy is short for William, which means protector. Billy Black constantly tries to protect Bella from the Cullen family.
Edward means wealthy guard. He spends nights guarding Bella, and certainly has plenty of cash.
Bella's police chief father is Charlie. Charles means man or warrior.
Bella is Italian for beautiful.
The Forks Chamber of Commerce chose this building to represent Charlie's House in the real Forks, Washington.
The movie was filmed in Oregon, so a different house was used.
In the book, Stephenie Meyer does not give a detailed description of Bella, so that people can get in her shoes better. However, on her website she has included a fuller description:
In my head, Bella is very fair-skinned, with long, straight, dark brown hair and chocolate brown eyes. Her face is heart-shaped—a wide forehead with a widow's peak, large, wide-spaced eyes, prominent cheekbones, and then a thin nose and a narrow jaw with a pointed chin. Her lips are a little out of proportion, a bit too full for her jaw line. Her eyebrows are darker than her hair and more straight than they are arched. She's five foot four inches tall, slender but not at all muscular, and weighs about 115 pounds. She has stubby fingernails because she has a nervous habit of biting them.
In the movie version of the book, Bella was played by Kristen Stewart.
Paradise Valley is in northeast Phoenix. The district is known for its open spaces, and trails in the nearby mountains.
The model described in the book is the S60R.
The car used in the movie was a Volvo C30 Hatchback.
Following the publicity the brand received thanks to the Twilight Saga, Volvo is now an official partner of the series.
The book does not specify what type of bag it is, but in the movie Bella uses a coppery/brown bag.
Bella wears a black jacket with a hood, perfect for blending in with the crowd.
The Brontë Sisters
The Brontë Sisters were Charlotte, Emily and Anne, 19th Century writers of some of the classics of English Literature. Charlotte is best known for Jane Eyre; Emily for her gothic masterpiece Wuthering Heights; and Anne for Agnes Grey.
At the time, it was not considered respectable for women to write novels. They mostly wrote under the pseudonyms of Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne all died of various illnesses in their thirties.
William Shakespeare is England's greatest poet and playwright, with 38 plays and 154 sonnets to his name.
He wrote mainly between 1589 and 1613, his body of work including comedies, histories and tragedies.
Geoffrey Chaucer is best known for The Canterbury Tales. He lived between the 13th and 14th Centuries. He is credited with being the father of the English Language, due to his use of the vernacular (or common English) in his tales.
Besides The Canterbury Tales, other major works by Chaucer include The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, Anelida and Arcite and the Legend of the Two Women. He also wrote several minor poems, amongst them Fortune, Gentilesse, and Truth.
William Faulkner was an American Nobel Prize winner, and is today one of the best known and most revered American Authors. He wrote both novels and short stories, the latter often driven by financial need. His most popular and critically acclaimed novels are The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August and Absalom, Absalom!
Faulkner won two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards. He was also a screenwriter, contributing to the scripts of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, and Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not.
This is a hint of what's to come, although Mike isn't aware of it.
Legend has it that one of the only ways to kill a vampire is to stab it through the heart with a wooden stake. The preferred wood was ash, hawthorne or oak. However this method would not work on Stephenie Meyer's Vampires:
Q&A with Stephenie Meyer (from the twilight lexicon)
Q: How about stakes through the heart? Reflections? Photographs? Holy water? Garlic? All that traditional vampire lore.
Stephenie Meyer: Bunch of garbage. I think all of them get addressed in New Moon except garlic and stakes. But you try shoving wood through granite.