Stephenie is on top at USA Today year end list

Stephenie Meyer was on the top of USA Today’s year end list. According to the article she had the following records for 2008:

• Meyer and her Twilight books claim the top four slots on our year-end list, the first author to do so. In 2000, Rowling’s Harry Potter books had Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5. Who Moved My Cheese was No. 4 that year.

• Meyer’s books, including the adult novel The Host, accounted for 12.5% of all sales tracked by our list — that’s higher than the record 11.3% logged by Rowling in 2000.

• Meyer’s books spent 19 weeks at No. 1. That matches Rowling’s 19 weeks at No. 1 in 2000. (Breaking Dawn had four weeks, Aug. 7-28. Twilight accounted for the other 15 weeks: July 10; July 24-31; Sept. 4-18; Oct. 23-Dec. 4; and Dec. 24-31.)

Read the complete article here.

Another article at USA Today talks about Stephenie’s success and book sells in 2008. You can read that article here.
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Stephenie site updated with DVD information

Stephenie Meyer’s official website has been updated with the following information about the “Twilight” DVD:

I apologize for forgetting to post the DVD release date yesterday (I didn’t realize that the Amazon page doesn’t have the information yet). The Twilight DVD will be released on Saturday, March 21st. Although I’m sure most of you have already pre-ordered your ‘Special Edition’ DVD’s by now, I thought I would post the special feature information that Summit sent in case you haven’t seen it anywhere else yet:

SPECIAL FEATURES — DISC ONE

* Five extended scenes with director introductions
* Audio commentary (Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart)
* Three music videos (Muse, Paramore, Linkin Park)

SPECIAL FEATURES — DISC TWO

* Five deleted scenes with director introductions
* Seven-part documentary: “The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen”
* Comic-Con Phenomenon featurette
* And more!

You can pre-order the “Twilight” DVD at Amazon.com.
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TAYLOR RETURNING AS JACOB

Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in “New Moon”. The following statements from author Stephenie Meyer and director Chris Weitz appeared on Stephenie’s official website.

Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz:

I’m very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he’s doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.

The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.

very best

Chris Weitz

I’d just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. I’m truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he’s going to bring to Jacob’s character this year.

– Steph

You can read Summit Entertainment’s press release on this decision here.
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Kansas City Newspaper has article on “Twilight”

The Kansas City Newspaper has an article on five facts about the series. Read it here.
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“Breaking Dawn” #1 in readers books list of 2008

All Headlines news has an article up that list their readers choices for the top 10 books of 2008. Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” was #1! Read the article to see the complete list here.
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Stephenie made MSN’s list of Most Influential Women of 2008

Stephenie Meyer was included in MSN Lifestyle’s Most Influential Women of 2008 list. Go here to see here entry and view the list.

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Stephenie listed in Time People who mattered in 2008

Stephenie Meyer was one of the people who was listed in Time Magazine’s People Who Mattered in 2008 list. Go here to read her article in the list.

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Stephenie updates her website

Stephenie updated her website with the following message:

Stephenie’s publicist Elizabeth asked me to post the following announcement:

It has come to our attention that there are several people on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook pretending to be Stephenie. The only site besides StephenieMeyer.com that Stephenie has is a MySpace site at www.myspace.com/stephenie_meyer. Only announcements on this website and Stephenie’s official MySpace page should be considered legitimate. Please note, due to the overwhelming number of e-mails she receives on her MySpace page, Stephenie is unable to answer e-mails.

Also, Stephenie is aware of the numerous Twilight conventions happening next year. It is exciting to see so many fans wanting to celebrate the books together. However, these conventions are not authorized or endorsed by Stephenie and she will not be attending any of the conventions. We hope that fans enjoy the conferences, but wanted to make this distinction so people weren’t spending money under the assumption that Stephenie would be in attendance.

While I’m posting, I wanted to take a minute to congratulate everyone involved in the production of Twilight the movie. If you haven’t been following the box office statistics, I would suggest checking them out on BoxOfficeMojo.com. The success really has been phenomenal, so congrats to everyone at Summit, the very talented actors, and everyone else involved in the making of the film!

And on a slightly unrelated note, I forgot to post a link to the Twilight: The Score when it was released last week (this is separate from the soundtrack, and the only song that is on both is “Bella’s Lullaby”). It has been receiving great reviews on-line, so I went to listen to some of the samples at Amazon.com (link above) and it is extremely good. If you are still looking for gifts for the holidays, this might be a good one for anyone who enjoyed the movie.

We at StephenieMeyer.com want to wish everyone a happy holiday season. We appreciate you visiting our site. Please be safe and have an enjoyable few weeks.

–Seth

You can visit The Official Website of Stephenie Meyer here.

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Summit officially annouces Chris Weitz as the director for “New Moon”

Summit has released a press release officially announcing Chris Weitz as the director for “New Moon”. You can read the release here.

Stephenie has updated her site with a message to fans about new director Chris Weitz. There is also a letter from Chris to the fans on her site. You can read her message and his on her site here. She also posted some pictures from the premiere.

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Hachette publishing more “Twilight” books due to high demand

Publishers Weekly has an article up about Hachette going back to press to make 7.5 million more copies of Stephenie Meyers “Twilight” series books due to their high demand. You can read the article here.
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