In 2005, Little, Brown and Company published Twilight – a vampire-themed romance novel by author, Stephenie Meyer. The book, about a teenage girl called Bella Swan who falls in love with a vampire called Edward Cullen, was a huge success and led to a sequel, New Moon.

Published in 2006, New Moon furthered the story but this time around put a greater focus on Bella’s burgeoning friendship with Jacob, a teenage werewolf who is in love with Bella. Once again, the book was popular with readers and was followed by a third novel, Eclipse.

Eclipse hit shelves in 2007 and delved deeper into the love triangle. The book was followed the next year by a fourth and final chapter, Breaking Dawn.

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In 2008, the same year that Meyer’s Twilight novels came to a conclusion, Summit Entertainment released the first big screen adaption of the series, beginning with Twilight. Kristen Stewart took on the role of Bella, with Robert Pattinson as Edward and Taylor Lautner as Jacob.

Due to the huge fan base that the Twilight novels had amassed, the movie quickly became a financial hit, leading Summit Entertainment to put an adaptation of New Moon into production. The film was released the following year, with a third movie based on Eclipse arriving in 2010.

For the final chapter, Summit Entertainment decided to split Meyer’s novel into two parts, to maximise on the interest in the novels and film series. The first entry, Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hit cinema screens in 2011, and the second entry, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 arrived in 2012.

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Should you want to read the Twilight books, then read them as follows:

  • Twilight (2005)
  • New Moon (2006)
  • Eclipse (2007)
  • Breaking Dawn (2008)

For the films, the best order for the Twilight movies is:

  • Twilight (2008)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)

Both the books and the movies tell a complete story, showcasing Bella and Edward’s first meeting through to various developments in their relationship.

And now you know. Happy reading and/or viewing!

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