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Twilight Saga Novels Tops BestSelling Book Charts

Posted in Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, New Moon, stephenie meyer, twilight with tags , , , on January 15, 2010 by chasingcullens

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in Twilight

Stephenie Meyer’s four Twilight Saga novels topped USA Today’s chart of the bestselling books of 2009. Three of those have already been turned into movies, all starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. The #1 on the list, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, became a surprise worldwide blockbuster when it opened in fall 2009, and it remains among the top 15 (sometimes top 12) moneymakers in the United States on a daily basis.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, #2 on the list, will be released June 30. It’s already one of the most expected film events of 2010. Twilight is #3 on the list; it’s also the first Twilight Saga novel. The first film in the series came out in late 2008 and became a sleeper hit, launching Robert Pattinson as the film world’s latest heartthrob.

The film adaptation of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, #4, should begin shooting in the fall in Vancouver. Pattinson, Stewart, and Lautner will reprise their roles — vampire, human, werewolf — though how exactly the film’s plot will be developed remains a mystery. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is still polishing up her script.

The #5 on the USA Today list is Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, in which Harvard prof Robert Langdon tackles the brotherhood of the Masons. Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, also featuring Langdon (played by Tom Hanks on screen) became worldwide bestsellers and blockbusters. Ron Howard was the director of both film adaptations.

Columbia has already bought the film rights for The Lost Symbol, which has a scheduled 2012 release.