August 12, 2010
Hollywood's hottest teen movie, "Twilight: Eclipse" has arrived with the latest chapter in the love story between Bella and her vampire beau, Edward. But while the drama of a first crush is clearly driving ticket sales, the story also resonates with young readers who may have little interest in adolescent passion, but respond to its timeless quality of adventure and sense of wonder, say trendwatchers, literary critics and media experts.
They relate to the pure sense of adventure, says pop culture expert Rob Weiner, librarian for Texas Tech University Libraries in Lubbock. "They have a deep desire to ask ‘what if?' " he says, and the "Twilight" tales do a good job of taking that question to a new level.