Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Book Covers

Dear Me,

Ever think the explanation behind the covers of the four books of the
Twilight saga?

According to
Stephanie Meyer:


The apple on the cover of Twilight represents "forbidden fruit." I used the scripture from Genesis (located just after the table of contents) because I loved the phrase "the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil." Isn't this exactly what Bella ends up with? A working knowledge of what good is, and what evil is. The nice thing about the apple is it has so many symbolic roots. You've got the apple in Snow White, one bite and you're frozen forever in a state of not-quite-death... Then you have Paris and the golden apple in Greek mythology—look how much trouble that started. Apples are quite the versatile fruit. In the end, I love the beautiful simplicity of the picture. To me it says: choice.


That is a ruffled tulip. As for the meaning... If you've read the Twilight FAQ, you know that the apple cover had a lot of meaning for me, and I was an active part of the covering process. However, that experience is more the exception than the rule in the publishing world. Something to keep in mind if you intend to embark on a career as a writer: lots of things you might expect to be under your control are not. Covers, for example. Those are mostly up to the publisher and the marketing and sales departments. So I don't know what the tulip means—I didn't have anything to do with this one.

New Moon is the darkest period of Bella's life.


The broken ribbon represents choice, as in the book Bella must choose between her love for vampire Edward Cullen, and her friendship/love with werewolf Jacob Black. The ribbon represents the idea that Bella can't break away completely from her human life.


Its cover is a metaphor for Bella's progression throughout the entire saga. She began as the weakest (at least physically, when compared to vampires and werewolves) player on the board: the pawn. She ended as the strongest: the queen. In the end, it's Bella that brings about the win for the Cullens.

The Twilight movie is about to be shown in a few days in local cinemas. I still haven't read the first book in the saga. *bonkself*

Have you?

1 comments:

Insights from the Grocery Cart said...

me, too! i'm not sure if i should see the movie before i even read the book. a bit apprehensive, though. not a fan of vampires. hehe

carol

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