Twilight: big movie, big books

From the LA Times

"Twilight" took in $70.6 million at the box office this weekend, tying "The Incredibles" for fourth-largest November debut weekend (after the three Harry Potter pics). Does this mean that people have forsaken the books for the movie version?

Heavens, no! Amazon's bestseller list, conveniently updated by the hour, shows that the Twilight novels are securely in four of the five top spots ("The Tales of Beedle the Bard," a Harry Potter book that officially hits shelves next week, is at No. 3). The sixth spot is held by the Twilight slipcase set, containing all four books in a pretty box.

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These rankings aren't just in young adult fiction or fiction, but for all books. The Twilight Saga is beating Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers," Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope," Artie Lange's "Too Fat to Fish" and, well, every other book for sale on the site. The film hasn't exhausted Twilight mania; instead, it's brought on a post-hurricane storm surge for the books, propelling them back to the top.

And there's more good news for publisher Little, Brown: Summit Entertainment confirmed Saturday that the "Twilight" sequel, "New Moon," is in the works, with leads Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart set to return. For those of us outside the Twilight demographic, there's nothing to do but batten down the hatches.

Carolyn Kellogg

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