How much is Stephenie Meyer worth?
|Net Worth:||$130 Million
|Date of Birth:||December 24, 1973|
|Country:||United States of America|
We all have dreams, but how many of us actually write them down and turn them into bestselling novels? Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, dreamed about a vampire boy and a human girl in a meadow discussing the impossibility of being together. Now Stephenie Meyer, a former stay-at-home mom, is known around the world as the author of the Twilight series and has inspired many tweens and teens to pick up a book and read about her supernatural fantasy world.
Who Is Stephenie Meyer
Stephanie Morgan Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 24, 1973, but her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona while she was still very young. The second of six children, Meyer grew up in a conservative and religious Latter Day Saint home where she took part in the everyday responsibilities of being a member of a large family. She was an excellent student and earned a National Merit scholarship that made it possible for her to attend Brigham Young University where she majored in English. While attending college, Meyer met up with a childhood friend, Christian Meyer, and they were later married. After graduating from the university, Meyer and her husband settled down in Arizona to start a family.
In June 2003, with three small children at home, Meyer had the dream that would change her life. On her website Meyer writes, “I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately.” (Stephenie Meyer)
Meyer could not get the dream out of her head. She maintained her routine as wife and mother, but in between the swim lessons, dinner plans, and the other duties of taking care of home, she found time to write. She found the best time to write was at night. “I mostly wrote at night, after the kids were asleep so that I could concentrate for longer than five minutes without being interrupted.” (Stephenie Meyer)
After three months of writing, Meyer had written her first book, and with encouragement from her sister, decided to send it off to various publishing companies. Within six months Twilight was written, edited, and published.
What started with a single novel has morphed into a million dollar empire that includes the four novels in the Twilight series, a novella, graphic novels, and an official illustrated guide. Her novels have inspired thousands of web sites, memorabilia, and of course the top grossing Twilight Saga films. Her books have been sold worldwide and translated into more than 50 languages. Meyer has also written The Host, a science fiction romance targeted for an adult audience.
On Fame and Fortune
The success of Twilight took Meyer from her quiet life in Arizona to the red carpets of Hollywood. When asked how fame has changed her life, Meyer responded, “I think that after 30 years of being the most normal person in the whole world, it’s really hard to become ungrounded. When I’m not out on tour or doing photo shoots, I tend to just forget about it all.” (USA Today Interview, 8/1/08)
In addition to the success of her books, Meyer is garnering box office success with the film adaptations of the Twilight series. Stephenie Meyer reveals her involvement with the films and her thoughts about seeing her characters on the big screen in an interview she gave at a Los Angelos press conference.
Time Magazine listed Meyer as #49 on its 100 Most Influential People list in 2008. In addition, Meyer has been involved in several charity projects and donated $1 to the American Red Cross for each copy of the Eclipse novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
Along with the awards and praise for her Twilight series, Meyer also encountered some challenges and controversy. The American Library Association reported that Twilight was one of the most challenged books of 2009 because of: “extreme religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and inappropriate to age group”.
During the editing process of Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series, Meyer was asked to tone down the violence. Meyer agreed and writes, “I was for an age limit of 15 or 16 and a warning. I think the content is just a little harder to handle, a little bit more grown-up for really young kids. I have 9-year-old readers, and I think it’s too old for them. Some of it’s violence, and some of it’s just mature themes.” (USA Today Interview)
Despite the controversy, the Twilight series continues to appeal to teens and adults around the world who enjoy reading Meyer’s story about forbidden romance in a supernatural setting.
The Twilight Saga In Review
This is a fantasy/romance series about a seventeen year old girl named Bella who leaves the comfort of her home in Arizona to live with her father in Forks, Washington. While in Forks she develops a romantic relationship with a vampire named Edward Cullen. As star-crossed lovers, Bella and Edward’s relationship stirs up conflict not only amongst Edward’s family, but also with the local werewolves who despise vampires, as well as with the elite vampire coven known as the Volturi. This saga of forbidden love combined with the trappings of danger and suspense, creates a potent storyline that draws readers into a seductively dark and sometimes violent world of vampires and werewolves.
Recognition: Each of the books in the series has made top ten lists from various organizations, including the Teen’s Top Ten from the American Library Association, and spent more than 235 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Twilight, the first book in the Twilight Saga, was honored as Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of 2005, was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2005, and on the American Library Association’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.
The series has sold more than 160 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages (Little, Brown & Co media release, 10/6/10)
Available Formats: Hardcover, large print hardcover, paperback, graphic novel, audiobook on CD, audio download and ebook for various readers.
The Twilight Saga is also available in a boxed set of four hardbound editions. (Little, Brown & Co, 2008. ISBN: 9780316031844)
Categories: Fantasy, Horror, Romance, young adult (YA)
Mature Content: The Twilight Saga is based on an intense romantic relationship between Bella Swan, a seventeen year old girl, and Edward Cullen, a 104 year old vampire in a 17 year old body. The romance between the two characters creates a seductive tension that some parents might feel is inappropriate for readers under fourteen.
In addition, while the book promotes the themes of making choices and accepting consequences, some parents might be concerned that Bella and Edward’s choices hinge on obsession and deception. The ALA listed Twilight as one of the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009 citing the following reasons: “extreme religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and inappropriate for age group.”
Looking Towards the Future
With the Twilight Saga behind her, Meyer’s has admitted she would like to take break a from the vampire world and concentrate on other fantasy books. In a recent interview with USA Today, Meyers told fans she’s working on a dark fantasy story with human characters that have magical abilities.
In addition, she’s planning to make her adult book The Host into a trilogy. As for more books about Edward, Bella, and Jacob, Meyer feels their stories are told, but the possibility of publishing Midnight Sun, the story of Twilight from Edward’s point of view, could still be published at some point in the future.