With the big-screen debut of "Twilight" looming, author Stephenie Meyer recently offered up a list of 12 of her biggest inspirations for the wildly popular series to EW.com. While she name-checks quite a few bands among her muses when scripting stories of forbidden love and vampire relations (the series has inspired an entirely new music genre, "Twi-Rock," after all), there are definitely a few surprises in the bunch.
Meyer heaps praise on actor Robert Downey Jr. and describes "Iron Man" as "the best superhero movie that's ever been done," adding that she considers the Marvel Studios blockbuster to be a great model of "how you should feel coming out of a movie."
But that certainly wasn't the most surprising project she listed.
'"This is crazy, but those Saturday-morning cartoons…I was always fascinated with the X-Men," said Meyer of another one of her "Twilight" inspirations. "I love the idea of a group of people and all of them can do something really well. They're special, but they're strongest when they work together. Maybe that comes from having a big family, but I always clicked into that kind of story. And I think that really came into play when I was subconsciously forming the Cullen family. Though I certainly wasn't thinking about Cyclops when I was writing about them, I think it was there in the layers underneath.'"
On the music front, Meyer said the emotional side of "Twilight" character Jacob is often echoed in the songs of My Chemical Romance, while Linkin Park provided the tempo for the early installments of the series.
Other films Meyer cited in her "Twilight" roundup include "Baby Mama" and "Somewhere in Time." The off-beat Will Ferrell film "Stranger Than Fiction" even found its way into her list.
"There's a scene where [the fictional character] Emma Thompson's character created...tracks her down and walks into her living room and he goes, 'Hey, I'm Harold Crick,'" said Meyer. "And she collapses to the floor and says, 'I know.' That moment makes me cry. Imagine what that would be like! I actually did have a dream after Twilight was finished of Edward coming to visit me — only I had gotten it wrong and he did drink blood like every other vampire and you couldn't live on animals the way I'd written it. We had this conversation and he was terrifying.'"
What do you think of Meyer's inspirations for "Twilight"? Any surprising omissions?