Twilight (Novel Series) Statistics

Twilight (Novel Series) Statistics

Twilight is the most popular vampire series in history with an estimated 160 million copies sold in 49 different languages.

Twilight Sales Statistics

  • The Twilight series has sold over 160 million copies worldwide between the 4 main novels and the 2 major additional books.
  • Twilight spent 235 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list 
  • Breaking Dawn, the 4th book, was published with an initial run of 3.7 million copies. It sold 1.3 million copies on the first day
  • The latest book, Midnight Sun, sold more than 1 million copies in its first week
  • Midnight Sun was going to be released in 2008 but was scrapped after an initial draft was leaked online, Meyer and her publishers eventually decided to publish it in 2020.
  • All 4 books filled the top 4 positions of USA Today’s bestseller lists for the year in 2008 and 2009 – Stephenie Meyer was the first author to do this.

When were the Twilight books published?

Publish Dates

Book #NamePublish Date
1TwilightOctober 5 2005
2New MoonAugust 2 2006
3EclipseAugust 7 2007
4Breaking DawnAugust 2 2008

Additional books:

NamePublish Date
Life and Death:Twilight Reimagined6 October 2015
Midnight Sun4 August 2020

How long are the Twilight books?

NamePagesChaptersWordcountAudiobook Length
Twilight49824118,97512 hrs and 51 mins
New Moon56324132,75814 hrs and 51 mins
Eclipse62927148,97116 hrs and 26 mins
Breaking Dawn75639186,54220 hrs and 28 mins
Life and Death:Twilight Reimagined442116,31
Midnight Sun65829240,09525 hrs and 49 mins

How much did the Twilight movies make?

  • The film versions of the first three books were released in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The fourth book was split into two movies that were released in 2011 and 2012.
  • The movies have made over $3.3 billion dollars at the box office globally.
NameBox office revenue
Twilight$400 million
New Moon$700 million
Eclipse$698 million
Breaking Dawn – Part 1$712 million
Breaking Dawn – Part 2$829 million
Total$3.3 billion
  • Twilight was not expected to be a huge box office success so the first movie was shot with a relatively small budget of $37 million.
  • At one point, the production team had to find a way to cut $4 million from the budget to ensure the movie could continue.
  • New Moon and Eclipse had their budgets raised to over $50 million after the success of the first film.
  • Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 each had an even larger budget of over $100 million.
  • With the exception of Eclipse, each movie did better at the box office than the last.
  • Part of the success has been attributed to releasing the movies quickly in consecutive years before the hype died down rather than waiting long times between releases.

Narrative device and development of the story

  • The idea for Twilight came to Stephenie Meyer in a dream she had where a girl and a vampire were in love.
  • She woke up and wrote a transcript, within 3 months she had completed a first draft of the book.
  • The book is influenced by Meyer’s Mormon heritage which has been ascribed as the reason for the tame approach to sex.
  • 50 Shades of Gray started out as Twilight fan fiction
  • Meyer has also admitted this infuence may have impacted one of the main themes of the books which is overcoming desire.
  • Twilight is mainly told in the first person narrative from the perspective of Bella Swan.
  • Part 2 of Breaking Dawn is told from the perspective of the werewolf Jacob Black.
  • Midnight Sun is the re-telling of the first book in the series from the perspective of Edward Cullen.

Vampire and cultural significance

  • Meyer did not have a complete understanding of the norms that have been established for vampires in fiction. As such, she drew on her limited knowledge and created her own version.
  • Meyer was informed of the differences between her vampires and established vampires and decided to continue with her own version. 

Stephenie Meyer statistics

  • Meyer was the bestselling author in 2008 and 2009
  • She is believed to have a net worth of around $125 million
  • Meyer earned $41 million from her books in 2010
  • In 2011, she earned $21 million from her books despite not releasing anything new

Writing Style statistics

  • Twilight has an average of 10 words per sentence
  • For comparison, Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen has 23 words per sentence
  • The 100 most common words in the English language make up 43.5% of Twilight
  • There are 14 words per unique word
  • Over 10% of words in Twilight are adjectives

How many languages has Twilight been translated into?

The Twilight series has been translated into at least 39 languages.

Some of the languages the books have been translated into are:

  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Chinese  (traditional)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • European Portuguese
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese