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With a net worth of $125 million, Stephenie Meyer is easily one of the most successful authors in recent times. Her books detailing the love between a vampire and a human became a global phenomenon and even inspired five movies. Funnily enough, Meyer never intended to become a writer when she first began penning what would become Twilight. But the story simply wouldn’t leave her brain.

Stephenie Meyer smiles at the camera while signing books for fans
Stephenie Meyer | Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Meyer has been candid about the fact that the initial idea for Twilight came to her in a dream. Even as she became increasingly obsessed with her characters, using all her free time to write their story, she didn’t know she was writing a book. It was only when she neared completion that she realized that she had a novel on her hands. That novel would eventually become a bestseller and warrant three additional sequels: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

Stephenie Meyer had an unusual writing process for the ‘Twilight’ books

Because Twilight was Meyer’s very first book, her way of writing might be considered a little unorthodox if you compared it to other writers. For example, Meyer has confessed that she wrote two of the Twilight books completely out of order. For both New Moon and Eclipse, the author started with the scenes that she was most interested in and then worked backward to tie everything together.

Breaking Dawn, however, was approached in an entirely new way. Meyer knew she wanted to end Bella and Edward’s story with a happy ending and she was able to clearly see the events that needed to happen for that to occur. In fact, Meyer even alluded to exactly how the series would end to fans. But, most readers may not even have realized that Meyer was clueing them in to what was to come, especially if they weren’t familiar with Shakespeare. On her website, she detailed why she chose to end the series the way she did and what hint she left for fans.

Why ‘Breaking Dawn’ didn’t end with a huge fight scene between the Cullens and the Volturi

“I’m not the kind of person who writes a Hamlet ending. If the fight had happened, it would have ended with 90% of the combatants, Cullen and Volturi alike, destroyed,” Meyer shared about why the Twilight books didn’t end with an epic physical fight. “There was simply no other outcome once the fight got started, given the abilities and numbers of the opposing sides. Because I would never finish Bella’s story on such a downer—Everybody dies!—I knew that the real battle would be mental.”


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The ‘Twilight’ author gave fans a clue about how the books would end

Continuing on, Meyer revealed the clue that she sneakily left fans that foreshadowed the ending. “I put a clue into the manuscript as well,” the Twilight author shared. “Alice tore a page from The Merchant of Venice because the end of Breaking Dawn was going to be somewhat similar: bloodshed appears inevitable, doom approaches, and then the power is reversed and the game is won by some clever verbal strategies; no blood is shed, and the romantic pairings all have a happily ever after.”

It’s certainly interesting that Meyer chose to use Shakespeare as a way to tip off her Twilight readers. If that doesn’t scream Bella Swan, we don’t know what does.