"'Twilight' begat 'The Hunger Games' which begat a flurry of would-be fantasy franchises. No matter if 'Divergent' or 'Fifty Shades of Grey' hit anywhere near the heights of even the first 'Twilight' or ends up in the dustbin of franchise history alongside 'The Host', the notion of a female-centric blockbuster franchise as a viable investment is here to stay. Five years ago, 'Twilight' proved once-and-for-all that the female-centric blockbuster was no fluke and no fallacy. It proved that you didn't need the elusive male “cross-over” audience, and it proved that you didn't need to expand your targeted fan base if your fan base was big enough already, a lesson currently being taken to heart by films like 'Instructions Not Included' and 'The Best Man Holiday'.
Love ‘Twilight’ or hate ‘Twilight’ (I’m firmly in the “like” category), the Bella/Edward romantic fantasy was in its own way the most feminist franchise in recent memory. It proved that female-driven blockbusters could do anything that male-driven blockbusters could do at the box office. If you’ve already bought your ticket to the next Katniss Everdeen adventure tonight, you can thank Bella Swan for that privilege."
- Forbes (via flawlesstew)
(Source: flawlesstew, via kellythepitiablefangirl)