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Twilight A Highlight On The Best-Seller List

Aug. 4 2009, Published 11:16 a.m. ET

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Pattinson's popular movie franchise Twilight, written by creator Stephenie Meyer, has overtaken Harry Potter's longevity records on USA Today's best-seller list, as all four parts of Meyer’s Vampire-themed series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) have stayed atop the list for an entire calendar year; currently, the novels occupy the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh slots in the top ten.

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More 40 million copies of titles in the Twilight series have been sold overall, a number expected to rise with the release of New Moon this November. Literary industry experts said the novels should continue selling like hotcakes, well into next year.

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"The books continue to find new audiences," Carol Fitzgerald of BookReporter.com wrote, "so sales can still roll on bigger and bigger. The Twilight graphic novel that was just announced is going to bring a whole new audience to the books, and interest in the movies will keep people reading the books, as well."

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