Final Stop on the Breaking Dawn Concert Tour

The final Breaking Dawn Concert Tour event is tonight in Seattle, Washington. As soon as we have a transcript we will edit this post . This event is not being broadcast live.



FULL TRANSCRIPT NOW IN.

Thank you to Ouisa!

Seattle Signing Transcript

Thank you so much for coming out tonight and wasn’t that just so amazing?  

I’m pretty bummed this is probably the last time in my life I get to be on stage at a rock concert and it’s hard to let that go.  But it has been such an amazing experience to get to work with Justin and sit back there and listen to all of this every other night or so.  It’s been fantastic. I’m just really glad you all could hear that. It’s amazing stuff. I picked some questions that you guys had filled out for the show and hopefully I picked the right ones to answer your burning questions about Breaking Dawn. Although I picked one from The Host.  

Q: Besides Midnight Sun and continuing The Host Series, what else are you thinking of writing about? 

A: First of all obviously I need to work on Midnight Sun and get that finished.  And I don’t know if I will get back to vampires or even The Host, which has kinda been calling to me lately. There are a lot of other characters that are just dying for their chance.  It’s kinda a funny place inside my head.  There’s a lot of people there and they are always jockeying for time and so there’s a couple of stories I’m really excited about right now.  So I think the next thing will probably be a ghost story.  

Q:  (from Lindsey)  You said that Twilight originally had a more defined ending what would that be?

A: Originally when Twilight was just going to be one book and I wasn’t thinking about sequels, Bella and Edward got engaged at the end of Twilight and were headed off toward their happily ever after and then I kept writing epilogues very long epilogues  and I realized gosh I’m not ready to be done with these characters but where do I go from here?  And that’s why I wrote the original sequel that I call Forever Dawn.  It sorta starts where Eclipse ended and then I thought there’s a lot of time skipped over here.  Bella’s senior year, there is so much that I had just said eh with one thing and another…..So I went back and delved more deeply into high school and I’m really glad I did because I had a tremendous time writing Eclipse.  That’s where Twilight originally ended.  

Q: (from Rebecca)  Could you please explain all the symbolism in the four covers?

A: Twilight which is about the idea of choice.  You have an offer in that cover.  Are you going to choose to take that apple.  Apples have a lot of history so there’s a good chance that it’s poisoned, just going off the mythology.  So that made a really interesting idea.  Is Bella going to find out about this other world or is she happier the way she is?  Of course we know what she chose. Then we have New Moon, a very lovely ruffled tulip that means nothing at all.  This was before I got to veto covers, so that one someone in the company thought that was a really cool color scheme.   And I was like okay well whatever.  Then we have Eclipse, which I did get to have a say in.  And this is sort of a physical example of what happens when you try to break away from your old life and you don’t do it clean cut.  It gets messy.  There are strings you can’t break.  Bella trying to break away from her life it got pretty messy for awhile there, so this was my visual representation of that.   And then we have Breaking Dawn which I did have a say in and this is exactly what I wanted.  And I was really happy with the way it turned out.  There are two reasons for this cover in one sense it is the cover for the entire series.  Because we have Bella starting out as the weakest player on the board and then she progresses to where she becomes the most powerful player on the board.  And she’s really the one that affects the ending of the story.  Also it’s specific to Breaking Dawn because I knew the end was going to be a mental game and what game represents a mental game more than chess?  So I wanted to foreshadow the end.  

Q: (from Janessa)  In the beginning of each book you but a quote, what was your favorite quote so far?  

A:   I really liked doing Fire and Ice because it’s one of my favorite poems.  I was really pleased at how nicely that tied in. And I really enjoyed quoting Orson Scott Card in the last one because all these other authors are dead and gone and here we have someone in the modern day who is writing with such insight that he can do these profound one sentence statements that just blow me away so I was really excited to quote him.

Q:  (from Caitlin)  Do you think of things as you write them or do you have them all planned out ahead of time?

A:  I’ve noticed a lot of people that come out to my signings, like 99% are interested in writing in some capacity.  I think those are the kind of people that come to signings, they want to know more about it.  so I like to pull a few questions about writing.  I am still pretty new to the process.  I’ve only been doing this for five years.  With Twilight, there was no plan.  It was completely a mess.  I just wrote to see what would happen.  After that I did have to use outlines.  But I don’t stick to them very often.  I think my favorite outline is for The Host.  In the end it was at least 75 pages long single spaced.  It actually included portions of dialogue  and then I was changing it as things went.  Things that were in the outline melted away and others came in which happens a lot when you have strong characters they don’t follow the rules, or the outline.  So I’m still playing with that.  I like to do really long detailed outlines that I then refuse to follow.  That’s sorta my system right now.  

Q: (from Nichole)  How would you encourage other writers? 

A:  I think that my life should be an encouragement to other writers.  I did not plan to have a writing career.  I was terrified at the thought of trying to get published because of the rejection that was sure to come.  And look what’s happened.  This is amazing.  I’m in this room with 2000 people who are excited about my books.  And I get to hang out with a rock star backstage.  So if that doesn’t encourage you, i don’t know what will. 

Q:  When is Midnight Sun going to be published?

A:  I want you all to know that this may not happen right away.   I have for the past three years been under deadlines.  It’s been rough.  So I’m planning on taking my time and writing when the spirit strikes.  Now that could mean it won’t take very long at all.  I wrote Twilight very quickly but I don’t want to make any promises.  So I can’t give you exact dates on this but when I have a workable rough draft I will have a sense of how long because the editing process is fairly standard and I will be able to let you know when that is going to be.  

Q:  Now a question about The Host. (Stephenie gives a thumbs up and grins adorably)  In The Host when Kyle goes after Jodi, why did he not feel the hatred and resentment to Sunny that Jared felt towards Wanda?  

A:  The reason is because he knew Wanda and even though he reacted pretty negatively toward her himself, it let him view Sunny in a whole different perspective.  And so he wasn’t able to have that negative reaction.  Once you’ve been hanging out around a Soul it’s hard to see them in the same way.  

Q: (from Jan) What kind of Ferrari does Bella drive?

A:  Such an easy answer because really can you drive anything other than an F 430?  Is there another Ferrari?  Because I’m not aware of one.  Oh and it’s red.

Q: If the werewolves stay werewolves for as long as there is danger will Jake remain a werewolf forever? 

A:  That’s not exactly how it works.  The vampires being around triggers the change but after that as long as they phase into a werewolf fairly frequently, I don’t know a couple times a month…They have to stop phasing completely for the aging to pick up again so Jacob’s pretty much good to go.  

Q:  Why did you decide not to have a bloodbath at the end of Breaking Dawn, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad everyone lived but there was so much built up for the Volturi confrontation.

A:  This was something that I always knew was going to be this way.  And I did try to put a few clues into the manuscript.  The mention of The Merchant of Venice was deliberate to foreshadow a battle of the minds more than a physical battle.  I am not a person, I don’t think I have it in me to write the Hamlet ending where like everything is bodies and there is one guy you don’t know standing there giving a monologue about how tragic it all was.  That is so not me.  And I knew if the fight really got started that there were not going to be very many people left standing on either side and I wanted a win, I wanted a clear cut win and this was the way to do it.

Q:  How were Jane and Alec special in their human lives to warrant such superbly powerful vampire talents?  

A:  So Alec and Jane are really for all intents and purposes in the Twilight universe would be considered witches when they were human.  If you made Jane angry with you, even as a small child, bad things happened.  Aro was aware of the twins and he was very interested in acquiring them.  So imagine his disapproval when their village burned them at the stake. He interrupted that and village was no more and being burned at the stake part sort focused all their talents.  Alec became all about no pain, that’s where he was focusing.  Whereas Jane wanted to inflict that pain on others.  So that’s really how their talents developed. But they were talented before, when they were human.  

Q:  Out of all of Carlisle’s nomadic vampire friends, which one is your favorite?

A:  Clearly  I have a soft spot for Garrett right?  I really had fun bringing in the vampire world with all the range that is there  I really like Siobhan too.  She’s pretty cool.  And then the Romanians I just love.  They are creepy in such a fascinating way.  

Q: (from Jessica)  Where you sad when you made Bella a vampire and do you/did you miss her human qualities.  

A:  One of the interesting things about writing Bella as a vampire was that she really did lose some of her relatablity for me because at every point up until that point in the story I would say I could step into this story right here and I could do everything she could do which made it really fun.  You felt like you could be a part of the book because you knew, I could do what Bella does, I could trip.  So I could relate to her she wasn’t this super exotic person with magic powers, she was just Bella.  And I liked that.  I did know she was going to be a  vampire, all along I knew that by the way.  All these people were like are you ever going to make her a vampire and I wanted say um YEAH.  So I knew she was going to be a vampire and I wanted to experience that.  I wanted to get a sense of what that felt like.  But at the same time in writing it I couldn’t step into the story any more because I couldn’t do that.  And that made it a little harder.  So I was kinda sad to see her lose that relatablity.   Because she was a new and exciting Bella but she wasn’t a Bella I could be  and it was a little bit sad for me but I wanted to her to have that ending.  So I was happy for her but we just weren’t as close as we had been before.  It was a little weird.  

Q:  Why did you chose to end this series after the fourth book?  

A:  I knew this wasn’t going to be the same story once Bella was a vampire and it wasn’t going to be the same experience so after her story was resolved in that way, I feel like it’s told there are series that can go on forever and ever but I feel like it would be really unnatural to prolong Bella’s story that way and I didn’t want to ruin the story arc.  When the story goes the right direction for me, it’s very visual and I can see the shape of it every story has a different shape and as a whole, these four books this was the right shape for them.  So it was the right place to end and it doesn’t mean that I am done but there are a whole lot of stories in my head, but this story has just reached it’s natural conclusion and I don’t want to ruin that.

 

Comments

  1. Kristin Cullen says:

    yay- i can’t wait to read the transcript!

  2. Twilighter says:

    :) I’m so excited to read the transcript! I’m just so sad that this is the end of the all tours :( This is off the topic but I went to Twilight Top Sites and you guys were off the whole list. All the other sites were advanced.

  3. We figured that we would give up doing the rankings on topsites. We still link to them in our link section and will point people that way if they are looking for other sites, but we have decided to drop out of being ranked.

    This is no reflection at all on topsites and the hard work that Geo and Chris put into making it. We made a site decision to go on without it.

  4. Harryfan20 says:

    Well, Lexicon, you are the top Twilight site, we all know it! Give other sites a chance to be first, I guess.

  5. can’t wait!

  6. I just got back from the concert. It was SOOO amazing!! Stephenie is hilarious and so nice. :) Best night ever.

  7. twihard4life says:

    i just got back from the concert too!!!! it was AMAZING!!! after the concert was over and it was time for the signing me and my friends SPRINTED out into the hall and we got a pretty good spot near the front!!! stephenie is SOOO nice and i shook her hand! haha! this basically completed my life…but my life isn’t complete without the movie and Midnight Sun! haha! but it was AMAZING!!!

  8. The concert was amazing! I loved it. Justin was awesome as was Stephenie Meyer, of course. Stephenie is so nice, this was the second time I met her. I traveled all the way from Miami, Florida, so it was pretty cool seeing her again. All the songs by Justin were great, he really is an amazing singer and has talent. Stephenie and him have great chemistry and it was fun being at the concert.

  9. Wow, I am speechless!!! I just got back a while ago and that was amazing. That is honestly the most exciting thing that has happened to me so far in my 16 years of life. Stephenie is funny, easy going, nice, and generous (that line for signatures was LONG phew!! her poor hand!!!). Justin is funny too and very passionate. All of his songs were beautiful. His words even made Stephenie cry, which of course moved the audience. And then Stephenie and Justin as a unit, working together, was wonderful. Two funny, creative minds can really give you lifetime memories. I will never forget this it was awesome. When I say awesome, I do mean I’m truly in ‘awe’ of what I’ve experienced. There’s no way I can sleep tonight.

  10. The Seattle concert was amazing. It was just, wow. I feel honored to be at her last stop on her last tour. Plus, I got two signed books, woo! I am so buying Blue October’s new album.

  11. Twilighter says:

    You guys are still my favorite :) I always come here to see Twilight realted news. This is a very trustworthy site and I think everyone should appreciate the hardwork you guys do. I for one am very thankful that you guys work so hard to make this site. You guys are the best!! :D

  12. Viva las mariposas says:

    Sorry, this is off topic but I just started re-reading the series (I’m looking for all the foreshadowing that I missed before). On page 401 of Twilight, Emmett refers to Rosalie as "Rose". I know there’s been a lot of talk about how the nicknames all of a sudden appeared in BD, but I wanted to put it out there that the nickname Rose was used in Twilight. And I can’t wait to see the transcript from last night’s Q&A. Thanks!

    I believe, although I don’t have my copy of New Moon in front of me, she’s also called Rose in New Moon. I think Alice on the phone says something along the lines of "why would you do that Rose?" Jasper, and I totally wish I had marked it when I stumbled on it the other day, is called Jazz in either New Moon or Eclipse. I’m leaning toward Eclipse, I think it was along the lines of Alice saying "Jazz and I are going hunting." I’m sure someone out there will be able to find the reference, or correct me if I am wrong.

    Pel

  13. Harryfan20 says:

    Still, nothing prepared me for the nicknames… Jazz *shudders*

  14. “Rose, I need to talk to Carlisle now.”
    Alice, page 415, New Moon.

    “It doesn’t count until she’s conscious, Rose.”
    Emmett, page 498, New Moon.

    I know there was more in Eclipse. :/

    Its killing me trying to remember where “Jazz” was.

  15. XD I thought the nickname for Jasper was ADORABLE! And I think Alice started calling him that in Eclispe?

    We never really got to hear them talk about each other in that way before.. Bella was always focused on Edward remember? I think now that she knew what was going to happen, she could open up her thoughts a little bit more..

    What really started bothering me was in Eclispe Edward started calling Bella, “love” ALL THE TIME XD that kinda made me giggle, it’s such an old fashioned thing to say…

  16. OH and PEL
    I’m re-reading the series too! XD
    I’m also re-reading it because I have a VERY critical friend who is going to tRY to read this series… He’s a bit picky on over using descriptions, so I’m kinda reading the books again so I can explain said descriptions when he complains XD

    But I was planning on re-reading the series to find the hints anyways…

  17. NenaCullen says:

    New Moon page 415, Alice: “Rose, I need to talk to Carlisle now.” … “Why would you do that, Rosalie?”…. “it’s a bit late for that, Rose. Save your remorse for someone who believes it.”

    I know I saw Jazz before… I am looking for it :)

    ~Nena

  18. On the whole nickname thing, we saw a lot more of the Cullen’s home life in BD. While the story was tense, we saw them more in their comfortable atmosphere. So of course they’re going to call each other nicknames. I don’t call my husband by any nicknames when we’re out and about, typically just at home. Not to get cynical, but this just proves that people are way over analyzing this. :)

  19. See I knew someone with a book would actually be able to find this. :)

    The “jazz” thing is making me nuts. I know I saw it like five days ago before I knew it was suddenly this big deal.

    It’s now like a song going through my head that you can’t get rid of…grrrr. I’ll probably stumble on it three weeks from now.

  20. Mary Alice Cullen says:

    I loved the series. I totally love Breaking Dawn. Its my fav.
    I’m going to reread it again and this would be my 15th time rereading it. :)

  21. jenni_elyse says:

    I just finished rereading Eclipse last night and New Moon a few days ago. There are so many references to the pack being “shape shifters” rather than werewolves. :D

    Also, there was at least one time that someone called Emmett Em, but I don’t remember exactly where. I remember seeing Jazz (I think), but can’t remember for sure. Gah! I wish I would’ve paid more attention to that. I was too busy paying attention to the foreshadowing. ;)

    I don’t know why the nicknames are such a big deal anyway. Bella and Rose obviously go by nicknames as well as many other minor characters. I just don’t think Bella was ever as intimate with the Cullens (other than Alice, Edward, and Carlisle) before Breaking Dawn. So, even if the nicknames were first introduced in Breaking Dawn, then it’s because she and they felt more comfortable with each other around.

  22. breakingdawnfan says:

    I’m so sad it’s over !! I TOO LOVE STEPHENIE MEYERS !!!

  23. omg, i was there last night and it was sooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    stephenie is SO nice, and cool and funny!

  24. Twilighter Fanpire says:

    I love Japer’s nickname, Jazz. I think it’s cool and I love Jasper (he’s my 2nd favorite im sure you kow who #1 is haha)
    If you haven’t read BD don’t read this. I love that last part where Jasper is squished between Esme and Alice and Bella says that he ” seems more central to the family picture than usual.” I wish I could be next to Jaasper -sigh- haha ok sorry about my babbling Can’ wait for the transcript :D

  25. any idea when we can expect the transcript?

  26. Why are the nicknames such a big deal? What difference does it make what they call each other? It doesn’t take anything away from the storyline. I’m trying to find anything that hints towards Bella becoming pregnant but I’m certain there aren’t any hints there. Anyone found any?

    And to CKitsune, over here in England, when someone calls you “love” it’s not old fashioned. It’s more like common speak, casual type thing.

    Like “Y’all right love?”

    So when I read Edward saying that I was like “Haha, Edward’s an common old man in a pub gettin a pint” :)

  27. actually i knew jasper was “jazz” from the personall corespondance on the lex. i think it’s adorable.

    oh and i thought the whole rennee got knocked up early and the fact that bells was told never to do that was a hint, because from day 1 bella started finding herself doing everything she thought she’s never do (like love forks, and get married at 18)

    i actually really liked how edward calls bella “Love” it gives me shivers. and i know it can be a very common thing in england, but i think it’s impossible for edward to ever act so low.

    i can’t wait for the transcript!! i wish i could have been there but i’m all the way on the other side of world.

  28. Katie-O-Matie says:

    It was great :) She talked about how she would have ended twilight if it was just one book, why the confrontation was the way it was, tips for writers, what’s next for her, a few questions about the host, the meanings of the covers, etc.
    My friend and I were wearing the edward shirts from borders (advertised on the news blog) and when we got to her (for signing) she had to change pens and we got to talk about how gorgeous Rob was! Haha, it was the most amazing thing of my life. my friend and I were FREAKING out.

  29. ROLF! So “Jazz” has no only been in the personal correspondence for two and a half years, but it’s also been in Jasper’s Lexicon bio since then. Well, I knew I read it somewhere. (and no we didn’t just update those items you can check out wayback machine to verify this)

    As for the transcript I’m still waiting for my source to get it done. Given that she got out of the event late last night and that event was on Pacific time, we may have a little longer to wait.

  30. jenni_elyse says:

    Sarah, as I reread Eclipse, babies were a pretty big theme in it. Some directly correlated with Bella and some didn’t. But, I just think with it being a theme throughout Eclipse and with Esme in Twilight, it just hinted, but no necessarily foreshadowed, to Renesmee. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it made sense as I was rereading the books.

    Thanks for answering the question about Jasper! I knew I had seen Jazz as well. I think it’s cool that they have nicknames for each other. The only one I couldn’t imagine, and thank goodness I didn’t have to, is calling Edward Ed or Eddie. :lol:

  31. bandbutrfly says:

    I went to the concert tour in Chicago and it was AMAZING! Stephenie Meyer and Justin were both great. You could hear the heartbreak in “Hate Me” and “My Never”. She knows how to picks songs that go with the mood of the story/characters. I was so happy to get the chance to tell her I have family in Forks and have been there before Twilight even came out! It is such a beautiful place! Can’t wait for Midnight Sun!!

  32. Viva las mariposas says:

    Thanks for everyone’s input on the nicknames. I agree, I like the nicknames. I love that they were mentioned in previous books and in the PC. It was just one of the many things that annoyed me when I read about people complaining on various forums about the nicknames. I didn’t understand the big deal either.

  33. i heart cullen says:

    i went and it was so much fun! stephenie is amazing.

  34. thank goodness they never nicknamed edward! yikes! …..ed/eddie…GAH!

  35. fireice99 says:

    true that, a.leigh. that wouldve been MORTIFYING!

  36. I’m so jealous. I was supposed to be there! But they were sold out when I went to get tickets :(

  37. awww i cant believe that was her last twi tour :( i love love lovedddd reading the questions she answered tho :D this is off topic but does anyone have an estimit of when the discussion forums will be back up. i miss my NBOAD buddies :( i hav so much to update. if anyone finds out who the hacking retarded hackers are i WILL bring them DOWN

  38. talking bout edwards nick name should be ed or eddie, what about eddiepuss from that you tube vid “james truth”… now that would be halirous!!!

    ( i would hate to see it inthe book, but in theory its funny!)

  39. I went in Seattle and it was amazing! Listen to my never and read page 355 in Breaking Dawn like Stephenie had us do. OMG I was crying and so was Stephenie and like everybody in the audience.

  40. How about Eddie Weddie

  41. laurelflower93 says:

    The Seattle signing was AMAZING! And Justin was great as well. They are both so funny! The songs Stephenie picked for Justin to play fit the books so well, it was incredible. “Hate Me” was New Moon, and “My Never” fit Breaking Dawn for Jacob. Everyone started crying, even Stephenie. And was it ever LOUD! The screaming gave me permanent hearing loss I’m sure, but it was well worth it. = D

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