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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
E L James's X-rated trilogy picks up where those pillow-biting honeymoon scenes left off. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele's blush-worthy, handcuff-happy love saga actually began as Twilight fan fiction, which secured an e-book following before it was even available in print last April. Since then, it's become a fixture on the New York Times's best-seller lists, and is following in its predecessor's footsteps as a (steamy) film adaptation.
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With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hitting theaters only five days prior to the The Muppets in Nov. 2011, the creative forces at Disney employed an "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" approach to getting the word out about their flick, releasing Twilight-themed posters featuring Kermit the "vamphibian", Miss Piggy as "Bella Swine" and Rowlf the dog as "WereRowlf."
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Vampire mania even struck South Park, where the craze angered not werewolves, but the "goth kids" who were mistaken for those jumping on the bloodthirsty bandwagon. Truth be told though, Edward Cullen probably wouldn't be caught dead in the Hot Topic fashions modeled by the "vampire kids" in this episode, which aired right before the first Twilight installment hit theaters in November 2008.
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CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE
Those who snuck off to see the films, rather than bare the scrutiny of their boyfriends or BFFs, can find a kindred spirit in Julianne Moore's portrayal of divorce-seeking Emily Weaver, whose marital woes did not interfere with her guilty pleasure. "When I told you that I had to work late, I really went to see the new Twilight movie by myself," she tells on-screen husband Steve Carell in the 2011 romantic comedy. "It was so bad."
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Need a Twilight plot refresher? Once again, Twilight got animated, this time being mocked by the show's Chris Griffin, who made his point via puppets modeled after Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. "I'm a vampire, and I'm in love with this unattractive girl. I'm a werewolf, and I am also in love with this unattractive girl," he summarizes in the February 2011 episode. "Boy, she sure can act though, can't she? Nope! The end."
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In 2009 and 2010, Isabella and Jacob topped the Social Security Administration's list of the country's most popular baby names, proving that while Twilight may soon come to an end, its influence has a long life expectancy ahead.
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For those who didn't think the supernatural smash was so fang-tastic after all, the writer-directors behind the Scary Movie spoofs gave Twilight the parody treatment in 2010. Transporting fans to Sporks, Vampires Suck introduced Becca Crane, Edward Sullen and Jacob White – but haters failed to turn up at the box office in the same volume as Twihards, with the film raking in only $36.7 million.
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LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
Proof that Twilight has set the standard for romance, the 2010 heart-warmer starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel not only snuck in a reference to the saga, but to one of its stars' off-screen dating life. As Heigl and Duhamel's characters warm up to one another, their onscreen babysitter coos, "I think you guys make a really cute couple," which prompts Heigl to quip, "She said the same thing about Taylor Swift and that Twilight kid."
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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Soon after Twilight's popularity reached a peak, The CW debuted The Vampire Diaries in 2009, and the show wasted no time in acknowledging the series that paved its way. In one of its earliest episodes, vamp bad boy Damon, played by Ian Somerhalder, flips through a copy of New Moon, and muses to his human girlfriend, "What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so whipped." When she asks why he, too, doesn't sparkle, Damon doesn't miss a beat, responding, "Because I live in the real world, where vampires burn in the sun … This book, by the way, has it all wrong."
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For its annual "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episode in 2010, The Simpsons tackled Twilight, and brought in the big guns to do it, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. The actor voiced a vampire named Edmund, who attempts to spend eternity with Lisa until Homer prevents him from turning her. "I'm sure Rob's got a sense of humor about [it]," Radcliffe told MTV about poking fun at his onetime costar.
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