Which pop culture nuggets helped the author hatch her vampire epic? For starters, My Chemical Romance, the X-Men, and...''Baby Mama''?
''I read it when I was nine,'' says Meyer, ''and I've reread it literally hundreds of times. I do think that there are elements of Edward in Edward Rochester and elements of Bella in Jane. Jane was someone I was close to as a child we were good friends! I think in some ways she was more real to me than any other fictional heroine.''