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Stephenie Meyer flexes Forbes power, saves U.S. from terrorists?

June 29, 2010 |  4:20 pm

Stephenie-meyer-forbes Say what you will for the success of "Twilight" trio Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner -- series creator Stephenie Meyer is giving the kids a run for their money in the high-profile department.

Forbes on Tuesday released the Celebrity 100, its ranking of most powerful stars in the stratosphere, with Meyer returning to the list, this time at No. 59 -- mind you, the ranking reflects influence between June 2009 and June 2010, when Meyer had no new literature in circulation. (KStew and RPattz made the list as newcomers, landing on either side of their writer pal. Tay, better luck next year?)

"New Moon" saw a record-breaking release, however, propelling the author to new heights of box office and fan adoration. Her novella "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" is, predictably, a smash, selling 1 million copies in less than a month.

So it's good to be Stephenie. We think this is further evidenced by this brilliant headline from the Onion on Tuesday: "Al-Qaeda Calls Off Terrorist Attack After Deeming It Poses A Threat To Twilight Author."

Get the (hilarious, lampooning) report here (hint: Osama bin Laden is Team Jacob).

-- Matt Donnelly 

Photo: Stephenie Meyer in 2008. Credit: Getty Images.

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