Comic-Con plans for deluge of Twilight fans
Twilight fans turned up in such large numbers to last year’s Comic-Con that the organisers immediately began putting together plans for this year’s event.
Followers of the teen vampire romance also earned a reputation last year for claiming seats at Comic-Con a day in advance and then not moving a muscle.
To avoid a repeat performance, this year Comic-Con changed its original Thursday schedule, holding off a panel for James Cameron’s "Avatar" until after footage from the upcoming Twilight film, New Moon, is revealed.
But now that Robert Pattinson, better known as vampire Edward, is confirmed to be on the New Moon Questions & Answers panel, who knows whether the screaming will die down in time for the next panel to start?
And if you think it’s just the teen crowd behind this, think again.
Compared with the younger fans, who can stroll into their age-appropriate section of a bookstore to find the series, adult Twilight fans occur by happenstance. But once it does, it’s a domino effect.
"I bought the first two books for my boss," said 38-year-old Kathy Campbell, "and she read them and said ‘that’s the best love story, you have to read them.’ “After a bit of speculation, Campbell tried the books out for herself, and has now gotten her 29-year-old sister, Marie, addicted as well.
But it’s not just the love story, fans say. Although the books have been criticized for their literary quality, fans insist it’s not just the tale, but the way it’s told.
Stephenie Meyer was born on the 24th of December 1973 in Hartford, Connecticut. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and was one of six children. The unusual spelling of her name came from her father, Stephen (+ ie). Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She lives with her husband and three young sons in Phoenix, Arizona. After the publication of her first novel, Twilight, booksellers chose Stephenie Meyer as one of the "most promising new authors of 2005" (Publishers Weekly).