We can’t help it. There’s no escaping them: the Cullens, the Volturis, Jacob Black, Bella Swan. Vampires. Wolf pack. Twilight
obsessed crazy devoted fans.
The cast of ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ lead by Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner headed to Nokia PLaza in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 24th for the world premiere of Stephanie Meyer’s successful 4-series novel turned film.
We were shocked to see these photos and read fans spending so much just to be at the site. American Idol fans are nothing compared to these die-hard fans! Unbelievable.
Days before that, as early as Sunday June 20 “The fans, virtually all female, are living on the concrete plaza of an entertainment complex, surrounded by blankets, tents, umbrellas and cardboard cut-outs of the film’s stars… [they] are being rewarded for their patience with guaranteed spots on the red carpet for the Thursday June 24 movie premiere of “Eclipse.” –Yahoo Movies
Spending $$ in this economy
Monica Siegel and her two friends dropped a total of $2,500 and flew hundreds of miles to camp out for four days on a gritty patch of sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles. On Thursday, it was all worth it.
Siegel, a college sophomore, spent more than $1,000 on airfare, camping equipment and a motel to make it to California with her two friends, whom she met through a Twilight Facebook page. The motel, at $60 a night, was for showers only: Siegel and her pals have been sleeping and living in their brand-new tent since Sunday.
“I’ve never gone camping in my life,” Siegel said. “We’re paying for a hotel room we can’t sleep in – but we can shower!”
Siegel, 21-year-old Amanda Willis, of Dallas, and 25-year-old Melissa Moorhead, of Seattle, are just three among thousands of so-called “Twi-hards” who have clogged the downtown premiere venue since early this week, camping out in a specially-designated tent city for a fleeting glimpse of stars such as Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
Up to 9,000 people were issued wristbands for a chance to see the film. At least 550 early birds, like Siegel, were ensured a spot along the red carpet, which was black for the occasion.
Celebrities working their way down the carpet before the premiere were swarmed with screaming, frantic fans. Dakota Fanning, who plays the vampire Jane, said she was amazed by the fan presence – even in comparison with what she has seen in her own childhood acting career.
“It’s really exciting. I don’t think I’ll ever be part of something like this for the rest of my life,” she said. “It’s really kind of surreal.”
Stephanie Tregea, 19, drove 500 miles from Upper Lake, in Northern California, to attend the premiere. She wore a black T-shirt that said “Team Carlisle,” and held a sign that read: “My cat died while I’ve been in line. (Peter, comfort me during this sadness).”
It got her an extended embrace from Facinelli, who plays Cullen patriarch Carlisle.-Huff Post
Robert Pattinson has vampire lineage
In related news, Access Hollywood asked Robert about the recent revelation that he is related – distantly – to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the myth of Dracula.
“I just heard about it,” Robert told Shaun about the news. “But I always knew.”
“You always knew?” Shaun asked.
“My middle name’s Vlad!” he laughed.
Will it outlive Justine Beiber fever? You bet!
Whether you are a fan or not, whether you understand the hype– the Twilight saga effect is unarguably the biggest phenomenon in pop culture worldwide in recent years. Fans, young and old embracing fantasy world- devouring the book and the film; captivated by the characters and the actors that play them.
It will stick around for years and years to come passed on from fan to fan; afterall vampires and werewolves (?) can live forever.