July 31, 2008

Fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga Plan to Stay Up and Wait for the Dawn

By Edward M. Eveld, The Kansas City Star, Mo.

Jul. 31--It's Friday, thank goodness. You may be at the club at midnight or fast asleep, but a certain segment of the population will be in vampire heaven at the stroke of 12.

Teen girls, many of them, but not exclusively. Saturday is the official release of Stephenie Meyer's fourth and final book in her Twilight Saga. Midnight is the first chance fans can get their hands on Breaking Dawn, which will answer several critical questions.

So, is Bella's true love Edward or Jacob?

"I love the romance," said Rae Ehly, 13, of Prairie Village. "I love the mystery. I love how Edward is super-attractive, almost perfect, with this one flaw."

A little one, his being a vampire and all.

Ehly hopes to be among the swarms of Twilight fans at book-release parties tonight, although she's facing a 5 a.m. wakeup call for a family trip.

"I might as well stay up all night," she said.

Exactly the plan for many a Twilight fan: Grab the book and start reading.

Vivien Jennings at Rainy Day Books expects 400 to 500 at the Fairway store for a party that starts at 11 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, Jennings said. Festivities include a drawing for a boxed set of the books, signed, with a poster.

"We're blocking off the entire parking lot," she said. "It's a social thing. And parents are supportive of this. They're happy."

Happy when a book sparks imaginations and gets young people excited about reading.

Aly Brownlee of Kansas City got hooked on Twilight a couple of years ago, drawn by Bella, the main character.

"I look up to her," said Brownlee, 19. "It's not just a love story. It's also coming-of-age. She's someone a lot of girls can relate to."

Most area Borders stores are kicking off their parties at 9:30 p.m., and fans can drop in during the day for a colored bracelet, designating positions in line when the books go on sale, said Joe Hughs, general manager at the store in the Boardwalk shops, Barry Road and Interstate 29.

Fans can participate in Twilight trivia games and a drawing for a book. If enough dress up as a favorite character, there will be a costume contest, Hughs said.

Barnes & Noble stores at Zona Rosa, at Town Center Plaza in Leawood and in Independence will start their festivities at 10 p.m.

Twilight readers may not be as numerous as the Harry Potter hordes, but many are just as passionate.

"There are some really hardcore Twilight fans out there," Hughs said.


RELEASE PARTIES Breaking Dawn goes on sale at midnight. For pre-sale fun, check out these events:

--Barnes & Noble: 10 p.m. at Zona Rosa, Town Center Plaza and in Independence

--Borders: 9:30 p.m. at area stores, except Borders Express in Independence, which will open at 6 a.m. Saturday

--Rainy Day Books: 11 p.m. at the Fairway store


--Saturday in FYI: Brand new Twilight fan Jenee Osterheldt finds out what the fuss is all about.

To reach Edward M. Eveld, features writer, call 816-234-4442 or send e-mail to [email protected]


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