August 17, 2008

Twilight Prom Celebrates Love of Supernatural Series

By RYAN N. JONES [email protected]

Nearly 30 young adults arrived at the Roanoke County Public Library on Electric Road Tuesday dressed in their formal best for the library's Twilight Prom -- an event inspired by a popular science-fiction book series.

Published in 2005, Stephenie Meyer's first novel, "Twilight," instantly captivated the hearts and minds of young readers across the county.

Now, with the August 2 release of the fourth and final novel in The Twilight Saga, "Breaking Dawn," fans are continuing to help bring Meyer's less-than-conventional characters to life with events like the library's Twilight Prom.

"There's always a huge list of holds [for the books]," said youth services librarian Wendy Rancier. "I just had a feeling it was going to be a popular thing to do."

Guests at the "prom" enjoyed music from Meyer's personal play list, which she posted on her official website for fans to download. They also brought their own T-shirts to decorate with phrases best understood by other Twilight fans.

The most popular phrase was "Team Edward" -- a reference to one of the series' main characters, who just happens to be a vampire.

"The main character, you're just drawn to him," said Courtney Tamaro, a tenth-grader at Cave Spring High School, as she giggled with her friends about their attraction to the mythical Edward.

Rancier says despite the mostly adolescent female audience, some boys and adults have picked up the novels as well. She and her co- workers have enjoyed the novels themselves and welcomed the opportunity to organize the Twilight Prom.

"It was the last book and we really wanted to do something kind of special with it," she said.

Tuesday's event was the second of three Twilight Proms planned by the library system -- the first took place August 4 at the Vinton Library and the last took place August 12 at the Hollins Library.

Many have compared the popularity of Meyer's supernatural novels to that of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, which ended when the seventh book was released in 2007.

"I like the books because they're supernatural, but in a relatable sense," Colleen Truskey, an eighth-grader at Cave Spring Middle School, said of The Twilight Saga. "I guess they [the books] are popular because they're just neat. They let you forget about things and escape."

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