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Sydney Morning Herald – Twi-Hards Line Up For Twilight

December 7, 2008

source: Sydney Morning Herald

IT’S the moment that teenage girls across Australia have been waiting for – the release of the cult vampire movie Twilight.

Yesterday, the hardest of hard-core fans lined up for a Twilight convention in Sydney, giving an indication of the hysteria to come when the film hits cinemas on Thursday.

Madelon Mills, 14, who had been waiting with friends since 7am to be first in line at the convention, is a committed “twi-hard”, as fans are known. She has read the cult Twilight series by US author Stephenie Meyer several times and can link quotes to specific page numbers. She tried to explain the hysteria around the film.

“It’s a different kind of love story that just draws you in,” she said.

Sally Pearson and Zoe Townsend, both 28, of Orange, paid $450 each for a VIP pass that included a cocktail party with some of the film’s stars on Friday night, autographs, photos and attendance at the day-long convention in Ultimo.

The friends sported badges declaring they had “Obsessive Cullen Disorder”, referring to the series’ heart-throb vampire hero, Edward Cullen, who falls in love with mortal Bella Swan.

The pair saw the movie at a pre-screening last Thursday night, lining up for hours to get front-row seats.

They had all the expectations of committed fans – the pair carry around the four Twilight books in their backpacks at all times and have audio cassettes of the novels for when they are driving.

They gave the film their approval.

“It’s the best book adaptation of a film I’ve ever seen,” Ms Pearson said.

Convention organiser Carissa Avenhouse said she had to turn away hundreds of girls wanting to attend Saturday’s event, restricting numbers to 420. “We had parents calling up saying their daughters had been crying for three days because they couldn’t get in,” Ms Avenhouse said.

The film’s stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, did not attend the convention, though fans were thrilled to see minor characters Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob Black, Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale, and Edi Gathegi, who plays Laurent.

The movie, which grossed $108million on its opening weekend in the US, is expected to be a summer blockbuster. More than 25 million copies of the Twilight series books have sold internationally.

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