As we mentioned this morning, TheFABlife is celebrating the ever-closer release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 by taking a moment to salute the superfan bloggers who make Twilight watching and reading so much fun. Next on our list is Lindsay, who runs Team-Twilight.com, an ubercomprehensive source for Twilight news (seriously, she could put us all out of business!). Check out what she has to say about her absolute Twi-fandom. (And look back at our chat with KSIBTU’s Cynically Convivial here.)
TheFABlife:When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Lindsay: I read Twilight in 2008 after the film had been made but before we had trailers or anything. I remember seeing the EW cover (which at the time received horrible backlash) and it was enough to grab my attention. I picked up Twilight from the library, and then the next day I bought New Moon and Eclipse. I had to wait a couple months for Breaking Dawn, but I was officially hooked, telling everyone I knew to read them.
TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (Part 1 or 2)?
Lindsay: SPOILER: I can’t wait for the part where Bella lets Edward inside her head at the very end. But that’s a year away still!
TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times seen the previous movie?
Lindsay: I have read each of the books different number of times, actually. I’ve read Twilight the most. It’s still my favorite. Same with the movie. I saw Twilight four times in the theater and who even knows how many times on DVD. It’s the one I put on when I am doing housework and run in at my favorite parts, like I haven’t seen them before.
TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?
Lindsay: Depends who wants to join me! I am guessing three or four times in the theater. And then once I have it on DVD, I am guessing it will be the same as my Breaking Dawn re-reads, which often end after the honeymoon!
TFL: What will you do after the final movie is out?
Lindsay: I don’t know. I’ve asked other fans this too. I run a huge fan site dedicated to the series, but we are TEAM Twilight so we cover the cast and their other projects. I can’t see stopping our site after the series is over. I think we’ll still cover any relevant Twilight news. And personally, I’ll just keep reading the books and keep watching the movies.
TFL: Have you ever felt this way about any other book/movie/person/thing?
Lindsay: I used to love Newsies and Christian Bale. But I was like 15 at the time. And there weren’t fansites around at the time so there wasn’t that ability to obsess. You just watched movies and sang songs. You didn’t have this enormous community of people to obsess with. It really increases your obsession to have so many people in it with you.
TFL: Do you think anything will ever take Twilight‘s place for you?
Lindsay: I don’t think so. I love a LOT of stuff. I like to say I am a franchise junkie. I love Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments. But nothing like Twilight!
TFL: Will anything ever become the phenomenon that Twilight has? What?
Lindsay: I just can’t see anything THIS big. Of course, 30 years ago they probably said the same thing about the Stars Wars phenomenon. As social media and internet access increases worldwide, who knows what else can get huge. But there is something about the Twilight story that is special and touching, so I am not counting on it.
TFL: Do you think Stephenie Meyer should do a spin-off series? On which character?
Lindsay: I don’t. I know that doesn’t sound very fan-y of me, but I can see why she is feeling done with the series. She wants to pursue other stories. And I am sure she probably just needs a break. I’d love to have her finish Midnight Sun, and I’d be first in line if she ever wrote a spin-off. I’d love to see back-stories on Alice or Carlisle, personally.
TFL: Twilight tattoos: yea or nay?
Lindsay: I’m going to go with no. That’s just a personal preference. I don’t do tattoos at all. However, if I ever got a Twilight tattoo, it would have to be subtle, and only recognizable as Twilight-related by the real fans. Either way, it wouldn’t go over too well with my husband.
TFL: How has Twilight changed your life?
Lindsay: I know there are fans who have gotten through a hard time in their lives with Twilight. I really can appreciate because I think I did that too. Maybe not as hard of a time as some of the other stories I have heard. But it’s still my story. And being a part of a large fansite with interaction with so many people has been amazing. I have legitimate great friends that I have met through this, some only online, but if we meet in person, it’s like we are best friends. It’s a special bond.
[Photo: Summit Entertainment, Team-Twilight’s Lindsay]