Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: Twilight Lexicon’s Founder Defines Fandom

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We’re halfway through our Breaking Dawn Superfan Week, and we thought it was about time to give a nod (or maybe bow down) to one of the sites that started it all, Twilight Lexicon. Lori Joffs started the Lex long before most of the world had even heard of Edward and Bella, and all these years later, it’s still the ultimate resource for info on the books, mythology, movies and Stephenie Meyer. Lori (a.k.a. Alphie) looked back at how it all began for her, and what the future beyond Twilight looks like for her.

TheFABlife: When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Lori Joffs: I read Twilight in January of 2006. It took me a few chapters to get into, but by the end I was fascinated by this impossible romance of a vampire who loved this girl for her humanity and a human who loved the supernatural qualities of this vampire. I wondered how they could ever make it work when she would obviously have to become a vampire in order for them to be together, and thus lose her humanity, which was a huge factor for the vampire. It was a conundrum that played on my brain enough to send me looking on the Internet for more people to talk to about it.

TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
LJ: There are so many! But I think the one that will be the most fascinating is the birth. We’ve been talking about that scene since they started filming Twilight. How can they do it, keep it just as gory and as frightening, and yet stay PG-13? I’m sure it will be just amazing!

TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times seen the previous movie?
LJ: I haven’t any clue how many times I’ve read the books! Cover to cover, I’ve read them all at least twice. I’ve read Twilight and Eclipse more than New Moon and Breaking Dawn, though. I believe I’ve read Eclipse about a dozen times. However, I’ve read segments over and over again from all the books.

TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?
LJ: I know I will see it at least three times in the theater because I have plans for three times. I might see it more than that, but we’ll have to see!

TFL: What will you do after you’ve seen it that many times?
LJ: Start planning for the next film, I suppose! And update the website with actor info and images.

TFL: What will you do after the final movie is out?
LJ: I’ve very excited for The Host as a movie. VERY excited. I might get bashed for saying it, but I’d take Ian O’Shea over Edward Cullen any day of the week! As much as I fell for Edward in the books, I fell even harder for Ian! So I’ll probably start focusing on that project. We’ve already started working on TheHostLexicon.com even.

TFL: Have you ever felt this way about any other book/movie/person/thing?
LJ: Of course! I am a fan through and through. When I say I am a fan of something big, I mean it! I’ve been a fan of Disney since I can remember. I saw Beauty and the Beast in the movie theater seven times when I was in high school. I’m a fan of sci-fi and have played around in both the Star Wars and the Star Trek fandoms. And of course, there is Harry Potter! Laura (the co-owner of the Lexicon) and I met each other on line through Potter, and we visited so many Potter fansites that we learned from them how we wanted to run our own site.

TFL: Do you think anything will ever take Twilight‘s place for you?
LJ: It’s possible. I never though I’d find a book series that had me waiting at midnight for the next release like Harry Potter did. Then Twilight came along. Then I read Hunger Games and got wrapped up in that series. What’s unique about Twilight for me is that I haven’t just been a fan, but I’ve been able to be a real part of the fandom and the community. I don’t know if I will ever be this active in a fandom again, but I don’t think this will be the last fandom that captures my imagination so much that I rush out to see the films or buy the books as soon as they are available.

TFL: Will anything ever become the phenomenon that Twilight has? What?
LJ: Like I said above, I think Hunger Games has potential. But that series has a very different tone. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with a few other YA authors, like Myra McEntire’s Hourglass, to see if those series take off and spark a real fandom. Phenomena like this don’t come around every day. You never know what is going to strike a nerve with people. I just know that someday, maybe in five years or 10 or 20, something will bring a group of fans together like this again.

TFL: Do you think Stephenie Meyer should do a spin-off series? On which character?
LJ: From the time Breaking Dawn was published I have been hoping for more books from Stephenie. I would love to see how the relationship plays out between Renesmee and Jacob! And I’d love to see how Edward and Bella deal with it! But I will forever want to know what happens to Leah. Stephenie told us long ago that if she wrote any more books, they would be about Nessie and Leah. I refuse to believe that a writer who likes happy endings as much as Stephenie does would leave Leah alone and angry for the rest of her life! And lets not forget The Host! I would line up for more Host novels!

TFL: Twilight tattoos: yea or nay?
LJ: Tattoos aren’t really my thing, but I’ve seen a few fans with tattoos that fit their personality and have been well done.

TFL: How has Twilight changed your life?
LJ: I’m doing this interview! In all seriousness, I know it sounds so cheesy to say so, but I don’t even want to think of what my life would have been had it not been for Twilight and the friends I have made and the adventures I’ve been on. Around the time Breaking Dawn the book was published, I got a divorce. It was the chance to immerse myself in this fantasy world and the support of the friends I made, and even the support of Stephenie at the time, that kept me going. The Twilight Lexicon and my kids were to two things that kept me going for a few months. And then life settled and got better and better and better.

TFL: Favorite line from the book/movie?
LJ: I have always loved the line in Twilight the book that Edward says to Bella, “I may not be human, but I am a man.” Bella fell asleep just after he said that, which always stunned me! I wouldn’t have been able to sleep after that!

In Eclipse the film, I adore Jacob’s line, “I’m hotter than you,” which made me howl in laughter the first time I heard it! Brilliant!

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[Photo: TwilightLexicon.com]