Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: How @RKDaily Overcame An Aversion To Vampires


As we wind down Breaking Dawn Superfan Week, today’s featured guest is surprisingly not a blogger, not in the traditional sense anyway. “Rivers” sticks to the microblog, tweeting and retweeting massive amounts of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart news @RKdaily. But brief is not the nature of Rivers’ love for the franchise that launched Robsten. See for yourself.

TheFABlife: When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Rivers: In 2008, I kept seeing the Twilight book cover in stores. I asked my friend about it and the second “vampires” came out of her mouth, I pretty much tuned her out. She reassured me with, “It’s about vampires but it’s not really about vampires,” which I found is ironically, very true. I fell in love with the books, and when the first Twilight movie was released a few months later, I couldn’t wait for the sequel to start filming.

TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
Rivers: I’m not big into automobiles, but I would love to see the quirky scenes of Bella trying to get around in ridiculous missile-proof cars in the beginning of Breaking Dawn. For Breaking Dawn Part 1, I don’t think I’m alone when I say the honeymoon scene. You have two characters that have overcome so much together, yet haven’t been able to share this aspect of their relationship, until now. For Breaking Dawn Part 2, I’m all about seeing how Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson portray their characters as new parents.

TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times have you seen the previous movie?
Rivers: I’ve read the series two or three times, with the exception of the monster that is Breaking Dawn (which I’ve fully read once, and skimmed through a second time). If I remember correctly, I saw Twilight in theaters at least five times, New Moon three times and Eclipse twice. I’ve never been more grateful to live near a cheaply priced theater. Like the rest of my favorite movies, I’ll put the DVD on in the background while I’m doing something else. However, I can say that it’s been a while since I’ve watched Twilight and Eclipse DVDs without the actors’ hysterical commentary. They. Are. Golden.

TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?
Rivers: For now, I just have plans for one showing. If I go more will depend on if I can stomach the *spoiler* birth scene and *not a spoiler* the wigs. Who am I kidding? I’ll see it again.

TFL: Have you ever felt this way about any other book/movie/person/thing?
Rivers: I’ve always liked music artists and certain movies (including the Harry Potter books and films), but Twilight was my first real experience of being involved in a massive, integrated “fandom” from the beginning. Since my experience with it, I’ve gotten to experience other “fandoms,” and it’s interesting to see the similarities and differences.

TFL: Do you think anything will ever take Twilight‘s place for you?
Rivers: I think it’s safe to say Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have made this what it is for me. It’s so refreshing to see people like them in this business, and I’m glad that they’re the foundation of the series. So, I don’t think anything can take its place, but I’m definitely looking forward to upcoming film adaptations (e.g., The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Divergent, etc.).

TFL: Do you think Stephenie Meyer should do a spin-off series? On which character?
Rivers: As far as adding more to the story? Nah, I think Breaking Dawn is good closure for the series. I’d still like to see Midnight Sun be published, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

TFL: Twilight tattoos: yea or nay?
Rivers: Not for me. Mostly because I change my mind too often to get any kind of tattoo. When people fall in love with a certain book/film series, it obviously involves some aspect becoming significant to them. It makes sense that people would want that to be part of them. I just don’t have the urge to do that in the form of a tattoo.

TFL: How has Twilight changed your life?
Rivers: If we’re being completely honest, I had close to no love for leisure reading before Twilight. Nothing really grabbed my attention before because I was clueless as to what my genre preference even was (which at the moment is anything from sci-fi dystopian novels to mystery novels). Now, it’s rare if I’m not reading something when I have the free time.

My experience with Twilight has also brought me into the world of bloggers and production coverage. My interest in the story of the films definitely includes more of the production and press in the filming industry than before, which I wasn’t expecting. I have so much respect for fansites who continue to keep up with it all. It’s amazing how strong the presence of the online fanbase is, especially with the Twilight series.

As odd as it sounds, the community is the best part. The majority of the public is mostly shown the, er, most eccentric part of Twilight fans. What they don’t get to see is the great community full of hilarious and heartfelt people. I’m grateful for the close friends I’ve made over the past few years, including the people I’ve gotten to meet up with and those who I’ve yet to meet, but feel like I already have.

TFL: Favorite line from the books/movies?
Rivers: I’m going to cheat and throw in a few.
Books: New Moon: Edward: “You’re not asleep, and you’re not dead. I’m here, and I love you. I have always loved you, and I will always love you.”
Breaking Dawn: Alice: ”I’ll play you for it. Rock, paper, scissors.”
Edward: “Why don’t you just tell me who wins?”
Alice: “I do. Excellent.”
Movie: New Moon: Bella: “They’re not bears!”

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[Photo: @RKDaily, Summit Entertainment]

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