Breaking Dawn Superfan Week

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Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: Letters To Twilight’s Love Is Real, Not Blind


For those of you unfamiliar with the last-but-not-least subjects of our Breaking Dawn Superfan Week, the ladies behind Letters to Twilight are not your typical gushing fangirls. Their daily letters are funny, sarcastic and never shy to point out the, well, problematic aspects of the franchise. But their true love of the saga still shines through. Let’s let them tell you about it.

Nikki and Bekah: We started LTT (Letters to Twilight) in 2008, after realizing we obsessively watched the same behind-the-scenes, one-hour Vanity Fair photo-shoot video of the cast and couldn’t understand why we, as educated, professional young 20-somethings would waste our time. And then we found fan videos. And Twilight tattoos. And discovered that we felt “second-hand embarrassed” about how Twilight fans were portrayed, and knew that if we were “normal,” there had to be other normal Twilight fans out there too. If you find any let us know. Three years later, LTT is a place for Twilight fans who don’t know why they like teen vampires and wolves. We don’t take ourselves, Twilight, the movies or the cast seriously. And we laugh. A lot!

TheFABlife: When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Bekah: The moment I saw Rob Pattinson walk on the screen. I mean, in 2008, when I devoured the books on vacation while sitting on the beach.
Nikki: When Robert Pattinson’s eyes caught mine from the screen and looked directly into my soul, I knew it was true love. (Actually, the week before the Twilight movie came out I read the books and was unconditionally and irrevocably changed.)

TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
Nikki: I can’t wait to see how they plan to chew the Demon Baby out of Bella.
Bekah: Sex. I mean, the wedding.

TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times have you seen the previous movies?
Bekah: You should really be asking how many copies of the books I’ve had to buy because my previous copies were so worn.
Nikki: We’ve seen the movies so many times that we think they’re gonna offer us stock in AMC Theaters next.

TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?
Bekah: We actually just saw it at the premiere and have tickets to a screening Wednesday, midnight tickets with pals on Thursday, and I just planned to see it with some friends next weekend at a “normal” time! So maybe 1 million?

TFL: What will you do after you’ve seen it that many times?
Nikki: We’ll probably get an invite to Clay the movie theater usher’s high school graduation party.
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by (@shalapitcher)

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


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.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: It’s All About Chemistry For Kristen Stewart Newsers

This afternoon’s entry in our annals of Breaking Dawn Superfan Week salutes is a three-for-one special! Jess, April and Ashley run KStewartNews.com, a beautifully designed hub for all of Kristen Stewart‘s interviews, photos and movie news. While they’re lucky enough to run a site that will likely have plenty more to do long after Breaking Dawn Part 2 leaves theaters, they’re serious Twilighters too. Here’s what they have to say about the franchise that launched their girl into superstardom.

TheFABlife: When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Jess: I fell in love with the story after reading the first book. I feel in love with the films after seeing Rob and Kristen’s amazing chemistry and how well they brought Edward and Bella to life.
April: During Twilight promo, some chap named Robert Pattinson came to a Philly mall, and it was ALL over the local news — pandemonium! It piqued my interest and made me curious as to what the excitement was about. I picked up the books and have been hooked ever since. Then, I saw Kristen and Rob onscreen together, and I was a goner.
Ashley: Late January 2009 my sister and I had a hard time deciding on a movie to see and settled on Twilight. Call it love at first sight. I literally got in my car and bought New Moon immediately. Kristen and Rob hooked me.

TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
Jess: I am gonna be captain obvious here and say the wedding, honeymoon and vampire Bella. We have been waiting all these years to see Bella as a vamp. I think Kristen is gonna kill it!
April: Don’t make me choose! I guess the honeymoon. It’ll be nice to see Mr. and Mrs. Cullen so happy.
Ashley: Honeymoon would be my first, but seeing Kristen as a crazy, protective, “tiger mom” ranks pretty high too.

TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times have you seen the previous movies?
Jess: I’ve read the books a few times each. Watched Twilight way too many times to count, New Moon maybe four times, Eclipse (with commentary) endless amounts.
April: I can’t even count how many times I’ve read the books, but it’s been awhile. I’ve watched Twilight enough that I’m on my second DVD
Ashley: I read them several times each when I first discovered them, but it’s been a really long time now. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen Twilight. New Moon probably a good amount. Eclipse maybe handful of times, I listen to the commentary on my iPod instead.

TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?
Jess: I usually average three visits per film.
April: I’m with Jess. Probably three times
Ashley: Three or four times, depending on who wants to see it.

TFL: What will you do after you’ve seen it that many times?
Jess: Hopefully find new things I like about it each time. Compare favorite moments. Gush like a 13-year-old girl. You know, the usual.
April: Gab with my gal pals about our favorite parts, the parts that make us awww and the parts that make us laugh inappropriately.
Ashley: Discuss everything in so much detail you would think we were solving world peace.

TFL: What will you do after the final movie is out?
Jess: It will be bittersweet to see it all end, but I will continue to support Kristen and her career and look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.
April: +1 on Jess’ answer. Can’t wait to see what the future holds in store, professionally speaking, for Kristen as well as Rob.
Ashley: In agreement with my counterparts, can’t wait to see what’s next for them.

TFL: Have you ever felt this way about any other book/movie/person/thing?
Jess: I have never been this drawn into a book series. I was pretty obsessed with Sex and the City and those characters. And I adore Brad and Angie as far as celebrities go. But I have never felt so passionate to put in the time and work I do “for” Kristen.
April: I’ve always been a huge Buffy fan, so that was my first pop-culture obsession.
Ashley: I was pretty obsessed with Hanson when I younger. Harry Potter was a big part of my life as well, but this takes the cake easily.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: Is She Twilightish Or Twilight-est?

It’s Day 2 of our Breaking Dawn Superfan Week, and we’re imagining many of those we’re saluting are still sleeping off the excitement of last night’s big premiere, whether they were on the black carpet themselves, or at home diligently posting and tweeting about every minute of the event. But we’ll soldier on. This morning, we give a tip of the hat to Elena, whose Twilightish.com team brings professional level of dedication to their fandom. While we don’t know how she manages to do this while raising FIVE children, she did tell us why here.

TheFABlife: When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Elena: It was impossible not to notice the billboards and bus-stop ads with the hot vampire on them. So when I saw the book at Costco for $8, I decided I needed to see what all the hype was about. I finished Twilight in less than 24 hours and went out the next day to grab the rest of the series.

TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
Elena: What kind of fan would I be if I didn’t say the honeymoon?!?! Who doesn’t want to see some headboard smashing and pillow biting? I’m also looking forward to seeing the song placement for the music. I’ve been a HUGE fan of all the soundtracks and so far, Breaking Dawn Part 1‘s soundtrack is my favorite. I can’t wait to see which song will be in what scene.

TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times have you seen the previous movie?
Elena: I’ve read the series at least five times, and I’ve seen the movies even more. Especially now that the films are on cable all the time, I find myself getting unintentionally sucked in whenever I see them playing. I’ve probably watched Eclipse the most.

TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?

Elena: As many times as I possibly can. I’ve been waiting nearly 18 months for this film to come out and will have to wait another 12 for the next one, so I want to see it as many times as I can pull off. Breaking Dawn was one of my fave books in the series. I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

TFL: What will you do after you’ve seen it that many times?
Elena: I’ll probably reread the book. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Breaking Dawn, and I’ll be curious to see what scenes in the book didn’t make it on screen. I have faith in Bill Condon though. I’m confident he did the books justice with his films.

TFL: What will you do after the final movie is out?
Elena: Cry. A lot. You know, as a blogger/fan, I feel like I’ve watched these characters go from paper to the big screen and when the last movie comes out and the story is essentially over, it will be hard to let go of those characters I’ve been living with for so long.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: Who Puts The T In Team Twilight?

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.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Breaking Dawn Superfan Week: This Blogger Says Kristen Stewart Is Better Than You


This week, as we count down the moments until The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hits theaters (oh, and so few moments left!!!), we here at TheFABlife would like to take a moment to salute the fellow fans who make Twilight watching and reading so much fun. In particular, we’re honoring a few of the superfans who run excellent blogs devoted to the movies/books/stars. First up, is Cynically Convivial, the anonymous blogger behind Kristen Stewart Is Better Than You, a.k.a. KSIBTU.com. Her funny, enthusiastic musings on all things KStew remind us that this franchise would be nowhere without the girl at its heart. We quizzed CC on her Twi-hardness, and here’s what she had to say.

TheFABlife:
When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Cynically Convivial: I was a movie before books girl, so I think I knew I was in love when “the lion fell in love with the lamb.” That was the moment when I lost my resolve and gave into this phenomenon. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson left me pining for more Bella and Edward. Their chemistry was insane. After the movie ended, I stole all of the books from my cousin and devoured them in no time. I was hooked.

TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
CC: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is all about the honeymoon, thrusts specifically. Were they actually censored? I’m curious to see. That would be a darn shame for fans … and for Robert Pattinson’s incredible back. I’m also insanely intrigued to see how the imprinting scene will play out. I can’t even imagine … and pretty soon I won’t have to!

TFL: How many times have you read the books? And how many times seen the movies?
CC: I’ve read Twilight at least seven times, and the rest of the books I would say around five. I’ve watched Twilight more times than I can count, but I definitely wouldn’t be ashamed to admit the number. I simply cannot remember because I don’t think my brain can count that high. Catherine Hardwicke is legitimately my hero. I’ve seen New Moon about five times, and the same goes for Eclipse.
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