I read Twilight. In my opinion, it was 500 pages of teen angst as the self-deprecating Bella adjusted to her new life in the gloomy town of Forks, Washington. I have plenty of "angst" under my own roof, so I didn't care to subject myself to any more of it, even if there were sparkly vampires involved. I've not been able to bring myself to read the other 3 books in the saga. Thankfully, Elizabeth has read them all, so she and HanK have spirited discussions that I listen to just enough to sort of keep up with the continuing plot. I know, the "Twi-moms" out there are gasping and shaking their heads. Please don't judge me.
Last year, Elizabeth, Paige, HannahKate, her friend Tiff, and I loaded up and drove to a theater 40 minutes away to see the midnight premiere of Twilight (because Hometown Cinema didn't have the foresight to host an early release). We had so much fun that we vowed to do the same for the release of New Moon. And so, for a solid year, we've had "November 20 @ 12:01 a.m." highlighted, circled and starred on our calendars.
We began our adventure by eating at a favorite Italian restaurant (because part of New Moon takes place in Italy, duh). Elizabeth made us New Moon cupcakes for dessert~blood-red velvet with sparkly (because vampires sparkle in the sun) cream cheese frosting, decorated with forks (Forks, WA) and quotes from various Twilight characters.
Adorable...and they tasted even better than they looked!
She also got us all "vampire fangs"!
The girls had worked very hard all week decorating the shirts they'd wear to the premiere. (And since it was midnight, they wore pajama pants.)
Tiff's shirt said, "Imprinted by Jacob" on the front and "Black 16" on the back.
Hallie's said, "I sparkle in the sunlight" on front and "My flesh is ice cold" on back.
HannahKate's said, "I am Switzerland." on the front and "I refuse to choose" on the back.
We arrived at the theater by 9:30. Even though we'd purchased our tickets almost two months ago, we still had to wait in line. Forever. The theater showed the movie on 18 screens and every single one was SOLD OUT! That, my friend, is a LOT of teenage girls and Twi-moms in one building. There were a few token males present, but not many. After all, most teenage boys pale in comparison to Edward and Jacob. Its hard to compete with a rich, suave, sparkly vampire and a rugged, buff, hot-blooded werewolf.
The girls loved the movie. Somehow, I don't think I would have enjoyed it quite as much in a regular theater at a regular time. But that's just me. Again, please don't judge. Not my favorite movie ever, but I admit that I already have "Eclipse~June 30, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m." inked on my calendar.