Sorry if you're a Twilight hater and for this being so long
For the past year and a half I have had an increasing obsession with Twilight. I don't really know why I'm so drawn to the book series that has now skyrocketed in popularity with the movies, but I am. I picked up the first book about 2 years ago and read through to Eclipse while desperately awaiting the release of Breaking Dawn.
When I heard that they were making the series into movies, I was ecstatic. At that point I didn't realize just how popular the series was and I never even knew about the extensive online fan community. I was confused at the casting of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen because the picture that was posted on Stephenie Meyer's website didn't resemble my Edward at all. I settled for it though. I didn't freak and join in on the RPattz hate, nor did I sign any petitions.
The books started my obsession, but the knowledge of future films is what really fed it. I began following the development of the film and enjoying the mass amounts of photos that were released. Robert Pattinson pleasantly surprised me by looking so much better than he did in the press photo on SMeyer's website and I thought the rest of the cast was gorgeous.
I think it was the gorgeousness that drove my obsession to new heights. See, I have an obsessive personality as it is. I know this and I accept it, but I see no way of correcting it. I just ride out my obsessive waves until something new comes along for me to love.
As I anxiously awaited the release of Twilight, I looked into the incredible amounts of fansites throughout the web. Seeing how some other people reacted towards the series made me feel less pathetic and even less obsessed. All the same, in November, I slept outside a mall in the cold with two of my friends to meet Robert Pattinson. And it was a blast. I kid you not. I had fun in the cold for seven hours on hard concrete. I didn't really talk to too many other people because I found them a little crazy (so says the girl who drove an hour to hang outside for 7 more hours), but just hanging out with my friends was fun. The next day when the signing actually took place, I felt incredibly stupid though.
Once outside the store, I was still all fangirly. I was squeeing in the mall with hundreds of other people and I wasn't embarrassed about it at all. The Q&A after brought me back down to earth and I was once again my sarcastic self making fun of everyone else. I legitimately wanted to hear what the guy had to say, but all I could discern were screams. It pissed me off. (Once again, I didn't really fit well with everyone else)
In the meantime, I had picked up a flier from the floor that showed Edi Gathegi and the beautifully buff Kellan Lutz. The man playing Emmett Cullen was going to be in Boston on the night the movie opened (the vampire Laurent was going to be there too) and he was going to introduce the film at one of the theaters. My fangirl kicked in full force and my friend Jackie got her boyfriend on the phone to buy us our tickets. He did...and we went.
*Stay tuned for the conclusion to my looooong story about addictions* There's quite a twist to it