'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Countdown: What's Life Like at a 'Twilight' Convention?

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Countdown: What's Life Like at a 'Twilight' Convention?

Nov 03, 2011

Laura Byrne-Cristiano is a co-owner of The Twilight Lexicon, the longest continuously operating Twilight Saga fansite on the web. You can read her Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn column here on Movies.com every other Thursday.


We are finally in the home stretch as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 is actually within sight! Fans are gearing up to celebrate in all sorts of ways from decorating Twilight-style for Halloween, attending Twilight Tuesday Events, and even flocking to Los Angeles for the Official Twilight Saga Convention that takes places this weekend. Trekkies have been doing conventions since the 1970s, so do Twilight fans match them in commitment and passion? Let’s take a look at what fans might be able to expect at this weekend’s convention.

I’ve been attending Twilight conventions for roughly three years now. I’ve been to events in two different countries, and run by four different organizations. Each convention has its own spin and flavor. Some are more movie and actor focused, but others are all about the books and are very grassroots, fan-run events. Regardless of their focus, the one thing that they all have in common is that they are a place where it is safe to fully embrace your Twilight passion. No one is going to think you are weird or, for that matter, ask you what it means when you’re wearing a “Team Edward Headboard” shirt. You can debate Team Edward vs. Team Jacob to Melissa Rosenberg’s screenplay adaptations with people who know every line of dialogue in the books and movies.

I’ve undeniably had a couple of memorable moments at fan conventions. Peter Facinelli getting a phone call from his wife, Jennie Garth, while on stage and trying to get her to talk to the fans was a classic. After Jennie Garth wouldn’t really say anything, Peter Facinelli went to end the conversation saying “I love you”, and tried to get her to say it back. After a prolonged silence from Jennie, Peter then hung up the phone, or so he thought, and proceeded to talk about how he couldn’t believe Jennie wouldn’t say “I love you” back. Suddenly, he realized that the phone was still connected. He picked it up trying to figure out who was on the line and all of a sudden (because of the way Peter had positioned his microphone) the audience could hear Jennie Garth screaming at the top of her lungs, “I love you!” The entire audience died laughing and Peter Facinelli did too.

There have also been moments that were memorable displays of hidden talents. Chris Heyerdahl and Michael Welch are fabulous dancers. They love mixing it up with fans on the dance floor at the Saturday night dance events that tend to be a part of the conventions, while other stars dabble in karaoke. Tinsel Korey, who is a great vocalist, loves encouraging fans and sings along with them. At the same time, Chaske Spencer and Charlie Bewley aren’t in remote danger of ever winning a Grammy, but they have done some hilarious renditions together singing Lady Gaga.

Probably the biggest crowd pleasers have been the spontaneous displays of physical talent. The master of this is without a doubt Kellan Lutz. Booboo Stewart is always ready to show off his martial arts moves by doing back flips, but there’s no comparison to Kellan Lutz’s push-ups and head-stands. Lutz certainly has spent a lot of time honing his physique, and he’s not afraid to show off to the crowd. On two occasions, his spontaneous displays of his workout routines have been the only times I’ve ever heard a crowd yell at the same volume that they do for Robert Pattinson.

Now don’t feel too sorry for Booboo Stewart as he’s a real crowd pleaser in his own right. He and his father are master plotters, and they're always trying to prank someone at the conventions. No one is safe. They’ve popped up during Tinsel Korey and Julia Jones’ panels to ask them embarrassing questions, and they’ve done shadow puppets in the background of Kiowa Gordon’s panel. They’ve even punked Booboo’s sister, Fivel, with a little help from the Hillywood Show. The best prank, however, was one they pulled on the audience with a surprise appearance of Booboo Stewart popping out of a suitcase. He was in a suitcase for almost 10 minutes in a feat that would have made a contortionist proud.

Now with the Official Twilight Convention this weekend in Los Angeles fans are in for a special treat. It’s one of the few events that Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner attend. It’s also just about the only time you’ll ever get almost the entire Cullen coven on stage.Tickets are going fast; last night an email went out stating that they were almost sold out, so don’t miss out if you are interested!

Do you have a memorable experience at a fan convention? What actor would you most want to see?

Just 17 days until they are all back on the big screen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

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