Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 19, 2008

‘Twilight’ fans will be sinking teeth into book-based movie Friday

PRINCETON — As Harry Potter and his friends ride off into the literary sunset, a young girl and a vampire in love have set off a new round of parties and eagerly anticipated books and movies.

“Twilight,” a movie based on the novel by Stephenie Myers, opens Friday in local theaters. The tale of teenage girl Bella and Edward, the handsome vampire who loves her, has found a wide audience beyond the young adult category. Local libraries have long waiting lists of readers who want to borrow the four book series.

“We had three copies of each of them, and I just bought a fourth copy because the waiting list was so long,” said Director Connie Shumate of the Princeton Public Library. “I don’t think even Harry Potter matched this. Harry Potter was basically young adult reading, but this is everybody. This is all age groups.”

The Princeton Public Library has scheduled a “Twilight” party for Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., Shumate said.

In Bluefield, long waiting lists for “Twilight” are also the rule. The Craft Memorial Library’s party is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday. People who wish to attend should call the library by Friday, said Suzette Sims, program services coordinator.

Sims wanted to read the books for herself, but they had been checked out.

“I had to go buy the series to read it because I couldn’t get it to read before the party,” she said.

Only the Harry Potter series and the fantasy novel “Eragon” have matched the interest generated by “Twilight,” Sims added.

“The first ones (Harry Potter and “Eragon”) are for younger kids, but this is the first time I’ve seen teens really excited, especially girls,” she said.

During the last several years, romance novels featuring vampires, werewolves and other supernatural beings as love interests have grown in popularity. In novels like “Twilight,” young women find “you just have this perfect immortal man who wants to see to your every whim,” Sims said.

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