This is not news – we all know that self proclaimed Twihards will talk up Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Launter, and the Stephanie Meyer books a storm given half the chance, but the reports coming out of the Huffington Post (among others) of Twilight fans taking over the Nokia Plaza with a ‘tent city’ are testament to the film’s enormous magnetism and how fandom manifests itself.
I remember hearing of Star Wars fans camping out in anticipation for the release of The Phantom Menace, and I’m sure that down the years other film franchises have inspired similar events – that the Twilight: Eclipse premiere is the latest will come as no surprise. These events are great publicity and unless there’s a huge Team Edward/Team Jacob bunfight in the offing I’m sure it’ll be great fun for all those involved.
There’s a tendency to mock, but I’d rather see fans of any film get truly excited about the cinematic experience – regardless of its quality – and I hope they all have a fangtastic time.
One thing’s for sure – they’ll be enough fanfic written in those tents to fill the British Library, and if they get hungry they can always bid on this bizarre item on eBay…
If you want to win tickets to the UK premiere of Twilight: Eclipse (and you won’t need your tent) click here, do what it asks then and cross those fingers.