I’m going to preface by saying that I am a Twilight fan. I love the books and I’ve attended opening night for both movies. However, I am writing this blog with honesty so I will tell you the good, bad and ugly of the whole experience.
This was my second convention. Last year, Creation Entertainment became the official Twilight tour. Due to their new ‘offical’ status, they promised the 2010 tour would include additional excitement and movie goodies for the fans. I went in hoping to see props, costumes and movie footage. What I got was two posters: Bella’s truck and Edward’s car. Fans could stand next to the poster which gave the illusion that the vehicles were actually there. Start the applause. A karaoke contest on Friday night replaced last years musical performance by one of the movie actors. Other than that – zero. The conventions were actually the same including the fact that several actors pulled out at the last-minute and were replaced by lesser known, small bit part actors. Creation protects itself by having a disclaimer in micro small print that states that they cannot guarantee the availability of the actors scheduled – nice. So that was most of the bad.
So what’s good about the convention you ask? First, the convention is hosted by the Hillywood show. They are two sisters famous for their YouTube parody of both Twilight and New Moon. They are actually extremely talented and come with several actors from their parody. I enjoyed watching them in full Twilight costume all weekend.
Second, the question and answer sessions with the actors who showed up. Those actors were Peter Facinelli (Dr. Cullen), Kiowa Gordon (Embry Call), Michael Welch (Mike Newton), Justin Chon (Eric Yorkie), Edi Gathegi (Laurent), and Tinsel Korey (Emily). I found each of them to be funny and down to earth. Each had some great stories from the set which you wouldn’t hear any other way. They also gave some scoop about the upcoming movie, Eclipse.
Okay, now here comes the ugly: the fans. Wait, wait…not ALL the fans or even the majority. Just the forty-plus year old women who tried to chase down and gang rape the celebrities in attendance. You know who you are. The vampire ball was the worst of it. This is where the talent has to walk around and say a brief ‘hello’ to the guests. The fans are instructed to stay in their seats and wait for the celebrities to walk around. What happened you ask? Well, the older women started crowding around them as they tried to greet the tables. Soon, they were grabbing them and trying to kiss them. Yes, I said kiss them. And where are the body guards you ask? Oh they were there but it was two guards to each celebrity. What can two skinny little people do against a bunch of crazed, sexed up Twilight Moms? Little to nothing is the answer. I actually had to leave the ball early cause I was a bit embarrassed to be with those people. Argh!
The final score is this. If you want to meet fellow fans, learn something about the making of the movies or see the Hillywood show then go to this thing. If you want to meet one specific celebrity then don’t buy your tickets until a week before because that’s usually when the schedule of talent sticks. For me, I doubt I will go again. I’m pretty sure I’ve had my fill but, like Creation, I cannot guarantee.