‘Twilight’ author surprises fans with ‘Willy Wonka’ gesture
Dismal weather is no match for "Twilight" fans, or "Twilight" series author Stephenie Meyer. Meyer braved rain on Saturday, surprising hundreds of fans camped out in tents in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live and awaiting Monday's movie premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." Not only did she hand out signed copies of "Breaking Dawn," she also confirmed casting details to Yahoo! for the upcoming film adaption of her post-"Twilight" bestseller "The Host."
Looking sleek in boot-cut jeans, blown out hair and a cream jacket, and shielded by black "Twilight" umbrellas and a bodyguard, Meyer hugged and took photos with fans, who cried and screamed out her name. One fan said out loud, "Dude, she's so pretty. She looks like a vampire."
Occupy Wall Street, meet Occupy Twilight.
In the spirit of "Willy Wonka," five lucky fans with special golden stickers in the back of their books were able to meet and briefly chat with Meyer at the forest-themed Twi-Fi Lounge, presented by Yahoo! Movies. They also snagged tickets to the movie's premiere and after-party.
"You can't say goodbye and be sad, and you can't be relieved and relaxed, because it's not over," Meyer told Yahoo! of the fandom and hoopla surrounding the film, which will be followed up by part two next year, both directed by Bill Condon.
"Bill did a really great job. One of his focuses was looking at humanity throughout this fantasy world. It gets very human and very real, and Edward and Bella's relationship just feels like a real relationship," said Meyer. "I was very pleased with how it turned out. I think people are really going to like this one."
Lorenie Monzon of Northridge, Calif. looked ready to faint, clutching her book with its special golden ticket. Sporting bright red hair and a "Team Denali" (of the same-named "Twilight" vampire coven) T-shirt, the 20-year-old gushed about Meyer, who told her special fans she saw the new movie a couple of times and was stunned by people coming from all around the world to the premiere.
"It was amazing. I've met her before, last year. But this time I got to talk to her, and she gave me a hug. It was really exciting," said Monzon. "I wanted to start crying when they told me that was what we were getting, going to the premiere, the party. I thought we were just going to get a gift bag. I brought a dress, just in case, a white lace dress."
For Australian Rob Hunter, 36, who also nabbed a golden sticker, the moment was made even sweeter because he was recovering from a trampled foot after Kellan Lutz, who plays "Twilight" hunk Emmett Cullen, stopped by the encampment on Friday night, and fans went bonkers. "My toe nail was ripped off, and the paramedics came," he said. Still, he grinned ear-to-ear after meeting Meyer.
Meyer also addressed the upcoming film adaptation of her 2008 sci-fi fantasy novel "The Host," confirming a few key castings that have been speculated on for months.
"Right now I'm all in 'The Host' mode, and I'm very excited about some of the people we're working with there," Meyer told Yahoo! "Saoirse Ronan, unbelievable. Jake Abel is going to do it with us, and I'm a huge fan of his." Ronan and Abel co-starred in 2009's "The Lovely Bones." Abel's been rumored to have snagged the part of Ian, the love interest of Ronan's main character, Melanie Stryder.
As for writing another book in the "Twilight" series, and also adapting that as a movie, Meyer paused. Casting, she said, would be tricky.
"Our star actors are obviously getting older. Five years down the road, if I wrote something else, it couldn't be Rob Pattinson, and then what would we do? It would be disastrous," she said, laughing.