At 10 p.m., closing time for the bookstore that shares the block with Madison Square Garden and sits atop the chaos of Penn Station, fans were asked to wait outside the door. At the front of the line were two unlikely Twi-hards: big, burly men in their 20s, who decided to surprise their girlfriends with copies, since they hadn’t been able to come out themselves.
“She was so disappointed she couldn’t come,” Ricardo Ortiz said of his “obsessed” girlfriend. He came up with the idea and brought along his friend, who chose to remain anonymous in this romantic gesture.
“[Meyer is] back in that place where she’s all about ’Twilight’ again, after taking a break for so long,” Allison observed. “She’s been on the set of the movies, so she’s in a place now where she can think about it more, and she chose to write about one of the most random [characters] that you wouldn’t expect at all.”
If “Bree Tanner” is as good as she expects it to be, Erin is hoping for more novellas about some of the other minor characters. “Tanya would be great,” she said. “Same thing with Victoria. We don’t know how Victoria came to be.”
“It doesn’t have to be a long book, just a little something would be great,” said Jessie Cores, 35, supporting the idea of more stories about the other characters. She was just as enthusiastic for the book as her 17-year-old daughter, Nikki, and Nikki’s friend Shana Martinez. All of them planned on reading “Bree Tanner” as soon as they bought it.
“I’m not going to read it as fast, because you want to savor it,” Shana said. “I’m going to have to pry it away from myself.”
“I have to go to work in the morning,” lamented the pharmacy tech, when asked if she’d be reading the book as soon as she got home. But even if she had to wait to finish the story, she enjoyed the social aspect of the midnight release.
“It’s thanks to ’Twilight’ that I have friends,” she said, before stepping up to receive her gift-wrapped prize and buy an extra copy for one of those friends.
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