As we announced on Thursday, MTV's 2008 Woman of the Year is the "Twilight" fanbase. Stars Ashley Greene and Taylor Lautner have already offered their congratulations. And now, as is customary with the bestowing of any major award, it's time for an acceptance speech.
"Really? Oh my, that's so sweet of you MTV!" "Twilight" fan Desi Mejia exclaimed. "LOL. If I make a little award, can I add it to my résumé?"
"Thanks, first off, to Stephenie Meyer for sharing a world most of us would have never imagined ourselves, but also showing us that we can achieve things for ourselves we never imagined!" beamed Kallie Mathews, co-founder of the fansite/podcast TwilightSeriesTheories.com. "Thanks to all of the other fans that stood with us in line and shared their thoughts with us online! Thanks to everyone involved with the movie (Summit, Catherine, Cast & Crew). We appreciate your dedication to the authenticity of the book and its characters, but also the dedication to keeping the fans informed and involved. ... Those are the people I am most thankful for as a fan! I am sure the music would have started playing around halfway through this, to urge me off the stage!"
MTV.com user Airam wrote on our site: "It's a wonderful thing to be named Woman of the Year on my birthday, along with all the wonderful Twilighters out there!"
Overjoyed "Twilight" superfan and YouTube personality Bailey Gauthier (a.k.a. NoMoreMarbles) uploaded a weepy acceptance speech to our YouRHere site, and posted her thoughts: "I think it's awesome that Twilighters beat out some of the biggest names in Hollywood for this title," she said. "And a little scary."
"As an old-school MTV fan, I was glad to see the recognition for we Twilighters because I really don't think the critics understood the story or the level of intensity the fans have for the story of Bella and Edward," tucheer83 wrote on our site. "Now the haters can see the strength of what the Twilight fanbase is about. It's strong and passionate. People just don't understand until they read the books. There were movie critics like [Ben] Lyons out there talking about the story, and you can tell that he had no understanding of the characters. ... MTV also recognized that the Twilighters were not all teenage girls (though tweens and teens are the ones highlighted by the media). Twilight fans are females of all ages, because we all relate to Bella. ... That's why 'New Moon' is going to be huge!"
"MTV, Larry Carroll and Kim Stolz ROCK!," wrote ObsessedTwilightFan, making us blush. "You recognized our dedication and love for this series, as well as its author. Thank you for including us in something this auspicious, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of 'Twilight' Tuesdays!"
"There is no force more powerful than a Twilighter on a mission!" boasted "Twilight" fan Nicole W. Bright (a.k.a. "Cocoa") in her acceptance speech. "So, today we conquered MTV; tomorrow we conquer the WORLD!"
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