Is the Official Twilight Convention worth it?
By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: As Twilight enters its fifth year of international fame, companies like Creation Entertainment (the coordinator of the only Official Twilight Convention) are only too happy to continue to profit. But as those who have been around the fandom awhile already know, the conventions themselves are changing.
“Last year, Rob and Kristen and lots of the other vamps were here—it was much smaller, and you could walk right up to them,” said one fan I met at the 2010 San Francisco Official Twilight Convention. “Now that Twilight’s gotten so big, [Rob and Kristen] don’t bother coming to these anymore.”
She may have a point. Though Kristen and Rob did show up at ComiCon in 2009, they have been conspicuously absent from other fan-driven events. Even recent events related to the “Eclipse” release—the world premiere of the trailer on Oprah and the live chat with fans about the upcoming film—were presided over by actors playing far less significant characters (Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reid, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Julia Jones).
Some cite security risks and busy filming schedules as culprits for the bigger stars’ scarcity. I won’t speculate on what’s keeping them away; but a look at the celebrity lineups for the next 10 Official Twilight Conventions confirms that the bigger stars simply aren’t coming.
That’s not to say it isn’t worth it to go—it all depends on who and what you’re longing to see. The season between the “New Moon” and “Eclipse” movies has been heavy with Peter Facinelli, select Volturi, and wolf pack actors (ex Taylor Lautner), with occasional appearances by Kellan Lutz, Justin Chon, and Michael Welch. My own favorite Twilight Saga actor is Peter Facinelli, so the convention worked out perfectly for me.
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