‘Twilight’ entrances teenage girls

MARYSVILLE — "Twilight" appeared at midnight Friday to the delight of theaters full of young fans across Snohomish County.

It was the opening for the teenage vampire thriller that is based on the wildly popular literary series by Stephanie Meyer.

Christina Chappell and her friend Colleen Salmon, both 13, and Christina’s 18-year-old sister Jessica Chappell, all from Stanwood, arrived Thursday night about an hour early at the Regal Marysville Cinema 14.

"We have waited for this for two years," said Jessica Chappell, who considers herself a "Twilight" fan. "You really feel like you are in the book when you are reading it."

Christina and Colleen wore homemade "Twilight" T-shirts with the names of their favorite vampires.

They were among hundreds of people, predominantly girls, who lined up at movie theaters across the county to get the first peek of the new movie.

Jessica said it was worth the wait.

"It was wild," she said afterward. "There were people screaming and clapping. It was great."

Samantha, Jamie and Miranda Grim, ages 20, 17 and 12, all of Granite Falls, wore black gothic style "Twilight" shirts from the Hot Topic store.

The sisters were excited to see the movie.

"It’s more than just a love story," Miranda said.

Set in Forks, a small timber town in Clallam County, "Twilight" tells a story a girl from Granite Falls can relate to, Jamie said.

Even though the two younger sisters had to be at school at 7:30 a.m. Friday, there was no way they were going to miss the show and the opportunity to share something special.

"Our family was pretty excited that we were doing this together," Samantha Grim said.

Jamie said it was fun to watch the movie with so many other "Twilight" fans. When Edward, one of the main characters, first appeared on screen, "half the girls came unglued," she said.

"Twilight" remains popular in print as well.

Sno-Isle Libraries has 930 holds for the 215 copies it has of the book. The other books in the series also are hard to keep on the shelf.

"I’m not surprised that it took off," said Dawn Rutherford, the teen section librarian at the Mountlake Terrace library who serves as the Sno-Isle teen coordinator. "It does have that kind of unattainable romantic quality to it."

"Twilight" has been the rage at the Explorer Middle School library in south Everett.

"We can’t keep the book in the library," Explorer’s librarian Cheryl Jackson said. "At one time, we had 47 holds on it."

Jackson has read the first two books in the series and is waiting for her 20-year-old daughter to finish the third book.

Kristin Thomson, 15, a sophomore at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, planned to see the movie Friday night with "about 15 friends."

"Stephanie Meyer is just really an amazing storyteller," she said. "I’m really looking forward to seeing the two main characters, Edward and Bella, portrayed on the screen."

She was wearing a "Team Edward" T-shirt for the occasion and was eager to share the experience with her peers.

"I have a ton of friends who love ‘Twilight,’" she said.

Reporter Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446 or e-mail stevick@heraldnet.com.

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