On the “Twilight” Midnight DVD Release Party

In my earlier post, I said I was going to attend the Twilight midnight DVD release party. I just got back, and I’m currently watching the film.

One of the best things about living in a small city is that few people go out at night. I didn’t have to wait in a long line to pick up my Twilight DVD at Border’s, but I did have some interesting conversations with people in line.

“You know what? Twilight is way funnier than people realize,” I said, referring to the intense over earnestness of the film.

“Why do you think it’s funny?” a girl asked, sounding way too serious.

I went on to say I think it’s over-dramatic, hence, I enjoy the film for a good laugh and reminder of my own high school persona and experience. I can never refuse an opportunity to crack up.

Having been to numerous Harry Potter book/film/dvd premieres, the Santa Cruz Twilight atmosphere was pretty tame. I walked into the store right at midnight, and an employee at the door asked, “Twilight, right?” I nodded, and he directed me to the end of an impressive long line, which looped around a few aisles of books.

I’m pretty sure I was the oldest person in line, but I’m not embarrassed about my dynamic affinity for Twilight. As soon as a Border’s worker said it was 12:01 a.m., Blue Foundation’s “Eyes on Fire” played throughout the store. As a proud owner of the Twilight soundtrack, I immediately recognized the song as track nine.

“Oh my God, it’s from the movie!” the girl in front of me said.

“Really? It’s been playing for five seconds, how do you know this?” one guy asked.

“DO NOT EVER DOUBT MY TWILIGHT KNOWLEDGE! I’M RIGHT!”

Indeed she was, and I started my long strand of laughter that night. I talked to more people in front of me, and behind me, and I seemed to be the only one uninterested in buying the Three-Disk Special Edition Twilight DVD, which cost $32.99. I was perfectly fine getting the $22 Special Edition, which comes with more than enough special features that I won’t watch, anyway. I’m content with the movie itself.

After picking up a copy, one girl tenderly nuzzled her Three-Disk DVD case across her cheeks, smiling. As I weaved through the line, I noticed several Twilight specialized books scattered in bookshelves. Everyone wanted entertainment as they impatiently awaited the DVD release.

I bought my DVD, and then I found my mom in the Cooking section of the store. We stayed until someone said over the loudspeaker, “If you’ve already purchased your DVD, please leave the store.” The employees removed the caution tape, which served as aisle barriers so no one could cut through any lines.

A few girls huddled by Twilight merchandise by the front door, and an employee decked out in Twilight attire told them that they could not make any more purchases.

The Santa Cruzian workers must have wanted to get home from work. I don’t blame them. It’s a good thing I don’t live in L.A., where there are more people and bigger Twilight release gatherings.

Overall, the experience was valuable, as most experiences are. The girls at the front of the line wore Twilight themed clothing, but they were relatively moderate fans from what I’ve seen. As much as I appreciate how fun the movie can be, I could never bring myself to buy a TEAM EDWARD t-shirt, which refers to a popular character in the book/movie.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to finish my movie.

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