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‘ Breaking Dawn ’ brings closure to teenage girls everywhere

Last August, when “Eclipse,” the third book of the Twilight Series, was released, it sold 150,000 copies nationwide in its first day on sale.

Once again this year, on the first day of August, book parties across the nation will be getting together under the midnight sun as millions of readers crack open the final chapter of the epic love story between Edward and Bella, and Jacob. It’s the long-anticipated release of the series finale “Breaking Dawn.”

It’s expected to be the biggest book of the summer.

“What will happen at dawn?” they’re asking. “Who will Bella choose?”

Book parties are slated throughout Kitsap on the evening of Aug. 1, leading up to the 12:01 a.m., Aug. 2 release.

And the web is also abuzz with all things “Breaking Dawn,” from YouTube interviews to homemade videos with dramatic music and text from the books spliced in.

Everything official on “Breaking Dawn” has been very hush-hush in an attempt to spoil any potential spoilers out there. Meyer’s posts at her Web site stepheniemeyer.com have urged fans to join her in the effort by disregarding any potential spoilers they may come across.

In a dramatic twist Monday morning, Meyer announced in a dispatch from San Diego’s Comic Con to Entertainment Weekly, that she has a spoiler of her own to reveal.

It is how much fun she had writing Edward and Bella’s wedding ... .

Errrcchh. Edward and Bella’s wedding?! It must’ve thrown “Twilight” team Jacob members into tantrums. But later in that same EW.com story, Meyer says, not to worry, the wedding scene is early in the new book and there is plenty more adventure from there.

In a YouTube interview with Meyer recently released by her publisher Little, Brown, she was mum in talking about any aspects of “Breaking Dawn” other than to say it was the longest book of the series and also took her the most amount of time to complete, given all of the loose ends one must tie up when drawing an epic story to a close.

“When I first started writing the ‘Twilight’ saga, it wasn’t a saga, it was just ‘Twilight,’ it was just a story for me,” Meyer said in the online interview.

She’s a hard woman to get a hold of.

Possibly because since since she began her own little “Twilight’” story after the characters came to her in a dream five years ago, she’s sky-rocketed to the ranks of international stardom.

She’s sold millions of books across the world, reaching a Harry Potter-esque level of young adult fiction novel reaching beyond those boundaries.

It seems to me like one massive chick flick.

When I asked Liberty Bay Books check girl Maggie Boyce, a “Twilight” reader, what she thought the biggest attraction of the book was, she said, “It’s what every girl hopes for.”

I think she’s talking about Edward, the proverbial Mr. Right, a sexy, hairless, glowing vampire with whom Bella is completely enraptured.

“It’s fiction, so it’s totally glamorized romance, and you know that that kind of thing is not at all realistic, even aside from all the vampire and werewolf stuff,” Boyce said.

She went on to note that it’s not just a book for young adults. She’s 25 and she and some of her friends have insatiably read each chapter in the series. She even had to give her husband the talk about how it’s just fiction, when she’d talk about Edward around the house.

Bella and Edward share the perfect romance. There are no rules, except for the biggest rule of all — that they can’t be together. And even that has become more a test of wills. It’s the forbidden love story of a human girl and vampire boy, set in a place where vampires and werewolves exist — the wooded reaches of the North Olympic Peninsula, near the corner of the world, in Forks.

“Vampires in Forks,” Marcia Bingham, director of the Forks Chamber of Commerce said in a wry tone. “I had no idea when I moved here.”

She said the small, western logging town has blown up with “Twilight”-mania with visitors coming in the thousands from all over the world, many just to walk on the same ground as Edward and Bella.

“They’re here because they are driven, they are possessed, they’re crazed,” Bingham said of the “Twilight” fans.

The Forks Chamber is even a bit crazed having made the town slogan “Home of Twilight.” They’ve got a “Twilight” map together, so visitors can see some of the sights from the fictional novel. The mayor has even christened Sept. 13 Stephenie Meyer day and each year they celebrate that and the fictional Bella’s birthday with a party.

“We’re benefitting so much from the books and the visitors who come because of them,” Bingham said. “Most assuredly a boon for Forks.”

And to think when Meyer, a Phoenix, Ariz., resident, was looking for a place to set her novel, she chose it based solely upon the area of the country with the most rainfall, looking for somewhere “ridiculously rainy.”

Forks is a perfect fit. But North Kitsap wouldn’t have been a bad choice either. Celebrating “Twilight”-mania in Kitsap:

EAGLE HARBOR, 157 Winslow Way on Bainbridge

Eagle Harbor will be opening its doors at 11 p.m., Aug. 1 to celebrate the final book of the “Twilight Series.” Movies, food, trivia, door prizes and costume contests are all just a part of the extravaganza. Dress like a vampire. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com or call (206) 842-5332.

LIBERTY BAY BOOKS, 18881 D Front St. in Poulsbo

Liberty Bay will be hosting a “Twilight Ball,” starting at 8 p.m. Friday night. In addition to outdoor screenings of “Teen Wolf” and “Interview with the Vampire,” games and costumes, Liberty Bay’s also got Team Edward and Team Jacob T-shirts for $10. Info: www.libertybaybooks.com or call (360) 779-5909.

BARNES and NOBLE, in the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale

Barnes and Noble will stay open past midnight, hosting a trivia contest, games, a wedding dress competition and discussion groups centered around the first three books of the “Twilight” series. And the bookstore’s cafe will have a special drink — “The Vampire’s Kiss.” Info: Call (360) 698-0945.

Final book of Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ saga to be feted with bookstore parties across the county, book released at midnight Aug. 2.

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