By Sydney Bucksbaum, Hollywood.com Staff
On Nov. 16, Twilight fans around the world will say goodbye to their favorite saga as the epic finale, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters. Twilight fans - self-proclaimed Twihards - are some of the most passionate and driven fans any genre could ever hope to see. Before the final Twilight movie hits theaters with a worldwide event, Hollywood.com decided to get into the mindset of a Twihard by profiling one of Twilight's biggest fans.
Meet Jamie Brawer. A 28-year-old NYC resident originally from Florida, Brawer is Hollywood.com's featured Twihard. We'll be getting to know her and learning all about what a day in the life of a Twihard is like over the next two weeks. We begin by focusing on the first days of her life as a Twihard.
Jamie Brawer didn't want to read Twilight the first time she heard of the book. "It's funny,"" she says. ""My sister handed me this book that I was like, 'It's too big. No, I don't want to read this. I don't really like reading.'"
After refusing to read it, Brawer didn't think about Twilight again until the trailer for the 2008 film adaptation was released. Watching the spot, Brawer saw a familiar face from a franchise she knew and loved: Harry Potter's Robert Pattinson, who played Cedric Diggory in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. "I said to my sister, 'It's Cedric Diggory's new movie!'" Brawer says. "And she said, 'Yeah, that's the book I was telling you about.' So now I was like, I have to read this book. I read all the Harry Potter series ... So I go through the first one and I literally just went through it right away."
After sinking her teeth into the first book, Brawer was hooked. But she hit a snag when it came to reading the second book. Turns out, her sister had lent out New Moon to a friend. Before the time of ebooks, Kindles and iPads, hard copies were the only way of the game. And patience is not quite a virtue when it comes to Twilight fans. "I said to my sister, you have to get it back because I need to read the second one," Brawer says. "Call your friend and tell her to give it back because I have to start reading the second one."
Once she got the second book back, Brawer devoured Eclipse... and then came the long wait for the release of Breaking Dawn. "That was hard because you kind of just rip through them," Brawer says. "And then when Breaking Dawn came out, I went out at midnight to get the book. I dragged my friend who had no idea what it was so we could go get the book. I stayed up half the night reading it."
Brawer successfully finished reading the entire franchise in one summer. She was officially a Twihard. "It happened so fast," Brawer says. "Just instantly there was this mysterious guy that you are so into. And I was happy with how [Bella and Edward] ended up [together].""
But anyone with a stake (ha) in the franchise is prone to nit-picking. Even super-fan Brawer, who criticized Breaking Dawn for not completely representing vampire culture. ""There were some things missing from the book,"" she says. ""I do love the whole idea of vampires but I did not like the idea that there wasn't enough mortality. I think that the whole idea of vampires is that vampires kill, and there's this war going on, so I was expecting a little more violence from the book."
Brawer understands why, however, there was so little violence (and, based on trailers for the upcoming Breaking Dawn Part 2, her taste for blood may just be fulfilled). "I knew it was a Mormon woman writing it who didn't even condone them drinking soda and what have you, but I did expect a little more from that," Brawer says.
Another one of Brawer's criticism? Since Twihards are insatiable, there can never be too many Twilight novels. "I had hoped that they would've had a little more time together as young lovers. [But] then wham, bam there's this child,"" she says. ""So I think that maybe it could have gone on for another book without the kid, and then they could have had the kid in the fifth book."
Stay tuned to read more about Hollywood.com's Twihard, Jamie Brawer, as A Day in the Life of a Twihard series continues on Nov. 9.
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[Photo Credit: Jamie Brawer]
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