Saturday, March 21, 2009

Twilight DVD Release Party

As many of you know by now, last night the Twilight DVD was released and many stores across the country held parties. Five cities across the country were also going to be treated with surprise appearances from some of the cast and filmmakers of the movie.

Now, I was not that impressed with the movie and don't plan to buy it unless the rest turn out much better, but when I heard that a celeb would be visiting a WalMart just 20 minutes away, I decided to go anyway to see if I could at least get a glimpse. I mean, how often do I ever even have the chance to see a celebrity in real life?!

So I called up my sisters. One was at a friend's house, one was who knows where, but my littlest (or I guess I should say youngest, since she is taller than me!) was home and was excited to come. The party was supposed to be from 10-midnight, so I picked her up around 9:45 and we headed to WalMart. I even brought my copy of the Twilight book in case I would get a chance to get an autograph.
The parking lot was packed, law enforcement officers were stationed everywhere, and there was a hoard of ecstatic teenage girls screaming and gushing over the hot celebs they hoped would show up. It was chaos. One of the store entrances was blocked off to create an area where the star would sit to sign autographs. There was a mosh pit of girls in "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" shirts getting as close as they could, hoping to catch a glimpse as the star came in. And there was a loooong line of people who had been waiting for hours. We soon realized that we were in for a long wait. The line wrapped around the inside of the building and was already halfway through the store.
My sister and I took our place at the end of the line by the toy aisles and listened to the noisy chatter around us. We took turns walking up front to the madhouse to see if the person had shown up or if the line was moving at all. They were also serving cake, cupcakes, sandwiches, and red punch to everyone, so I took a sandwich to get me through the long wait.
We found out that the cast member who was going to show up was Rachelle Lefevre, who plays Victoria. I thought this was exciting because I knew that the main actors like Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were most likely not coming to our store and was afraid we'd be stuck with someone nobody even knew lol. There was also a rumor that Cam Gigandet, who plays James, was coming too, but that was wrong. Someone also said they were only letting 200 people through, but luckily they were wrong since we were probably at least 1000 people back.

Finally, a little after 11pm the line started to move. Slowly at first, and then a little faster. It still took us nearly 1.5 hours to get to the front. We were almost there when my mom called to see if we were still waiting. I let her know that "Victoria" was there signing autographs and she was a bit disappointed she hadn't given my sister any money to buy the movie so I offered to buy it and have her pay me back, so that we could get it signed for her.
We reached the front of the line and they had everyone get into a single file. We could see Rachelle signing autographs and I started taking pictures. She's even prettier in real life too and smiled sweetly the whole time. It went very quickly. We set our items on the table and were ushered through fast. I managed to get out a quick, "Hi!" and "Thanks!" as she signed my book before I moved on. I also got a picture of my sister as she got the DVD signed (no, she's not bored, she was getting a pic with her phone lol).
After we checked out we hobbled out to our car, through a much emptier parking lot. It was 1:30am by then. Note to self- wear more supportive shoes when you plan to stand in line for hours. I took my sister home and finally got home around 2am.
Yes, I was at WalMart for 3 hours in the middle of the night, waiting to get a star to sign my book when I didn't even like the movie and wasn't buying it myself. But it was fun, and I'm glad I went. I'm not even going to complain about how tired I am today, because this time it was totally my own choice lol.


Anonymous said...

Sounds crazy but fun! I haven't read any of the twilight books yet. I am thinking of borrowing the first one from the library and then rent the first movie from redbox.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how fun and exciting. I sent hubby to the store at 8AM to buy the movie. Luckily at our wal-mart there were plenty of copies left. I loved all four books, but the movie was a bit of a let down IMHO.

Kim said...

That is SO awesome that you got to meet one of the characters from the book/movie & got an autograph too! What city was that Walmart in?

I was at our Walmart just minutes after midnight when the dvd came out and the 2 disc editions were already gone. :P That's okay, we went to Target and turns out they have an exclusive 3 dvd edition! :)

I saw the movie first and loved it so then bought and read every book.

Michelle said...

That's awesome she was there! Definitely worth it that you went. :D