Caught up in the ‘Twilight’ Zone

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Twilight. Is. Here. Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final book in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series is being released tonight at midnight. I’ve never read any of the “Twilight” books, maybe because I’m not big into vampires and werewolves, though I’ve seen plenty of advertisements for them in the Borders Rewards e-mails I get.

Fans of the “Twilight” books have been holding podcasts and online discussion forums for the past few months in anticipation of Meyer’s new release. Yesterday, I got caught up in the Twilight zone, too. I interviewed two sisters from North Texas who started an online “Twilight” fan club and who are going to lead a podcast at a Borders in New York City today to talk about Breaking Dawn.

You can read my short piece here. It appeared in today’s GuideLive, which is the arts/entertainment section of The Dallas Morning News.

Sisters Kallie Mathews and Kassie Rodgers, who run a fan-club Web site for author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, have gotten used to creating podcasts from the comfort of their local homes.

But today they’re taking their North Texas-based show on the road – more than 1,500 miles north to New York City. They’ll broadcast live from the Borders in Columbus Circle, a centerpiece in the chain’s national effort to promote tonight’s midnight release of Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final book in the wildly popular series.

During the two-hour podcast, the sisters will lead discussions with fans about their predictions of what will happen to the characters in Breaking Dawn. They will be joined by three other Twilight aficionados from online fan clubs.

The sisters launched their site in January. Their podcasts average about 10,000 downloads a week, Ms. Mathews said, and their site gets 15,000 hits a day.

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Given space constraints, I couldn’t fit as much as I wanted to into the story, so I wrote a blog post highlighting a cool detail from my interview with Kassie Rodgers, one of the sisters. For as much time as Rodgers spends talking about the ‘Twilight’ books, she doesn’t like to read. I explored this tension here: (Note: I didn’t have access to the books blog, so my editor, Mike, posted the blog entry for me.)

Kassie Rodgers, who runs a fan club Web site for author Stephenie Meyers’ “Twilight” books with her sister Kallie Mathews, has spent the past seven months talking and writing about the books’ characters, plots, and themes for the site.

Today, Rodgers and her sister, both from North Texas, will lead a live podcast at the Columbus Circle Border’s in New York City to celebrate tonight’s midnight release of Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final book in the “Twilight” series.

It’s a lot of fanfare and celebrating for someone who doesn’t like to read.

For years, Mathews tried introducing her sister to books, but Rodgers always said no thanks. The only book Rodgers read for pleasure was the Bible. When she did read other books, it was because she had to for college.

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Are you a “Twilight” fan? What do you like/not like about the books?

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