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Vampire fans await 'Breaking Dawn' at Hagerstown bookstore

August 01, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Caylee Davis said it didn't take very long for her to get dressed to attend Friday night's release party for author Stephenie Meyer's new book, "Breaking Dawn," at Borders at the Centre at Hagerstown.

"Breaking Dawn" is the fourth and final book in Meyer's vampire series that also includes "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse."

Caylee, 14, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said she always wears dark clothes as part of her gothic look. The only thing she really had to add to get ready for Friday night was a pair of vampire fangs.

"It was a special occasion," she said. "I like everything about the books -- the vampires, the werewolves ... all the characters."

Before the party began at 9:30 p.m., Caylee talked with her friends -- Jessica Baird, 13, Faith Follin, 13, Courtney Rowland, 14, and Victoria Chakwin, 14 -- about whether one of the series' main characters, Bella, should fall in love with Edward, who is a vampire, or Jacob, who is a werewolf.

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"She can't live without Edward, but she can without Jacob," Victoria said, adding that werewolves are too moody.

About 50 teenagers, mostly girls, gathered around the information desk at Borders to take part in a scavenger hunt to start the festivities. Many wore bracelets to show they had reserved a book to purchase when it officially went on sale today at 12:01 a.m.

Borders manager Cathy Chouiniere said she wasn't certain how many books were on reserve, but there were "plenty in stock to meet the demand." As part of the ceremony, Borders employees planned to bring some of the books out in a coffin, she said.

The book is being sold for $22.99, which doesn't include a 30 percent discount that will be in effect probably until the end of the weekend, Chouiniere said. Customers who have a Borders Rewards card will receive a 40 percent discount.

In addition to the scavenger hunt, Chouiniere said Borders would host costume and trivia contests.

Nicole Benchoff, 17, of Greencastle, Pa., said she likes Meyer's books more than other horror authors such as Stephen King or Anne Rice because Meyer isn't as focused on terrifying the reader.

"It's not all about horror," she said. "It's about how the characters would live in a normal society."

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