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Stephenie Meyer's fans prepare for 'Breaking Dawn'

August 01, 2008|By THAISI H. VELASQUEZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Loyal readers of author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" book series are planning parties for the release of her new book, "Breaking Dawn," which is scheduled for release Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

"Breaking Dawn" is the fourth and final book in Meyer's romance-packed saga. Other books in the popular vampire series are "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse."

Participating local Borders and Waldenbooks stores have prepared games, contests and debates for the parties, which have the theme "From Twilight 'til Dawn: A Night With a Bite." Festivities are scheduled to begin today at 9:30 p.m.

"There are going to be a lot of fun activities throughout various places in the store," said Cathy Chouiniere, general manager of Borders at the Centre at Hagerstown.

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Events at Borders will include a scavenger hunt, costume contest, book trivia and the reading of the first chapter of "Breaking Dawn."

Chouiniere said she believes the best part of the night will be actually getting the book.

Ashley Vere, a student at North Hagerstown High School, still is unsure whether she will attend a release party, but said she definitely will buy the book.

"I like these books because they are thrilling," said Vere, 15. "They keep you on the edge of your seat."

Ivonne Martin, general manager of Waldenbooks in Martinsburg, W.Va., said the series is not only for children.

"The books are classified in the young adult genre, but there are a whole scope of people reading the books," she said.

Martin, who has read the books, said Meyer "just grabs you." She said she believes the popularity of the series has to do with the "vampire phenomenon out there."

Maria Smucker, a cataloguer at the Washington County Free Library, won't be attending a book release party, but said she placed a hold on one of the seven copies that the library will receive.

"Even though I'm not really into vampires, I enjoy the books," Smucker said. "They're not really bloody or gory. They're more romantic and passionate."

Borders and Waldenbooks in Hagerstown are holding a book drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.

Customers can pick books from the book drive display and let the cashier know that they would like to donate them. They are can choose their favorite children's or young adult books to donate. Borders and Waldenbooks will give the books to the organization.

The book drive ends Sept. 1.

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