Breaking Dawn

If you’re wondering what all those tween and teen girls are doing at the bookstores late Friday night, it’s for the release of Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series about a high school junior, Bella Swan, who falls in love with a teen vampire, Edward Cullen. This is one of the few series I’ve found that gets better, rather than worse, with each sequel. The first, Twilight, was almost unbearable in its teen angst wallowing, but the plot finally gained traction in the last third of the book.

Although the author had intended Twilight to be a standalone novel, she later expanded the storyline with the introduction of a competing teen suitor in the second, New Moon, and third, Eclipse.  (Sorry for the sketchy outline, but I’m trying not to give away the story.) The movie version is scheduled to come out Dec. 12 of this year.

Anyway, Northern Virginia bookstores are celebrating its release with a vengeance, starting on Friday, Aug. 1. 

Borders, which has a very cool Breaking Dawn site with a millisecond counter, starts its store parties nationwide at 9:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to dress as characters from the book, and a trivia contest launches the party. As if that wasn’t enough, the bookstore is also sponsoring a “debate” on whether Bella should choose Jacob or Edward. Prizes such as special souvenirs and a chance to head the line at midnight will be given away. Calling to reserve a book, however, doesn’t guarantee you get one, according to a rep at the Fair Oaks store. To check for a location nearest you, visit http://www.borders.com.

Barnes and Noble‘s release parties for teens start 9 or 10 p.m., depending on the location. For a list of Northern Virginia B&N stores that are sponsoring parties, click here. Different locations have different activities, but most will be doing costumes and food. The Tysons Corner Mall store has a prom theme with prizes being given out, and a salsa dancing lesson. The Fair Lakes store rep said they’d be open all night long into Saturday, but the Tysons rep said he didn’t know if that store would be. The latter did say, though, that you could call and reserve a book to guarantee that you get a copy.

For those fans who didn’t get enough, Pohick Regional Library in Burke is sponsoring its own celebration for teens ages 13 to 18 starting at noon on Saturday, Aug. 2, with food, games and “vampire fun.” Design and wear your own Twilight t-shirt for the party and you may win a prize. Call 703-644-7333 for more info, including whether you need to reserve a spot.

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