Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I.T.S Year in Review 2009 / Happy New Year

Ok folks, since it's almost 2010 I thought I would give you a brief overview of the Irish Twilight Sisters year in 2009 but then I realised I'm a wordy cow so it probably won't be that brief and I have a lot to cover.

Where to start: Well it all started with my little obsession over the books in the Twilight saga which I am now loathe to admit I was forced to read (Thank you Karen) - Like most other un-informed people I was under the illusion that 'Twilight' was for teenagers and i'm now very happy to say - No it is not.

After I read the first book in about 6 hours and then read the rest of them within a week I was hooked and life as I knew it changed forever. On a personal note, for those who don't know me I have a condition called M.E/ CFS and a side effect of this is chronic insomnia. So what did I do with my endless nights - I trawled the internet for Twi news of course. I discovered countless websites that were either Robert Pattinson related or Taylor Lautner related and some that covered the whole series but I hadn't found an Irish site that satisfied my yearning for news. *Lightbulb moment*

Through Twitter one night I discovered that Peter Facinelli (aka Dr.Carlisle Cullen) would be in Dublin the very next day and having never met any celebrities of note I was determined that Peter would be my first. So off I trundled into Dublin city and stood for 3 hours amidst hordes of teenagers and some older people like myself and met some lovely people in the queue and eventually I got to meet Peter. I then proceeded to flirt my ass off with him and discovered he is truly charming. I told him I would like to play the part of Siobhan in Breaking Dawn & he said I would have made a great Victoria...I swooned!!

So that was it - I was hooked. I went home and thought about the website for a couple of weeks and eventually I decided it was now or never. So on the 7th of August '09 I posted my first article and Irish Twilight Sisters was born.

Now, being a woman of a certain age I was always 'Team Edward' because, well, Taylor/Jacob is still a child and well really Robert Pattinson is just too divine for words so naturally my first post was about Robert. My nights (& days) were now filled with finding Twi news and bringing it to Irish readers of the blog.

Through twitter however I was starting to get a following from all over the world. I became great buddies with a lass in Australia - you know her as OzTwilightTwit - I know her as Mel aka my sister from another mister. We are two peas in a pod / seperated at birth kinda gals. We spent many a night (for me) & morning (for her) (time difference) yapping the ears off each other on twitter and im sure telling everyone else how crazy we were. Luckily she is Team Jacob so there were no fights over who got Rob (A girl can dream).

Clearly - I win.

So as my twitter followers increased (the timeline gets a bit fuzzy here) I got to talking to someone called @TwilightEvent & someone else called @IrishTwiFans. Now these lassies seemed reasonably sane of mind so I went to meet them in Dublin (in a public place - my husband thought I was going to be kidnapped) and we bonded over an italian meal and our lives changed yet again. Lynda (TE) and Jess (ITF) were both a force to be reckoned with. Jess will one day rule the world im sure and Lynda will organise the event to celebrate it.

Lynda was organising the first ever Irish Twilight Event and Jess & I decided to pitch in and help out as best we could. Then came the mini-event where we could meet other fans who were coming to pick up their tickets and this is where I met the absolutely gorgeous & delicious Lorri. As with Mel, she fast became a bosom *wink* buddy. (Lorri knows what im winking at).

Soon enough, Lynda, Jess and I were conspiring to increase the Irish Fan base even more and together we created the Irish Twilight Fan Association. Through that we were contacted by the PR company for New Moon and we were able to run a competition to bring 40 Irish fans to the UK for the New Moon fan event. A red carpet affair where the holy trinity aka Rob, Kristen & Taylor would be. The squeals im sure could be heard the length & breadth of the country. So one cold November day we all set off to London and a day of epic ness ensued.
We made sure we to the front of the stage....for this...

We got 'this' close to them....We always moaned about the screams when your watching the cast but to be honest you just cant help yourself...I admit we screamed...a lot.

Check out some videos from the day on my You Tube Channel

Alas, that day had to end :( but it ended in style...kind of...It ended with me being ill (what's new) & being looked after by Jess & Lorri and then to top the whole day off some girls we met and fell in love with (Shivvy, Trish and Joanne) bringing us McDonalds at 1am in the morning in our room in the hostel we were staying in. (The Glamour eh?). I wont even tell you the saga we had in the airport on the way home the next day but needless to say, someone got left behind and I was brought to the departure gate in a wheelchair (Jess - again you rock).
The Irish-Twi-Girls rule...that is all.

Somewhere in the madness I got a Twi related tattoo - yes I know you may scoff but I love it.

Pretty much as soon as we got home from London it was time for the first ever Irish Twilight Event hosted by Lynda who had managed to get the wonderfully charming Solomon Trimble from the first movie over. He was so nice, and he read us some of his poetry he had written as Sam to Emily - basically he had a roomful of women eating out of his hand.

Once the event was over it was time to get ready for New Moon. A few of us were lucky enough to get tickets to the press screening the night before the official release and we weren't left disappointed. The night of the official release we queued for six hours in Vue cinemas in Liffey Valley to be the first in the queue and get our VIP seats. The managers in the cinema took great care of us even though im sure they thought we were crazy.

Having re-discovered mylove of writing again I started my own FanFiction story and things with the blog got even busier so I needed help to run it. I asked the only two people who positively sprung to mind, as soon as I had the idea, to help me and they were more than willing. So now with the help of Mel and Lorri the blog is updated and pimped out like you wouldnt believe.

 So that was it..we had worked our little behinds off for the movie release, the website setups, the competitions, the trip to London and was it worth it? Hell yes!!

Here is to 2010 when we can do it all over again (bigger and better) for 'Eclipse'.

We hope to meet many more Twilight fans from Ireland and the rest of the world as we continue in the saga madness. So follow us on Twitter, hop on the crazy train. Get in, sit down, shut up and hold's a wild ride. 

Wishing you a Happy New Year & all the best for 2010

love from
Mel & Lorri

Thanks to all our fabulous twitter followers and the girls we spend our nights & days chatting our merkins off with. We cant wait to meet you all - someday, somewhere, soon.

Thank you to all the graphics / photo / website contributors who help or share the information with us throughout the year.

Too many to mention but special thanks must go to the following sites: 
Thinking of Rob; Robsessedblog; RPLife ; Spunk Ransom; Edwardcullennet; Cullen Boys Anonymous; Twilight Lexicon;; RPAustralia; Gossip Cop; E!News-TheAwfulTruth

If I have forgotten anything major feel free to let me know and ill add it in - I do have short term memory so im not the most reliable when it comes to things like this LOL

Monday, December 28, 2009

Xavier Samuel on Handling Fame

Adelaide Now Reports: 

DRESSED in jeans and scuffed boots and climbing out of a beaten-up Ford Falcon, Xavier Samuel looked like any other young bloke when he turned up for his city hair appointment on Thursday.

That was only because the hordes of teenage girls who have been following his every move on the internet for the past few months were nowhere to be seen - they didn't even know he was in town.
International paparazzi have hounded the former Adelaide drama student since he landed a role in the third Twilight movie, Eclipse, which completed filming in Canada two months ago.
Due to be released next June, the film, which also stars Twilight leads Kristen Stewart and heart-throb Robert Pattinson, is set to make Samuel, 25, a major Hollywood star.
This week he was enjoying some downtime in his home town, where he caught up with mates at Rundle St spots The Exeter and Sugar nightclub, before spending Christmas relaxing with his mum Maree and dad Clifford, brother Benedict, 21, and sister Bridget, 28.

"It's a bizarre thing, the whole celebrity phenomenon," Samuel told the Sunday Mail.
"But to see it in action is another thing. It's a little strange having someone follow you to get a coffee.
"I wasn't used to that sort of attention, so I just took it in my stride, I guess.
"I think Robert and Kristen do a really good job in dealing with fans.
"They seem to handle it really well, so if I can take a leaf out of their book I should be OK."
Life in the US has also given Samuel a chance to catch up with fellow Adelaide actor Teresa Palmer, a former castmate from the local indy film 2:37.
"Teresa and I actually spent Halloween in LA together," he said.

"It was my first Halloween and I went as a Canadian because I just came back from Vancouver. It just involved me putting on a cap, I didn't really put a lot of effort in. It was either that or go as a Playboy bunny."
Samuel may have a celebrity lifestyle, but he certainly doesn't have a car to match - he bought his canary yellow Falcon with Benedict for just $500.
After the New Year, the two are planning to drive it to Sydney, where Benedict is studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

"The car only has a tape deck, so that's what we've been asking everyone for Christmas - car tapes," he laughed.
"We were listening to a fair bit of '50s rock and roll on the way here."
Meanwhile, Samuel has an obvious tip for Twilight fans wanting the inside scoop on the new film: "If you want to know what happens in the movie, just read the book."


Robert on E! News & Access Hollywood

Thanks to Robsessed via SpunkRansom

Taylor Lautners Martial Arts Skills in 'Cancun'


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Seasons Greetings!!

Happy Christmas & New Year to all our readers / twitter followers. 

Thanks for your support in the last 4 months or so and we can't wait to bring you all the Twilight news in 2010. It's going to be an exciting year and we have lots of plans in the works already. 

So, enjoy the season with family, friends and the Twi Fandom and above all else ~ Be Safe

Lots of love


Bee, Mel & Lorrie

Thanks to all the photo / wallpaper contributors.