Twilight: The Fangirls Cometh, with Cash

Think young men are the only moviegoers who can drive the box office? Several million Twi-hard fangirls beg to differ

Glen Stubbe / Star Tribune / Zuma

A crowd cheers for the cast of Twilight at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

One dark, rainy night last spring, a young woman brought an offering to the rural Oregon movie set of Twilight. "She gave her infant to a vampire," director Catherine Hardwicke marvels. Actually, the Twilighter — as the mostly female devotees of Stephenie Meyer's vampire romances call themselves — had driven hours to get pictures of her baby with the cast. Even before Twilight hits theaters Nov. 21, the series' readers have exhibited enough excitement — if not hysteria — to persuade the studio, Summit Entertainment, to get screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg cracking on adaptations of the next two books....

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