Could Bear Grylls Survive The “Eclipse” Premiere?

It’s my first camping trip, Maggie Eguerra from McAllen, Texas, tells NPR’s Ben Bergman excitedly. Is she in California’s famed Yosemite National Park? Or admiring the Giant Sequoias in King’s Canyon National Park?

No, she’s one of 550 people camped out in a mall in downtown Los Angeles, waiting for the Thursday night premiere of “Eclipse,” the latest installment of The Twilight Saga. That’s right: there’s a campground in the middle of the giant new LA Live entertainment and shopping complex. And it’s not just for tweens and teens. Twihards, as they are affectionately known, include plenty of moms, as well as tourists from distant lands. “I brought my niece,” Eric Irizarry from New Zealand told ABC7 News. “I told her I owed her a trip so we brought her out here and between her and my wife they convinced me to camp out.”

Why are these fans, many of whom have been here since Sunday, sleeping on a concrete plaza, surrounded by blankets, tents, umbrellas, and cardboard cut-outs of “Eclipse” stars? The first 550 are doing it all for a guaranteed spot on the red carpet at the film’s premiere, and a glimpse of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. (These three play Bella, Edward and Jacob in “Eclipse,” which features Bella preparing for high school graduation and choosing a prom date. But will it be vampire Edward or werewolf Jacob?)

It’s all very orderly: around 9,000 wristbands are being handed out and must be worn until the premiere is over. There is also a list of rules for campers: overnight camping in designated areas only, only 4′ x 4′ tents allowed, no amplified music, no drugs, no alcohol, and no cooking.

Camping out has taken on a whole new meaning this week – and Bear Grylls might not make it here.

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Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat6 years ago


michele s.
Past Member 6 years ago

I am not getting where Twilight has to do with wildlife and the environment either?

Naomi Hood
Naomi Hood7 years ago

Some Vampires are gay and some aren't, Jeremy, just like some humans are gay and some aren't. However, I do agree with you about Twilight being dumb. My partner and I tried to get into this series. One look was enough for both of us. I could say that at least the interest in Vampires is thriving at the moment, but if Twilight and so-called Christian Vampires from another series are what they're trying to turn them into, they might as well kill the subgenre now. At least they wouldn't be bringing it slogging through such inane muck!

Samantha T.
Past Member 7 years ago

And FYI: The legend of the Quileute Indians' tribal beginnings are actually based in traditional stories passed down from one generation to the next just as my Cherokee & Arapaho Native American legends & stories were passed from one generation to the next. Stephenie Meyers went to Forks, WA & got her story regarding the Indians directly from the tribal elders. Even the Quileute language used in New Moon is authentic so there is some quality within the fictional saga although, what's the old quote: "There are more things in heaven and earth
than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Whose to say it's wrong. Ever witness the work of a firetalker? I have. It's quite amazing to see tho' many would dismiss it unless they'd see it with their own eyes.

Samantha T.
Past Member 7 years ago

Even with my bad health and diminishing eyesight, I'd gladly camp out to be there to witness the premiere of Eclipse. I have so much enjoyed the audio books (unabridged versions but great nonetheless) as have both my children, ages 23yo & 13yo. I'm thankful Summit decided to split Breaking Dawn into 2 movies. The book is so full of so many happenings that there's no way to get all of it into one movie. Besides, there is a good part to the saga. If supernatural beings such as shapeshifter werewolves & vampires who are total enemies can find common ground, then there's hope for the bigots that flourish in this country & around the world.

charmaine c.
Charmaine C7 years ago


Grace Johnson
Grace Johnson7 years ago

they will look back at this and say "now why did I do that?"

Loo S.
Loo sam7 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Hester L.
Heather L7 years ago

Too bad they're not doing it for something more worthwhile...why does Twilight have to permeate everything in the world? I'm sorry, but its like a bad stain that just keeps spreading and popping up everywhere you least expect.And it makes vampires totally lame and uncool.

Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago

Thanks for the article.