With her vampires put to eternal rest, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer was able to dabble deeper into other science fiction avenues.
In her book-turned-movie The Host, she invades the realm of alien body snatching and sets the stage for Earth's invasion. There, a lone resistance group remains, pocketed away from the Dune-eyed population, until one of its surviving few, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), gets the touched-by-an-angel treatment. Drama ensues.
The big-screen adaptation gets released by Open Road Films on March 29, and to hype the thing, Meyer is traveling the country in support of her 2008 fiction release and its movie guide companion edition. For added photo bait, she's bringing two of the film's young stars, Jake Abel and Max Irons with her.
The posse comes to Dallas' Barnes and Noble Lincoln Park location on Tuesday, March 12, and according to the event's Facebook page, women are behaving like it's a Boys II Men concert in 1992. Many are even threatening to camp out in the parking lot -- assuming they can get sitters.
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Tickets will be released beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28 and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday the 29th to anyone with a Barnes and Noble receipt for a copy of either The Host, or The Host: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (both can be purchased onsite as well). The event begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, so we had to ask: With free tickets available in advance and a mid-afternoon start, is any of this camping stuff even relevant?
No, says Victor Archibald, Lincoln Park's Merchandise Manager, it is not. "We kind of discourage camping out," he says. "It's really unnecessary."
Here's all you need to know: Meyers will sign your old Twilight books, provided you've got a Barnes and Noble purchased copy of one of the two Host editions. If you bought it through another vender, you'll have to go to the "overflow section" at the back of the line. She will not sign memorabilia. Jake Abel and Max Irons are mostly there as eye candy and to say a few words about the new film. They are not scheduled to do autographs.
If all of this makes you whimper sadly about the human condition, buck up. You can get free tickets to see George Saunders speak on April 19th here. No sleeping bags required.