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Twilight Saga stages finale

Twilight Saga stages finale

Colgate Bookstore will host midnight release party on Aug. 2

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

The last installment of the four-book Twilight Saga, "Breaking Dawn," by Stephanie Meyer, perhaps the successor to J. K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series, is about to be released.

"It's amazing," said Meyer in an ABC interview. "I wasn't expecting the books to even be published. When I first put them out, my thought was, 'They're going to laugh at me.'"

The Twilight Saga tells the story of high school student Bella Swan, her vampire sweetheart Edward Cullen, and her werewolf friend Jacob Black.

"My books are all completely coward-proof," Meyer said. "If you're frightened, you can still read them."

The first novel, "Twilight," was one of 2005's most talked about novels. The sequel, "New Moon," was released in 2006 and spent more than 30 weeks at the number one position on The New York Times bestseller list. "Eclipse," the third book in the series, released in 2007 also went number one. Twilight Saga books boast more than 5.5 million copies in print worldwide.

After "Eclipse," New York Times Book Review writer Liesl Schillinger had this to say, "Meyer's trilogy seethes with the archetypal tumult of star-crossed passions, in which the supernatural element serves as heady spice."

The Colgate Bookstore will host a midnight release party to celebrate the publication of the book. The party at 3 Utica St. will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday Aug. 1. Copies of the book will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 2. There will be with free pizza and snacks, a trivia contest and a costume competition. The party is free and open to the public, but advance sign up is requested at 228-7480.

"I don't think I could ever thank all of you enough for being so devoted to this series," wrote Meyer on her web site. "You've proved over and over again that you are the best fans in the world."

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