'Twilight' moviegoer: Forget the book

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2." Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

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Adrenna Taylor, 16, of Amityville, brought a box of tissues to the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" Thursday night at the Farmingdale Mulitplex.

It wasn't because she feared she might cry at the ending.

She was afraid she might cry because it's the end.

"Breaking Dawn Part 2" marks the finale of a string of blockbuster films that kicked off in 2008 with a romance between vampire Edward Cullen and high school student Bella Swan, and continued with four more installments, the last of which opened nationwide at 10 p.m. Thursday. "It's been a journey," said Taylor, who went on that ride along with thousands and thousands of other teenage girls who also hooked their moms.

But before the tears came the torment.

Cries of "Please, no!" "Oh my God!" and "Why, why, why?" rang out in the theater as viewers were shocked by a much-hyped twist that deviated from the last book in Stephenie Meyer's series.

In the end, the still shocked audience was thrilled. "Forget the book," said Adrienne Cantave, 15, of Huntington Station. "I don't care about the book anymore, I like the movie better."

Said Margaret Krebs, 27, of Lindenhurst: "As many twists as I had thought up in my head, that was better than I could have imagined. I almost passed out."

Most of the people in the theater Thursday night came to witness the culmination of the three-way romance between Edward, Bella and werewolf Jacob Black. "We all know Edward and Bella are going to end up in Happy Little Vampireland," said Tiffany Tartaglione, 30, of Farmingdale, who had arrived at the multiplex at 11 a.m. and sat through a marathon screening of all four previous movies before seeing the finale.

But some came for the action. "Something about vampires and werewolves fighting, it's just interesting," said Jeffrey Avelar-Yanes, 15, of Copiague.

Moviegoers were uniformly impressed with Kristen Stewart's performance as Bella, saying this was her best effort yet.

As soon as the film ended, before the lights even came up, the theater was filled with the glow of smartphones whipped out as viewers posted their reactions on Facebook. "In fact that's what I'm going to do right now," said Tartaglione, joining in. "It was fantastic."

Marisa Simoncic, 20, a student at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, mourned the fact that the series had come to an end, saying she would miss Edward Cullen. "I love him," she said simply, as she sat with an $8.25 bucket of popcorn in a commemorative "Breaking Dawn" container with the actors' photos on it.

What will she do now that the object of her obsession won't be around to adore anymore?

"I'll watch 'The Hunger Games,'" she said. "I really like Peeta."

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