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'Eclipse' draws super Twilight fans

A fan shows off Converse shoes she had spruced up with a Twilight theme in preparation for the midnight showing of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo)

BUFFALO -- Julie Schihl bought tickets online for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and still waited with her three daughters for more than an hour to get seats at the movie's midnight release.

She returned to Regal Cinemas Elmwood about 11 hours later to see it again with her husband. And she's considering coming back for a third showing. 

"I think it's just a classic love story," said Schihl, a Buffalo resident. "Everybody has that ideal, that that would be what you'd want in your life."

The latest movie in the vampire series drew big crowds today for its midnight release. Fans who didn't stay up late to see the early-morning show were trickling in to the matinee this afternoon.

VerNia Sharisse Garvin, a sophomore at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, had planned to go to the midnight show, but couldn't at the last minute. 

"I cried myself to sleep, I really did," Garvin said. "I missed the 'New Moon' premiere too, so it was like a whole rerun of last year."

All was well again this afternoon for Garvin when she returned to see "Eclipse" with her mother.

"It's just something about the story," Garvin said. "There's someone out there for everybody. That's the one thing that really draws me to Twilight."

Madison Reimer, 8, and her 5-year-old sister, Olivia, sported black "New Moon" T-shirts at the theater this afternoon. 

The third-grader said she's making her way through reading the first "Twilight" book.

What does she like best about the series?

"I like Robert Pattison," Madison said of the movie's heart-throb lead actor. "I like the whole movie, and I like vampires."

Schihl said she was pleased to see "Eclipse" included many of the story lines from the book. She's read each of the "Twilight" books more than once and has seen the previous two movies in the series several times.

She and her daughters watched the films again this week before attending the midnight showing today. 

"It touched on all the major points," Schihl said of "Eclipse." "All the movies have been relatively close, but I think this one touched on all the highlights of the book."

See interviews of fans describing what keeps them coming back for more "Twilight" in this video:

--Denise Jewell Gee

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