Fanboy/fangirl gatherings tend to be the butt of jokes. These convention-goers are always portrayed on film as hordes of overweight, introverted nerds -- even if the protagonists are among their number, as in "Fanboys." Is that common perception of these people justified, or is it just a stereotype the masses enjoy laughing about?
Aside from the now "mainstream" San Diego and New York Comic-Cons, I had never attended any superfan conferences. So I welcomed the opportunity to attend the Twi-hards' Super Bowl, the 'Breaking Dawn
' Convention in Los Angeles. Before each new installment of "The Saga," hundreds of Stephenie Meyer
's faithful descend on the City of Angels
for three days of vampire revelry.
I've been covering "Twilight" for NextMovie for over a year and, before this weekend, felt like I had a fairly solid understanding of my fellow Twi-hards (despite never actually having hung out with