Eclipse opens today. (Team Jacob!) Oh, sorry, I got distracted. Anyway, Michelle Pan, 20, is the webmaster behind BellaAndEdward.com and author of the new fanbook Bella Should Have Dumped Edward. She stopped by to chat about all things Twilight.
I Heart Daily: What inspired you to start the site?
Michelle Pan: It was for my own entertainment purposes — I was 13 and looking for something to do with my spare time. I had been doing web design for about a year and I had just read Twilight that summer (2006). I went online and found that there weren’t many Twilight fansites, so I started my own. I never expected the site to get so big!
IHD: What’s your favorite part about operating the site?
MP: My favorite part is interacting with the fans. I started BellaAndEdward.combecause I wanted to find a place where I could talk to other people who were as crazy as I was about the Twilight saga. I have, without a doubt, achieved that goal! I enjoy knowing that my website serves as an online community and gathering place (in a
sense) for Twilighters. Of course, I also love to attend the Twilight premieres and talk to the cast and crew on the red carpet!
IHD: What is your book, Bella Should Have Dumped Edward, about, and what’s the story with that title?
MP: My book is a Twilight fan debate book. I asked many questions relating to the controversial topics in the Twilight saga and fans submitted their responses. I then compiled them into a book and wrote my own opinions on the topics. Contrary to what everyone thinks, I don’t actually believe that Bella should have dumped Edward! The title was meant to be an attention-getter (since this is a book about the debates surrounding the Twilight saga, it seemed to be fitting). I am actually Team Edward, but I still like Jacob as a friend for Bella.
IHD: What are you hoping for/expecting from Eclipse?
MP: From what I’ve seen in the movie previews, this one looks like it’s going to be a lot darker than the previous two. That’s a good thing because the Eclipse book is a lot more action-packed and intense than both New Moon and Twilight. I’m just going to walk into the movie theater hoping for a movie that stays true to the book.
Thanks, Michelle! Watch some of her Eclipse premier footage (she interviews Stephenie Meyer!) below: