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Stephanie Meyer's women-fans and New Moon

With Stephenie Meyer's "New Moon" hitting theaters, The Washington Post took a front-page look at fans who reluctantly, oh so reluctantly, have come to love Twilight and her other works. Women who are well past the age of fangirls, but who still feel touched by the teen-love story. Who can't put the books down. And who start naming their pets (and kids?) after characters in the novels.

Anyone who has read comments on Read Street posts about Meyer is familiar with this phenomenon. Women in their 20s, 30s and beyond have rushed to her defense when others criticized her novels. So if you see "New Moon," expect a crowd of women of all ages -- and not just those who are chaperoning their kids. (By the way, here's a review of "New Moon," photo galleries and much more about the movie.) And here's some first-hand, womanly testimony from Read Street comments:

"I am 26 years old ... a doctor ... [and ] I found Stephenie Meyer's novels utterly captivating, because, unlike pretty much every other fantasy/sci-fi book in existence, they are subtle and enjoyable, with a nice dose of romance. -- Nette

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"I'm ... a 37 year old mother to an 11 year old daughter and my husband and I had to fight her for the Twilight books ,,, I think it was the romance, being reminded of those intense, passionate feelings of first love -- Amy

Photo by David Stone

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"I have read the Twilight series about 4 times each. With that being said, let me clarify that I am a huge Twilight fan....I am 29....a mother....and hold a MA in English...  I am a fan of the love that Edward and Bella share.....its intense....its powerful....its forever....and it's old fashioned. Thats why it's so magnetic.....everyone wishes to find the same.-- Lolita.Dolly.Lo. 

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