Stephenie Meyer London fans on hours-long wait to meet her

The bestselling author of the Twilight novels attracted hundreds of fans to London for her book signing at Waterstones Piccadillythis week. Fans started queuing for as early as 5 am outside Europe’s biggest bookstore for the 6 pm event.

Fans sitting in the busy Piccaddilly pavement outside Waterstones Photo from The Host Movie UK

This is the Stephenie Meyer’s first event in the UK after her last visit in 2007. Hence, it is not surprising that the throng of excited fans took this chance to meet their idol. Sinead Tobin Belmont, a 23 year-old Dubliner who now lives in London, came with her husband and was the first person on the line. She said that she was also first in the queue to buy some of Meyer’s book when they were released and added: “I wanted to carry on my own little tradition of being first and knowing that despite what anyone may say about themselves, I am the biggest fan.”

On March 5th, the waiting crowd of teenagers to 50 year-olds created a friendly and a tad crazy atmosphere.  Some were sharing stories and saying hello to passers-by to pass the time. A particular fan came with a sign saying ‘Honk if you’re happy’ and held it up to the passing cars while others screamed and cheered  at the sound of the car horns.

Meyer arrived on time and was welcomed with delight from cheering fans. The author was described to be graceful, nice and friendly during the event. She chatted, posed for photographs and signed copies of her novels for around 200 aficionados.

The signing was part of the publicity tour for the movie adaptation of The Host, another of the author’s bestsellers. The science fiction and romance novel penned by Meyer in 2008 sold millions of copies worldwide and will soon be released on the big screen in March 29, 2013.

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