Blast has not heard reports of any of the other Twilight character events going as wildly insane as Pattinson’s. His response to questions about whether he had talked to his fellow cast members since the tour began: “I haven’t actually. Do you how they’re [events are] going?”

A couple minutes after 6 p.m., the fans started to trickle out of the store with awe-struck faces and trembling hands.

“I went up there and he was so nice. He actually asked me like how everything has been and whether I was okay, and I was just like so speechless. I was just like, “ËœI love you so much and I can’t wait to see you in the movie! I can’t wait to see you in all of your movies!'” said Pease, who admitted that she had not known Pattinson had acted in any other movie other than “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Pease’s boyfriend, Bill Brauneis, 21, of Attleboro was a bit more conservative with his enthusiasm about seeing Pattinson.

“It was great. I was looking forward to meeting him,” he said.

The fan reactions were noted, even by the authorities that were there for security.

“They all came out like zombies, like they’d been bit by a vampire,” said Saugus fire Lieutenant Eric Hansen.

Television crews swarmed on girl after girl who came out sobbing hysterically in the aftermath of meeting Pattinson. A couple kind words from the actor were translated into confessions of attraction and admissions of love.

One girl walked up to her group of friends after exiting the Hot Topic with a giddy smile on her face, whispered “I told him I loved him,” and burst into a bout of giggles.

“He’s cuter in person,” another girl proclaimed to the next batch of fans waiting to be admitted into the Hot Topic.

Pattinson said that when he was first cast into the role of Edward, he did not realize how big the “Twilight” phenomenon truly was.

“If I was doing [the movie] now, knowing it was going to be this audience, I think I probably would have done it differently,” said Pattinson. “But I think, at the end of the day, it’s a good thing I went into it thinking [“ËœTwilight’] is a small thing because it essentially is. It’s a small story; it’s an intimate story, and I think it comes across as being very human rather than being a big epic thing.”

There is a lot of pressure on the actors and creators of the film adaptation of “Twilight” to get everything perfectly right for the fans who will scrutinize every detail of the film to see how it compares to the novel.

Most fans said that they liked all the clips of the film they had seen thus far, but 25-year-old Sarah Kontos of Worcester said that the raciness of the Bella and Edward make-out scene, shown in Summit’s final “Twilight” trailer, gave her pause.

“In the book, she wears like ratty old pajama pants with holes in them, and she’s not like “sexy,” so it was weird to see that in one of the trailers,” said Kontos. “I kind of was mad. That would give people who didn’t read the book a totally wrong impression of that part.”

Director Catherine Hardwicke has said in interviews that Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series, asked her to tone down the make-out scene that was originally shot because she would have “nothing to work with” in the later adaptations of the novel.

As the crowds waiting for their signed posters thinned out, the police presence in front of the Hot Topic grew from three to 12 officers. Echoes of “Robert! Robert!” could be heard throughout the mall as the clock struck 7:30 p.m. and the fans gathered around the stage shouted impatiently for the culmination of their long wait. Though Pattinson was escorted through back passageways to get to the stage, a large crowd of fans who were not among the lucky 500 to meet Pattinson gathered around the entrance to the Hot Topic on the off chance that he would pass by them.

As soon as Pattinson appeared on the stage for the question and answer session, the chatter turned to a unified shrieking scream that thundered around the interior of the mall.

Lieutenant Hansen had to plug his fingers in his ears to dull out the ear-piercing sound of what is sure to be the high point in some of the fans’ teenage lives.

The questions were submitted by fans earlier in the day and were handpicked by Pattinson.

Pattinson may not be known universally, like Brad Pitt or Michael Jackson, but the obsession that surrounds him by his dedicated fan base is enough to counter the indifference of the general public. If “Twilight” is a success when it is released on Friday, the name Pattinson will be sure to mean something.

Though his initial popularity is based on his role in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and now Edward Cullen in “Twilight,” Pattinson has directed his focus toward indie films. His next major role is in the drama “How To Be.”

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About The Author

Terri Schwartz was a Blast Contributing Editor from 2008-2009.