20 Things To Do Before Watching 'Breaking Dawn Part 2'
By Lizerne Guiting
The Twilight Saga ends with Breaking Dawn Part 2, but before you check out how the final chapter plays out on the big screen, here are 20 fun things you and your friends can do.
1. Get your tickets
If you're planning on watching Breaking Dawn Part 2 in theaters, getting your tickets in advance is an absolute no brainer! Gather your viewing party early to avoid sold out showtimes and sitting by yourself. Some theaters, such as AMC and ArcLight Cinemas, allow you to reserve seating – an extra convenience if all your friends on Facebook are tagging along.
2. Have a Twilight movie marathon
What?! You haven't watched the previous four Twilight films yet? And you call yourself a fan? There's still plenty of time to gather your friends together for an all-day movie marathon. Ask your friends to bring snacks and the Twilight DVDs over, and you can all squeal over your favorite moments before checking out Breaking Dawn Part 2 at the theaters.
3. Or, just watch Breaking Dawn Pt. 1
If you don't have time for an entire marathon, re-watching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is the next best thing. Part 1 serves as a good refresher for key events, plots and characters, and when you watch Part 2, it'll be like picking up right where you left off.
4. Watch the stars on TV
In their continuing promotion around Breaking Dawn Part 2's opening, the stars of The Twilight Saga will make appearances on the small screen! They've already appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Today and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local TV listings for the most up to date scheduled appearances.
5. Check out the premiere photos
The Twilight cast walked the black carpet for the premiere at Nokia Theatre at LA Live on, Nov. 12. Click through all the glitz and glam of the event in our Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere photos!
6. Listen to the Breaking Dawn soundtrack
The final and fifth Breaking Dawn soundtrack is now available on Amazon. Featured tracks include Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years (Part 2)," Nikki Reed's (who plays Rosalie Cullen) "All I've Ever Needed" duet with her American Idol husband Paul McDonald, and Green Day's lead single "The Forgotten." If you're not into that, you can always listen to Edward's classical faves, like Debussy.
7. Buy collectible Twilight Fandango Bucks
Need to get a fellow Twihard a birthday gift? You can get them a limited edition Fandango gift certificate of their favorite Twilight characters, and they're customizable, so you can upload a photo, too. You can send it by regular mail or e-mail, and they're good for any movie, any time on Fandango.
8. Read the books
Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg kept the fans in mind when she penned the script, and the film will likely include details that only avid readers will pick up on. Director Bill Condon has kept some things distinctly different in the film for better cinematic storytelling, like Breaking Dawn's wedding scenes. We can already tell that the final Volturi confrontation in Breaking Dawn Part 2 is taken to another level.
9. Get to know the new characters
Each of the films introduces new faces, and Breaking Dawn Part 2 is no exception. With vampire covens from around the world heading to Forks, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the newbies. Our Character Guide to the Twilight Universe runs through each of the new vampires, listing their covens, special powers, and relations to the Cullens or Volturi.
10. Check Out the Hottest Werewolves
From Twilight's Taylor Lautner to Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey, we've narrowed down the hottest Lycans steamin' up the big and small screens. Click through our Hottest Werewolves and let us know who's your absolute fave. (Yes, we know you have soft spot for Lautner!)
11. Read Stephenie Meyer's blog
Read Stephenie Meyer's updates straight from the source on her official website. She doesn't update that often, but when she does, it's usually huge news, such as updates on The Host, and what her production company, Fickle Fish, is up to.
12. Show team spirit!
Who says you have to pick either fangs or fur? Why not root for your favorite human? Or cross over to the dark side and cheer on the Volturi? Whichever side you're on, have a little fun and gather your friends to decorate shirts or create posters. All it takes are a few plain T-shirts or poster boards, markers, paint, maybe glitter (if you're running with vampires) and as much creativity as you can muster.
13. Host a Twilight reading
Gather your fellow Twihards and ask them to read their favorite excerpts from the series. Flaunt your drama skills by doing the voices or going all out with theatrics! You can all reminisce over your favorite parts.
Be as creative as you want. With myriad themes to choose from – anything ranging from "Come as a Volturi" or "Come as a victim (regular human)" – the possibilities are endless. Meet up with friends a few hours before your showtime, and serve up some blood-red cupcakes and fruit punch before heading to the theaters for the main event.
16. Dress up as a Twilight character
Whether you're planning to cosplay as a vampire at a convention or dress up for your own Twilight-themed party, our How To Dress Up as a Twilight Character gallery should stir up some inspiration, as well as provide one-liners to quip while in character. Click through for 21 Twilight-inspired character costumes!
17. Watch our exclusive video
We've got a ton of exclusive Twilight videos, including clips, interviews with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and the rest of the cast, as well as footage from previous premieres and fan events. Check back for updates and new video features.
18. Invest in some bling
This might not be for everyone, but if there's a special Twihard in your life, you may want to consider getting him or her something extraordinary. Meyer gave special authorization to Infinite Jewelry Co. to produce "Bella's Engagement Ring" and "Bella's Bracelet." And really, there's no harm in splurging for yourself. Hot Topic also sells the exclusive replica of Renesmee's authentic Quileute Bracelet. Proceeds from its sales go to the
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19. Check the mag racks
Browsing through the magazine aisle at the groceries? For the promotion of Breaking Dawn Part 2, you should see more coverage on the cast. Kristen Stewart was featured on the cover of Elle’s magazine and Vanity Fair's recent issues. Sounds about right. She's a Cullen, after all.