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November 14, 2009

Well ‘Twilight’ fans, how was Stephenie Meyers’ ‘Oprah’ appearance for you?

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“TWILIGHT: NEW MOON” COUNTDOWN

Denise Martin, one of our “Twilight” experts, checks in with some thoughts on today’s vampy edition of “The Oprah Winfrey Show“…

That certainly wasn’t aimed at Twi-hards, was it?

After more than a year of forgoing all interview requests, Stephenie Meyer emerged to promote the upcoming “New Moon” movie on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Her pre-taped appearance aired Friday and yielded, for rabid “Twilight” fans, just one revelation not already known about her vampire series. For the second book, (the film version hits theaters Nov. 20), Meyer said, she originally had a different ending in mind.

“There was a different ending to ‘New Moon.’ Originally it was much quieter [and took place] in Bella’s head,” she said. Meyer changed it at the urging of her mom, Candy Morgan. She introduced the Volturi earlier, and — voila! — a Volturi smack-down jazzes up the end. Thanks, Candy.

Otherwise, Oprah and Meyer went over very familiar territory: “Twilight” came to Meyer in a dream; she imagined a hot vampire who was in love with a mortal girl; she wanted to know more; that dream became Chapter 13 of “Twilight.”

“In the dream it was two people in a circular meadow and one of them was a sparkly boy and one was just a girl who was human and normal and the boy was a vampire, which was bizarre,” Meyer said. “It was a passion and frenzy when I started writing.”

And of course, there was a question about Robert Pattinson. His hygiene having often been called into question, Oprah wanted to know, “What does he smell like?” “He smells great,” Meyer said. “Rob is hilarious. He is the funniest person. He’s not at all like the Edward character. He’s so different. He just doesn’t look like anyone else, in a good way. He’s very striking looking.”

And that was about it. So what do you all think? Do you wish Meyer could have done, say, a more in-depth interview? Or talked more about the “New Moon” movie? Or, at the very least, told us what she’s been up to all year? (I do!) Agree with me, or disagree if you must, below.

— Denise Martin

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