I have to tell you, when it was announced that David Slade (Hard Candy) would be taking the reigns for the third installment of Twilight, I actually thought there was a chance the franchise could overcome its reputation as a pop-culture punch line. But, just because I'm willing to give the story of Edward and Bella another chance doesn't mean I'm up to attending a four-day convention. That's right Twihards, if you're willing to make the trip to Dallas on July 30th and shell out $255 per person, you can spend four days indulging in all things Cullen at TwiCon, the official Twilight fan convention.

So what exactly will $255 get you at the ultra-Gothic location of the Sheraton Dallas Hotel? Well, there will be vendors, panel discussions, a masked ball, Twilight inspired bands, and even some appearances from cast members. But before you get too excited, keep in mind that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will not be in attendance; instead fans can line up for a chance to see Ashley Green (Alice), Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Kellan Lutz (Emmett), and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) in the (pale) flesh.

Even though Twilight fans usually get a bum rap, it's not like TwiCon is any sillier than other fan conventions out there. Fandom is a funny thing, and for most of us, how geeky you want to get is a personal choice. I mean, I may have spent more time than I care to admit reading Watcher Junior, but I'm not writing Xander and Spike fan fiction in my spare time (see what I mean about personal choices?). I guess in the end there really isn't that much difference between dressing up as Volturi for a fancy dress ball and getting in touch with your inner Klingon -- well, maybe not to me, but how about you?