Let the frenzy begin. It is almost upon us. The madness is building. There are Twi-tards, Twi-lighters, Twi-fans and 'Twilight' Moms. And, they are all holding their bloodthirsty breath...because...on Friday, 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' opens its doors to fanatics all around the world.

Here in Los Angeles, 'New Moon' has taken the top spot for what people are talking about. Normally, people in LA spend all day simply chatting about themselves. But, not now. LA is consumed with Rob and Bella. A week and a half ago, a bunch of the bands on the 'New Moon' soundtrack, including Death Cab For Cutie and Sea Wolf, played live at Hollywood and Highland before the cast showed up to greet their fans. It was absolute maniacal fan(g)dom. And, on Monday, fans camped out overnight just hoping to catch a glimpse of the cast at their Tuesday night premiere in Westwood. On the weekend, I was at a coffee shop and my friend's 6-year-old son turned to me and told me that he wants to see the new 'Twilight' movie.

I remember when this delirium began.

Let the frenzy begin. It is almost upon us. The madness is building. There are Twi-tards, Twi-lighters, Twi-fans and 'Twilight' Moms. And, they are all holding their bloodthirsty breath...because...on Friday, 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' opens its doors to fanatics all around the world.

Here in Los Angeles, 'New Moon' has taken the top spot for what people are talking about. Normally, people in LA spend all day simply chatting about themselves. But, not now. LA is consumed with Rob and Bella. A week and a half ago, a bunch of the bands on the 'New Moon' soundtrack, including Death Cab For Cutie and Sea Wolf, played live at Hollywood and Highland before the cast showed up to greet their fans. It was absolute maniacal fan(g)dom. And, on Monday, fans camped out overnight just hoping to catch a glimpse of the cast at their Tuesday night premiere in Westwood. On the weekend, I was at a coffee shop and my friend's 6-year-old son turned to me and told me that he wants to see the new 'Twilight' movie.

I remember when this delirium began. Last year, I was asked by a publicist if I wanted to cover an upcoming film called 'Twilight'. I hadn't heard of it, and the book was already a best-seller, so I must have been living under a rock. It was a nice rock, though. Anyway, I had always enjoyed Kristen Stewart's acting ('Into The Wild', 'In The Land Of Women'), so I agreed to cover 'Twilight'. There was no available film footage to view to prepare to do my interviews. Instead, I was sent the book in order to do my research. So, just like millions of women around the world, I was yet another reading 'Twilight'. I could see the allure of Edward Cullen. What woman hasn't, at some point, been in love with a "bad boy?" What better way to feel alive than to consume oneself with someone else's tortured spirit?

To interview the cast, I had to take a train to San Diego. OK, I didn't have to take the train. Nobody forced me. But, I am scared of LA freeways, so I try not to drive on them if it's not an absolute necessity. Plus, trains are romantic. Waking up at 6am to catch the train, however, not so much. Three hours on the train later (I slept the whole time. So much for meeting a mysterious and handsome stranger), I was in San Diego at Comic-Con (an infamous sci-fi, horror and comic book convention) where the cast was going to appear in public for the first time.

Before the public appearance, the cast sat down for media interviews. We sat at round tables and cast members sat down with us and answered our questions. Rob Pattinson (Edward Cullen) was sweet, shy and unassuming. Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) was adorable and feeling touched by the hundreds of fans who were screaming his name when he arrived at the convention. He made fun of my antiquated, cassette tape recorder. I told him it was vintage and to be respected. Our hometown girl, the beautiful, incredibly articulate and Canadian Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria) called her mom to share the experience. But, Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) was missing. Unfortunately, she got stuck in freeway traffic and didn't arrive on time for the interviews. She should have taken the train. When she finally arrived, I went to interview her alone on an outdoor patio. She was fidgety, sweet and extremely gracious.

When we went downstairs for the cast's public appearance, thousands of fans were screaming. It practically put Beatlemania to shame. Audience members were allowed to ask questions. Ten-year-old girls wearing braces were asking Rob Pattinson what he likes in a girl. Hopefully, he likes them of legal age.

And, now...they're back. It's a new moon and the werewolves are howling. Their lives have forever changed. They are all over magazine covers. They can't go anywhere without being hunted. And, their personal lives are both speculated about and examined on the internet. The rumour mill churns 25 hours a day. Is Kristen with Rob? Is Rob romantic? Does Rob shower? Wear deodorant? Is Kristen pregnant? Crazy.

Though I am in no rush to see 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon', and despite that I am a little tired of hearing about it (though, given this column, I am a part of the problem), I do hope that audiences enjoy the film in accordance with their anticipation. And, I wish the sweet and poor overwhelmed cast much success as they navigate through the bizarre and bloody saga of 'The Twilight Saga'.