It all began last weekend when photos emerged of Robert Pattinson battling a mob of paparazzi as he tried to escape from the Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe.

While making a dash for the car, his face showed signs of distress as he tried to shield himself from the cameras. There was even one shot of him with his back turned, leaning up against a wall and burying his head, as if he was waiting for the paparazzi to give up. But despite all his efforts, they didn't back off, and they followed him through the underground parking garage where he thought he'd be safe.

These photos reveal a different side to Pattinson, something fans are expressing they aren't interested in seeing. A number of fansites have gotten together to launch a worldwide campaign against the paparazzi and their intrusion into Pattinson's private life. It all began last weekend when photos emerged of Robert Pattinson battling a mob of paparazzi as he tried to escape from the Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe.

While making a dash for the car, his face showed signs of distress as he tried to shield himself from the cameras. There was even one shot of him with his back turned, leaning up against a wall and burying his head, as if he was waiting for the paparazzi to give up. But despite all his efforts, they didn't back off, and they followed him through the underground parking garage where he thought he'd be safe.

These photos reveal a different side to Pattinson, something fans are expressing they aren't interested in seeing. A number of fansites have gotten together to launch a worldwide campaign against the paparazzi and their intrusion into Pattinson's private life.

The 'Respect Rob' campaign has spread like wildfire on the Internet, with over 600 posted photos of fans using their hands to cover their faces, imitating Pattinson's forced pose. In the hopes of creating a worldwide movement, online banners in a number of languages have been generated, all promoting the anti-paparazzi campaign.

"We want the paps to know that we don't want to see pics like these, so stop taking them," one fan website stated.

Another site declared, "There are limits and you have gone too far. He doesn't want this, neither do we."

But it was only less then a year ago that fans from all over traveled to Vancouver with the hope of catching a glimpse of the 'Twilight' heartthrob. Fans visited set locations, revealed hotel information, and tipped off others when the cast was spotted at various restaurants. During the filming of 'Remember Me,' Pattinson got clipped by a cab while he was running from hysterical fans. Even Pattinson's bodyguard was fed up with fan behavior as he screamed, "You see what you did, you almost killed him!" So we have to wonder if the fans are equally to blame for the intrusion into Pattinson's life.

As a 'Twilight' fan I can understand the desire to see as many photos of Pattinson as possible, but I also realize he deserves privacy and respect. Last April the WTForks writers, including myself, made our way to Vancouver for the filming of 'New Moon.' We stopped by the sets, ate at the stars' favorite restaurants, and ran into Michael Welch, but it wasn't until the last night that our wishes came true.

We attended the Sam Bradley (Rob's best friend and ex-roomate) concert; the venue swarmed with fans and was surrounded by paparazzi. The bouncer allowed myself and co-writer Lanie to enter the backstage area, letting us know there was one rule ... no photographs. At first we were upset, but as we spotted Robert and Kristen Stewart in the green room, surrounded by friends and enjoying their night together, our feelings changed.

Don't get me wrong. It was an unforgettable moment, but at the same time it felt a bit strange to gawk at a crowd of people. As the duo headed for the door, I could hear the security guards discussing their exit strategy. It was like listening to a head coach getting players ready for the big game. As the back door opened, all you could see was a series of bright flashes chasing after the pair.

Some people argue that this is the life they signed up for, and it comes with the territory. But does this mean the paparazzi deserve to take away their quality of life? Chances are the paparazzi won't let up; they do get paid for exclusive shots, but that doesn't mean the fans should give up hope. Instead of focusing on paparazzi' behavior, perhaps they should encourage one another to alter their own.

What do you think about the campaign against the paparazzi? Are they to blame for intruding into the star's life, or is this just part and parcel of being Hollywood celebrity?