A guy reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2009-2011)

Help Me Get To The Twilight Premiere

The Twilight movie premiere will be in California on November 17, and of all Twilight events that have happened so far, this was the one I really wanted to see. I missed seeing Stephenie in Texas, I missed seeing Stephenie in New York… thus of all things, I didn’t want to miss seeing her and everyone else in California.

However, I figured that I would have to miss the event in order to save money for more dire needs. I had pretty much given up on going, but then someone on my BlogTV show last night had the idea to start a fund to help me get there, so I agreed to post the button on my site and see what happened.

I hadn’t thought of that before, but since Bailey (NoMoreMarbles) had such success with her viewers in helping her get to New York, I think it is worth a try. It can’t hurt to have the option open to anyone who has enjoyed my writing so far.

If just 200 people donate $2, I will be able to go to the premiere, and cover the rest of the cost with my savings. $2 is not much money (AKA less than one bottle of SmartWater 😀 ), but when you think about strength in numbers, it can amount to a lot in the end!

No one should feel obligated in any way to send anything. This website is completely free, and I want people to continue to enjoy it as it is. I would never ask people who enjoy my site for money if it was not a Twilight-related expense above the operation costs of my site. This is only an option for those who want to help me to be at the event.

If you would like to help, please use the secure Paypal button below. You do not need a Paypal account, just a credit card. Thanks 😀



101 Responses

  1. Kudos to you, Chelsea. I’m in year 9 in Australia as well, and I can’t imagine running a website.

    I think it’s ridiculous how many people are getting all worked up over such a little thing. $2 is really nothing. If I lost $2 I wouldn’t be making one hundredth of the fuss a lot of these commenters are.

    Well, there’s an extension on my previous rant. 😀

  2. Hey Kaleb,

    It’d be absolutely awesome if you went to that premier. You’re in college too so you probably put a lot of hours AND funds to run this website. I’m sad that I won’t be able to go but atleast if you do, that’s some kind of representation for us too right? 🙂 I’ll see if I could send some help soon. 🙂

    I’m from the Philippines by the way and the Saga is huge here too.

  3. @ someone: It’s too bad you have to post anonymously because you’re to ashamed of your weak arguement.

    Kaleb ISN’T begging for money or whatever. This is a great way for people who enjoy his sites and want to support him to do so.
    So stop hatin’; its pointless.

  4. Hey Kaleb, good luck getting there, I’ll be donating Thursday after I get paid. Don’t worry about the people ranting and raving, just because we’re donating to you doesn’t mean you’re taking anything from other things to donate to such as the starving children and AIDS programs, many people donate to them as well. It’s our money, in most cases, I know some of the fans are getting it from parents too, but we can spend it how we please. I think it’s very childish to complain on here and try to make Kaleb feel bad for doing something that if he didn’t put up fans probably would of without his consent after the idea came up on BlogTV the other night. So what if we want to send him to do something fun? It’s our decision and he should not be ridiculed for asking us to help him go after all the great things he’s given us to read and talk about.

    As I said at the beginning of my post, good luck getting to go Kaleb. I know you’ll have a blast if you get to go, and hopefully you’ll get to meet SM finally.

  5. Wow, this is cool. I’ll be so happy for you if you’re able to go. I’m happy to help out and I really hope you get to go!

  6. Wow… people are acting like Kaleb is the first person to ever ask his fans for help. People do this all the time on the radio and TV, and … online *gasp* It’s not that big of a deal. If you would rather spend your money on saving the world, do that! But don’t try to make people (who are under no obligation but are still choosing to help someone out) feel badly for it.

    Let’s get some perspective here.

  7. Hating people: some facts for you.

    1. This was not Kaleb’s idea.
    2. He was against it, and WE (the fans) convinced him to put it up for those of *US* who want to help.
    3. Nomoremarbles did it, and no one screamed.

    It is not like he is using tactics to make us donate. Is that little button so terrifyingly offensive that you have to make him feel bad? Way to slap him in the face for all he has done for you.

  8. if this button was put up by fans on another site, you wouldn’t be screaming.

    but since we don’t know how to put up a paypal button and we don’t have a site, it is better to have it here where we can do it. So he isn’t even asking us for money, he is just putting the button for people who already want to get him there.

    please people, grow up a little. you are acting like brats to someone who has given you his time and attention for months. you turn everything into a fight.

  9. I won’t give money to kaleb. why?
    1. i dont have the money or a credit card or anything similar to that.
    2. I’m thirteen and my parents wouldn’t be thrilled if i handed money to kaleb.

    why are people fighting over this?
    If you don’t support his choices and his ideas for this why are you wasting your time fighting?
    I think id rather take my time being mature about this rather than yelling at kaleb for his opinions.
    I trust that if kaleb ever gets too much money or ever not enough he will send the money back. I trust that kaleb will be honest and fair.

  10. Wow, everybody needs to chill. Kaleb has put so much time and energy into this site, it only makes sense for us readers to give back a little. We can’t just take, take, take all the time, you guys. We gotta give!

    I’m a little jealous of you possibly going to the premiere, Kaleb, since I wanna go so bad! But I trust enough that you will get us pictures of the cast and write down your experiences to give you $5. I even navigated the complexity of PayPal for you, K! Haha =]

    Here’s to you going to the premiere xD

  11. okay guys, im not a hater. I really do like Kaleb and would like to see him go to the Twilight Premiere. I just want to play devils advocate here for a second to completely understand where you guys are coming from. Because you guys are being awfully vague.
    (i mean, really? “moot point” is not very descriptive)

    taylor; as i said before, just because somebody else did it first, does not make it right.

  12. Wowww…what Steph said, I wasn’t going to comment until I started skimming and got annoyed.
    Really people, can we stop fighting? This isn’t a big deal. I don’t understand why some Twilight fans get so volatile when something new in the universe comes out that they feel a little opposed to.
    Let’s just be nice, good people and stop all this arguing.
    If you want to help Kaleb out, awesome, that’s very nice of you.
    If you don’t, that’s perfectly fine also. No big deal. Just don’t comment saying everyone else is an idiot for doing so. Respect other people’s views and opinions please.

    Kaleb, I’m donating $5, not only for this amazing website, the great blog we’re going to get from this trip, and all the hard work you put into it, but also for helping me and inspiring me to get started on my book. I really appreciate it =)

  13. This isnt a big deal, wow.. just think of it as giveing a few dollars to a friend who wants to go somewhere we cant… to me Kaleb is a friend, to me the whole twilight REAL fans are my family..

  14. Wow, guys. Chill. Hey Kaleb, don’t worry about all this banter. People have rights to their opinion, but the majority of people who come to your site know you are not in the wrong. I hope you get enough money for the trip, despite all this.

    And to all the people out there who dislike the fact that Kaleb asked for donations — I doubt that he would have asked at all if he knew there would be such an uproar. You guys are kinda putting a downer on the trip for him. So just don’t donate, whatever. But no one be hatin’, as some would put it. 🙂

  15. I hope ypu get to go, but without even asking, I can already hear my dad and brother’s responses to “Can I send Kaleb $2 to go to the Twilight premiere?” The first question would be “Who’s Kaleb?”, followed by an eye-roll at my explanation and a “No” as my answer. But I really hopw you get there!and it’s sounding like you will, despite the idiots who are yelling at you.

  16. Ok everyone. Sit back and take a deep breath. Kaleb is not making anyone donate. He is putting this up as an option.

    I personally want him to go, because like many others, I can’t. If we can get Kaleb to go, he can take videos and stuff and share with us that experience. I’m much rather have something than nothing.

    Once again, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DONATE!! Kaleb is not making you, and if you have a problem with it, you don’t have to do anything. This is just for the people who want to. People like me. 🙂

    By the way, how much do you have so far, Kaleb?

  17. Kaleb, I’m more than happy to help you get your trip. Your site is one of the few Twilight sites I check regularly. I would love to see your thoughts on the premiere! Good luck!

  18. I bet that if Kaleb has a sign saying he is Twilight Guy once he gets to the premiere, he might be able to meet the whole cast and crew since all the fans would push him to the front. 😀 Try that and see if it works. That would make for some even cooler pitures for us who can’t go.

  19. I dont have a paypal so i can’t donate. :(. But seriously, arguing if the money goes to better use in Africa or for Kaleb is sort of stupid, y’all i’m not going to lie. He set this up as an OPTION! He made this so you can help him out. Can is the operative word. Of course we all want to go. Of course we want to help the children of Africa. But i mean, seriously it would go to better use in Africa. But if they didn’t give this money to Kaleb, what would they use it for? I think 400 dollars for Kaleb is better used than for a Purse. Because i know girls who spend 5,000 dollars on purses. Or even if they used it for starbucks. Would that be better than Kaleb? I don’t think so. Just take that into consideration before you post.

  20. 🙂 By moot point, I basically meant that Kaleb WAS invited and we WEREN’T, so why argue who “deserves” it more. It is irrelevant. Plus, I didn’t feel the need to specifically argue what everyone who comes to this site already knows about his dedication to us and Twilight and the weight that carries.

    But mostly, Shausto, I used MOOT POINT because Kaleb has said before how much he liked Stephenie’s use of it and I wanted to make him smile after your negative comments. But I get it, everyone has their own opinions.

    It looks like lots of people are donating, which is really all that matters!

  21. Hope you are able to make it! I love your site and your take on the Twilight books and would want to hear what you think about the movie 🙂

  22. Wow, It’s like Kaleb asked us to give him our arm or something. It’s two dollars. Two dollar’s doesn’t make that big a dent in a bank account. And he didn’t even make this idea up, someone else did.

    If anyone else other than Kaleb was doing this, like Alphie and Pel from the lexicon, you’d probably just hand your money over without a fuss.

    But of course, cause I’m a mediator, and I look from both POV’S giving to AIDS/Cancer funds would probably be a better thing to do with your $2. Or giving it to a guy on the streets, which I know no one does.

    So give $1 to Kaleb and $1 to charity! Pay it forward!!

  23. Does anybody realize that people ARE DYING IN THE WORLD??? THAT ANIMALS ARE BECOMING EXTINCT?

    Seriously..? You seriously think that Kaleb is taking away from saving human- and animalkind ? 99% of species have gone extinct. That’s nature ! Nature evolves, adapts, changes. Even us humans will go extinct at some point and a future humanlike species will replace us. You want to start saving up for us poor little humans dying out in the future ? Because that will happen.

    I know that I am not donating to Africa and WWF because that doesn’t solve anything. Stop product dumping, that would be a start.

    I wasn’t going to donate, but seeing all you haters, I have become more sympathetic to Kaleb’s cause. So Kaleb you can thank the haters, they brought to an extra sponsor !

    And yes… I am a trained biologist. I know what I’m talking about.

  24. LOL! Should have known there’d be an interesting discussion going on here today. Well, I donated and I’m not silly or young. Best of luck to you Kaleb! Hope you meet your goal and make your way to California. Have some fun for us. We’re living vicariously through you.

  25. Wow! Kaleb, you aren’t even published yet and you’re getting flamed like SM. My God, man, I had no idea that giving you $2 was going to cause people to die and animals to suffer. I thought it might be a small payback for all the FREE enjoyment you have given us. In fact, I thought $2 was too low. After reading all this, I think I’ll send you some more. You rock and I’m looking forward to hearing your report from the premiere. Thanks again for all the FREE laughs you’ve given me. And, just so you don’t worry, I’m not deducting it from any of my regular charities. How’s the total so far? I hope you get enough to cover ALL your expenses.

  26. Hey, Kaleb, Since we can’t ALL GO, you definitely SHOULD GO and represent the rest of us! I’m glad to donate. Have a great time at the premiere, and say HI! to Stephenie Meyer for all of us!

  27. I hope you get to go 🙂

    And for those that disagree, is it really worth ranting about? Again…:)

  28. Lolz at all the haters

    I’m not donating because frankly I’m too poor and I live in the uk and will never see anything twilight related over here except the movie release *sob* so I’m also just a teeny bit bitter lol

    Good idea though Kaleb, even if someone else did it first.

  29. For those who don’t have credit cards — you don’t need one to send money by PayPal. You only need to have a bank account and an e-mail address:).

    For those of you who are worried that people might donate to Kaleb instead of to charity, you can rest assured that some people can do both. I make a monthy donation to charity and still managed to scrape together a few $$’s to give to Kaleb. I decided to give a little of my “mad” money to his cause. He totally deserves to go, especially since he’s been invited.

    BTW, where does one obtain an invitation to such a soire?

  30. Damn, it’s unbelievable how crazy the flamers get. First we had to hear about it when the Lexicon put up a link for Twilighters For Forks, to donate to save the Forks High School building from being condemned, and now poor Kaleb. And it’s not just “little silly fan girls” that will donate – I’m 27, thanks. Thanks, Kaleb, for all of the FREE entertainment you give us, and your interesting thoughts on the books, so as soon as I post this I’m clicking the donate button to send you some $! I hope you have a lot of fun, because I know you’ll make more than enough in donations to go, take lots of pictures and videos, and I can’t wait to read your extensive commentary! I think I’ll add a few extra ## to cover my husband’s “donation” – he’s finally halfway through Twilight and loving it, and I’m having him read your entries! 🙂

  31. Daaang. You people suck. Well, the one’s who are all angry about this. Especially the person nicknamed under “someone”
    So you would only donate if someone where dying? How sad is that. Do you want something or someone to die, just to have a wee bit of your money? We’re doing this for a good reason too: to have some damn fun! To do something positive for once. You sound so negative, making us think about things we aren’t here to think about: dying animals, sick people, etc? It’s not like we’re making those situations worse. And it’s not like we’re against it. Besides, people do these things all the time, like NoMoreMarbles. And you really shouldn’t be blaming Kaleb, we’re the one’s who wanted to help him, he’s not being greedy at all. If you really believe in your harsh critisism, you aren’t a real fan. At least you don’t seem like it. So go away and stop making good people look bad. You’re just making yourself look like a fool.

    I hope you reach your goal Kaleb! Hopefully you’ll have fun like Bailey did and you get to meet Stephenie, because she really wants to meet you too!! She’s a fan of yours, I’ve heard! Please keep us updated on how much you make along the way, we’re all excited for you. Don’t listen to the haters, they’re all just jealous no matter how much they deny it. I know you’ll make it!


  32. You’re $10 bucks richer, m’dear.

    You need to make some kind of funky thermometer graphic each day totaling how much money you’ve accumulated from donations so far! You know, like those cheesy ones organizations color in to show how much fundraising they’ve gotten. We want updates 🙂

    And, in case we’re feeling extra generous and you’re short on your goal (although I honestly can’t see that happening, the way us fans are), we can see how much you need yet and set you over the top.

    How about it, Kaleb? 🙂

  33. Kaleb, good luck in getting to the premiere! I just donated $5; hope it helps a bit. Don’t forget to give us all an awesome report on how it was – I wish that I’d be able to get there, but I’ve written it off as impossible.

    I second the request for an update on how much money you’ve received.

  34. I am so glad you have so much support! If I had the spare change, I would donate, but alas, I do not. I hope you put the money to goo duse if you do not reach your goal, though I am very confident in your fanbase.

  35. i donated. i hope you get there. keep a detailed blog about the whole event. i would like to imagine myself being there through your eyes. lol

  36. So, I wasn’t going to post, but all the haters are bugging me. Seriously people. If you don’t like that Kaleb put that button up, then just click that little red X in the top left corner, and go on with your day. There’s no need to try to make the other fans who want to see someone they respect and admire go to the Twilight premire. Especially since the majority of us can’t go.
    I really wish I could donate, but I’m in a jam at the moment. I hope you make your goal though!
    And I would also love to see how much you’ve raised so far.

  37. Hey, how u doing kaleb? come on updates…lol i will donate a bit more once i get a few more dollars to spare! 😀 i like giveing! hehe pluz i cant go so, im helping you go like everyone else! so u better take some darn good pic, and what not!

  38. KALEB!!!!!!! how much did you get so far, 200 more…all the peoples want to know

    So you excited to go?

  39. Your lucky you can even raise money to go see her… i can even go to the premier night, *cry*

    thats one more reason to hate school
    *bangs head on table*

  40. Haha, I don’t really like twilight, in my opinion it’s pretty much just emotional porn for 12-16 year old girls.

    I just happened to google my name and the word “needs” and it came up with this massive nerdy fan argument over donations to a long expired premier and couldnt help but get involved.

    Hey Kaleb, congrats on having an awesome name.

    Peace out hombres.

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