By Shaunna Murphy
November 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST


Dedicated, borderline obsessive Twilight fans have been a much-discussed phenomenon ever since Robert Pattinson donned his first pair of fangs, but even the most fanatical of the Cullenites would be impressed by the flock currently gathered outside of L.A. Live. Starting at 6 a.m. PT on Thursday, Summit began admitting fans into the massive tent city constructed outside of L.A. Live’s Nokia Theater, where they will wait anxiously for the chance to see their favorite stars at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 red carpet premiere — on Monday. Hundreds of fans are currently napping under the first tent, while the crew frantically assembles another to house hundreds more before the rain hits. 

EW was on the scene this afternoon to chat with the most diehard of fans, including Brianne Morrill and Britany Navarro of Santa Clarita, who lined up last night to earn their spots this morning. “I’m just hoping we actually get to see Robert and Kristen [Stewart] and everybody,” Navarro said. “We’d probably pass out and faint,” Morrill added. Morrill and Navarro had to wait until they turned 18 earlier this year to attend their first Twilight campout, but their youthful inexperience has proven costly. Some of the older fans have nearby hotel rooms to shower in, but Morrill and Navarro will have to settle with leave-in conditioner and hand sanitizer.

Also on the scene are a husband-and-wife duo from the Bay area, who hope to one day pen a Twilight-esque supernatural saga of their own. Heather Kirk, who flew in from Virgina to bond with other fans she met online, is camping with Savanna from San Francisco, who co-owns the site Savanna claims to have already made a name for herself in the Twi-fan community, most notably for shaving her head with popular Twilight jargon.

EW will be checking in with these passionate fans and more over the weekend and during the premiere. Sunday morning will bring a breakfast served by mystery members of the cast, and Monday will most likely bring the Twi-pocalypse. Stay tuned for video interviews from the front lines!

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