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AP Photo, Charles Sykes

Fans snap the star Kristen Stewart; her character's postfeminist choices make adulthood look easy.

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AP Photo, Charles Sykes

Fans snap the star Kristen Stewart; her character's postfeminist choices make adulthood look easy.

As I sit attentively in the lecture "So Many Species, So Little Time: the Men of Twilight," a teenage girl, Rachel, wearily plunks herself down beside me. Her face is obscured by stringy blond and purple-streaked hair, but I can see her wrists, clad in dozens of black rubber bracelets. One reads, "I'm in love with a fictional character."

She scribbles notes, and when she nonchalantly meets my gaze, I see that her unnaturally golden-brown irises are encircled by orange and black, the