Yes, I did go to the Twilight panel even though I haven't read the books or seen the movie (my wife, however, is a fan of the book). The reason for this is that I wanted to see the two 3d panels SDCC scheduled before Twilight (hopefully, next year, SDCC will schedule the Twilight panel for the first thing in the morning). I stuck around to see what all the excitement was about(and to see the Astro Boy Preview, which was also being released from Summit). I did not sleep overnight in the line to get in, although many people apparently did. But, I did get up at 5am to ensure that I got a seat in Hall H.
This panel has been covered elsewhere in considerable detail, so I am merely going to describe my impressions (as a non-fan) and post the pictures. Before I do that, I should mention that Astro Boy looked great as did Veronica Mars, herself, Kristen Bell, who appeared with her co-star Freddie Highmore. I was surprised there was no Q&A with the cast, but I guess they were saving time for Twilight.
Kirsten Stewart appeared to be channeling Joan Jett (who she is playing later this year) and appeared awkward (you should see the youtube video to get the full effect). I should also point out that Robert Pattinson was also uncomfortable, which is understandable given that over 6,000 teenagers were shrieking at his every utterance. At the other end of the spectrum, it did appear that both Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene were having a great time and were very open.
They played a couple of clips, which I have since seen posted on Youtube and elsewhere (shame on you for violating the cardinal rule of SDCC.) I wasn't blown away. But, as I said I have never read the books or seen the movie. I will point out that when Lautner took of his shirt in the clips, the crowd's screaming reaction was so intense that I may never hear sounds that decibel range again. The same reaction appeared when Lautner pronounced that he “worked very hard to transform his body for the fans” and that he spends a lot of the film running half naked in the cold, raining Vancouver weather.
Interestingly, Pattinson stated that doesn't do much in the film except stand on a box in front of a green screen (a fact borne out in the clip they showed). Judging by the crowd reaction--that is all he has to do.
Needless to say, I was blown away by both the audience reaction and their dedication. Perhaps, I'll read the books someday.
Here are some of the pictures: