There’s nothing we love more than a movie adaptation of our favorite young adult novel. While we admit that books-turned-into-movies are both a blessing and a curse — sometimes directors just don’t get it right at all — heading to the movie theater for the midnight premiere is a feeling like no other. You purchase the tickets a month in advance, gather all your friends who love Harry Potter/Twilight/The Hunger Games as much as you do and start speculating on which scenes might be cut and which parts of the plot you can’t wait to see played out on the big screen.
For all those who are die-hard YA fans, midnight movie premieres are an essential part of being a fan. Here are 12 things that literally happen every single time:
1. You and your friends show up three hours early because you want to be the first in line. Then realize a bunch of other movie-goers had the same idea.
2. The stewards let you into the theater early — score! But you soon realize you’re just going to have to sit in those seats for another hour and wait for the movie to actually start.
3. There is a much younger crowd than you had previously imagined and you wonder if you’re maybe too old. Aren’t you supposed to be in bed, little girl?
4. Every single seat is filled, the lights finally go dim and everyone starts losing their cool. It’s starting!
5. The protagonist/super hot character is shown for the very first time and there are sighs heard all over the world. The casting director did such a good job.
6. The protagonist/super hot character takes off his shirt (*ahem* Jacob Black) and you think you’re all alone until the whole movie theater erupts. Shh, let us enjoy this moment!
7. Here comes the first plot change and your boyfriend doesn’t know why you’re getting visibly annoyed. READ THE BOOK AND MAYBE YOU’LL KNOW!
8. Something bad happens/someone important dies and it’s just as bad in the movie as it was in the book. Cue all of the tears.
9. There’s a fight scene and you’re gripping your armrests so hard that you think your fists are going to explode. You know what’s going to happen, but at the same time you kind of don’t.
10. You fall in love with the characters tenfold because casting got it RIGHT. Is it possible to love someone this much?
11. The movie is finally over and now you have to wait a year or two for the next installment. Can’t they just speed up the filming and post-production process?
12. You also have to wait at least 5 years to get out of the crowded theater and parking lot. You won’t get home until 4am, but it was totally worth it and you’d do it all over again.