Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Secret Love Affair - it begins with a "T" and ends with a "wilight"

One word. Twilight.

Okay, so now that I have the women's attention....

I'm in love with the series. It started with a Christmas gift. One book. The book. Dave got it for me because I've always had a "thing" for vampire movies. Interview with a Vampire, Blade, Underworld, The Lost Boys, Buffy, etc. I think he thinks I secretly want to be a vampire. I am a little morbid like that. But that's not the case. I simply want to be with a vampire. Namely, Edward. Is that so wrong? And who wouldn't after reading even the first book in this series of four? Anyway, shortly after finishing Twilight, I went right out to the store and bought the other three. They were all read and even re-read within two weeks.

So, yes, I am a Twilight fan. The books, not the movie. There is a distinct difference. But everything I read about Twilight seems to highlight that the book series is for teenagers. I resent that! I am not a teenager. I am a full grown woman. Why does it only have to be for teenagers? Just because it's a mushy, completely unrealistic, puppy-love story between two teenagers (well, technically one teenager and a 110 year old vampire who looks like a teenager... a really hot one I might add), does not mean that adults can not appreciate the story, the writing style, and sometimes swoon at the romantic things said vampire says about his true love. (And also secretly wish they were Bella and that Edward was theirs.)

It's not like I am obsessed like the young girls that pick teams (Team Edward, cough cough), nor do I have a favorite character (ahem, Jasper), and it's not like I have posters up on my wall or anything (I tried but Dave made me take them down).

Okay, confession time. It's a guilty pleasure. But who wouldn't want to fantasize about being swept off your feet by a strong, intensely devoted, protective, and a bit dangerous, vampire who is just as gorgeous as he is romantic and smart. It's every woman's fantasy. Agreed? So, again, why is it just for teenagers?

Yes, the book is a bit one-dimensional. Yes, Edward is just a little too perfect. And Bella a little too damsel-in-distress. But come on! I'm a mom to a two year old. I don't exactly have enough brain cells left to be reading Chaucer. Give me something that takes me away from....all of this, and brings me back to a life less complicated. Although, one could argue that starting a vampiric war is a bit complicated...but I'm in the middle of potty training, so it's all relative.

Anyway, are there any other mature (meaning over the age of 19) females out there that also like the Twilight series and resent being called wanna-be teeny-boppers because of it? Leave a comment so I know I'm not alone.

Come on.... I know you're out there. Don't be afraid to admit it. You can even post anonymously. Oh, and fill out my poll too.


Crystal and Bryan said...

I'm right there with you, and I'm 29!! A friend got me into the series right as the third book was coming out, and I was absolutely hooked. I love them! The movie was okay, but the books are awesome. And, yes, Team Edward all the way!!!!

Rachel said...

Say it isn't so!
No, I haven't read the series. I guess you could say I boycotted the whole Twilight hype ever since my teenage niece changed her name to "L***** Loves Edward Cullen" on her facebook page. I also boycotted Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. But I agree, it is nice to lose yourself in a book sometimes, especially after chasing a toddler all day.

JonesEthiopia said...

Ok, I teach 8th grade, right? Language arts and reading. So my students have been telling me I HAD to read them... So, grudgingly, I picked up the first two (paperback, I could wait on the other 2 until they were paperback, too. Right? Umm, no.) So I started the first one the Tuesday before the movie came out. I had them ALL finished in less than a week. I graded no paper. I did no housework. I didn't talk on the phone or watch TV. I carried them with me everywhere on the off chance I would have down time so I could read them. I am totally addicted. I want to read them again, but I know I will get sucked in again just like the last time. Those damn books are like crack. (PS-- I heart Edward.)

JonesEthiopia said...

PS-- I would take the poll, but I haven't seen the movie yet, as I haven't been to a movie since before R came home. :)

Molly C said...

I'm coming out of lurking. Myself, my mom, sister and my 27 year old brother all read twilight. I'm 20, so I'm glad you posted 19 as the age :-P
I'm more of a sookie stackhouse books/true blood girl myself. Those men are yummmy

Heather said...

i haven't read them but from what I hear they're the next harry potter series as far as books made for younger people yet everyone and their grandmother end up being obsessed with them. so join the majority :)

cathy said...

Ya know, they categorized the books in the "teen genre" before they were ever published. Which means, had they seen the success the series would become they might have come up with a new genre: "teens and amazing women who adore a good love story." Works for me.

Huge, huge, HUGE fan of the book series. The movie is eye candy. Can never live up to the books. Well, Edward does but don't tell my husband that.

Kim said...

I have a love/hate relationship with the Twilight books. (i still have not seen the movie) As in I love the first two and hate the last two.

Shortly in to book 3 I started really, really, REALLY wishing someone would just freaking eat Bella already. Not bite her... eat her. Put her out of her misery (and mine) and just end her.

I have to say that the gooey-ness was a bit too gooey for me. The sweetness too sweet. And I just couldn't help but start to feel like everything was just repeating over and over.

I do agree that you do NOT have to be a teenager to enjoy this series of books. They were originally written as teen/young adult fiction. The writing is not as sophisticated as the books I would normally read. That does noe mean that I didn't get swept up in the story or the characters though. Yes, a little fantasy about romance with the bad guy who is really a good guy still appeals to us women even after we've grown up.

Oh, and btw... totally JACOB! Hooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwlllllll!

janiece said...

Well, I firmly believe something my children might read as teenagers is something I should read. So I started with Harry Potter and fell in love--literally addicted. Then the Twilight series started and so I started reading it. It's ok. Not Harry Potter which I can reread constantly. I see what the interest is--especially for teenage girls--that perfect love, perfect "soul-mate" (is there such a thing?). I've only read the first two--and for me to get to see a movie would be a miracle. But, when the next 2 books are in paperback, I'll buy them and read them. Harry Potter--hard cover and in a place of honor. Twlight--paperback and some place on the bookshelf. Oh and the Lord of the Rings--I got through the first page. I can't figure out those terms!

JonesEthiopia said...

Did you see? Edward on the Oscars? Ack!

I DO plan to see the movie. My husband is obsessed with Netflix, and he actually put it on the cue for me for when it does come out in a few weeks.

I'll let you know what I think. I can't see how it could in any way be as good as the book.

By the way, did you go to the author's website and read that portion of "Midnight Sun" (or whatever it's called) that is the first novel from Edward's POV? Yes, I read all 200+ pages of it online. :)

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