I am a fan of Twilight!
… there, I said it. You may be wondering why I’m randomly shouting about my love of Twilight on the blog. You see, I’m sick of this stigma the series has. I used to be afraid to say that I enjoyed the books because so many people look down on it. At one of my book club meetings, somehow the discussion came up about them and I had to point out that I actually LIKED the books. They will always hold a special place in my heart because they are actually what got me into reading. I hated having books crammed down my throat in school. So much, that I hated reading and didn’t read anything more than a grocery store magazine… for years! Then after many people badgered me about reading this new phenomenon taking over, I gave in and decided to give it a try. I devoured the series within a week. Which then sparked my interest into reading, which ultimately led me to start blogging about books.
Ya know, I really wish people didn’t judge books and thus the readers who enjoy them so much. I always feel like when Twilight comes up in a conversation (and even years after the books and movies came out, it still does) that I need to both stick up for the books and defend my interest in them at the same time. And, I hate that I feel that way. I hate that people feel like they need to be selective of what they say when the books are discussed. I should be able to say that I loved the Twilight books without fear of judgement. What does it matter if I loved a young adult book about an average girl who falls in love with a vampire? Those books turned me into a reader. I mean, when the holidays rolled around (a few months after I read the series) I asked my mom for the books for Christmas. My sister told me later that when my mom got off the phone with me, she looked at my sister, and said, “I didn’t know your sister read.” Yeah, I wasn’t joking when I said that Twilight got me into reading… it really did.
Twilight not only introduced me to reading but it got me into the urban fantasy/paranormal genres. I’d never read anything with vampires or werewolves before and I found myself fascinated by the world Meyer’s wrote. I mean, here’s this girl who could easily be me, and she falls in love with a vampire, and becomes best friends with a werewolf. I’d never read anything like it and I loved that Bella was so relatable. She wasn’t this kick-ass heroine. She didn’t have any special skill sets, she wasn’t super confident, and she wasn’t drop dead gorgeous. Bella was pretty much me. She was quiet, reserved, awkward, a bit clumsy, and just trying to get by in school. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell. So, with me being able to relate to Bella, I found myself really immersed in her mundane world that became not so mundane when Edward saves her. Once all the paranormal stuff kicked in I couldn’t put the books down to save my life. I was totally zoned in and didn’t come up for air until I read the last word on Breaking Dawn. Then I immediately asked my friend what to read next that would be similar to Twilight… and thus became my love of all things vampire and shifter related.
Now, I will admit that I’m not necessarily a fan of the movies. I don’t know why but they make me uncomfortable. I always feel awkward watching them. I’m not sure if it was the acting or the director’s interpretation of the books, I just always cringe when I watch them. However, every once in a while I like to have a glass or two of wine and pop in the movies for nostalgia reasons. I think my favorite part of the dvd’s is the special features. Once I watched all the work that went on behind the scenes, I appreciated the movies more. I mean, there’s really no school in Forks, they pretty much just put up some green screen walls behind a parking lot and shot people walking around in the parking lot and through the green screen walls. Then they later digitally added in the high school. I would have never guessed it wasn’t a real building! Then, the fact that the Cullen house is a replication that was built and filmed in a warehouse. Oh, and my personal favorite the fact that Taylor did a massive diet and workout change in order to beef up for the second movie. Oh, and let’s not forget that he did his own stunts! There’s just so much behind the scenes work that went into this film and seeing the actors genuinely enjoy the film they are making, really made me appreciate the movies more.
On a side note, I had the opportunity to meet Kellan Lutz this year and he’s a really cool dude. He spent a lot of time talking to each of his fans that showed up to meet him. When it was finally my turn I was in a bit of a rush because I’d spend the entire lunch block standing in line and I had to get out of there ASAP so that my husband (who went with me) could get back to work in time. He still chatted with me and when I asked him to sign my Twilight Saga movies, he started flipping through it saying how it had been a while since he’d seen it. When the Mister came over to take a photo of the two of us, Kellan made a point to shake his hand and talk with him a bit. Needless to say, I had a shit-eating-grin on my face the entire ride back and the Mister just smirked at me.
Okay, now that I’ve written a long post about why I love Twilight, I really want to sit down and reread the series. Ha!
Are you a fan of Twilight?