Ok, I’m a little late to the party. How could one not notice all the Twilight hoopla – because it’s EVERYWHERE. The books, the movie, the stars….it’s been everywhere I’ve turned. But, up until now, I have simply just turned away. I dismissed the Twilight series movement as a teen thing (would someone ever be so blithe about Harry Potter?? I now see the errors of my way). But last week I broke down did it – I picked up the book at Barnes & Noble and said those 8 little words, “I wonder what all the fuss is about.” Then, I went one step further: I bought it and brought it home to read. May I just say my life hasn’t been the same since!
I had no idea what to expect, other than something about vampires. I know vampires are hip – the “in” thing – but I am so not a vampire type person. Probably why I have been able to stay away for so long. Even Anne Rice didn’t get me. (Saw her movie – no interest in reading the books). But here it was the first day of summer vacation and I needed a good book to read. So with no expectations, I gave it a try. Gotta stay up on the teen stuff, I told myself, as if that was all it was. Don’t want to be a Mom that is out of touch.
I started reading as soon as the kids were in bed that night. Unknowingly, I didn’t set the book down again until I finished it (it’s a thick book!) at 2am! That’s practically pulling an all-nighter for me! I can’t be staying up until 2am – I’ve got kids that are up at 6am without fail! What was I thinking?
That just shows how much the story drew me in. How Stephenie Meyer’s writing kept me turning pages until I was lost in the world of Bella and Edward and Forks, WA. As I wannabe novelist (someday, I hope) I am in AWE of a writer that can do that. As an avid reader, I know how rare that gift really is – and wow – has she got it.
The very next day I was back at Barnes & Noble for Book 2 in the series: New Moon. That one I read in 2 nights ONLY because I had to be practical – I couldn’t function as a mom if I stayed up until 2am TWO nights in a row.
I Facebooked my friends: I get it now, I said. They wrote back, telling me the WHOLE series is like that. They represented all ages (married, single, younger, older) – and it sounded like they had similar reactions to mine. No wonder why it is this media phenomenon of sorts.
I haven’t seen the movie yet. Movies are never as good as the book (can you think of one – besides perhaps Chocolat with Johnny Depp – that was?) and this book was SO good I want to savor it a bit longer. But I’ll watch it soon enough. After all, gotta see what all the fuss is about. It’s a Zen Mama Wannabe tradition.