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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Twilight addiction/fascination/obsession

Though I thought it had passed, I am slowly slipping back into my Twilight addiction/fascination/obsession. Don’t get me wrong, I never stopped being a fan and convincing everyone I held more than a two second conversation with to read the books, as they would change their lives, but I had passed the constant web browsing, daydreaming, and general distraction that it caused in my life for the first few months. Slowly, through fits of excitement over the movie, and gushing over listening to New Moon on CD, that behavior is seeping back into my life. I can’t help but wonder, is this what it’s like to be addicted to drugs? I crave it, the feeling of elation I get when I think of Edward and the rush of…we’ll call it adrenaline…I get when I see new pics of Rob.

My only comfort is that I’m not alone. I think I’m sort of the honorary president of our non-existing fan club with my circle of friends. They all come to me when they have new Twilight info. Pics/videos/articles. They all tell me immediately. Partly because they know I will want to know, and partly because they want someone else to have the reaction to said pics/videos/articles that they did. (I think, anyway)

“Why?” you ask. If you’ve never read the books then you need to. If you have read them and just didn’t 'get' it, get what all the fuss was about; let me break it down for you:

There are three kinds of people in this world.
1) Those who love Twilight

2) Those who hate Twilight (This doesn’t mean those that read it and thought it was ‘okay.’ They fall into category 1. This is for people that bash it online and say they hated it and didn’t get it)

3) The jerks that won’t even give it a chance. (Honestly #3 falls into a whole new category of stupid and that is another blog entirely…so we will focus on 1 and 2.)

People that love Twilight are passionate, loving people. They are able to step back from a situation, fictional or otherwise and appreciate its beauty. They are able to laugh at life’s funny moments and cry at the sad ones, not caring who may be watching for either. They are creative and insightful and tend to see the world in a rainbow of colors, rather than just black and white. I have never met a Twilight fan that I didn’t like.

On the other hand

I have found people that hate Twilight to be generally unhappy in their own lives and unable to find an inner peace that they have been searching for. They are closed off and find flaws with everything, make them up if they have to, so the rest of the world is as flawed as they feel on the inside. They have a hard time seeing the beauty in something that may not seem beautiful right away and are quick to relish in the misfortune of another. I have only met a handful of people that outright hated Twilight. I didn’t like, and do not speak, to any of them.

Those of you that know me, know that Twilight quite literally changed my life as it inspired me to write my recently published novel, ‘Emmy’s Song.’ The words were there, the story was there, but Twilight reached deep into my soul, in a place I hadn’t been to in a long time, and allowed harmony to flow through me and into the words on the page. I am now, and will remain for the rest of my life, a die-hard Twilighter and I don’t care who knows it.


  1. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you are incorrect in your assumptions. Let me explain.

    I have read the Twilight books (not just the first, mind you). I can tell you honestly, I really hated the first book. Not because it's a bad story, not because I don't like the author. The writing in it was unnacceptably terrible.

    The only reason I kept reading onward was because I had promised my son I would. As I read through book 2 and 3, I enjoyed them much more. The story got better, and the writing may have even improved a smidgen by book 3.

    For the record, I am not a person who is unhappy with my life, I don't have a problem finding inner peace. I am merely acknowledging the fact that the first book was poorly written. I am also not the only one to say this (ahem..see Stephen King's opinion on the subject).

    I'm happy for you that Twilight had such a profound effect on you. If it has made your life or outlook better, then good. But you really need to think twice before making such generalized statements about the subject. As with any generalization, more often than not it is far from true.

  2. Eric, you are in category 1. So..I'm still right. ;) #2 is for people who run blogs on how awful it was and yell at folks with twilight clothes on. And I promise you, I am right about those people.

  3. Eric, quit being a hater. Shut the hell up.


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