Mommy Melee just started this weekly event, and I really love the thought, so here it goes: my first Girl Talk Thursday post, on the topic “Twilight, Love it or Hate it?”
I haven’t read it. And I really don’t want to. It’s not that I’m anti-popular culture or whatnot, but it’s that I’ve read enough vampire novels. I had a friend in high school who was really into vampires — like to the point where she fantasized openly about Anne Rice’s creation, Lestat, coming to sweep her off her feet. She had a beautiful singing voice, and she’d create songs for him; her bedroom window faced a graveyard, and she’d stand there and sing to him every night (since, you know, vampires hang out in graveyards). She’d write fanfic stories about him and whatnot, and it was always an aspect of her personality that I despised. An incident between us connected to her love of Lestat is the primary reason our friendship ended.
So, Twilight… I don’t want to touch it. I’ve read enough about the series to know the vampires sparkle, and I know a whole new generation of girls are in love with them, including a cousin of mine. Just like Harry Potter, I appreciate that these novels are connecting with young adults and encouraging them to read.
Would I read the series if it had nothing to do with vampires? Maybe! I’m not against some light reading material that sucks me into another world for awhile. I dislike that it’s a teenage romance involving a vampire, but I like teenage romances in general, because most girls like to daydream about their knight in shining armour and those types of books provide an example of that. At the same time, I wonder if there is a “love hurts” type theme in the novels — vampires tend to have a darker side — and if that’s romanticized. If so, then I worry.
I guess this makes me neutral, then!