1. Julie says:

    I just started the 1st book, Mari. I’ll let you know what I think! =)

  2. Alli says:

    Mari, you are not alone! This is what I’ve been waiting to read in an article about Twlight, and also reflects what some of my girlfriends and I love so much about the book that is in other ways so mediocre (at best). Yes, I’m a feminist, yes, stalkers are generally a bad thing, and yes there are other things in life than boys…but all of those things were blown away by Twilight because the books brought me back to a time when those things didn’t matter. It was a time when disaster was when the crush of my teenhood didn’t show up for lunch on a Monday after a weekend of dreaming of him. It’s silly, but Meyer is bang-on when it comes to allowing the teenaged girl in all of us to BE Bella. I cried with her in New Moon because I remembered gut-wrenching pain like that, and the eternal devotion to someone who is everything to you. I cringed at Meyer’s bad writing and dumb stereotypes, but I nonetheless got so much enjoyment out of the books and the movies. Edward Cullen encompassed every huge crush I’ve ever had, resulting in my curling up into a giggly, squealing ball when something thrilling would happen (Edward’s breath smells delicious? Eeeeee!). More often than not, my cheeks were flushed as I devoured(yes, DEVOURED) the texts, heart racing and mouth salivating. It was like being a girl of 16 again, and I forgot how much fun it was. Edward and Jacob are pretty easy on the eye too. Sigh.

    My name is Alli, and I am a twenty-something Twi-hard. Go Team Edward!

  3. Sarah says:

    OMG – you hit the nail on the head! Twilight is about escapism, pure escapism with a large dose of nostalgia. Of course, all free-thinking, independent, feminist-inclining women will agree that Bella’s obsession with Edward is not healthy and he’s way to controlling, but everyone can see themselves in Bella.

    And yes, Stephanie Meyer’s writing is bad, but her description of Edward… that’s hardcore chick lit right there. :D

    My name is Sarah, and I am a twenty-something Twi-hard. I love Jacob, but he’s just sooooo young, so I say Team Edward.

    • Mari McGrath says:

      I was NEVER team Jacob until movie 2 came out. I think the creepiness that is Edward was amplified and the tender (hotness) that is Jacob won me over. I haven’t gotten up the resilience to re-read the series (for the 4th time or so) but I think after having seen the movies they’ll read differently.

  4. David says:

    Can’t say I love Twilight. I haven’t read the books, but I have seen the movies… and it’s like porn for teenage goth girls. That’s great if you’re a sixteen year old girl, but can’t say I was feeling it as a 28 year old dude. Harry Potter on the other hand, I do think is brilliant. From a guys perspective… if you like fantasy, stick with LOTR and Harry Potter. Live long and prosper. Picard forever. Spiderman is way better than Superman. Marvel way better than DC. And Aliens (2) the best hands down ;)

    • Mari McGrath says:

      Aliens WAS the best. Ever.

      I know that technically vampires are Scifi- but I think they span the romance genre better than any other fantasy character. I know some guys who love the Twilight series, but I also think it speaks volumes that the largest fan base is women. I don’t think I’d like them as much as I do if I didn’t hear myself in Bella here and there. There is always a part of me, no matter how strong and feminist I am, that yearns for someone to love me unconditionally forever. Do I think its healthy for teenage girls to become monsters in order to live with a man 200 years older than her? No. Do I think we need to worry about it. No. Do I feel guilty about giving my money to support a mormon author whose last book was like fanfiction? Maybe a little.

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