This Just In Literary Crack Cocaine Has Been Discovered and It’s Name is Twilight
I finally decided I had to step up and face my addiction to the Twilight series of books. Yes, my name is Erica, and I am an addict. I have always devoured books. As a kid I wasn’t picky about what I read. I sampled from all over and loved it all. On a summer day I could complete one or two books depending on their size and always come back for more. As an adult I settled into a comfortable pattern of reading mystery novels. I really love mystery novels because if a mystery is written very well there is a puzzle for you to solve as you are reading and that appeals to me. It takes a lot to get me to step outside my mystery comfort zone. It takes a really strong drug.
As with many of you, the first time I encountered a literary drug was with the Harry Potter series of books. J.K. Rowling’s writing, her magical use of words, the imaginative world she created, the epic fight of good and evil, all of it hooked me, and I was addicted. I pre-ordered each book as soon as the release date was announced. I waited with baited breath for the post-man on the designated delivery day (I wasn’t quite addicted enough to go to a midnight release party). As soon as the book was out of the box, I was reading, and reading, and reading. Luckily I am a teacher and the Harry Potter books were generally released in the summer. Ah, those wide open days in which I could feed my addiction. But too soon the new book would be at an end. What am I to do? Oh, read them over again of course. I can’t tell you how many times I have read the series all the way through to feed my addiction. It still makes me sad that the seventh book is the last. There just has to be more Harry out there. Please Ms. Rowling, give us some more. You are our drug dealer and we need some more.
It took quite a while for me to discover another series just as addictive, if not more so, as Harry Potter, but finally along came Twilight.
It all started innocently enough. At first I was not at all interested in a young adult series of books about vampires. Then my sister in law said they were awesome, and she barely ever reads. I wasn’t convinced yet. When I went back to school, the books were everywhere. All of the girls were reading it, not just the ones who enjoyed reading. I was intrigued, but still holding my own. Finally, the movie came out on video. My nieces and I had a little slumber party and watched it. Sure it was somewhat hokey, but the story drew me in. I began to wonder what the book would be like. Using the excuse that I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for my 12 year old niece, I bought a copy of Twilight and dug in. This kind of drug does not pull you in slowly. It slams into you and there is no more hope. You will be reading all four books. You just have no choice. I am not sure why that is actually. J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer have absolutely nothing in common. Their writing styles are completely different but equally addicting. Ms. Meyer’s seems to have a way of creating tention that keeps you reading. You just have to know what will happen next. And it is so romantic. Haven’t we all dreamed of being in Bella’s shoes at some time in our lives? The problem with all this in my mind is that I am not a 14 year old girl. I am a 38 year old woman, and I am obsessed with Twilight. What am I going to do when I reach the end of Breaking Dawn? Read them again? Listen to the audio books? Scour Stephanie Meyer’s website for out takes and news about further books? Is this normal? Are there more adults like me out there? Should I be ashamed of my addiction. Or should I proclaim my love from the highest rooftop. My theory about my addiction is that my social development was stunted in Junior High when I was kind of a nerd and an outcast. I never was able to live out my own romantic fantasies, so now I am living vicariously through Bella and Edward. That’s it I am seriously disturbed. I need treatment. No, what I need are more books. Any suggestions?
Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Twilight Loving Graham 10