Friday, January 02, 2009

Vampaholic


OK, OK, so I resisted the Twilight Saga for a very long time...








But then a friend got me interested by simply bringing the first book to my house. I resisted for 3 more weeks...then after a small argument with my husband, I decided to read a book.

Most of what's on my shelves I have read a number of times. So the only thing new was Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. I was determined to dislike it. I say that I was determined, however, it didn't work. So much for my stalwart resolve! By the next morning I was more than half through with the book and continued to read voraciously every spare chance I had...what the heck was wrong with me? I am a thirty-something woman not some wide-eyed teenage girl falling hopelessly in love with a fictional hero character. What was this attraction? It was "like my own personal brand of heroin". Sick--I know, but I couldn't stop. With less than 100 pages left to read, I went to see the movie. Not the greatest in cinematographic history but fun nevertheless. Have I mentioned the theater was filled with girls ages 12 to 18 years old? And...that this wasn't their first or even third time seeing it? [Lest you forget that I am an adult...anyhoo] Let us just hope if the next movie gets made that the continuity secretary is on top of his/her game. [Example: Edward says he doesn't have contacts, but in a flashback we can clearly see the ridge of a contact...but I digress.]

So why are these books so appealing? For me it is the way Ms. Meyer has carefully woven--and even sometimes blatantly woven--themes of good vs. evil; self vs. self; truth vs. myth; and conditional love vs. unconditional love. All lines are blurred there are no definitives. Ms. Meyer makes this clear with the character, Alice, and her visions of the future. Alice's visions are subject to change based on the free will of the individual. Funny that...because so are our futures...

More on this Twilight Saga to come...

1 comment:

Jess said...

I'm still resisting this one. Mostly because of the vampires- because despite what people say, a vampire-who-resists-being-a-vampire is not a new story.
But that's just me being snotty. I know I'll like the books when I read them..that's why I'm avoiding. Ha!
It's the same with Harry Potter really..which I loved. Whatever gets people reading.