Tell us what you thought at first, where you interested in reading a YA book?, did you know it was about vampires? etc.
Hi, my name is BlueStarlight, and I'm addicted to Twilight!
I am 32 years old, not much of a reader. It's not that books don't interest me, I just don't read. True, I read all the Harry Potter series last year, but before that, it was just a romance novel every now and then... years before that it was required reading for school and college.
I found this wonderful world in July of this year. I was on my Facebook putting Harry Potter Flair on my board, when I came across a couple that referenced Twilight and Harry or Edward Cullen and Cedric. I loved Rob as Cedric in HP, and was just so sad that he played a character who died. Two pieces stood out to me: one was Edward and Harry, and the caption said "sure, he's a sparkly vampire, and I'm still the boy who lived." I was like "what? Cedric is not a vampire! What is this???" The other was just the caption "Twilight did not cure my post-Potter depression." So I searched the Flair for Twilight and read pages upon pages of the little buttons and deduced that Twilight was a movie made from a book. I looked it up on IMDB and watched the teaser trailer, seeing Rob in all his Edward-glory and thought "I HAVE to see this."
SMeyer's website was listed on there, so I checked it out. I hate having the end of a story told to me before I even know the beginning, so when I saw that there were 3 books out, and the last scheduled to come out the next month, I froze! I DID NOT want to read her site, but I WANTED to read her site!! So, I resisted the temptation and only read the synopsis of Twilight. I was leaving that week to fly to Tampa to see my brother, so I bought Twilight to read on the plane, thinking it would last me my whole week's worth of vacation... ho, ho, ho!! I started on Thursday, and finished on Saturday after we got back from the beach. Sunday, my bro and I went grocery shopping, and I bought the next 2. I was hooked just from reading the back cover of Twilight!!!
I finished up the first 3 with about 10 days before BD came out. So, what's a girl to do about this time??? Hehe- I hit Steph's website, read every little detail on there. I came to the Lex and read every little detail on there, but stayed away from the message boards. I didn't want to read anything on here before I read BD. I'm glad, because now I have found people on here who have been fans from the get-go, and they understand the characters a lot better than I did just by reading the books once. I read all the timelines and bios and such, watched all the set visit videos, too. I went to YouTube and watched all the behind-the-scenes footage I could find.
I have read Twilight 5 times, New Moon and Eclipse 4 times, and right now, I'm reading Breaking Dawn for the third time... I just can't seem to get enough, and I find something new every time I read each one!
To answer the questions:
1. What did I think about it at first? I was very intrigued by the love story between Edward and Bella. My only exposure to vampires was Buffy, Angel, and the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula with Gary Oldman. I had never read a vampire novel or seen any other vampire movies other than Dracula and The Lost Boys. I liked the world Meyer created for her vampires- they were different, they had consciences, they strived to do good by abstaining from human blood! I liked the fact that the story was told from Bella's POV, though at times I was frustrated not knowing what was going on in Edward's head when he and Bella were together. I read the books way tooooo fast the first time, and I missed things. My subsequent reads, however, I made myself take my time through and really READ the story. I love the easy-read feel, too. You don't get bogged down by heavy words and story lines that are so thick and complex you need to take notes to keep things straight.
2. Was I interested in reading a YA book and did I know it was about vampires? Well, I didn't know it was classified as a YA book until after I read that on Meyer's website. Yes, I knew it was about vampires, because I had seen the trailer for the movie and read the synopsis on Meyer's website before reading the books.
What is it about these books that draws so many people in, that makes me read them repeatedly? Honestly, I have never been sucked into a world like this before! I LOVE the HP movies, and I have watched them repeatedly, but I've only read the books once. The only other thing I was crazed about was during my highschool years, and that was Anne of Green Gables. Meyer has a way of making her vampires appear REAL to the reader, dispelling all the myths, setting her book in an ACTUAL town, an every-day, normal town, with every-day, normal humans! This makes you think that these characters are real people! So many times had I read a book and thought, "this is just beyond belief." Stephenie has "that touch."
I love the complexity of the relationships in the Twi-Universe; rarely is anything simple, and things aren't always as they appear. I love the emotional tone of the story; Meyer pulls you in and makes you feel the emotions that Bella feels. I was nervous when Bella went to her first day at Forks High, I was scared when she faced James, I got butterflies when she kissed Edward, I grieved when Edward left, I was happy when she found a friend in Jake, my heart dropped when Edward went to the Volturi when he thought Bella was dead, I wept for the life she envisioned with Jake when he kissed her, but would never have. I was happy and nervous with her on her wedding day, I was scared, shocked, and my heart was breaking when she gave birth to Nessie; I felt the impending doom in facing the Volturi, and her desperate resolve to find a way to make sure Nessie survived the confrontation... and I about split apart with joy when she was finally able to "show" Edward her thoughts at the end!!!
My least favorite part of the series.... the words "the end."