I read Wuthering Heights when I was 15, in England, so I could get more of a 'feel' for the story and the characters. No, I didn't plan a trip to England around the fact that I was reading this book, it just happened that way. (Funny how this book is referenced in the Twilight Saga, too!)
I read To Kill A Mockingbird in Grade 9, and it is still one of my favourite books, along with A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Kite Runner, The Alchemist and The History of Love. I love reading. Usually quality literature. And yet. I am not ashamed to admit that I'm a Twilight Saga obsessed 33 year old mom of two.
There. It feels so good to get that off my chest. Oh, wait - you already knew that, right? I promise, this obsession will go away soon. I think?
I decided to ask one of the funniest bloggers I know Marinka, a few questions about this 'obsession' everyone has been bitten with lately. (To all my Twilight haters: this is for you, okay?)
Her comments about Twilight always make me laugh, even though I personally have nothing bad to say about the books or movies. (Have I mentioned just how much I loved New Moon? It was excellent! And oh, my God? When Eclipse comes out in June, I'm going to do a major happy dance! How awesome will that be? Especially the tent scene?!)
Anyway, Marinka kindly agreed to a Q's and A's about Twilight, giving us a sneak peek into her views about the Twilight Saga.
Marinka, tell me, how do you feel about the whole Twilight Saga phenomenon?
I am a big fan of anything that gets people to read. And I, myself, read two and half of the Twilight books. But then, my lobotomy was reversed and I couldn't take one more soul-draining page. My 11 year old daughter is a fan, though.
Do you think the moms who are obsessed are a little... crazy?
No, not a little. More than a little.
What do you think it is about the series that has people so addicted?
I'm not a mental health professional, although I think that asking these questions is the first step towards getting the necessary help. Overall, I think that the story is very approachable (no big words!), the plot is pretty straightforward (so if you fall into an alcoholic stupor for fifty or so pages, you won't miss too much!) and some people have mentioned that Edward is "hot". Personally I don't see it, but I prefer my men without make up. And with deodorant.
Did I lose my street cred with you when I openly admitted my obsession and the fact that I've lost sleep staying up far too late reading the books, or the fact that I went to the movies 2 hours early to make sure I had great seats for New Moon?
You lost street cred with me by using the expression "street cred". Some of my best friends love Twilight, so no need to worry. Except that's a total lie and none of my friends, best or otherwise, like that book. My daughter does, though. Or did last year. When she was 10.
Of course, I need to know: Are you Team Edward, or Team Jacob? And why?
I'm Team Mike. Because I like humans. I know, I know, so closed-minded. In Twilight, I liked Jacob. Because Edward was glistening all over the place and it was super irritating to me. But then I saw the movie and I didn't find Jacob attractive at all. Now in New Moon, (spoiler alert!) Jacob is a dog. Personally, I disapprove of inter-species dating.
Is it normal for a 33 year old to relate to a 17 year old and suddenly like vampires?
This is such a slippery slope. I think you like vampires because you think that Edward is hot. If you really and truly love vampires, you should put pictures of Bela Lugosi all over the place.
What's the one thing that bothers you about this 'obsession' everyone has right now?
The fact that everyone has it. This is the mindset that elected Bush twice and got us into two wars. But I'm trying not to blame everything on Twilight.
I love Marinka's humour, don't you? And see? I can laugh at my obsession! Oh, and if you want to read a really funny post about a mom's love for Twilight, you have to read this written by the lovely and always hilarious Barefoot Foodie!