Similar to you, only my friend begged me to read them. It was the summer of 2008, I was actually oblivious to twilight at that time. She gave me an alternative. She said, "Read twilight halfway through... then tell me you can stop, that you're not obsessed like me!" I took her challenge and failed big time! I couldn't put it down for the life of me! I swear she tricked me into this.... but I'm so glad she did. I kept reading them...over and over.. driving my mom crazy. hehe, Then the movie came out. Creating a new obsession for me. Go Robsten! Anyway, that's how I got hooked on the series.