So, like you guys, I am a TWILIGHT fan. This wasn't always the case. You see, last spring/summer - 2008, my then 14 yr old niece Katie, brought this really thick paperback book over to the house. When she wasn't eating lunch, she was reading. When her mom wasn't talking to her, she was reading. Instead of visiting with the family, what was she doing, SHE WAS READING! During a brief break, I was able to ask her what she was reading. "TWILIGHT",she said. I then told her that I saw on TV that they were making a movie or something, but I didn't know it was from a book. She started talking about how the one guy, "Jacob", had been in "Sharkboy and LavaGirl" or something, and of course I had NO clue who she was talking about (at the time). She started throwing names out,like I knew who she talking about. "Edward this and Bella that and Jacob blah...." you get what I'm saying. She also mentioned, that everyone in her school was reading it and that some of her friends were almost done with the other books. I was like, "there's more?" Anywho, on a trip to the bathroom, she left the book lying on the couch. I then, proceeded to pick it up and start reading. However, there was NO WAY I was going to get "sucked" in,if you will, by this book. It was about vampires and high school kids and I was well, not a teenager! So, I started to read the ending and skimmed through to about the middle. Of course, I had no idea about the characters. I didn't know about James or that he was a vampire or that Edward and Bella were together, so what I had read really didn't phase me or make any sense. About that time, I started asking her questions and of course, she wouldn't tell me anything other than the book has vampires in it, and Bella isn't one and that I should read it. Well okay then.
A few months pass. Katie, finishes the book and starts on NEW MOON. Keep in mind this was about October -- remember that, as it's crucial to the rest of the story! I still had not read TWILIGHT. I'm at work one day and I overhear some of my co-workers talking about Edward and Bella and what was happening and this and that. Now, these are grown women. I see them day in and day out. They are on lunch break and what's in their hands? TWILIGHT! They are discussing it outside on the playground. I told them I hadn't read it all, just the end up to about the middle, as my niece had read it and I was curious. They were all so passionate about it. Well, of course, TWILIGHT led to NEW MOON which led to ECLIPSE, which led to BREAKING DAWN. By then, it was time for the movie to come out. A group of us from work got together and went to see it opening weekend. I took Katie with me. I wish I could tell everyone about the group of ladies I went with. Okay I will. The range in age was: 14yrs - 45 yrs give or take. All preschool teachers with the exception of one who was a high school English teacher who started the books b/c the girls in her class kept talking about Edward. The best part though, was one of the ladies, whom I adore, is a black woman, the mother of two teenagers, and had the best commentaries on the books! She loved the movie too, but wish Denzel had been cast as Laurent! lol
So, yeah, this when I fell in love with TWILIGHT. After seeing the movie. Everybody kept saying that the movie was different, but it was good. I decided I should read the books. My co-teacher Megan was reading them, so she said I could borrow them when she was finished. Well, that never happened. Seems as though, her parents,yes mom and dad, decided they wanted to read them too. And then they let other people borrow them and so on. Well, Christmas time rolled around, and what did my niece Katie get? The box set of the saga. And before she left my house that night, one book was missing.......TWILIGHT. I think I finished it in like 3 days. I was worse than she was reading. My family didn't see me for days, as I continued reading until I was done with all 4 books. However, I had to go to an alternate way of reading. My phone. I didn't want to take Katie's books from her because she wasn't finished reading, and she still isn't. She hasn't finished NEW MOON yet! And she started it last year! lol I have managed to read the actual book copies now, so all is good! Thanks to the movie, I was able to have an AMAZING visual experience as I read the books. I normally fall asleep reading, but not once did that happen while I was reading the saga. Love them!