I had an experience today I wanted to share.

I am a wife and a mother. I have a 14 yr old son, and I fall into that (oh geez do I have to) 40 crowd.

Today I spent the day with my son at his Boy Scout troop’s annual Ski Camp. My husband and I are both leaders with the troop, and anyone who has been exposed to scouting knows about maintaining “Youth Protection Trained” and “two deep leadership” during such events. I spent the day as the only female there with 23 boys. This would be every woman’s dream, until you take into account that these guys ranged from 11 to 17 years old (and I this includes the ‘adult’ leaders—after all they are kids at heart too…..right).

Knowing I was in for a long day, I took my copy of New Moon to read. The boys were loading up on the pontoon boat getting ready to go tubing and knee boarding, when a couple of the boys started commenting on my love for Twilight. I am used to taking the good natured ribbing from my son, and a few of the others who know me. One of our older scouts, who was on the boat house with me, spun around and asked “Are you guys talking about Twilight?” I told him “Yeah” as the younger boys on the boat started arguing between Team Edward or Team Jacob. The older scout then proceeded to look at me and say “I hate Twilight!” His buddy beside him asked him if he had seen the movies, and he replied “No!”

My first thought was how can you hate something you know nothing about, so I asked him “Have you read the books?” He told me no and that he had not voluntarily read a book since middle school (but that is a blog for another day).

Now is one of those times when I wish I could turn the ‘brain filter’ off and just say what crossed my mind, but being who I am, I didn’t. My thought was “Okay Mr. senior /football player/stud-wanna-be, have you ever thought that you might be able to learn something from these books? Millions of women and girls have not fallen in love with them for no reason at all.” For me one of the most enchanting qualities about the books is the relationship of Edward and Bella. How Edward professes his love for Bella and he treats her like a lady (a truly lost art in my opinion). Edward is exactly the boyfriend I was looking for in high school and college. I can tell you they were hard to find 20 yrs ago (I got really lucky), and from what I see, much harder to find today.

I wish there was some way to open the minds of those guys who just don’t understand. There is something more there. Yes they are considered ‘chick flicks’ and yes they have (really) good looking actors in the movies, but there is also a learning experience there for those who want it.

Imagine how much nicer the world would be if there were more guys following Edward’s example of how to “court” a lady.

P.S. Yes I plan on having my son read these books before he starts dating…….it may not work, but then again, you never know.

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Comment by seekingbecca on August 15, 2010 at 6:38pm
Ha!
Comment by Eclipse on August 15, 2010 at 11:21pm
thanks for sharing ....yes, i think men in general should take a leaf out of Edward's book....my husband does not like twilight at all and one of the reasons is because he believes that the character of Edward is too perfect and noone can live up to that - that the bar is raised so high for men that there is no way ANYONE can reach it. And in addition, because all the actors (both male & female) are so good-looking, he believes it can lead to "normal" people reaching a level or neurosis or depression because they cannot be like that. I think he has a point, however, i don't think there is anything wrong with what the Edward character teaches men. Putting aside the 'he's ohh so unbelievably good looking' crap and materialist bull$hit, Edward is actually a very deep thinker, who is also very caring, loves his family, adores his beloved (Bella) and has respect for human life. Pretty good personality traits to emulate i think...ohh and by the way, my husband is very much like that (even though he doesn't get twilight).
Comment by Alice Jasper Bella Cullen on August 16, 2010 at 12:07am
Yeah i think boys should read the book the odds are about.....0% but Good on you Merle i think ur boys should read them just like any decent guy on the planet!!!! Finding Edwards is harder than u think!! Im a bit young to be looking and im not but...seeing people as school making out makes me wonder how many Edwards there are!!
Comment by Alice Jasper Bella Cullen on August 16, 2010 at 12:09am
I think boys should read Twilight the odds are about...0% but who knows...mabye one day!!. Good on you Merle making ur kids read Twilights any decent boy should...(mabye). Its really hard to find Edwards these days!! Im not looking im a bit young but seeing people making out at school makes me wonder how many Edwards are left?
Comment by robsten42 on August 16, 2010 at 2:00am
My son was in 5th grade when he started reading the Twilight series (he was the only boy at his school to read them). I think he liked it because he is usually shy around girls and it helped him have something to talk about with the girls. I think Edward is sort of a role model for teen boys; what could be better than a guy like Edward to love you?

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