While I was in high school, I didn't really fit in. I mean I had a select group of friends, and I knew just about every body on campus, but I never fit in. I went to school with the same people from first grade and on into college. Not that I mind going to school with the people that I did, I was just always outcasted, like I said I never really fit in. I was always that teenager that had her head stuck in some book trying to ignore all of the rumors that were spread around about me. You know, the one that was nice to everyone, but was never treated nicely in return. The one that was always being made fun of. So one summer I decided that I was going to change. I came up with an all new wardrobe, my style, that everyone had to copy, again. And I was a completely different person on the outside. I still had my nose in the latest book and was still nice to everyone that I talked to.

So one day a friend of mine noticed that I didn't have a book with me. Something is wrong if I am not with a book. She offered me this book, that I looked over time after time but never really cared for reading about vampires because I was jealous. Ever notice that they are always better looking and more popular than the average person. So it took some convincing, but she finally got me to read the book. The book was called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I had read some other things by Meyer in the past, you know when she was writing for the Chicken Soup books? At first I thought that this wouldn't really be worth reading. I mean what book is when the main character is talking about their own death. Not something I like reading about. But then I forced myself into it because that friend doesn't give me a book without knowing that it will be a good one and one that I would like.

The more that I read it, the more I began to like it. And then it dawned on me. These aren't your typical vampires! They want to be human. I got so into the book that it became my bible. I eventually went out and bought my own copy because my friend wanted hers back. I began to carry the book with me every where I went. I wouldn't leave the house without it. I fell in love with it.

This book came out during my sophomore year in high school. It helped me get through so many things, like one of my really great friends passing away, the many fights that my family got into, the legal battles within my family. And even the everyday life of being a awkward teenager in high school. This book became my safe haven. It became my escape when my life was just too hard to deal with.

When the next books came out I was so ecstatic because it isn't often when your favorite books get a sequel, or even a third or fourth book!

These books changed everything for me. And I only have one person to thank for that and that is Stephenie Meyer.

I shied away from them for a while reading other books that caught my interest, but about 9 months ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and to deal with the everyday thought that my mother could just not wake up was really hard. Especially when you are going to school full time, with no help from the family financial wise and working three different jobs just to cover the cost of living. I picked up these sarced books, and once again found myself able to deal with everything in my life.

Thank you Stephenie, you have changed my life more that once and in more that one way. I even have my mother reading them. She loves them.

btw, she is currently cancer free and has been for several months now. She found something in your books, to. The light that let her keep strong!

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Comment by ♥MissSoCal♥ on June 25, 2009 at 3:56pm
Thank you so much for sharing this story
I completely agree with you and the comment before mine. For me at least, these aren't just some trendy books that everyone's reading because of hot vampires, they have so meaning and life in them, that it's like a get away from real life.
I'm so happy to hear that your mother survived cancer :) That's amazing
God Bless xoxo
Comment by Nicole on June 25, 2009 at 5:01pm
Thanks for sharing. I agree with the other posts. I recently got a tattoo inspired by the books but not solely because of the books. The books really helped me deal with a lot of things going on in my life. They helped me to realize some of the good things I had going for me. I still have my moments but I find getting on here and being around others who are truely moved by these books helps.
Comment by Sylvia Chavez on June 25, 2009 at 5:21pm
I feel like they do the same for me.
They help me escape everything.
Thanks for sharing.
Glad to hear your moms doing well.
<3
Comment by vabulus on June 25, 2009 at 6:02pm
Wow! Media, whether it be books or music, usually helps me get through the hard times as well. This story helped me get through the hard part of not being with my boyfriend and avoiding temptations from others who were not worth it. The books make you feel like there is someone special looking over you who is there to protect you and whether or not it's just fiction, at least you can find comfort in something to get you past this crazy tumultous struggle we call life. However, if we just hold on and think of all the wonderful things life does offer, we can get through the hard times, whether it be with the help of a friend, a book, music, etc.
Thanks for sharing!
Comment by SexiestVampressAlive/Dead on June 25, 2009 at 8:12pm
my friend always says "if i want to see a movie about vampires id just go watch dracula" but im alsways telling her its so muchy more than vampires drinking blood nd twilight was the first big book i read ( i had a fear)
Comment by Vivi217 on June 25, 2009 at 9:39pm
I agree their more to the fandom of twilight..They give you a purpose they open you eyes to new things..I agree with everyone it more than a fan base thing they help you escape into a whole new world that give you a purpose a new meaning in life..:D
Comment by ElarieJaymes on June 26, 2009 at 2:25pm
Wow, your story's amazing. I'm so happy that your mum is feeling better, good luck to her, i hope all goes well.
I completely know how you feel with these books, my mum's been ill recently, and they really help me get through stuff, not just the serious things at home, but general school life. My friend self harms, and is covered in scars, and the books are my escape. Thank you for sharing, you've made me feel happier about everything. And thank you to Stephanie Meyer, the person who made my life better.

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