The liberation of the “Twilight Woman”

I no longer feel embarrassed about my “Twilight” obsession. But it's taken me a while to get to this point...

A little over a year ago I went from an “advancing 20-something” puppy obsessed dog mama / wannabe cook, to a tunnel vision “Twilight" junkie. For a while – nothing else mattered! Well, I mean it did – but it just didn’t hold my attention for long. I was swallowed up in the romance of Edward Cullen and I had projected myself onto Bella Swan. I fretted over Jacob Black and how confusing it was to love both vampire and werewolf – and then when I had to, I went to work.

Shortly thereafter, I started a blog and I laid it all out there. And yes, I got teased by lotsa peeps for my…ah hem, teen love affair. For a long time I felt kind of embarrassed about my “Twilight” obsession. Being that no one I knew in the physical world (i.e. not online) was a “Twilight” fan, other than the one friend who recommended the books to me, I felt sort of exposed and vulnerable every time I mentioned the books that, up until that point, where predominantly known as a teen phenomenon.

Not just for teens anymore...

Over time though, other “Twilight” woman just like me where exposing themselves as well. It turns out; I had lots of friends that had immersed themselves into the books! Whether they came before me, or perhaps my Facebook rants had inspired them to pick up and read, they joined me in my unbridled love affair with, yes – a teen love story. Over the course of the last several months though, I’ve noticed something. The pendulum has swung in the direction of the “Twilight Woman”. Be it the movies that helped garner interest to the ladies above 21, this phenomenon is no longer just for the tweeny boppers, thank you very much! You can’t turn on a TV, pull up Yahoo!, or walk passed a magazine rack and not see something “Twilight” related. It’s the biggest pop culture juggernaut we’ve seen in years and I’m sorry, if you aren’t aware – WAKE THE HELL UP!

4th of July “Twilight” love fest

This past weekend I went down to LA, Hermosa Beach to be exact, and my girlfriend and I were super excited to see “Eclipse” in IMAX on Saturday night. We both giggled that although this was 4th of July weekend on the freagin’ beach, we were more excited about the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle in our near future (her first time, my second!). We stupidly dragged our signif others, who fell asleep most immediately as the lights went dim (in all fairness, we drank all day and it was 10pm!). And of course, we swooned and elbowed each other at every striking Edward pose and every Jacob ab.

The next day, on the 4th, my friend had a BBQ at her house. I dawned my semi see through “Team Edward” tee over my bathing suit because it was cute and naturally, it got a lot of comments from the ladies entering the party. Suddenly, I found myself in deep conversations with a group of girls all discussing the intense pull that the books and movies have for ladies of all ages – all over margs and wine! And as we got more and more light headed from tequila and Chardonnay, we decided we needed to play a “Twilight” drinking game! Yes, we watched silly little Twi vids on YouTube and drank every time we wanted to *BLEEP* Robert Pattinson! HA! The guys were complaining that all the ladies were in the living room and no one was paying attention to them, creating quite the sausage fest in the backyard!

Vindication never tasted so good

My point is, I feel vindicated – liberated if you will. I no longer feel embarrassed about my Twi-session. It’s reached the masses and it’s breaking box office records. Teenagers don’t pull in $100 million+ opening weeks alone. It’s girlies (and guys!) from ages 17 to 70 making this thing the snowball that it is. Because no matter how young or old you are, we all hold that fantasy of a relationship dripping in romance in which the other half of the equation just so happens to be a brutally handsome guy! Throw in a little competition by yet another abtastic fellow fighting for you affection and you’ve got yourself the tastiest sandwich you ever dreamed of! Enough said!

Now, time to start re-reading "Breaking Dawn". I've got a juicy honeymoon to attend to...!

Originally posted on my blog, Pop Culture Junkie.

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Comment by wig4rob on July 7, 2010 at 12:32am
Amen, sister!!! We had a group of about 20 "Twilight Women" who went together to Eclipse at midnight. I "outted" myself around this time last year, and while I do endure teasing, I see myself as being ahead of the curve! For those who think this is for tweens only, this is a love story, and that's for all ages!!!!
Comment by Sparkle Cullen on July 7, 2010 at 12:36am
...TWILIGHT !! 498 dayz til' BREAKING DAWN cumz out !!
Comment by Nikolina Drempetic - Cullen on July 7, 2010 at 1:25am
Well said! And I (22) have to say that I even got my mom (47) to read it about a year ago,and she LOVED IT....Have to say that I'm very proud of her,'cause she's the ONLY mom that has read the books and watched the movies,all of my friends are so jealous ..hehe....but seriously,the series got us even closer,and have to say it was such a relief to discuss about every single detail,both books and films, from another angle,from someone who has more experience in life itself.
Comment by Madii Cullen!!! on July 7, 2010 at 1:29am
Comment by Layna_Lane on July 7, 2010 at 2:21am
I have a group of real life friends and an even bigger group of online friends that share in my obsession that I can talk to but I'm not "liberated" enough where I could actually boast Twilight related merchandise in public. At home sure- I've totally got a New Moon fleece blanket on my bed lol. I haven't gotten past the public embarrassment factor yet, so when I got a toddler sized (read Juniors sizes) Cullen Crest Eclipse shirt at an event (that honestly I would probably wear if was big enough), I showed it to my mother who promptly stole it from me (cuz it'd fit her fine) and she wore it to the movie when I took her this weekend and I probably would have been mortified if she didn't have a jacket on over it. I can't get her to read the books though but she's watched the movies and I'm convinced she has a closet crush on Rob but she's not admitting anything LOL
Comment by michelle on July 7, 2010 at 2:25am
Wow I felt the passion coming through those words, that was very well said, i feel exactly the same way.. i (28) am PROUD to be a twi fan and i also know a (40+) women who also proud to be part of this phenomenon!! I think twilight will go down in history as ONE of the most telled (and read) LOVE storys of our time.. YAY BRING ON BREAKING DAWN
Comment by Daisy Cullen on July 7, 2010 at 2:45am
So I have one question for time y'all do a Twilight drinking game, will y'all invite me?! haha I totally loved reading your story and totally sympathized with u! I (26 & married) have gone through the same thing. But as every movie comes out, I find more and more women are jumping on the Edward/Jacob bandwagon. Which I would just like to jump Edward. haha None of my same age unmarried girlfriends r into Twilight, all my married with kids in their early 30s late 20s r the ones who are obsessed. Maybe us wives need that fantasy world and Edward. I know it has helped my love life. lol Thank you for posting this. I very much enjoyed reading it! Long live the Twi-WOMAN!

Comment by Mª Margarida Marques on July 7, 2010 at 4:22am
I'm 29 y.o. and I think Twilight Saga were the best books written for a long time (Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights), since it mentions the most beautiful books I've ever read and the most beautiful music I've ever heard. The characters are incredible, but the emotions are more intense in the books than in the movies. I makes me dream about a world where men respect women and love them the right way.. True love is so rare.
Comment by POTO on July 7, 2010 at 4:39am
I've got you all beat! I just turned 55 in June. I have a group of friends here where I live (about 6 of us) that are all hooked...the youngest is turning 40 in August! We all love them for the same reasons you all do! It just shows you are never too old to dream!
Comment by michelle on July 7, 2010 at 4:57am
@ daisy i totally agree with jumping on edward and that the wives need a fantasy being(28) and a mum of 3 children twilight is my ecape.. @POTO, Good to hear there is no age limit to this phenomenon and that twilight is LOVED by all ages


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