My On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Twilight

When I first read Twilight, I loved it.  Loved.  It.  I became a total Twi-hard, and I have the movie posters to prove it.  I argued Team Jacob versus Team Edward (because Jacob was clearly the better choice), sang the praises of Stephenie Meyer, and even…dare I say it?

Saw Eclipse at midnight.

It was my first midnight premiere, and I was one of the fangirls.

And then I got my act together.  With the help of the Internet and logic, I veered away from my fangirl days and began to dislike Twilight, if not despise it.  Bella Swan’s helplessness came to sicken me, as did the very thought of sparkling vampires.  Edward’s habit of watching his girl sleep turned from sweet to downright creepy.  And the movies?  Don’t get me started.

I came to laugh at the way I had once cherished this series. Everything* about it seemed ridiculous (and yet somehow in this period I wanted the rest of the books when they came to me for free).  I vowed that I would never see such a monstrosity as Breaking Dawn, the movie.

There are some things better left unseen.

Thank you, Hermione Granger.

Lately, though, I’ve been rethinking my opinion of Twilight.  Sure, I’ve read about other people’s hatreds of it, but I never really investigated the books for myself with that purpose in mind.  I’ll never love it again; my opinion of the story is too far gone for that, and that can’t be changed with a rereading.  And besides, when it comes to this rivalry that this series seems to have with Harry Potter, I’ll take the boy wizard any day of the week.  Not to mention with all these Hunger Games/Twilight arguments going around, I’ll have to be doubly against the vamps.

But perhaps a rereading can cause me to solidly plant my literary feet in this camp I’ve chosen.

So this is my promise to you, readers: When all this LOTR business** is over, and after I reread a certain Harry Potter book, I will reread Twilight.  Possibly all of the books.  And then I will come back to you, readers, and give you my verdict.

Because, after all, I can’t give a verdict without hearing the evidence first.

But I’m still not seeing Breaking Dawn.

As a closing note, I’d like to direct you all to a similar post by fellow teen blogger Allegra, who beat me to the punch while this post was still little more than a draft and a dream.

Happy reading!

*Okay, maybe not EVERYTHING.  I still think Alice is pretty cool.  But that’s about it.

**I finished The Two Towers last night!  *clapping* Yay me!  (I cannot believe I just used that reference…*facepalm*)


12 thoughts on “My On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Twilight

  1. I can very well see that. I have a relashonship with Twilight like that except I never hated it, but merely got to busy to go along with Twilight. But I see the flwas you see but everything goes back to Bellas humanity, and Edwards… immortality. So yeah.

    • I don’t think I ever out-and-out hated it, either. For a long time I claimed to still like it even though I saw those flaws. Now, though, I’m definitely no longer a Twi-hard.

  2. I liked twilight before it became a movie. My sister and i went to see the twilight movie when it first came out. We had brought our books nad everything… we stood in the front of line (that went 2 miles into town) in front of the port angeles Lincoln theater a week before it even came out.
    When we went in we sat in the 3 row to the front and waited for the movie to start. I was so dissappointed through out the movie when i started noticing they cut my favorite scenes of the book.
    I was a twilight fan before the movies… and then they ruined it…

    • Admittedly, the movies seemed to fall short of the mark. It’s never good to see something you love being ruined by Hollywood. You can still be a fan of the books without liking the movies, though.

  3. I LOL’ed reading this. As a librarian I, too, have a love/hate relationship with the Twilight books. Personally I could never get into them because there weren’t enough helicopters exploding or shootouts with military policemen.

  4. I think I’m starting to like the books better than the movies. I was against seeing Twilight when it first came out. Then I finally broke down and decided to give it a chance, renting all 3 last summer (BD hadn’t had a trailer out yet). I hated the first one (based on the writing), and they progressively got better with each new director (I wished Condon had done all of them after I saw BD). I liked the story, but I could do without the way they did the first one. I finally started reading the books and I wish they would have stuck more to them. There are so many more good moments and details that I felt they shouldn’t have tried to change so much in the first installment. i even like Edward in the book WAY better than Edward in the movie (although I think Rob Pattinson is a pretty decent actor).

    I’ve put New Moon on hold while I finish Hunger Games… just because I wanna get the full story before the movie comes out.

    I also am over these comparisons the media keeps trying to make…

    • Oh, yes, definitely finish The Hunger Games first. Absolutely an amazing series.
      You’re one of the rare few who prefers the movies. The general consensus is against the films, especially the actors.

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