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.
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.
*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*)