November 15, 2012

all that glitters is gold (or a vampire)

In August I drove through Olympic National
Forest. I'd be lying if I said I didn't hope to see a
Cullen. I know, I know, why would you want to
find a vampire? They could eat you? No need
to worry. These ones are vegetarians, too.
It's here. The day we all knew would arrive is here. I'm talking, of course, about the release of Breaking Dawn: Part Two.

Yes, the saga is coming to an end at last, and if you're like me, you're kind of relieved.

By now, most of you know that I do like me some Twilight. And why is that? I don't particularly care for Bella Swan as a character. I find Jacob one of the most annoying characters in history and can't fathom the idea that anyone would be Team Jacob. The dialogue is sometimes silly. It's by no means a story that teaches a super valuable lesson to our impressionable teens.

But, damn it all, there's something about these stories that grips me.

So why the relief at the end of the saga? Again, it's hard to explain. Maybe it's my desire to see us talking about other books and movies. Maybe it's because I need to kick this Robert Pattinson crush if he's really going back to K-Stew (which has nothing to do with the cheating scandal. I haven't been a fan of hers... ever). Maybe it's because I'm pissed off everyone now seems to think the last book in a series has to be split in two, when it drags out the story and makes for less exciting cinema that negatively affects the story pacing set by previous movies (cough, cough, I'm looking specifically at you The Hunger Games franchise. Please don't make two Mockingjay movies.).

It's hard to know, but it's with a little excitement and relief that I look forward to seeing this final movie.

I'll admit, I did not plan to read the books or watch the movie. Then, I moved to Houston in 2009, and I was lonely. I spent most of my time renting movies from Redbox and reading the stash of Nora Roberts books I purchased before the move.

Then it got to be October. I'm not a fan of slasher movies, and the Redbox spots near my house were filled with scary movies. Twilight was one of the few non-horror movies available, it was October and I figured what the hell? Why not watch a movie about sparkling vampires?

Yeah, I went to Forks. Jealous?
Then, I developed a crush on Robert Pattinson. By this point, all four books were on sale (Breaking Dawn still in hardcover), so I ran out to buy them and spent the next few days lost in a world of wanton girls, dangerous men and annoying second love interests.

From then on I've seen the movies in the theaters, and tonight I'm going to the first screening. It blows my mind a little that it's showing at 10 p.m. instead of midnight, but frankly that just means more sleep for me before work tomorrow.

With that, I'll leave you with this clip show of some of my Twilight-related posts to help you get in the mood to see this series come to an end.

Do I have any other Twi-Hards in the house? Are you going to the movie? What are you most looking forward to seeing?

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  1. Laura, sometimes I think we should be BFFs, haha. Though, I'm definitely Team Jacob. Robert (or Edward) doesn't do anything for me. I am also not a K Stew fan ( I think I shall start calling myself K last name's Stewart too...that's completely legit, right? lol). I also didn't plan on reading them. I was working in Coles pretty much right from when they got popular and heard from countless teen girls that I should read them. Cue the summer of 2008 when I say "What the hell" and get the first book out of the library, put it on my end table, and left it there for 2 weeks. FInally, I figured I should give it a whirl since it was due in a week. Holy hell, I could not put the thing down! I don't know what it is either but there's something that grabs you. I then proceeded to whip through the next two and only had to wait a short time before getting Breaking Dawn (which was released that summer). I'm also a little relieved this is done. You're right, it's time to move on to something else. But I don't know if I can pick up another YA series...what about you? Think you'll read any of the other big ones?

    *end of novel comment :)*

    1. We can be virtual besties! I love how we both unexpectedly fell into our Twi-Hard fandom, K Stew.

      As far as YA goes, I'm afraid the Hunger Games trilogy may have ruined me for other young adult books. They're just so damn good, my expectations are high. I do have a a few YA novels in mind to write, though. I am a little over the vampire/werewolf scene, but I would love to find another good series to follow. I just hope they're limited to three or four books. I can't get hooked on any more series longer than that!

    2. Oh, The Hunger Games. So. Freaking. Good. I think I'll end up passing on any more unless someone beats me over the head with it or ties me to a chair and forces me to read it, haha.

      And I'll all for being virtual besties! haha