I’m not sure how, but I had never heard of ‘Twilight’ until this summer, right before the final book came out. Not a peep. Yes, once I saw the big article about it in Entertainment Weekly, random things started to make sense – like all that Edward / Jacob Flair on Facebook – but, somehow, three books had passed without me, an avid reader and pop culture enthusiast with the frequent taste of a teenager, catching on to this phenomenon.
But now, with the book series complete and the movie franchise pretty much taking over the world, I’m torn. I’m caught somewhere between itching to know what the hype is all about, and wanting to swear it off forever, like I did with ‘Titanic’. Yes, when I decide to be, I can really be very hard-headed and close-minded about pop culture trends (Perhaps you’ve heard me rant about ‘Mystic River’?).
Parenthetically and because I can hear the rumblings: You must not confuse my well-documented and oft-professed love for all things 'Buffy' for some kind of vampire “thing”. I have no more invested interest in reading about vampires than I do to reading about…macaroni and cheese, one of my other favorite things.
Actually, as I think about it, I’m sure that ‘Twilight’ fans would get in as much of a tizzy about their books being called “vampire books” as I would about Buffy being called a “vampire show”. Oh boy – this might make me rethink everything…
So, should I do it? I probably will eventually pick up the first book (Is it actually called “Twilight’?) and then fly through the whole series in a can’t-put-it-down-obsession. But, I draw line at the movie – and obsessing about Robert Pattinson’s hair.