Yep, I’m going to write about Twilight. I almost decided to skirt the idea of commenting on the Twilight Hate Phenomenon, as more talented ladies have already spoken on the topic more eloquently than I probably will [nerds in babeland, The Nerdy Bird, The Carnival of Random] However, I like the Twilight books and movies, they hold a special place in my geek stash, so I figured why not?
I used to be able to openly admit to liking the Twilight series, but over the last few years something has changed. I feel awkward admitting I do in fact like Twilight. I feel I will be laughed at. I’m surrounded by this notion that it’s cooler to hate on Twilight than be a fan of it now. And if you are a fan, look out! You’re about to get it good from the haters. Google “twilight hate”. There is lots of energy spent on publicly hating the series. For the record, I’m fully aware of the concerns some people have with the series’ influence on young girls in regards to sexual exploration, relationships with men, and religious implications. Those are all valid concerns which I respect. I’d love to delve in to the world of media influence on society and how blame is being displaced. But, I’m writing more to explain why I enjoy the Twilight series.
Admit it or don’t, but Stephenie Meyer lit a fire in the world of reading. It definitely resparked my ability to get lost in a fictional world. Meyer wrote her story in a way that people can remember what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Being able to relate back to a time in my life I thought was gone forever had me hooked. And yeah, there are vampires in it. Angsty “teenage” vampires, who sparkle and don’t have fangs. Put it all together, and you have a fun fantasy world to immerse yourself in. Simple as that. The writing is not deep or complex by any means. The simplicity of it comes across amateur-ish at times, but I’m okay with that.
What fuels the immature bullying and name calling? Is it jealousy? That a story about a teenage girl and her vampire soul mate has made so much money and seen success that most of us will never comprehend? No matter the reason, the hate is just hurtful and does more harm than good. I say: get over it. Please. Everyone loves what they do for their own personal reasons. I don’t think it’s right to ridicule others for those reasons. One love, people.