The trailer for Breaking Dawn: Part Two, the final installment of the Twilight movie franchise looks awesome. I got goose bumps watching it, largely because it marks the end of an era, for me at least, and I’m sure for thousands of other fans of the books. I know a lot of people hate Twilight with a passion, but I’m not one of them. Neither are my sisters or friends. For us, Twilight has resulted in numerous bonding sessions including a trip to the cinema together each year followed by drinks and a debate, or having a Girls Night in watching the DVDs, and discussing any and every aspect of the series, both books and movies over a glass wine and friendly banter.
A bone of contention between us has been the question of why Edward fell so hard for Bella? One of us pointed out that if he had been able to read her mind, he probably wouldn’t have paid her any attention. This proposition always ended in heated debate. Fun times! One of the funniest moments in our Twilight discussions took place in my sister, Lucy’s house. Another sister and I were visiting and talking about Bella’s pregnancy and the fact that’s she only eighteen. This got the attention of my brother-in-law who looked up from his iPhone (he loves a juicy bit of gossip). All excited, he said: “Oh my God, who’s Bella?” When we told him she was a fictional character, he looked at us like we were nuts.
But why did Twilight have such an impact on me? 2008 wasn’t the best year for me for both work and personal reasons. It was during that time I chanced upon a fan made trailer for Twilight on YouTube. Now this was way before the movie release, probably six months or so, and there were still no official trailers. I didn’t even know what Twilight was. As far as I can remember, I was looking up Buffy fan videos on YouTube. That 2 or 3 minute video piqued my interest and off I went Googling. Within a couple of weeks I had read the first three books and devoured Breaking Dawn as soon as it was released. I was in love with Edward and with the rainy town of Forks and the rest of the Cullen family. I told everyone who would listen about the books, describing the love story between a beautiful vampire and misfit teenager. My friend ordered the series for the bookshop where she works and they were huge sellers, of course. My sister, Lucy caved in and read Twilight just to get me to stop talking about it, and when I asked her what she thought, she said: “what a love story.”
I knew the writing wasn’t particularly amazing and that L.J. Smith had written stories about vampires and humans falling in love a decade before. Hell, even Buffy and Angel took a stab at the human-vampire dating thing. So, what was it about Twilight that struck a chord with me and so many others? I’m still trying to figure that out. The mixture of paranormal and normal human problems, and the depiction of life in Forks with all its greenery, beaches and non stop rain (I adore rain), all probably contributed. When it came down to it, Twilight was a comfort read. It made me feel 16 again when life was full of so many possibilities. Sure Bella was annoying and dependent, but like so many other readers, I just put myself in her place and lived the story of Twilight as though I were the object of Edward’s affections and invited to join the fantastic Cullen clan Apart from Edward, it was interesting to learn about the rest of the family: how Rosalie suffered a brutal attack before she was turned, Esme’s suicidal plunge into eternal life, Carlisle’s introduction to the vampire realm hundreds of years ago, Jasper’s life in the civil war and so on.
So, tell me, do you love or loathe Twilight? Will you be going to see Breaking Dawn?