One day my friend Aly rang to see if I wanted to go see the movie Twilight. I had no desire to see the movie because a) there was too hype about it and I like to revolt against hype, and b) it was aimed at teenagers—what would I, a mature 26-year-old, get out of it?
So I said, “Sure, let’s go!”
Now I am not one to idolize celebrities—never have been, never will be. But I must say, if I was going to become an ‘idolizer,’ my first fixation would be Robert Pattinson—solely for playing the role of Edward Cullen. He was absolutely fascinating.
Needless to say, I loved the film so much that when a co-worker mentioned she was reading the series, I had to dive in myself. Not only do we have a somewhat similar taste in literature, it finally registered in my head that there were FOUR books surrounding Edward. That’s a lot of reading time.
I knew as I flipped open to the first page that I was embarking down a potentially dangerous and obsessive adventure that could possibly stand to rival my 6-week long Harry Potter escapade. (Considering I’ve read 480 pages in 3 day this should be over a lot quicker.)
And as expected, I am completely engrossed—’unconditionally and irrevocably’ enthralled with the character of Edward. Never once do I want Bella to ‘play it safe’ or push Edward out of her life. In fact, I find myself getting frustrated when she shows just a glimpse of hesitation.
What is so attractive about being a vampire?
Yes, they are exquisitely beautiful, more graceful than the entire NYCB and they glimmer like diamonds in the sunlight. But there is something more. I’m guessing it’s the same reason we chase the bad boys in HS… the danger! Why are girls attracted to the ‘bad boys’… the ones they know have the potential to emotionally destroy them? Or maybe it’s just that they stand out… they are ‘different’ than the norm. Don’t we all want to find that diamond in the ruff?
And don’t we all want to be the one that changes that guy? The one girl who they want to settle down with… the one they will compromise for?
What about the speed and agility he applies to everyday events? Imagine being able to fly through the jungle and race through the forest at a speed competing with light? How much f’in fun would that be!! I think that would be enough to win me over.
Whatever the reason, this vampire-human love affair nears perfection—and I’m guessing a lot more people agree than will admit.
I do feel lucky that in many ways I can relate to Bella… I have felt love for someone whose words and beauty left me dumbfounded. I have spent hours mesmerized by their eyes. I have felt my body go into shock from their touch. And although they were never gold to begin with, I watched their crystal blue eyes turn dark from anger and frustration. (That’s another vampire trait.)
And all this without the fear of having the blood drained from my body!!
*Please note that all my knowledge vampires stems from this book; I have no personal experience or proof that any of these assumptions are true.