On June 30th, fellow Scribe, Leslie Ann Sartor, aka L.A. posted a blog about the The Twilight Saga--Phenomena: One Person's POV.
In this blog, she talked about how she stood in line with friends for hours to see the third movie's (Eclipse) premier. I didn't get it then, and quite frankly, I'd never read the books or seen the movie. Further the tabloid picture of Edward gave me the creeps.
On a recent trip to Seattle to visit my daughter, however, I changed -- rather she changed my mind. She made me sit down and watch the first two movies, Twilight and New Moon, and while I thought they were a tad slow in parts and loaded with teenage angst, I have to admit I finally saw what the fuss was about. (What's more, Edward Cullen (Australian actor Robert Pattinson) may be creepy -- he is after all a vampire -- but I have to admit he's sexy as hell. (To Annie, my PPRW chaptermate, you were right and I was so wrong.) Okay, Annie, who has her PhD in All-Things Twilight informed me that Robert Pattinson is from the U.K. Her response is hysterical, if you have a moment, check it out;).
I also have to mention that Stephanie Meyer is a genius, and although her books have gotten less than stellar reviews by some, I hope she's laughing all the way to the bank. She's making a lot of readers and movie fans happy, and in addition, she's even supporting an economy. (Heck, I imagine the people in Forks, Washington would vote Meyer their mayor.)
While I was in Washington state, where we had a fabulous time by the way, my husband and I traveled up the Northwest coast. I've posted some pictures here, and I hope they do justice as to why Meyer must have chose this particular setting.
Imagine the look on my husband's face when I saw Forks on the map and insisted we stay there. He didn't quite get why I wanted to stay in that particular spot until I explained that Forks, Washington is the setting Meyer chose for her books. Fortunately, my husband's a sweetie, he was on vacation and he agreed.
Soon we were checking into a hotel in a population of 3,000, where we got the very last hotel room in the entire town. I walked around that night and I talked to people. There was one store devoted entirely to Twilight, but unfortunately it was closed. When asked about the impact Twilight had on the town, one lady said, "You have no idea," while another man said, "Last year, we had 16,000 come through this town; this year we've had 68,000."
Impressive? I thought so. As writers we never know how many our stories will touch. Twilight has touched millions and even helped a dying town through a rough economy. Forks isn't the only locale that got in on the action. When we crossed the county line, we ran upon a sign. Note what it says: "Treaty Line. Farther up the highway another sign read: No vampires beyond this point."
When I returned home, my critique buddies and I went to see Eclipse. I missed the captions my daughter had on her HD screen, but it was so cool to have seen the first two and to be able to follow the plot. In my opinion, Eclipse is the best one so far.
All right, I admit it. It's so easy to criticize or poo-poo what you don't understand. Thanks to everyone who made me a believer. I now get what the big deal's about. As for becoming a Twilight fan, I've been converted.