Thankful Thursday: Twilight

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Thankful Thursday is a mini series I am going to be doing throughout the month of November. I will be sharing books I am thankful for. You are more than welcomed to join in the fun.

The Twilight by Stephanie Myer

Love it or hate it, Twilight has left its mark in our pop culture world. It has been referenced in stand up acts, movies, and memoirs like I am Malala. Accept it, Twilight is here to stay. 

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Edward Cullen and I a few years ago at a carnival.

I am #teamedward. Sadly, I was never able to have a Mrs. Cullen Hot Topic tee, those of you who do I am forever jealous. My best friend at the time was #teamjacob. She named her puppy Jacob, oh what a time to be alive.

Why is The Twilight Saga something I am thankful for? If you haven’t read my about me, I will tell you here. Twilight is probably the reason I am a reader. I convinced my mom to order it from a scholastic book order and promised I would read it cover to cover. I loved every word and the budding love triangle. It is not the best piece of writing, I know that and Stephanie Myer probably knows as well. BUT it is what so many tweens, teens, and adults wanted at the time. We ate it up. Twilight led me to other vampires YA series that I loved, but nothing as much as Twilight.

I was eagerly waiting for each book to come out. It was a magical time because Twilight was happening as Harry Potter was ending. It was a win win for me. What made the experience even sweeter was the crappy movies that followed. I feel for the YA readers who will never know the excitement of the harrypotter/twilight/hungergames years of book releases and midnight premieres.

In college, I took a class that focused on YA. It was fascinating and by fate or chance my professor had published many scholarly articles on Twilight. I read all of them, learning about Twilight in an academic made me realize how crazy the craze was. I felt like it was fate bringing me back to a series that sparked my love for reading, forcing me to examine the series with a more critical eye. I had to ask myself if Twilight would ever entirely disappear. It did, until the gender flip version was released, Life and Death. Was it the best? No. Did I read it in a night? Yes.

I have most defiantly grown away from The Twilight Saga, BUT anytime a rumor floats about a remake or Midnight Sun my heart skips a beat. Do you have any feelings about The Twilight Saga? Are you teamedward or teamjacob? Are you boycotting Twilight? Did you go to book releases and midnight showings? Tell me below!

4 comments

  1. I’ve never read any of these books – not my thing. But, I love this post. It’s great that even if you’ve outgrown it, you can be honest about why it was so important to you. I also love learning about pop culture in academic settings – it’s an electrifying cross-over. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Brianna @ Brianna the Bookworm

    This post! I love it! I always think back on my days of reading Twilight and it makes me so nostalgic. Even though the books aren’t necessarily quality literature, they were still such a big influence on our lives as readers and I’m so grateful for that! 🙂 And same, I was always #teamedward as well haha!

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