December 04, 2008


What Girls Want: A series of vampire novels illuminates the complexities of female adolescent desire

This almost makes me want to read Twilight. Almost.
It also makes me realize why I can't: I am no longer thirteen.

I have been thinking about being thirteen a lot lately.

I have been thinking about sitting on the sofa with a boy watching Pink Floyd's The Wall and thinking that after the movie was over, I would tell him I love him. And I did. And he smiled.

Three years later, he was dead. And I replay that night in my head, the delicious memory of feeling so grown-up and alive.

And that love, that love I felt for those illustrious three, it is nothing like the love I have for my husband. It was impetuous and consuming. It spawned poetry and diary entries. That was love with my heart. I am glad I experienced it; I am also glad I don't experience it any longer. It is an exhausting love.

But I have been thinking about it a lot lately and feeling nostalgic. That article gave me some insight into why.

And now I understand the Twilight craze.

Posted by: Sarah at 10:32 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I read all four Twilight books and saw the movie. You've met my #2 kid - I'm sure you can figure out why there was an interest in those in my house! I pretend the series stopped at book 3, and the movie is over 2 hours of horrific teen angst I'll never get back. Edward's (the main vampire character) eyebrows are truly so horrific and distracting that I couldn't so much as eat popcorn. Anyway, with all honesty I can say that lately teen fiction has been more interesting and refreshing than adult fiction has been. I have to read the stuff before my kids do (yes, I have set some books off limits until they are older) - and although the words in some of the books are smaller and don't use as many words from the SAT list, the plots are truly entertaining and unique on some of them. SOME of them. Sarah, I can seriously say you'd probably really like the Lemony Snicket books. Even AFG - reader of nothing but books about war and weapons and fighting of some sort - liked the Lemony Snicket books.

Posted by: airforcewife at December 04, 2008 03:58 PM (Fb2PC)

2 I dunno - I might prefer the pre-teen angst to the overdone s-e-x in the adult vampire stories (think Anita Blake novels). And reading to determine if a book was appropriate for my nephew led me to absorb the whole Harry Potter series with relish. However, I have no desire to ever read another bodice-ripping Harlequin type romance. Is that weird?

Posted by: Barb at December 04, 2008 04:32 PM (p+dnl)

3 You don't have to be thirteen to read Twilight. I agree with the above comment though- I also pretend that book 3 is the end of the series, lol.

Posted by: Kasey at December 12, 2008 08:25 AM (tttDj)

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