Throwback Thursday [14]: I’m With the Vamps, Of Course.

The latest news about Robert Pattinson being tapped as the new Bruce Wayne was certainly a big surprise for me. To be honest, I’ve kind of lost track of Robert after the Twilight movie franchise was over. Apparently, he’s had some roles that showed off his chops outside of the brooding, sparkly vampire we all loved. In any case, and after the shock wore off, I’ve come to slowly acclimate myself in the idea that he’ll give the role justice. Let’s hope. DC certainly hasn’t had that much success lately (besides Aquaman, that is). So if Robert does well, and if his hoards of fans come out to support this, he could potentially shut down the haters.

Today’s post is an homage to the books that restarted my love for reading. Say what you will about the books, but I know a lot of readers owe the same gratitude to Ms. Meyer. Regardless of all its faults, the series ignited everyone’s passion for reading again, particularly the YA genre. My reading taste has grown over the years, but YA remains in my arsenal.

In 2008, while perusing the bargain books at Walmart, a paperback copy of a book caught my eye. It’s predominantly black; the cover featured extended hands cradling a blood red apple. Nothing extraordinary about it but I picked it up, anyway. Little did I know that it would be the start of an obsession that I never knew I needed. It only took three chapters before I was sucked in. As immediate as the next day, I went and searched high and low for the remaining books in the series.

Fanfiction came next. Then, the hysteria of fandom. We’ve had many ups and downs, the Twihards and I. It was (and probably is still) a very dedicated and hardcore fans. We were passionate and more often divided about the whole RPattz and KStew pairing. But regardless of our stance, we were united in our love for the franchise.

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Soo…Stephenie Meyer is over Twilight.

Allright, let’s get one thing straight: I was a part of this fandom for years (since 2007). I lived and breathed Twilight for at least four years since I read the books. I’ve met people on line who shared the same passion and had run-ins with anti-Robsten sympathizers. I admit, I was one of those fans. After a while, it wasn’t a good fandom anymore. People have become bitchy, a little insane and hella delusional. I’ve unfollowed close friends on Twitter just because I got tired of seeing my feed full of KStew haters. At that point, I was already distancing myself away from Twilight anyway. But the damage has been done. I lost touch with some good people because I let some actress get in the middle of what was a beautiful friendship. And for what? KStew did the unthinkable anyway

So yes, Ms. Meyer declaring that “she was over it” was maybe a little harsh to some fans that have remained true and loyal no matter what. But you know what? I understand why. She also said “it wasn’t a good place to be”, which, again to some extent, I can understand. I have discovered a whole slew of authors with amazing talent ever since then. And I’m not going to lie, there will come a point in my existence when I would deny ever reading her books. It’s like…having worn outfits in the past that you thought looked good on you only to question your sanity years later. What the hell was I thinking? 
As popular as the books and movies were and as profitable Bella and Edward was, Meyer has taken punches for writing her vampire love story. The most memorable of all was from the king of horror himself, Stephen King. It’s true; commercial success does not necessarily mean a successful career. In her case, being a writer. 
Here’s a hypothetical guess: Ms. Meyer didn’t really think so highly of herself for writing her books. Give me a writer who doesn’t feel a bit of apprehension knowing that their heart and soul is out there being devoured, flayed and maybe trashed in the public and I’ll give you a lying liar. On top of that, the movies were bashed by critics. So yeah, as proud as she may have been of her books in the beginning, maybe now she’s realizing it wasn’t as good as she initially thought they were (her critics would attest to this). It just sounds bad when after all the bazillion dollars she made out of all the books, she’s now back pedalling and sounding a bit remorseful for creating such a frenzy in the first place. 
I’m not here to do an about turn and say I’m embarrassed to admit I read the books. Truth is, I’m not there yet. Through Twilight, I discovered the ups and downs of being a fan girl. Through Twilight, I’ve gotten to know people worldwide. The point of this editorial is, 
I forgive you, Stephenie. 
You have every right to say you’re over it. The fact is, a lot of people have probably beat you to the punch already. 
I regret nothing. 

So if you’re one of those tried and tested Twi-hard and feeling a bit betrayed by Ms. Meyer, keep your chin up and maybe find another fandom. I hear TMI is a good one.

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