Monday, September 30, 2013

The dirtiest clean book you will ever read, part 1

The dirtiest clean book you will ever read. That was how Twilight was “sold” to me. I was in my local Barnes and Noble picking up a few magazines and a book or four and the girl who worked there asked me if I had read this book, when I mentioned my love for the Harry Potter books. She made a god awful face and skipped off upon her return she held the book in her hands resembling the cover of the book a wicked grin played on her lips when she said, “this is the dirtiest clean book you will ever read.” She placed the book in my hands and guaranteed I wouldn’t be sorry and walked away.

I glanced at this book, and made a face. A few other girls that worked in the store laughed and said I need to try it. I protested a bit. It was huge and I had seen the book before when I was recently in LA, glanced at it and walked on by it, uninterested. Now here once again the book had crossed my path. I looked over the book, shrugged and continued to the cash register with Twilight in hand.

I am not or had not been an avid reader at the time. This book was scary it had a lot of pages. I know you can't judge a book by its cover, but hands and an apple had not seemed to be appealing to me, but it was a bestseller, so I would try it. I am the girl that gives you two chapters, if you're lucky, to get into it and if I don’t its back to the store.

I crawled into bed that evening with Twilight in hand, ready to be fully disappointed at about eight o’clock. I opened the book, and by the time I looked at the clock again, it was closer to midnight and I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. At the end of every chapter I was ready to close the book, then I glanced at the beginning of the next chapter and I was off and running once again. It was an addiction, infectious and I was eating it up with every word I read giggling, smirking and laughing as I went along. Before I knew it I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Edward Cullen.

By the time the sun came up I was almost finished with the book and hadn’t closed an eye. I had never read a book at such a feverish pace before. What was happening to me? I closed my eyes for a few hours, I wasn't a vampire after all I did need sleep, and when I woke ran back to Barnes and Noble for the next book in the series New Moon. Naturally the girls that worked there smiled from ear to ear and were pleased that I was as in love with the saga as they were. At the checkout they asked if I was coming back in a few weeks for the midnight sale of Breaking Dawn. Of course I said yes. I couldn't put the book down. The girl neglected to inform me that I was on book two and the next book coming was the fourth and final book of the series, this I only found out when I went home and did my own research.  At which time I found out that this amazing book was currently being made into a movie. My head was spinning and reeling from this news. I was happy beyond all I could imagine.

Over the next weeks, I completed the books and was ready for the midnight release of Breaking Dawn. I had done my research; I knew who was starring in the movies. I was following Stephenie Meyer’s site getting the quotes as she released them, downloading the music that she herself suggested to listen to while reading the books. I must say that she was spot on and made the experience even better. The only problem was I was an adult reading what was claimed to be a book for teens and I had no other people reading the series that I could talk to.

Stay tuned for the next installments of my editorial, on what happens at a midnight book release, finding out that Twitter and every other social media outlet has been taken over by the Twilight phenomenon, what happens when grown women find the Twilight conventions, cast appearances and who camps out for these “teen” books/movies.

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