I spend a lot of time with books. It's my day job.
A few years ago there was a lot of fuss about a book called Twilight. It looked teeny-bopperish and dumb. Vampires? Please.
I was heading home from someplace far away and realized I didn't have a book. I caved at the airport bookstore and purchased a copy of Twilight.
I can hear you scoffing. But let me tell you something; I couldn't put the dang thing down. It's kind of embarrassing to admit, but I inhaled it. The author was no Jane Austin, but there was just something compelling about the story line. I'll give you a quick synopsis...
Girl meets boy. They are inexplicably attracted to each other, but he fights it knowing it's not what's best for her. Girl discovers boy is a vampire...a good vampire who only dines on animal blood. Bad vampire tries to kill girl. Good vampire risks everything to save her because she is his one true love.
Hey, it worked for me.
Next thing I knew, Twilight became a movie. I convinced my girlfriend we needed to see it...I pretty much had to drag her there kicking and screaming. At first the movie seemed dumb and I felt a little sheepish. But then the story progressed and, well, eventually I leaned over to my friend and asked, "Is it hot in here?"
By the time it was over, we were both scrunched down in our seats like a couple of junior highers. We looked at each other and said, "Wow. That was really good!"
No, it wasn't because there were a bunch of inappropriate love scenes. It was because there wasn't.
I know there are millions of opinions out there about Twilight, and my intent is not to disrespect those with opposing views about the books or movies. But I do want to say I get why they are so popular.
I totally get it.
I'm not sure there is a girl out there who hasn't dreamed of finding the one man, the only man who has waited for only her, who will love only her his entire life, who will protect her...and her virtue...with his life.
The chivalry is the main draw, folks. Duh, it's fiction and it's not real. But there are a bunch of girls out there who want to believe chivalry isn't dead.
I'm one of them.
And if my one true love shows up with ice cold skin and pointy teeth?
I'm thinking that would work for me.