On Thursday November 19th, 2009 the wait for the Twilight Saga’s New Moon was over, even though it didn’t officially open until Friday, November 20th, faithful fans, called twihards or twilighters, flocked to theaters everywhere Thursday, in order to just wait, out in the cold at many theaters for hours before the movie, even though they already had tickets. They were lined up at noon for a midnight showing.
Why? What would possess women everywhere to act like teenagers regardless of their age? A combination of many things, creating the perfect phenomenon. I believe it has something to do with the amazing story that Author Stephenie Meyer has so beautifully shared with us. Then you throw in the heartthrobs to play such polarizing characters as Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Would the movies be as good without Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner? Nobody knows, but the casting for the movies sure adds to the magic of the most amazing love story ever told to many of us twilighters.
Yes! I am a twilighter. I was there at New Moon at 7pm, in order to see the double feature of Twilight at 9pm and New Moon at 12:01am. I waited in line, with my wristband and all the other crazed fans. It was glorious. Being around so many twilight fans. I was with a group of twelve females, ranging in age from 17 to 60. Most of us were 30 something moms. I actually think it was a split crowd at the premiere night, half teens and half adults.
Many people can’t understand the force that is the Twilight Saga, especially men, but over the course of the past few months, I have really put some thought into why it is that the world and the women has gone crazy for Twilight.
First of all, the most obvious answer lies in the heart of the story Stephenie Meyer dreamt about. Literally.
She had a dream about a young boy and girl in a meadow. He happened to be a vampire and he struggled between killing her and the love he was feeling for her. That’s basically it. A phenomenon launched by a few minutes of a dream. Being women, we sometimes lie in bed after a good dream and think about it, what it means, how it makes you feel, because that is what women do, we like to analyze people, feelings, ideas. Therefore she wrote her story from that meadow to the end of the book, then went back and wrote the beginning of it up to the meadow. This was her first book, her first attempt at really writing anything, she was a stay at home mom with toddler yet she managed to write a book!. The inspirational story behind this is nice, but it doesn’t have anything to do with what her simple characters in a meadow did to a majority of the female population. It dazzled us. It reached right down to our hearts and souls, our subconscious and psyche and pulled out every single romantic dream, fantasy, thought or emotional moment we ever had or wished we’d had at any point in our existence. Every crush, every butterfly in our stomach before a date, every first kiss, every time we ever hoped for something beautiful and perfect in our youthful innocence, she stirred up, evoked in us, through the story, through the vivid characters, the simple regularity and plainness of the heroine, Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart and the unbelievable classically romantic yet edgy and modern hero, Edward Cullen, played to perfection by Robert Pattinson.
It continues to amaze me how so many people are under the Twilight spell, it is a rarity that I meet someone over the age of 10 who doesn’t know how great Twilight is, or who has not read the book and I have yet to meet anyone that read all of the books and didn’t like them, or better yet, didn’t “love” them and become a huge fan.
I never imagined waiting in line for a movie, buying tickets to a movie two whole months before it was even out, or reading four huge novels in twelve days all while continuing to care for four children. Yet, Twilight made it happen.
I listen to my friends perspective about why they love the series, the movies, the books, what is it about the saga that makes them so out of their mind as a grown women? Their response? … it’s just so good. It hits on every quality we as women thrive on and love, a man who is passionate and powerful, yet vulnerable and gentle. Of course, he happens to be extraordinarily good looking, yes, but that just seems to be a bonus to the movie fans, since we were all captivated by the character of Edward before Robert Pattinson brought him to life on the big screen. Take away the good lucks, he still has charm and sarcastic wit, an old fashioned gentleman’s way about him, he is completely attentive and supportive, yet loves your independence and spunk. He makes you feel every bit a woman because he is doting and loving and behind everything, he is all man, strong and literally granite like in strength. The fact that he is a vampire, yet still controls his urges, proves that he is responsible, loyal and faithful to his values. Throw in the fact that not one girl has managed to win his love for over 80 years is the nicest compliment, how much does a woman love a man who only has eyes for you and only you forever. Not just for 50 years together, but maybe hundreds of years, or a thousand, giving us no doubt that commitment is not something he fears. He also has about 80 years of intelligence under his belt, so you can imagine what a great mind he must have and what an interesting person he must be to talk to late at night by the fire. I think she just hit the nail on the head for completing the perfect hero to many, many women out there. Although, Taylor Lautner who plays the character Jacob Black in the movie, has done too good of a job of swaying a lot of women out there and even managing to switch their allegiance over to his character, who happens to be Edward’s nemesis.
The psychology of Twilight might make a good college course on women’s studies perhaps, a fascinating look into the minds and hearts of the female being. It is the modern Romeo and Juliet, but to me, it is even better, because it has a happy ending and being the romantic I am, there should never be another kind of ending.
If someone buys you Twilight as a gift or your at a bookstore, go ahead and buy it. Reach out to the girl you once were, the little girl that dreamed of fairy tales and white knights, but is now folding laundry and changing diapers, it is a lovely little escape, but just don’t escape too far, because true love is just that, what is true and real, and what is right in front of you in the everyday life you live in between folding the clothes and loving those kids in their diapers with a man who is everything he can be in this world and yes, men, it is enough to make us happy, just call it a guilty pleasure but what would this world be without dreams?