When I was 12, I was recommended Twilight and that book changed my life without a doubt. At this point of time, i was completely unaware of YA or fiction books or the fact that there were so many of them, so easy to find and read and I was just blind to this world. I had read Enid Blyton books like most kids but never fallen in love with reading you know.
It was my first YA book , first book having romance, first novel which was Enid Blyton – Just my introduction to real books. And boy I feel in love with it and I read the series like i hadn’t read any book before and I fell in love with reading. I was awestruck by vampires and this imagination and romance like wow this is amazing why did I not find this before?!
I liked Bella and I liked Jacob and I loved loved loved Edward like he was the greatest guy ever and every time I’d hear someone criticize them or say how lame or cliche they were, I won’t get it. I didn’t even get why people didn’t like Kristen Steward until a few years ago when I re read parts of the books and watched the movie and realized, oh that’s why. I even recently found it buried down on my shelf and just skimmed through it, cringing and cringing because like what the hell? That’s literally all the reasons why I DNF a book.
But I can’t say that I hate the series or even dislike it because as cliche and as stereotypical as it is, it holds a special place in my heart because that’s what bought me into reading and made me fall in love with it. When I see someone bullying the book , even though I low key agree with them, I have this sudden urge to protect the book like I would my poor little child which makes perfect sense of how attached I am to it.
I don’t feel like I’m the only person feeling this way because Twilight was one of the biggest framing of YA and books a huge amount of teenagers have read like they have Harry Potter or The Chronicles Of Narnia or Percy Jackson (yes I know the irony of the genres here).
I’m not ashamed of saying that I’ve spilled a couple of tears and fangirled hardcore over this book- what about you?