The cover of this last weeks Entertainment Weekly made my heart skip a beat with excitement. There in full color were two of my favorite fictional characters, about to be brought to life on the big screen.
Five years ago, my mother, trying to be helpful as usual had clipped an article in the local paper about an LDS single mother about my age who had written some vampire book for teens. I read the article. Was a bit jealous of her nonchalant just waking up one day and deciding to write something which sold. I’d been labouring over my writing for so many years. What would that be like…just to wake up one day, without ever having given writing a moment’s thought and decide to write something? And have that something be good! It didn’t happen everyday that much I knew for sure. I think I decided to be unneccesarily annoyed with my mother for showing me the article. As if she expected that I should be able to have a dream one night, wake up the next morning and write something fabulous too. I imagined it was a jab, about me not working hard enough. In reality it was true confidence in me, motivation to keep going. I just wasn’t in the place to see it as that at the time.
It was several years later before Twilight entered my life again. My friend Leslie, a high-school English teacher had a habit of keeping up to date on what her “kids” were reading. And the Twilight “books”, as they had now become were what every teenage girl in America were drooling over. I didn’t give it much thought as she spent the weekend at our cabin up north engrossed in the first book of the series, and her running reviews as she read were not too encouraging.
“God, I could write this!” she kept saying. And knowing Leslie…if she put her heart to it, she probably could.
“Ha!” My Ego was temporarily justified.
A week later I was helping Les out at school, getting ready for a parent’s night and taping poster’s the kids had made to the walls. A full third of the posters had something to do with Twilight in them. Now I was intrigued. I didn’t know that many students, when I was in high-school who actually read….let alone put it on display for all to see.
I asked Leslie again about the books and this time her response was different. The first one was a little slow to get into, but “They are so great…you have to read them!” She loaned the first two to me later that week and they sat on my shelf for months.
I really don’t remember picking up the first one, but I do remember going…ok…yes the language is simple…but it’s for teens. The story is pretty ingrained and complex. I could see the characters before I even knew what the books were about….I was hooked.
Whenever I manage to come across a book I can’t put down, I pretty much don’t. I think I stayed up for 48 hours reading the first two in the series and then ran to the store the next day and bought the third because I couldn’t wait until I saw Leslie again.
Thinking the third was the last I was a bit dissapointed with the ending, but I quickly went to the Author, Stephenie Meyer’s website and found there was one more book to come.
That book, Breaking Dawn comes out August 2nd. (Yes, I have it marked on my calendar!) and while I haven’t become one of her screaming, stalking fans…I’ve finally gained a great amount of respect for Stephenie.
Now…with another series for adults (The Host) already on shelves and the Twilight Movie looking like a blockbuster, this multi-millionaire is unreachable. But five years ago, if I’d let my ego aside I could have easily picked up the phone and had a conversation with this girl….so much like me…who just happened to find her love in writing.