I didn't think it was possible. Not that I think I'm above being sucked into cultural phenomenon - after all, I even ended up watching "High School Musical" with my 9 year old niece, and liking it. But I've managed to resist so many of these recent trends. I've never read a Harry Potter book, never seen a Harry Potter movie, didn't stand in line at midnight to see the Lord of the Rings movies. You get the point.
The problem? Not that I think I'm all high and mighty and too good for these things. The problem is that I know I have an addictive personality. Once I get sucked in, all hope it lost. I'm in for the long haul. I do this with even non-culturally phenomenon-y things, too. Once I read "Running with Scissors," I had to read every Augusten Burroughs book ever written. Even the self-indulgent, self-serving ones. And you what? I liked all of them. Even as I was stuck with Burroughs in that whiny, alcohol fueled 1980s ad agency.
And now, I've finally given in. I bought the iPhone (yet another cultural bandwagon that I've finally jumped on - but that's another story), downloaded the Kindle application, and downloaded "Twilight." And now I'm stuck with Edward and Bella, and I think I'm going to be stuck with them for the whole saga. How many are there? 44? 4? All the same to me. Now that I've fallen in love with E&B and their twisted school-girl romance laced with dangerous vampirical undertones, I'll be with them until the end. Damn you Stephenie Meyer!!
Actually, damn you DirectTV pay-per-view. I was flipping through the channels one night and stumbled upon this bluish-looking movie with very attractive people and one of those teen-angst soundtracks that we secretly love. The movie was dark and eerie and seductive and lovely for the 14-year old girl still trapped somewhere inside me. Think Degrassi Junior High meets 21 Grams, that dark, disturbing, trippy Sean Penn movie. That little teenager inside me couldn't resist. So I watched the whole thing.
Then I started hearing about Stephenie Meyer. I'm a sucker for the backstory on authors' lives. So I got sucked into reading about her life, the internet-contrived plagiarism controversy, etc. And now here I find myself in this modern-day Victorian-esque world of the Cullens and the Swans.
I have to admit, I looked at that apple on the cover graphic as I hit download from Amazon. I actually knew that at that moment, I was taking a bite of that forbidden fruit and there was no going back.