I was bitten by the vampire and more than a little bit in love with Edward Cullen.
Although the "Twilight" novels are targeted to "young adults," I know many not-so-young adults and moms have been smitten by these books, staying up late, neglecting laundry, cleaning, bill paying, exercising, and sometimes sticking their kids in front of Noggin for hours in order to find out how Bella and the hot teenage vampire, Edward, reconcile their forbidden love. I found myself lost in the very romantic, passionate, and cosmic love affair. I was yearning for Edward's fierce, intense devotion and protection. I plowed through all four, 400-plus-page books in 10 days, looking over at my cute, snoring husband and, sigh ... guilty as charged -- I'm a "Twi-Mom" consumed with a 17-year-old undead hottie from the early 20th century. As Bella says, "There was no way around it; I couldn't resist him in anything." I'm 40 years old with three small children -- what's wrong with me?
"I think we are looking for an escape from what can feel like a mundane life," Dr. Michelle Golland, an L.A.-based psychologist and momlogic expert, explains. "As women, we also like the feeling of being swept from one's life into a new and erotic world similar to Bella's." Plain but brave and ironic, Bella lands the hottest boy in school. What the movie "Sixteen Candles" did for my generation, "Twilight" is doing for today's teens. Millions of regular, average fans believe if it can happen to Samantha Baker (who can forget sensitive Jake, with those brown puppy-dog eyes and the kiss over the birthday cake?) or Bella, it can happen to us. It can happen to the frumpiest and most frazzled of mommies. Can't it?
|Elizabeth Thorp serves as President & CEO of EDT Communications, Inc. Elizabeth's 17 years of experience spans almost every area of public relations, crisis management, event planning and public affairs -- although no amount of training can prepare you for crisis management in a happily hectic household with three young divas. Elizabeth is a devout believer in the power of Spanx, her 6 PM diet gin and tonic, Saturday night date night and having a sense of humor when work and family life are seemingly out of control. www.edtcommunications.net|