Christina Montoya Fiedler: I avoided it for so long. I heard my friends talking about it, but never joined in. I'd seen all the trailers, the author interviews -- you can't miss them if you turn on the TV. So, as with all pop-culture phenomenons, it was hard not to get sucked in.
I went (reluctantly) to see the first movie with my mother-in-law. I saw the second movie, "New Moon," pretty much of my own volition, yet I hid all my excitement deep down. It didn't help that everywhere I looked, it stared me in the face -- "Twilight" this, "Twilight" that. It's time I let it out: My name is Christina Montoya Fiedler, and I am a "Twilight" addict.There, I said it. Granted, when I read the first book, I got hundreds of pages in just in one evening, and that was enough to set the addiction in motion. I had my head stuck in the books every free chance I got -- and all four books are still sitting on my nightstand, just waiting to be reread. These were borrowed from a friend who warned me what would happen if I started reading, that I would be hooked. And now I am -- like some lovesick teenager.
Pathetic? Maybe. But I find it to be peaceful. Aside from the dramatic love story between Bella and Edward, the saga offers a fantastic escape from my hectic days as a mom -- a chance to drift into a dreamland where vampires roam, true love lives and chivalry is expected. I can let my mind go blank and feel the stress melt. It's like a vacation. I don't have to think. I don't have to be "on." I just read and let my mind take me to Forks. (On a side note, I never even knew that a place called Forks, Washington, existed. I had to go Google that to find out.)
The whole experience reminded me of where books can take you, and the validity of a good read. Something must be said for the emotion that written prose evokes. And reading a good book is truly an adult activity, which again brings me down to earth and back into my own skin as a person. I can choose where I want to go, what I want to do and with whom I spend my time, just through reading.
So have I joined the ranks of "Twilight"-obsessed fans? Maybe I'm not that far gone, but you can be sure to find me in a movie theater on June 30 for the theatrical release of "Eclipse." Here's hoping that the director stays true to the pages of Stephenie Meyer's action-packed, blood-sucking, vampire-lusting books.
Moms: Are there any of you out there who have the same "Twilight" obsession? Help me feel a little more normal!