The Twilight Saga was my Gateway Drug
In elementary school, I was the kid who read AR books in the library to gain the lead in my class. Whatever had the highest points or was in the Baby Sitter’s Club I read. In high school, I read everything on the AP Reading List. I enjoyed books, and I always seemed to have one in my hand every night.
Though my reason for reading was more academic than passion, I loved stories and peaking into other peoples lives. That’s probably a reason why I majored in History. A significant point in history, especially of royals and those in power, is to dig around to find the dead’s dirtiest little secrets and then exploit them to show how the world changed based on who was sleeping with who. All of the wars created by petty drama is fascinating! You cannot make this stuff up-another reason I love it! There is a lot more to History, but that is at least one of the fun points to discuss.
I digress. I’m nosy, so history and literature work for me! Once again in college, I found myself buried in required reads, the stacks, databases, and journals. Almost everything I read was solely academic with one exception. The final Harry Potter book was released my Junior year. That had been my one little allowance of something that didn’t' really hold literary merit. I’m not claiming it as my gateway drug because everyone was reading it and it was a natural part of our culture. There were movies already too!
Anyway Junior year of college a friend of mine was going on and on about Twilight! She wanted to know if I’d read it? Liked it? Was I Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Heck, I’d never even heard of it! Why would I want to read a YA novel? There was no benefit to my academic career. I was too old for that, right? WRONG!
That was a situation she rectified very quickly. That night I had her book in hand. She said you are lucky because book three just released so you will get to read them and only have to wait for one. The idea of vegan vampires amused me, and I thought why not? I’d been on a witches and wizard kick with Harry Potter so liking the paranormal, and I gave vampires a try. Let’s just say the next few days were a blur. I could not get enough of Bella and Edward! I had my first Book Boyfriend in Edward Cullen. For all you neigh-sayers and those who believe its a bad relationship, do not poopoo on my Twilight parade! I was reading Jane Austen and other classics long before, so I had a sound basis in proper romantic relationships at least according to the 18th & 19th century! We won’t even go into the dark romance I read now…I’ll save that for another day!
I am so thankful for my friend, Sarah who would not let me leave her dorm without her book in hand! It was one of the best book decisions I ever made because it introduced me to the entire world of YA Fiction! If not for Stephanie Meyer and a love I developed for YA, I might have never given a second look at Sarah J Maas, Marissa Meyer, Cassandra Clare, Susan Collins, Kiera Cass, or Leigh Bardugo! These ladies wrote stories that changed me and have stayed with me! They’ve helped create friendships and bonds that might not have existed without a passion for their books!
Twilight later sent me down the rabbit hole of a certain fan-fiction book *cough, fifty, cough* and trashy paranormal romance! I will be forever grateful to you and creating my need for guilty pleasures!