It's here! Today is the day! Fifteen year old girls (and quite a few of their moms) are rejoicing today because the golden god that is Rob Pattinson is coming to theaters today! Twilight is opening across the nation. Instigator, Rhonda and I have tickets for a showing this afternoon and only because we have to work and can't go to the midnight show. We paid extra to sit in the 21 and over section so we can ignore the kids, sip our martinis and revel in the glory of Edward.
Anyway...Instigator and I have had Twilight fever for a couple weeks now. You could probably tell by the pictures she's posting and the movie trailer she included a few weeks ago. We both devoured all four books (twice) and have spent far too much time looking at pictures and interviews on YouTube. At least we're not alone. There are a lot of people caught up in all of this. Makes me feel better for acting like an infatuated little girl.
I'm ashamed to admit that since I started all this, I've bought the boxed set of the hardback books, 2 t-shirts, a poster, a calendar and a book on the movie. I've bought magazines I never read for pictures and interviews. I have the CD of the soundtrack and I'm waiting on the score to be released. I even got my hands on a non-local newspaper for a spread in USA Weekend (thank you Stephanie!). A wallpaper shot of Edward is on my desktop at home and at work. He's the picture on my cell phone. He's replaced James McAvoy in my locker. It's a sickness.
Honestly, I've never been this bad about anything. Not even New Kids on the Block in 1990 and I bought my share of Tiger Beat magazine back then. I never had that fixation phase as a teenager. I never let myself spend money on junk. Harry Potter was cool, but that was it. Star Wars is just a movie to me. I've never gotten into Star Trek or anything else that sends people into a frenzy wearing costumes (aside from RHPS, which doesn't count).
For some reason - and honestly, I can't figure out how she did it, cause trust me, I'm studying these pages looking for the magical key - this story has completely entranced me and millions of others. I dream about it. I think about it all the time. I swear I've doodled "Edward Cullen" on my notepad at work while I daydream (If I start doodling "Mrs. Edward Cullen," someone stop me). I wake up in the night thinking about it and can't go back to sleep. Some nights I don't eat for reading or looking online. All the better if I lose a few pounds in the process.
I wish I could get this entraced by my own writing. :( Maven Linda once told me that I need to fall in love with my heroes in order for them to be the best, most compelling characters they can be. That this was the key for sexual tension that makes readers really believe it. I've never been able to figure this out. I mean, they're fictional characters. In love? I don't know. I hesitate to fall in love with real people, much less made up ones. But now...I get it. I totally get it. I don't know if I have the skill to make it happen in my own books, but I get it.
Instigator and I are skipping out early today for the movie, but in the meantime - have you ever been completely obsessed with a movie, a book, etc? You don't have to take it as far as I have, obviously. Have you ever fallen in love with a character? Anything from a little crush to a "consider-leaving-your-spouse-if-they-showed-up-at-the-door" kind of thing. Just curious. I know that more than once in the last week I've muttered "Edward makes his own dinner..." under my breath. :)
PS. If you haven't read Twilight - do. If you have read the first one and don't know what the fuss is about - keep reading. I swear by the end of book 4, no matter what your age, you'll be hooked.