Here at Novel Novice, we are quite excited to read all the comments that are posted in response to our wacky antics. We have noticed that several of you just keep coming back (and ever thankful that you do...now go tell your friends to do the same). We have decided its high time to focus on those of you that have helped get this site off its feet. Each week we will spotlight one of you! This week's story comes from "Roxie," who has been a beyond awesome contributor to our discussions. Take the time to read her story and let her know what you think. We truly believe that it is the fans who make the site and we want to know your stories. So keep posting comments and we may soon be asking you to contribute your Twilight adventure:
My experience with Twilight was born out of my love for another very popular series (looking at you Maurice!). When I was attending Georgia State University, a friend of mine encouraged me to read Hp. I refused. I was too old, too mature to read a children's series! I was 20! I couldn't be caught on campus nor any where else reading it! How would it look? What would people say?
Well, my friend's ever growing enthusiasm began to spark my curiosity. My mother rented the first two movies for my younger nephew to watch and I though I'd join in on this family time. I was intrigued! But still too afraid to be seen reading it! I devised a plan! I could check out the audio books from Atlanta -Fulton Public Library! This way I could get into the books without anyone knowing what was going on in my head phones! "GENIUS!" I thought.
I fell so in love that I attended midnight showings for the movie releases, purchased tickets in advance, bought the actual books (read them proudly in public) and some t-shirts to show my affinity. I even began to listen to the podcasts Pottercast and Mugglecast during slows days at work. It was while listening to these podcasts I first heard of Twilight.
Everyone was sad that HP had come to a close and fans began searching for the next good thing. When Mugglecast pulled an April Fool's joke this year, saying they were going to devote a portion of the show to Twilight, I decided I HAD to know what this was! Again, I was afraid. Would it be as good as HP? Would I love it as much? However, having learned my lesson with Harry Potter of trying new things and not to be afraid of what people may think, I dived right in. Again, I listened to the audio books (this time for ease and it is allowed by my new job!) OME, obsession has reigned supreme ever since.
My name is Roxie and I have been dazzled for two months!
To me Twilight is as real as it is fictional. The characters are so complex, each could have their own saga and the settings are so vivid, they are characters in and of themselves. The werewolves and vampires may be fictional, but the situations and emotions that Meyer writes about are so real. Now that I am nearly 25, I can identify with Bella's feelings towards Edward and with Jacob's unrequited affections. There's the tension about fitting in with a new crowd at a new school and the struggle of independence from Charlie. In New Moon, there is the struggle with hard heartbreak, promises made then broke, and in Eclipse the pain of having to make choices that are far from easy. They are all very real things we have to deal with in life, fortunately, Edward's only a page turn away!
Oh, did I mention, I'm on Team Edward?