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Confessions of a ‘Twilight’ geek

February 5, 2012
By LESLIE LETUSICK - Copy editor ( , The Herald-Star

I have a confession (or eight) to make: I am a "Twilight" geek.

While none of the following information is really personal (and is embarrassing only to me), some of it may be TMI (too much information, for those who are not text-savvy), but it's who I am, like it or not. And, admission is the first-step to recovery, right?

Confession 1: I read all four series books by Stephanie Meyer cover to cover in less than 72 hours.

A couple of nights in May of 2010, Little Man was sick. His nose was running, and he was coughing. All the fun stuff. He wouldn't sleep in his then-toddler bed because he would lay flat and then wake up coughing because the nasty stuff ran down his throat. So, he and I spent two wonderful nights on our couch. He slept with his head propped up on my leg; I didn't sleep. I took it as a good time to catch up on reading the books that everyone (at that time) was talking about. In hindsight, I never dreamed that I would become addicted.

For those who don't know (but may be interested - all are MUST reads), the names of the books are, in order, "Twilight," "New Moon," "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn."

Confession 2: I thought Kristin Stewart was the wrong choice to play Bella Swan.

I had seen the cast on a few interviews before I read the books. After reading the books and getting to know Bella, Stewart just didn't seem to fit the role, not in my eyes. However, after I saw the first movie, I changed my mind. They could not have cast an actress more fitting for the role. Bella seems like she was written for Stewart to play.

Confession 3: I have never actually seen the movies in the theater.

As much as I would like to say that I have seen the latest movie in the "Twilight" series, I have not. I hear people talking about it and try not to listen. Sure, I know what happens. I did read the book. I also know that The Associated Press and most critics disliked the movie and thought it was funny (which it's not supposed to be.) They, however, are probably not as smitten with the love story as I and a million or more viewers/readers are.

I have seen the first three movies, all on DVD. In fact, I own them all (and the fourth one comes out Saturday!). I watched them not long after my reading marathon. I could watch them over and over and over again. Sure, they may seem a little hokey, but if you have read the books, you understand more about a lot of things that happen. And while it may be a little hokey, (I will admit that), it's every bit as romantic.

Confession 4: I have four shirts, a sweatshirt and pair of sweatpants featuring something from the movie.

Not even kidding. I bought myself the first one just a few months after finishing the books and movies, just after my obsession with Robert Pattinson began. I also bought the "Team Edward" sweats myself. My favorite shirt is one anyone not a fan of the movie would not get. It looks like a sports jersey with the number 17 on it and the name Cullen printed across the top. For those who are fans, I hate to insult your intelligence, but I have to explain for those not "in the know." For those nonfans, like my mother-in-law, Edward's last name is Cullen, and he is forever 17 because that was his age when he became a vampire.

Confession 5: I have a "Breaking Dawn" lunchbox, and yes, I take it to work with me.

For Christmas I got a metal lunch box featuring Edward (Pattinson), Bella (Stewart) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner). I was extremely excited to say the least. I haven't had a metal lunchbox since my first years of grade school, and that one was "The Dukes of Hazzard." Some of my family, friends and co-workers have made fun of me for using it in public. A few others, however, said they would do the same.

Confession 6: On occasion, I sleep with a throw with the picture of Edward, Bella and Jacob.

Don't judge. It's warm and keeps me from sleeping in thermal pajamas, my bathrobe and three blankets, all on top of a heated mattress pad.

Confession 7: I got my brother and my husband Mark's aunt and cousin addicted as well.

While no one is directly responsible for my addiction, I can take credit for addicting three others. In most cases, I wouldn't be proud to say I helped get someone addicted to something, but this is a little different.

Just after I read the books and saw the first few movies, my brother came home from South Carolina for a visit. We watched the movies that I had while he was here. He was hooked. I sent the first two books home with him to read. He had to buy the other two because he couldn't wait for me to send them.

Mark's aunt and cousin soon followed. His aunt wanted to see the movies, but her then-18-year-old son was against it. I told him to watch them anyway, to be a good son and do it for his mom. "They won't be any good," he said. Again, hooked. Can I just say, "I told you so?" While neither of them have read the books, they have seen three of the five movies. Mark's aunt told me that day after they watched the first one, her son wanted to know if they could watch the second one. I laughed. See, even boys can like them.

Confession 8: Bella made the right choice: Vampire all the way - Team Edward!

I can't say I blame Bella for wanting to be a vampire. I was, afterall, Team Edward from the start. Vampires don't need to sleep. Or eat. There are very few ways for them to die, or be killed, which is the case in most situations. Most of them have some sort of special power, like mind-reading. They can run at top speed. They get to see a lot of the world and live forever (I won't tell you how they have to be eliminated for the sake of your breakfast - and no, it's not with a metal stake through the heart.)

Bella is faced with two choices. She could either pick the vampire who has learned how to love over the decades he has walked the Earth and be with the love of her life forever, or she can pick the werewolf who does love her but then live a life in fear that he could tear her apart by morphing too close to her. No-brainer, if you ask me.

So, there you have it. I am a "Twlight" addict. There could be worse things to be addicted to.

DISCLAIMER: Before anyone gets upset about anything I have said, please remember it is ONLY a story. I know some say that the book promotes being a stalker. I know that some say it gives girls the idea that a controlling man is OK. While I can see where all that comes from, it's simply a story, and they are merely characters. Hopefully, most people have the sense to see that. Yes, I know that becoming a vampire means dying and losing your soul. Again, have a sense of imagination. They are not real. There is no chance someone is going to suck your blood and give you immortal life. We can only hope to be on this Earth for as long as the good Lord allows us.

(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)

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