Team Edward or Team Jacob?

If you are a breathing female of any age who reads, you most likely know what I’m referring to – the two hunks in the “Twilight” love triangle. While I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Stepanie Meyer novels, the polarization between the two camps of ‘Twi-hards’ is amusing. Whether I’m talking with an old friend or a new acquaintance, our choice of ‘team’ seem to come up in conversation. Why is it such a phenomenon? I believe that the books have been great for encouraging mothers and daughters to share reading interests and movies. However, if you have been to the theatre to view any of the “Twilight” movies, you may be surprised that the audience is made up of a lot of middle aged women like me. What are we doing there?

I believe that the great story line provides a wonderful escape from the cares and concerns of everyday life. Women seem more apt to use fantasy to provide a break from daily routine. Some watch the soaps, some plan dream vacations to exotic locals, and others dive into novels that take us away. The odds are that we would prefer that our own daughters not fall in love with a vampire or a werewolf.
But, that is not the draw. The idea of pure, devoted love is what commands our attention. Reading about Bella’s heady rush brought by youthful love made me smile more than once, reminding me of my college days when I met my husband.

Having an escape plan can get us through the tough days. So, don’t feel guilty for stopping by that matinee. You’ll be more productive later.

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