(And I regret nothing, though I confess to rolling my eyes when first hearing the general storyline.)
After watching all three Twilight flicks in two days, reading all four books in three days, photographing the cast at a press tour in Chicago, and attending a Breaking Dawn screening – all in the name of journalistic research of course – I think it might even be safe to say that I’m officially a Twihard.
Either that or I’m officially lame. That is, if you ask Robert Pattinson. He no likey the whole fantastical saga franchise anymore now that he’s famous and wealthy and lusted after by hordes and hordes of… moms.
Eh. You have to think he knew what he was signing up for. At least a little bit.
Fangs and fur have ignited a pop culture frenzy, and it’s probably going to be a while before everyone starts breathing normally again. And I was ok with that. The angsty teenage fanpire, the ridiculous fanfic, the hilarious memery that happens every single time you Google Twilight – until talk about moms being too old for it all started surfacing on social media.
There’s even a Twilight Moms group, yo, and it’s more than 45,000 members strong. Yep. And every single member is balancing work, family and a serious Twilight addiction.
And why not?
I mean, I’m not an emo teen anymore, but I still remember those rosy-edged days of intoxicating, all-consuming first loves. And when you become a parent, daydreaming about those youthful memories now and then can elevate the everyday into something a little more electric. Granted, none of my boyfriends ever swooped in to save me from a hurtling van about to crush me like a pop can, but still.
Being a Twilight Mom means reliving a little bit of our past lives as we live our current ones.
And yes, I of course think Rob Pattinson is a fox even though his eyebrows scare me (they take up his entire face!), and yes, I agree that getting lost in Taylor Lautner’s abs just kind of happens – I’m old, not blind – but both of those dudes are way young, so it’s really about more than sparklevamps and werewolves you want in your sleeping bag.
It’s about revisiting your youth. Remembering past romances. Reliving that surreal walk down the aisle. Marveling at making it through a traumatic delivery. Just escaping from the domestica for a while. I think we can all thank Stephanie Meyer for that if nothing else.
Are you a Twilight Mom?
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