Hand me the Humble Pie!
I have totally resisted and sneered at the 'Twilight' phenomenon, despite being surrounded daily at work by Twilight groupies. In fact I have given one of my bestfriends and fellow bookclub member fits about her addiction to the series and vampires.But after witnessing grown women I like, rushing to line up for hours to see the midnight showing of the movie, I finally succumbed and asked to borrow the first book. I figured there had to something driving them to go to such extremes in freezing temperatures!So yesterday afternoon at around 3pm I opened the first book and started reading to see what all the fuss is about. At 12:40AM and 432 pages later I finally MADE myself go to bed, and only because today is a school day. As predicted by many, I literally could not put the book down and will definitely finish it today.It didn't immediately grab me, but within in a couple of chapters it had. The first thing that struck me is the simplicity of the writing, there's nothing fancy about it. It's written in the first person from Bella's perspective and she is a teenager, so initially the language used seemed juvenile to me. But then I reminded myself the book was originally written for the young adult audience.Put simply and as I had been told by my friend repeatedly, it's a love story that just happens to center around a vampire. The lead characters personalities are allowed to develop fully, bit by bit Edward's dark secrets are revealed and his magnetism leaps off the pages drawing you in. What transpires is utterly compelling; why does Edward react so strongly to Bella, will she throw all caution to the wind despite knowing his secret, will they ever kiss, can he protect her from himself and darker threats....you just have to know!So if you've been like me and resisted 'Twilight' because of the vampire angle, or because you have all the romance you need already, or because you refuse to fall for 'the latest thing' - think again. I suspect there's a little bit in all of us, that needs to go back to basics and read a simple, all conquering, GREAT love story.