I personally am in the group that LOVED Twilight. I read it when it first came out in 2005, and the book captivated me. The dialogue was magnetic and drew me in, I related to Bella, and thought Edward was a-maze-ing! I went on to have a Twilight obsession -- I was highly active in Twilight discussions on the Twilight Lexicon Forum, I designed popular Twilight layouts for MySpace at MichLayouts (claim to fame = Stephenie used my layouts on her MySpace when she had an account!), I created and ran the Official Bella Swan MySpace page, (along with many other characters ...) and even wrote a (terrible!) fan fiction. It was only about three chapters long ... and let's just say I've grown as a writer since then ;)
But what I'm trying to say here is -- I loved that book! And now is the time to defend this wonderful book that has affected millions of lives ... to my Contemporary American Writers grad school class.
This is going to be difficult, because there are going to be people in the class who want to rip into Twilight, talk about how it's a horrible piece of writing, blah blah blah. So I'm asking for your help!
I want to bring to the table some real-life testaments about the many ways Twilight has impacted people out there. So please tell me -- what do you love about Twilight, and how has it positively affected your life?
Comment on this blog post, or Tweet at me (@MichelleMadow) using the #DefendTwilight hashtag.
Thank you for your help, and I can't wait to hear what you have to say. Let's prove to people out there that Twilight (and Stephenie Meyer) is to be respected and valued! :)