Update 5/12/12 (below)
Update 1/6/12 - The reason for this "update" is because 1) I've moved the long "About Me/Who Am I" ramble at the beginning of this post into its own post, for those of you who may be interested; and 2) I think I've discovered "points" that may help the conversation become more reasonable for us.
Some comments are starting to happen at the end of this, and one of them should probably be up here at the top. PLEASE keep reading. I KNOW I'm semi-crazy, but I'm not in this case for some dumb reason!
Posted as a Comment Response by me: I'm pretty sure that one of the reasons you're not taking this very seriously is because of the fact that *I* have not read the books - frankly, I'm afraid to, ha! (I REALLY am!) (AND, I have since started reading them again.)
However, I've read quite alot through bits and pieces of them - especially where the baby is concerned.
AND... This was just another ONE of my many clues about all of this... I DID read "Midnight Sun" and I read through the first 5 chapters of the original Twilight book during my "anxiously reading over the book jackets moments" - I read those before I picked up the next 3 books and discovered the flaw.
After I read those first few chapters, my VERY first thought was, "what a smooth read, this is going to be easy". THIS thought is significant for me, because I have SUCH a hard time reading through an entire book these days because I've allowed my head to become SO screwed up. I have almost NO attention span!
My second thought was, "Wow, I read through 5 chapters and I didn't hardly notice - STEPHENIE MEYER MUST BE GOOD!"
Also (inserting another partial comment response by me) I really do not think that the movies are NEARLY as addictive as the books are (I have since changed my mind about this. The Twilight Movies ARE JUST AS ADDICTIVE as the books are if not MORESO). I doubt that nearly as many people have become addicted through the movies. Its just that *I* (and probably alot of young girls who are in the same boat as I was at that age - there are unfortunately no shortages of girls like me out there still today) am so incredibly susceptible to falling under the spell of stuff like this.
Original Post 12/27/11 - Yes, you read that right, LONG BEFORE these 'robsten' PR assaults started happening to the extreme that they have. Of course, these assaults have always been going on since the BEGINNING of the very first Twilight Movie's success.
Last night, I was updating my “NUTHIN But LOVE for Our Twilight Character Actors” post, and I noticed that the link to the video I had originally put up was broken (it was a link to a photoshoot of the cast). So, I ventured back out into Internetland to find another appropriate video that would seem as equally-celebratory.
And I stumbled across everyone’s favorite Twilight fan videos up on YouTube… You probably know who I’m talking about. The wildly-crazed young girl from the UK who seriously CANNOT contain herself regarding all things Twilight!
I’ve only ever watched her once before a few weeks ago. It was a video where her and her little friend were camping out in line at the Breaking Dawn UK premiere. They were SO cute and adorable in their excitement. But, I was just coming across that video about the time I was starting to figure all this silly stuff out about Twilight – so I felt both thrilled and sad (and envious) for them at the same time. I hadn't thought much else about her since then…
But the original Twilight movie was my favorite Twilight movie, and every single person who I have had discussions with about the Twilight Saga agrees with me on that. While that may not be true for “book fans”, most of the women I’ve talked to have NOT read the Twilight books (with one exception, and she was Team Jacob - THAT was a fun conversation!) – so, I’m pretty confident with that assessment on behalf of us “movie fans”.
I came across this girl’s video of her reaction to the original Twilight movie as the trailer was first coming out online – and its just so FUN! She’s SO innocent and raw in her passion and excitement about Twilight, and she’s just so beautiful and contagious about it; I will admit that I was ALMOST beginning to wonder if I was doing the right thing about trying to bring people to alter their perception about this subject.
And after I watched her video for the fifth time, I think (as it brought all those warm, thrilling memories from the movie back, and why and how much I loved it)... I noticed another video down the page from her titled, “im getting really sick of the breaking dawn haters!!!” And I was really curious about what she had to say - the most brilliant Twilight Fan star out there – especially since I’m not getting any feedback from anyone in here. I was pretty sure she was going to lay it on me (and she does)!
And while I watched her chew all of us Twilight Breaking Dawn haters out, one thing that she says in here really struck me… About halfway through, she starts talking at her friends – apparently, some of them were not as thrilled as she was about the ending of Breaking Dawn either; and she’s trying really hard to convince us all how brilliant Stephenie Meyer is and how ungrateful the rest of us are.
"... the storyline wasn't what I expected..."
Watch it... It almost sounds to me like she could have been as heartbroken as some of the rest of us were about how this story turned out. But, she's too obsessed and addicted to even consider that something might be wrong with her beautiful fairytale. I wonder how many original Twilight book fans might have been (or are) really just as disappointed as I am deep inside; but are just unable to admit it - still.
I know its a hard hill to climb to get from there to here (GOD, don't I know it); but it can be done - and I PROMISE, you don't have to grow-all-up and become Ms. Responsible Adult when you get here; only when you're on stage. ; >
I really wish I could feel about this story the same way she does and all the rest of you do, but I just can't - I tried for months, I REALLY did. I'm sorry.
Here is a link on YouTube of her very first Twilight movie trailer reaction in 2008. Watch her, she's US - she's JUST like us inside; except before our lives became so vicariously jaded - young and new and raw and passionate, and pure in her joy and fascination with Twilight! She's SO beautiful!
And now watch her chewing out us mean Breaking Dawn people... How convinced are you at the end of this, what do you really think? I think she has a broken Twilight heart inside. I would have LOVED to have seen her reaction to a well-told version of this beautiful story. Wouldn't you? (btw, she's mad, expect some explicit language.)
Update 5/12/12 - I just realized that there are connections within my blog that I didn't know were here, so I'm inserting them, now...
In the video above, Nutty Madame mentions someone named "Tech". It is obviously someone she knows and she's a little sad about them not agreeing on this subject. They are/were a couple of teenage friends - I'm going to guess they knew each other online because of Twilight. They ended up on opposing sides of this argument.
Tech is a very interesting person... (I'm going to assume we are talking about the same "Tech") If you've read through the sidelinks on my blog - you've seen this link to her videos debunking this story WAY BETTER than I ever could, ha! I am also beginning to wonder - after reading through the old Breaking Dawn petition - if she isn't the person who instigated it.
But, she was a teenager - a hormone infested, make-a-big-deal, obsessed CHILD who was doing nothing but throwing a fit about Breaking Dawn, right? WHO was going to take her over-reactive, adolescent ramblings seriously?
LADIES... If we thought about this story using HALF the brain that Tech did, we would NOT EVEN be having this discussion. SHE is/was NOT the one who was OBSESSED!
And there was another girl up on YouTube, Melina Pendulum, who did a response to one of Nutty Madame's video's. In it, she does a really good job of explaining "why logic belongs in Fiction". She's made a few videos. I've used her as a resource in the YouTube videos that I made. I'm sorry - All of Melina's Twilight YouTube videos are down, now. I don't know why, I've contacted her for a reason a couple of times, but haven't received a reply - it started out with the one video after the cheating scandal started and then later she removed the rest of them. She's probably trying to be nice and took them down so that Twilight Fans didn't have to be irritated with them if they came across them.
I'm sorry, Melina - if I didn't feel your points were a valid, important perspective that would HELP people see this stuff, I wouldn't put you up here like this.
These are clips from her videos that I captured for use in my own YouTube videos. I have more, but these are the most important ones:
THIS is the kind of dialog that was going on back in 2008/2009 after Twilight Breaking Dawn was published - and they are all roughly around the same age bracket that Stephenie Meyer was writing for.
In this day and age of corporate greed and manipulation... Are you SURE you weren't jipped by the author of Twilight by the Breaking Dawn storyline?
as I am About "How Twilight Fans Thought
Breaking Dawn was Going to End" Before it was Published
STILL Don't BELIEVE Me? In case you missed it at the top of my blog, here's my latest post on this subject: Watch This HEARTBREAKING Video by an Ex-Twihard
As far as I'm concerned, this and the links along the side all you need if you're a Twilight book fan from the way back. If you're relatively new to this discussion as I am, you might want to continue reading. But this is not something that necessarily needs to be taken in all in at once - you can come back to it, or just pick through it. I know there's alot here.
What can I say, I'm obsessed about coming out of my Twilight obsession; and I guess I don't really have any intention of leaving you all entirely submerged in this hazardous waste whether you like it or not. And while I realize that "not everyone needs/wants to be rescued" - there are obviously a WHOLE hell of alot of you who do, or at least you need help getting a little dislodged!
You have no idea how sad I am about all of this - I almost wish I was crazy. It really wasn't my intention to completely debunk Twilight when I began writing this blog; I was just trying to "get people to see reason" from my own silly, selfish fantasy-vantage point.
But I am now SO much angrier than I was when I began, at not only Summit Entertainment for making the Twilight movies like this; but the book company - Little, Brown and Company for publishing these books "as is". I would LOVE to have a conversation with the person/people who are responsible for allowing Twilight to be published in such an irresponsible way.
WERE any of you head-honchos at the book publishing company actually qualified to judge characters and storylines, or even capable of recommending writing edits to the author of Twilight? Did any of you have college literary degrees that included some sort of slant toward adolescent education or development - in order for you to be in charge of making decisions about what your company puts out here for young adolescent girls? Or, did you simply pair your new, sparkling, up-and-coming amateur author with an amateur editor because that person was supposedly "good enough" to judge "highest quality" literature for young girls? I mean, here's what readers see on the opening page of your website:
Little, Brown and Company’s books and authors. One of the country’s oldest and most distinguished publishing houses, Little, Brown is committed to publishing fiction of the highest quality and non-fiction of lasting significance, by many of America’s finest writers.
I'm just going to leave all this up and watch it smolder while everyone thinks about it, and until enough people stumble across it and read it. I can't take it down, this is all too disturbing...
The easiest way to go through this blog (if you're interested in reading thru my ENTIRE story) is to START HERE with the 1st post at the beginning and read through all four original posts as they were posted - because I think there is alot of revelation in just reading/watching how my disturbing realizations about the Twilight storyline came to me - especially since I really wasn't planning to discover all the things I ended up uncovering about Twilight.