Why My Heart Belongs To Twilight by Kristen Weber
I worked at Hachette Book Group (then AOL Time Warner Book Group) when a little book called Twilight came into being. I heard the buzz around the office and snagged a copy before it hit stores from the “take” shelves that lined the walls. Even if I hadn’t been hearing so much about it, I would have picked it up because I love vampires. I met the man who would become my husband at my college’s weekly Buffy the Vampire Slayer viewing parties, and I still mourn the loss of that show. Plus, the cover image of the girl’s hands holding the apple was especially intriguing.
I was immediately drawn into the world of Bella Swan. I was hooked from the descriptions of the dark and raining setting of Forks, Washington to Bella’s tumultuous relationship with her father. And things got even better after I saw the first movie. I usually love books more than their movie version, but the first Twilight movie made the story come to life for me in a way the books really hadn’t. In fact, I gave up on the books in the middle of Breaking Dawn because I thought things just got a little too ludicrous. Bella giving birth to her baby and the baby eating her way into the world made me groan aloud, and I actually threw that book across the room. I thought that scene was handled much better in the movie. And while I’m personally more of a Jacob fan than an Edward one (sorry if you disagree!), I totally fell in love with Bella and Edward’s relationship on the movie screen. In fact, I may have taken their romance a bit too seriously. My heart broke almost as much as Robert Pattison’s did when he learned Kristen had cheated on him. I found myself wanting to volunteer to be his publicist while watching all his sad and awkward answers during television interviews. Ok, that might be too much information…
So I’ll be there on opening day of this final movie. I’m very grateful for all the time we had together – and for the resurgence in all things vampires that resulted from this series.
Besides co-creating Shelf Pleasure, Kristen Weber works as a freelance book editor. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and pug, and has had a ticket for Breaking Dawn – Part Two for way longer than she’d ever publicly admit.
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