By Jensen Argyle
Confession: I was terrified of picking up Twilight again. It’s been approximately six years since I last read it. Now I know what you might be thinking, and no, I was not terrified of reading it because people have come to recognize it as awful. I have heard so many criticisms of the writing, the characters, and the romance.
That is not the reason I was terrified of it. I can read a “bad” book and not be affected by it. Some people seem to get so offended by this book, thinking that if they read it they will become a Bella or become one-dimensional characters sucked in a very unhealthy romance. Please. So does reading Lolita automatically make you a pedophile?
Anyways, that is not the reason I was afraid of re-reading this book. I was afraid because this book means so much to me, and I was afraid that the knowledge and growth I have now would taint this book for me. Yes, I know it has its flaws. Yes the writing, and the characters, and the blah blah blah. But Twilight means so much to me because it made me fall in love with reading again. It made me remember how fun reading could be, like when I was a kid staying up all night to finish Junie B Jones. I hadn’t read a book like Twilight, aka a book that wholly sucked me in, in a long time.
After I finished the first book I read the next two in a matter of forty eight hours. That is how much I loved them. And to this day, I will still defend them to all the nay-sayers. Because no matter what you have to say about them, you can’t deny the fact that Twilight was a cultural phenomenon that got people reading and talking about books.
Picking it up again, I surprised myself. Because Twilight is still enjoyable. Maybe I was wearing my nostalgia goggles, but it was like reuniting with old friends. I still found Bella relatable. I still found Edward handsome and Mike obnoxious. My heart still got pounding at all the intense scenes, as well as the swoon-worthy ones. Yes, it has its flaws, but knowing them funnily enough made the book that much more enjoyable.
It’s really hard to go back to the things we once loved. For example, when re-watching Quest for Camelot, you realize that the songs don’t match the scenes at all. Or when your re-watch Blues Clues, you find that Steve has just become tedious now. We have to face the fact that we are older and wiser now and those things that we once loved are tainted with our age and knowledge.
While re-reading Twilight, some of the scenes just made me cringe, like when Edward watches Bella sleep (shiver); however, like I said, I still enjoyed the book as a whole. And that is what I learned from this experience. That we can still enjoy the things we once loved even if the experience isn’t quite the same. Did you once love Twilight? Maybe you should try reading it again yourself and maybe you’ll discover the same things I did. May Twilight still always hold a special place in our hearts, and as always, happy reading!