Thursday, July 31, 2008

Count Chocula

Count Chocula is really the only vampire that I love. Maybe the count on Sesame street, kind of. So what is with all of this Twilight business? I know, let the stone throwing commence, but really I don't get it. I read the book, the first one. It was .....okay. It took me a ghastly week to read (most people I have heard of read it in a matter of hours) and it kind of bothered me that I wasn't really into it but I had to finish it because once you start a book you have to finish it (that's a rule).

I kind of feel like I am going to be excommunicated from the society of Mormon women though, you know? I am not addicted, I heard there is a movie coming out but the date isn't circled on my calendar and I probably won't ever see it. Don't plan on reading the other books. Haven't given Edward a mere thought since I closed the book. What the freak is wrong with me??

So really, there are two kinds of people in this world, those who are obsessed with Twilight and those who do not understand the obsession. Which camp are you on? And since I am guessing that I know which camp you are on, can we still be friends even though I am on the other camp? And please, explain to me what the craze is all about.... maybe I can give it another chance or something.

18 comments:

Julie said...

I haven't read the book(s) and don't know that I'm going to anytime soon. It just doesn't appeal to me. Maybe I'd like it if I read it, but right now I have no interest.

Gretchen said...

I'm with you. I don't get it. They're kinda lame. I mean, I don't dislike them per se, but I definitely don't love them. They're better than most TV, but that isn't saying much. I'm reading them mostly because kinda like you felt the need to finish the book, I feel a need to finish the series so I can be totally justified in not being thrilled with it. Really, I read them so that I'd have something to talk to ALL THE OTHER MORMON WOMEN about. I already have enough trouble finding things to talk to other women about, so Twilight was better than more potty training conversation. I'm guessing the real killer for me compared to most women is that I just don't think Edward seems all that great. I'm not attracted to him, so the "mormon romance novel"/soft porn for women aspect of the books doesn't do it for me. And maybe that's a good thing...

Sarah said...

I liked them. They aren't great literature, but I was entertained. Easy, well effortless to read, as they are meant for Teens. Sometimes I appreciate an easy read. As I read, a lot of times I was saying to myself... woah, I can't believe I am reading this and liking it. As far as Edward goes...I thought Jacob was more appealing, but I guess I am into younger men (look at my husband). Plus, who wants to snuggle up with a guy who feels like an icicle... how is that comfortable in the Pacific Northwest?

McCulloch Family said...

I'm sorry but I cannot be friends with you anymore. I'll miss you.

Jules said...

Not reading them, and don't have plans to read them- seriously I can't gather what all the fuss is about either.

I have to many other books that look awesome to me on my "to read" list!

Kinda makes me feel like a rebel, to be Mormon and NOT reading this series!

Allisun said...

I read "The Host" recently because I heard it was really good. It was beyond strange! I only finished it because I started it, but now I have zero desire to read any of the Twilight books.

Sheyenne said...

I haven't read any of them. I have one friend who tells me I HAVE to read them, and I always say, "I don't like vampires." and that drives her NUTS. Actually I may pick them up some day, but the fact that everyone is reading them right now makes me NOT want to read them.

JoAnna said...

No interest whatsover! Cannot bring myself read them. The Host was our book club book for this month and I just couldn't open the book. No desire whatsoever. Mostly because I'm pretty sure her books would drive me crazy and I would rather just tell people that I haven't read them yet. It's a ploy to keep friends.

Andrea L. said...

I have read all the Twilight books and liked them fine - easy read, entertaining, etc. I am not obsessed with them though. I did have someone lend me THE HOST, and honestly, I tried and tried to get into it, but to no avail. I broke your rule Kristi - I didn't finish it, and have no plans to.

I don't just think the TWILIGHT series is MORMON women. They are on the best seller list. I think the borders go way beyond just religion, since they really don't mention religion ANYWHERE in them. I will read the 4th book that comes out next week, or this week (?), but I will just check it out at the library when it is available. Anyway - don't feel left out, if you didn't like them no worries - they are NOT required reading. :)

Shauna said...

Umm, I couldn't even make it through the first one, and I even share the "finish what you start" rule when it comes to books. It was THAT not interesting to me.

Laurie said...

It's all good. I've never seen an episode of American Idol, which I feel like ostracizes me from mainstream society.
I don't agree with the theory of needing to finish every book you start. For heaven's sake, if you're reading for pleasure (which you should be, since you're not in school anymore), and the book isn't pleasing..... give up and find something you like! There's too many great books out there to waste time on not so great ones.

Kristi said...

Laurie makes a good point. I am definitely in on many trends. LOVE American Idol, love it. Love watching The Office. Love blogging. Yes, I am usually a follower, which is why it is so interesting to me that I didn't fall in love with the books. They weren't bad, I just didn't get all excited like lots of people :)

Remember that one time I saw David Cook? That's right...!

Stephanie T said...

I liked the books because it was an interesting read, not so predictable as your average sci-fi love story or whatever. But me and Ken have a theory that ladies who are still under Edward's spell after closing the book just haven't been in "swept off your feet, silly, intense, passionate" kind of love. Or at least it's been awhile:-) No offense to them. So I say the fact that you aren't crazy out about it means Blaine is one heck of a husband! So after all Mormon women spawn you, at least you have him to go home to, right:-)

Ralphie said...

I lurrrrrve them.

But I'm extremely easy to entertained. News to you, I know.

TheMoncurs said...

I mock them because they are trashy juvenile reading.

And then I go out and buy the 4th one and read it in one day.

Yup.

Aimee said...

I read the first book and didn't bother to pick up the second one until about nine months later. They are fairly entertaining, but I'm not obsessed. Harry Potter was MUCH MUCH better! I'll read the fourth, only because I hope she ends up with Jacob. For those who have human husbands, I think we can relate with non-perfect Jacob a lot more. My husband said, "Who wants a gaunt, white vampire watching you sleep, anyway?"

Kathrin Paul said...

I think that the books are entertaining, but when I teach junior high english NEXT FALL, I will let suggest the books to my students with the advisory that Bella and Edward do NOT have suggestable relationship. I don't think it's healthy. But what do I know?
I agree, though, the first book was the hardest to get through, but now I find myself not being able to stop reading until three in the morning because I have to know what is going to happen. That is not to say that I like how it will end.
I did, however, go to the INSANE party Friday night, I posted about it on my blog. You should check it out.

Kathrin Paul said...

Maybe I shouldn't teach English if I obviously cannot speak (or type) it.