Saturday, October 28, 2006

My sweetest

I've been wracking my brain to think of something else to say about Twilight. I spent several hours of my life reading it, and I figure I need to get at least 2 posts out of it. At least! C'mon!

The problem is, as was previously mentioned, this book largely sucked. All I really have to say about it that hasn't been said is that fairy tale love isn't always unreal. Bella was in love with Edward so much that she was willing to say "consequences be damned" and go after him despite the whole murderous hunger thing.

My wife is like that. Not delicious, but so in love with me that she was willing to look past the impossibilities on the surface. She still looks past my faults on a regular basis and never ceases to amaze me.

Last week was Sweetest Day. I had never heard of it before this year. I guess it's kind of a regional 2nd Valentine's Day in October. You know, because October needs another holiday based on consuming large amounts of candy. Anyway, my sweetest has proven to me that she's the sweetest of all. Imagine a woman who can look past my faults... who can somehow feel validated even when conventional attraction isn't there to validate. How does she do it? I don't know. I just know she's amazing and I love her and I'm grateful for her.

She makes me happier every day. I hope I can return the favor.


John Galt said...

I'll help you out.


This book really sucks.


John Galt said...

OK, I'll try to be polite.

A few thoughts:

Obviously I'm reading this with baggage so forgive my overly-sensitive personal comparisons and conclusions (especially considering the main characters are TEENAGE VAMPIRES!!).

A disturbing question that crept over me as I read was "could I be around Isaac without touching him?"... a comparison to Edward being around Bella without eating her (I'm smiling writing this so please don't take me too seriously). Every instinct he has wants to eat her... but love stops him. Yet he is worried that even love may not be strong enough to control him forever. He is afraid for her safety, not underestimating the power of his nature.

It sounds very familiar, no? It resonates with me. I used to think about it a lot. We discussed it at one point. Could I go back to my wife and family and he move closer to me and we only be friends? Of course it's impossible... but this story tackles this same issue in a way.

"If I hadn't been denying my thirst for the last, well, too many years, I wouldn't have been able to stop myself."

Edward's blood appetite is comparable to our sexual appetite. He curbs it because he believes it is wrong, morally. Also, he does not want to "live that life."

Like Edward, and like many of you, I had never been with a man physically before. That is how we have the power to stop ourselves. But for me, when I met my Bella, I did not have the restraint Edward showed. I devoured him instead.

Did Stephanie steal your junior high diary and write this, L? lol

Another pitiful tear jerking comparison... the description of first love:

"Isn't it supposd to be like this?" He smiled. "The glory of first love, and all that. It's incredible, isn't it, the difference between reading about something, seeing it in the pictures, and experiencing it?"

"Very different," I agreed. "More forceful than I'd imagined."

Yep, I was even cheesier than that.

"For example," he continues... "the emotion of jealousy. I've read about it a hundred thousand times, seen actors portrayit in a thousand different plays and movies. I believed I understood that one pretty clearly. But it shocked me..."

I remember this EXACT emotion. I had forgotten what it felt like to be jealous. It came roaring back to me so quickly. Isaac described the same feeling.

I guess love is universal enough to be able to pinpoint and describe the same emotions so accurately.

Well, that's it. I could go on and on and on describing the hundreds of parallels I found between me and this pathetic book!

Let's try and read something better next round!

-L- said...

JG: Did Stephanie steal your junior high diary and write this, L? lol

Well, she seems to be in touch with the junior high psyche somehow! Apparently kids eat this book up.

John, I've got to say that your experiences do sound very much like this book in the "larger than life" sense. When you blog I feel an intense awareness of the conflict inside my mind between wanting to have experienced the same passionate love that you have and being infinitely grateful that I have not.

Thanks for chatting about the book! Next time maybe the book choice will engender more participation.