This week is an interesting one. I am celebrating my birthday, which is exciting, but I am also saying goodbye to the Twilight Saga, which is pretty upsetting to me, to be honest. As many of you know, Twilight is the book that inspired me to start writing and to pursue a career as an author. Without Stephenie Meyer’s enthralling stories, I’m not sure Hunted would be where it is today. I owe a lot to Stephenie Meyer and her vampire world and as the franchise comes to a pretty official close, I thought it’d be nice if I discussed some of the other reasons why Twilight means so much to me.
One of the things I love most about the series is that it addresses the issues of discrimination and preconceived notions in a subtle, yet effective manner. Jacob and Edward have many issues with each other regarding their, for lack of a better term, species, but eventually they overcome their differences and open their minds to different perspectives. As someone who has always been a minority, I enjoyed this aspect of the book and I think it adds a nice dimension to the story that others lack.
My next point is one I’ve brought up while speaking at events and it ties into why readers love the paranormal romance genre so much. For the most part, I think what appeals to readers the most is the illustration of how an outside–the paranormal creature–can find true love. As teens, many people are trying to figure who they are and where they belong in the world and often feel like an outsider, that they’re a bit different, and this idea that even the outsider can experience an epic romance is a powerful one, one that resonates more than I think people realize. In the case of Twilight, Bella and Edward share this incredible bond and I think their fictional relationship has sparked a bit of hope in those feeling like they’ll never experience that with another person. I know it’s helped me feel more optimistic. 🙂
If you’re a fellow lover of Twilight, I’d love to hear what the series means to you!