because, frankly... the Breaking Dawn Zone just doesn't have the same appeal. Does it?
Anyway, I am writing this bleary eyed post at 12:56 in the morning after having taken my daughter to the Breaking Dawn release party at our local Borders. Even on a normal Saturday there are not nearly as many cars in that parking lot as there were tonight. I did the dutiful mom thing and hung back, letting my daughter have her time with the other girls that she goes to school. But hanging back gave me a truly interesting perspective when that probably most of the parents there weren't looking at. Because most of those other parents probably aren't writers.
Just a couple of observations before I give in and go to bed for the evening.
There is a certain exhilaration that hung like a cloud of euphoria among those young women there tonight. I can't say that I've ever seen any group of girls screams as much or as loud for anything other than a favorite rock band (or maybe an equally cute group of boys). I hope that Stephenie Meyers has a true understanding of just what her books have accomplished. It's that thing that I think every writer strives for... we all want our books to be loved. Everyone one of those girls there loved the storyline, the characters, the age old conflict... and of course, let's be honest... Edward.
Now, I was at the Harry Potter midnight party. I stood in line to get the little bracelet and I did the prerequisite pre-order to get my daughter her much-loved, much-read copy of the last book. But this was in many ways a much different crowd tonight. These young women (and I keep reminding myself that they are young "women") covered a wide spectrum of ages, personalities and even cultures. But they didn't care. I saw a lot of women my age there as well.(We won't say what that age is.) Some were sporting "Team Cullen" tees and obsessing along with the teenagers. I wasn't one of the obsessor, merely a roadie along for the adventure and the one holding the Borders Reward Card. But I had as much fun watching them tonight and listening in on their conversations as they did having them. And I even felt a little reminiscent as to what my mom must have felt, listening in on my conversations.
Finally, kudos to Stephenie Meyers for writing books that help create these, strong, creative, intelligent readers (female and male). You are inspiring a next generation. And as a writer, don't we all wish we could say that?
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