The Twilight Zone...

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?

6 comments:

Helen said...

As a writer, I bought the first Meyer book to see how she introduced the vampire character. Then I bought the second and third because I liked the first -- and was rather amazed at the "adult" level of content (clearly, I don't read a lot of YA). I didn't pre-order the fourth, but most likely I'll buy it. I want to see how Meyer ends the series.

I was surprised by how her books have taken off -- into the Potter stratosphere. But they really have captured young women readers.

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Nice post. Reminded me of the days when my daughter was young and I escorted her to a rap concert. She was thirteen, I HAD to go along if she just was to go. I even bought the tickets to surprise her, she would never have thought I'd do such a thing. I was forty three and one of about 6 among thousands in that archaic age group. But the observation of youth doing their thing was priceless, and nade me think back to the Beatlemania days.

Teagan Oliver said...

Marvin, I have to say that there is nothing that quite illiterates the age difference better than being surrounded by teenagers at an event like that. I work with teenagers everyday, but nothing compared to what I saw last night. All I could think of was that it compared to a rockstar sighting.

Teagan Oliver said...

Helen, I have to admit that I was worried about the content. I've always had a pretty open dialogue wth my daughter about books. She was reading at a 12th grade level when she was in 7th grade so she just devours books. She's already at page 200 of Breaking Dawn this morning. But then, I was reading romance novels and gothics at 13 and 14 and frankly, I probably learning more about relationships with men and women then I did from my family. She's a very stable, intelligent young woman. So, as long as she's not trying to emmulate the things that she reads I am okay with it.

Other Lisa said...

Great post, Teagan! Yes, it's something about the pitch of teenage girl screaming that is unmistakable...

I haven't read any of these books yet - there was a pretty scathing review over at Salon that prompted a lot of letters. You can read it here.

Teagan Oliver said...

Hi Lisa,
I went to the link and read the article. It was certainly interesting to see another's take on the phenom that is the Meyer books. I haven't read the books yet. I plan to as soon as I finish my own. But I know that there will always be critics for any work. So, I'll live with the idea of to each his own.

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