Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Me: Hello. My name is Kara. I am a vampire addict.
Group: Hello, Kara.

Yes, as much as I hate to admit being a follower of sorts, two weeks ago, I, probably much like many of you have just finished a chapter of my life by finishing what seems more than 300 chapters of the vampire series,
Twilight. A friend of mine was finishing the series and gave me the first book in the series,
Twilight, for my birthday. As I began reading, I was truly hooked within a matter of pages. It became my evening ritual. I would go to bed around 10 and give myself about thirty minutes to read. The habit served more than one purpose - one, to get my brain engaged and reinstate my love for reading, two - to help me turn off the TV before bed and minimize the stimulating effect of the LED light on my brain, thus allowing me to sleep better, and three - helping me go to bed at a decent hour so I could get up early with my little one. I guess those goals are null and void if you end up reading for more than an hour and are so insanely heightened by what you're reading that you just keep turning pages. As one might imagine, many nights that half hour was prolonged, but I justified it by the fact that I missed a few nights here and there.

Anyway, I don't really have a point other than to rave about my massive love of this series - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. How in the world I got addicted to reading about vampires and werewolves, I have no idea, but in the course of discussing this series with people as I encounter them, I discovered one glaring fact that separates all readers of the books. You are either an Edward (vampire) or Jacob (werewolf) adorer (is that a word?) . If you read the books, you'll know what I mean, but typically, no one likes (or maybe loves is more appropriate here) both of them. Bella, our heroine in question, must essentially decide if she is an Edward or a Jacob. And thus, we as readers must choose. So for the record, I'll go ahead and stake my claim as an Edward. Some of you may think I am crazy and some of you may not have the slightest clue what I'm talking about, but I am an Edward. Why? Well, I thought you might ask. Just for insanity's sake, I'll discuss briefly and let you all go out and read the book to decide for yourselves.

Edward is smart, intellectual, and learned
- Edward protects the people in his life to the ends of the earth
- Edward is emotional and shows anger as easily as he shows tenderness
- Edward
is the "tall, dark, and handsome" most girls dream of
Edward has a chiseled body, cut like stone
Edward is strong, both physically and emotionally
Edward has this indescribable statuesque quality
Edward is debonair, smooth, and masterful with words
Edward knows how to talk to a lady to make her feel like the center of his world
Edward has impeccable taste
Edward dresses to the nines
Edward drives fast, and always in out of this world cars
Edward can make any girl blush at the drop of a hat with his sensual nature
- Edward is drop dead sexy with the way he tunes in to every piece of you
- Edward is completely in tune with the thoughts of his woman (and hers is the only mind he can't read!)

There are countless things I could ramble off about Edward, but these are a few of the reasons I am a fan of Edward, not that Jacob is not great or even most of these things, but he just displays them differently than Edward does. Edward reminds me of my Nathan...with the small exceptions in that Nate does not drink blood for his diet, is not invincible (much to my chagrin), and won't live forever. He's just my cup of tea.


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