Okay, I need to talk to people who will understand, I think, what has got me so irritated at the moment. Now, I know many of my readers are NOT Twilight fans, and probably hate it with a seething passion. But I know many others of my readers are fans of the story, or if not as big a fan as I am, at least enjoyed it and don't hate it. Those of you who are fans will understand me probably, those of you who are not, well, just think about any book or type of book you like that maybe you get tired of other people criticizing? Like, I'm 40 years old, but I love YA. Probably because I teach middle school kids and that got me back to reading that age level, but partly because they are just so good these days!! There are people who look at me funny when I say that I mostly read teen books. And I know that there are people who really make fun of Harry Potter books, because I'm a fan of those, and have to listen to that as well. But for some reason, when people get all uppity about Twilight, it really can irk me. And if they don't like it, and say why, I'm fine, no biggie. But I get so tired of all the people who go on and on about the relationship being abusive. First off, Edward doesn't want to hurt Bella, the only reason he would ever hurt her is because he is a vampire. I mean he even leaves the country, dumps her, just so that he won't kill her. So it's not that he wants to hurt her, or hurts her like real human abusive relationships. And see, there's one of my pet peeves. It is FICTION! Who reads a Stephen King book, and thinks it is okay to do something that one of those characters does? Or that people are going to be like that because it was in his book? Or if we're going to censor Twilight, what about the Goosebumps series? Or books like Go Ask Alice, or even books about drugs that may even make them seem cool? I think it is insulting to say that teens are going to feel that is how relationships should be because they read it in a book. I read books like Flowers in the Attic when I was in middle school, and it didn't make me want to have sex with my brother!!
Am I saying that I like every type of book/fiction/story that there is? NO! I personally do not care for Manga or Graphic Novels really. But I do read them occasionally, like I tried the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 comics because I wasn't ready to lose my favorite show. But didn't really enjoy it. But as I've said many times before, I love that there are all the different genres and formats for reading. I like that people aren't all the same, I mean how boring would it be if everyone liked exactly the same thing and there were never any different thoughts or ideas? Sounds like a dystopian novel to me. Maybe I should write it.
This is kind of an all over the place rant I guess. But I get so emotional when people won't even listen to my side. And some of these people are the kind who want people to have as much freedom as possible, and would normally be against censorship, but to me this is in a way censorship. If you have a problem with it, don't let your kids read it, that's your choice. And I won't say a word about it. But if you sit down with your kids and discuss things with them, or take an active part in their life, it might be good to have them read books like that and see what they think or got out of the story. Am I crazy? Am I wrong to say that fiction is fiction? And that I believe teens are smart enough to figure that out? Do I know/think that there are teens (as well as many adults) who may not figure that out? Yes! I do! But I think most people are intelligent enough to figure it out, either on their own, or because they did have the type of upbringing that helps them to think for themselves.
So, what ideas do I need? I need a way to help myself not get so emotionally upset by stuff like this. I know it's not personal, but I feel like these people are telling me I don't understand what I read, and that I shouldn't like it or recommend it to teens based on what their opinions/thoughts on the book are. Again, usually once we give our opinions and agree to disagree, I'm fine. It's only when they continue to harass me about how wrong I am, and won't stop, in fact tell me to stop and move on, even when they won't agree to disagree because they're right and I'm wrong, that it makes me emotional. And by emotional, I mean that when I get angry, I start to tear up. I think I got this from my mom. And I hate that it is how I show emotion because it makes me seem weak to people. At least that is the impression I get from them. At least in this case it was an all online thing. But the disappointment is that it was on someone who I've lately considered to be a friend's facebook post, and it was a friend of hers that I don't know that kept jumping all over me. I finally went back and just deleted all my comments, but I just want to go back and keep listing all the reasons I disagree. So, I guess I just wonder how other people deal with people, who I'll call "haters" for now. Anyone? Advice? Ideas? Suggestions? If you think I'm just crazy, please don't comment. I'm already a little upset at the moment. And loyal followers, I love all of you whether we read the same kinds of books, or whether you hate Twilight, or whatever. As the picture below might show, Twilight is literally a permanent part of me. The tattoo on the left is mine. The one on the right is my sister's. And honestly, I will never be unhappy I got this. This book series really brought my sister and me together in a way. We'd always been friends, well once she grew up, (she is 11 years younger than me), but this really gave us a connection, a shared thing to talk about and go all fan-girl about. And I love that my first tattoo (and only for the moment) is book related.