Okay.. so I have a little confession to make. I am 32 years old and watched the MTV Video Awards JUST so I could see the new clip from the Twilight Saga:Eclipse. I am hooked…fang and vampire…. and so is our special guest blogger, our resident Twilight Mom, Megan Reece.
My TwiLife, aka the Countdown to Eclipse
by Megan L. Reese
I’ve got my tickets. I have a countdown going. I bought a t-shirt. I’m taking the day off.
No, I’m not preparing to go on vacation. I’m talking about seeing Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight Saga that hits theaters on June 30. My 15 year-old daughter and I are getting ready to enjoy the 12:01 am showing of the movie. Fortunately, I’ve redeemed myself since October when New Moon tickets went on pre-sale and the earliest ones I could get were for the 12:06 am show…phew!
Since the 2008 debut of the Twilight movie series, my daughter (coincidentally named Cullyn, like the vampire family, The Cullens) and I have made seeing the films a celebratory event. We start a countdown on a dry erase board when the movie release date is announced, buy the tickets in advance for the 12:01 am show, take a nap the afternoon before the midnight movie, take pictures while sporting our t-shirts and holding the books, go to a dinner at a ridiculously late hour, see the movie and take the rest of the day off. Well, I do but Cullyn heads to school to participate in the inevitable resulting chatter. At age 40, I need my sleep, unlike the Twilight vamps. Then we see the movie again. And again.
Eclipse is supposed to be more “guy friendly” with all the cool fight scenes, which I’m looking forward to seeing. Even as a fan, I can only sit through so much teenage brooding on the big screen. Which brings me to the crux of Eclipse, Bella’s conflicted feelings for Jacob (who loves Bella and is her best friend) who she can’t live without even if it means hurting him by being with Edward, her true love. Let’s face it, the concept of a love triangle has been around forever, but who cares? This just gets us closer to the Twilight Saga movie juggernaut, Breaking Dawn (out on November 18, 2011).
I give Cullyn, a high school freshman, a lot of credit. She has Twihard friends, but chooses to spend her Twilight moments with me. When I asked her why, her response was simple, “Because it’s fun.” Plus, I’m pretty sure she’s figured out that going somewhere with her friends equals using her own money, but doing something with me means I pay.
But I’m not complaining.
On the other hand, my son Andrew, graduating from high school in a few weeks, is steadfastly not into the whole Twilight Saga frenzy and used to express that sentiment any time Cullyn and I would discuss it. Andrew doesn’t do that anymore, partially because he’s leaving for college in a few months and partially because he knows we can ruin his laundry and only leave him with Twilight themed t-shirts to wear.
So, as far as mother-daughter bonding goes, this whole Twilight craze is a bit unconventional but it works for us. As a mom, I want to create memories for my kids that become fun topics of discussion at Thanksgiving dinner 20 years from now. But I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, I’m just going to update the Eclipse countdown my white board and watch the trailers…again.