In one of the usual weekend gatherings, a fun topic came up. My friends started talking about the Twilight series books by Stephenie Meyer.
Friend: “Have you read those books ? ”
Me: “Absolutely” (eyes lit up )
Friend: “Hmm” ( brows puckered in a frown)
Me: “But they are so much fun!!”
Friend: “I can never make myself read those books”
End of discussion.
Me : (Frown face)
So, I was shamed by my friends for being bitten by the Vampire bug. I decided not to express my love for the genre without fathoming if the other person is a fellow admirer too. Once bitten twice shy and all…[no pun intended]
My predilection to this genre started on a long long flight to India. I was in a hurry to board the flight and grabbed the first book I laid my eyes on (bookstore being a Twilight storage house helped). I couldn’t keep my eyes off it for the entire flight and was done before stepping on to the next continent. Craving to get hold of the sequel. I ended up finishing all the four books before reaching back to Boston.
Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that these books are literary gems, actually far from it. They are just fun being unintentionally funny.
Let’s move on to the TV shows and movies.There seem to be a flood of vampire shows and movies these days.Vampires are in vogue …
The reasons are obvious, new age vampires are far from your regular mythical 30’s daemons, who live in moldy dungeons, in a shabby coffin and suck the life out of pretty girls.They are glittery, glamorous and posses deathless good looks and decadent sexuality.They have fancy cars, do not run away from garlic and are equipped with latest gadgets, if you will.They are romantics who pine for love like their mortal companions.Then, there are evil vampires , who are equally pretty. Who can resist seeing a Vampire with thick English accent saying “Wana see how fast I can text “motherf*$$r?”. Throw in the sexy werewolves, of the likes of Taylor Lautner in the mix and I am sold! (Team Jacob all the way) .
The truth is , these books and shows take you away from reality and let you live in their mystical world. Drive you away from your mundane life into the world of invulnerability, eternal youth and, renew your flirtations with the dark side. There are more realistic monsters in our day to day life and if I can get my reprieve from them every Sunday for 1 hour, that’s good enough for me.