Thursday nights are typically mellow for me. Dinner at home with a few of my girlfriends, a bottle of wine and good conversation. No frills, just laid back fun. This Thursday in particular marked a huge event for Twilight fans. ‘Team Edward’ and ‘Team Jacob’ fans to be exact. The movie ‘Breaking Dawn’, part 4 of a 5 part movie saga, was released at midnight and my friend Yvette has been counting down the days since the release date was announced earlier this year. Please keep in mind that Yvette is 29 year old business professional who you’d never imagine “ooohing” and “aaahing” over a series that, for some reason or another, brings teen girls to tears. But looks can be deceiving and over the years I’ve come to realize that sometimes things just don’t make sense.
This Thursday, Yvette had a plan. She was coming to my place to hang out and have dinner with some of our mutual friends and then she was off to the movies with her boyfriend for the first showing. Over the course of the evening, each friend (myself included) enjoyed giving her a hard time, but she took our jabs with grace. After a few hours, everyone headed home and I was left with Yvette watching me put away the leftovers and rinsing off our plates. I heard her text message alert go off around 10pm and instantly knew it wasn’t good. Her boyfriend (he’s an EMT) got a call and couldn’t make the movie. Part of me thought he was lying (could you blame him?), but it didn’t matter because I knew what was coming. I had just told her my book reading plans for the evening, so I was an easy target and couldn’t say no to taking his place without looking (and feeling) like a jerk. If ever “ugh” had a face, it was mine at that moment.
Let me preface my experience by saying that I’ve never read any of the Twilight books and I’ve never seen the movies, except for a few scenes on cable while channel surfing. In the 12 minute drive to the theater, Yvette did her best to bring me up to cinematic speed and I did my best to feign enthusiasm even though we both knew the truth. I held in my frustration when I saw the line of teenagers (and their parents) lined up outside to get good seats. Some even brought folding chairs! Everyone was friendly and hyped, so I took the opportunity to entertain myself and ask a few questions to the youngsters surrounding us. All in all, I talked to 9 teens (6 girls and 3 boys). 2 owned the book series, but both admitted they had not finished them. The remaining 7 had only seen the movies. When I asked them what it was about the movies that made them so fanatic, I received a variety of answers. But my favorite was from Cassidy, 14, who so eloquently said “It’s really just a long love story. It’s all about love.” In a way, I have to agree because if I didn’t love my friend, she would be sitting in that line by herself.
I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone who hasn’t seen it. That’s not my style. But in my opinion, this video clip sums the whole thing up. WARNING: this clip *does* include spoilers. So don’t watch it unless you want to save yourself the money on a ticket as well as 1 hour and 57 minutes of your life.
If you’re a true fan, god love you. Perhaps in the right mood and at the right time, I might appreciate these films for what they are. But until then, I’m going to think of those happy Twilight fans lined up outside and feel old.