Diehard Twihard

I don’t care what anyone says: Twilight is an amazing movie franchise. I refuse to listen to any negativity about it. Do I know that it has many flaws…yes, yes I do. But who doesn’t have flaws? People like to judge it without even watching it or giving it a chance. Just because it is about vampires and werewolves does not mean that it is not a film franchise worthy of praise. It is a cinematic masterpiece! The world of Twilight is so magical and breathtaking-it never fails to spark a release of serotonin in my brain. 

Some may say that I have an obsession with Twilight, but I like to call it a deep dedication to a work of art! Great acting (especially as it goes on), amazing plots, a killer soundtrack, perfectly executed filming. What more could you ask for?

The first Twilight movie came out when I was only eight years old, and I was a diehard fan from the beginning–or should I say Twihard fan. 

I remember first watching Twilight with my Titi (aunt in Spanish), on her laptop a month before it came out on DVD. The day it came out, we went to Walmart to get it; I carried that DVD with me everywhere I went, so much so that my mom told me it was illegal to have a DVD in your backpack. 

From then on, my dad’s whole side of the family and I went to the movie theaters to watch the other films. Though no one liked it as much as my Titi and I did, it was a big event for all of us. I would give so much to feel that type of excitement again. 

Since then, I have read all the books and am currently rereading them with one of my best friends. Being a reader means often getting frustrated in the production of a book to a movie adaptation. I don’t know if it is because I watched the movies before I read the books, but I like them equally the same. 

An important question for Twihards is: Are you team Edward or team Jacob? Though I don’t have to give a detailed response when I get asked this, I feel that I must. When I was little, I was team Jacob. I was obsessed with werewolves, so since (SPOILER) Jacob was a werewolf, that made him better in my eight-year-old mind. My Titi would tell me that Jacob sucked, and I would defend him like my life depended on it. Now that I am older and have a better understanding of what is happening in the movies, I completely agree with her. He sucks! Which is what led me to do a 180 and join team Edward. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the better man and better choice. Jacob is possessive, a control freak, has anger issues, and never asked Bella what she wanted. Edward, on the other hand, is a complete gentleman who actually cares about Bella as a person who is his equal and not as a toy. 

To me, Twilight is more than a movie about vampires and werewolves. It is a movie/book franchise that shows us what true love is like. A love so true that, when you step further and further into their world, you become yourself. But not in a way that paints the picture that you need someone in order to thrive and become your best self. Instead, Twilight shows that letting go can be freeing, and that freedom guides you to your best self. 

It has been over 10 years since Twilight came out, and if I am honest–though it might make me seem crazier–I don’t want to imagine the world without it.

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