8.22.2008

Caved.


I have a terrible, horrible, confession. I'm sure most of you know that I am too proud and stubborn to get involved in utterly trendy books and movies. I have only read the first three Harry Potter books--long before anyone else knew they existed. Then the whole world caught on, and I decided that I wasn't interested in reading the rest of them. Partly because I have never really had enough time to lose an entire day to a book I might become a slave to since they really became popular, and partly becuase I am, well, stubborn.

Well, here in Argentina things have been a little different for me. I have time on my hands--an utterly beautiful and long-lost novelty. I can stroll around the block for fun, to look at houses if I want to. It's weird. Well the first days here were spent in Buenos Aires and I still wasn't really vacationing because I was prancing around the city trying to catch everything before I left for the suburb. Now I am in the suburb, and I should be bored but I'm not. Our first morning here I was checking my email and Becca sat Twilight next to me as she strolled into the kitchen. I huffed at her as she said, "One chapter won't kill you." How ironic those words turned out to be. I am in the hype, losing sleep and sanity over Bella, Edward, and Jacob (who I hate desperately)'s story. I like the first one the best (I am on number three. I started three days ago). I am in the midst of a huge trend. Knee-deep. And, though I would normally cower at the thought of such uncharacteristic behavior, I am proud to say that I have some free time, am doing some free reading, and am going out to the hammoc Hno. Spannaus bought in Paraguay yesterday to read some more. So shoot me.

(PS - While I do shudder at some of the more "technical" aspects of Meyer's writing, I have to give her props because I haven't been this absorbed in a story since I woke up sweating from nightmares involving me running around avoiding Raskalnikov while reading Crime and Punishment. My heart flutters, my stomach flops, and I get butterflies when Edward is around. That's enough for me).

5 comments:

JT and Lizzie Davis said...

Okay, really?! I have been debating on if I should join the throng and read these or not. I keep reading articles about them . . . the Wall Street Journal was complimentary, but I've heard so many conflicting views. Your descriptions makes them sounds fun to read, which I am in need of right now (textbooks are not fun).

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I felt the same way when I first heard about Twilight- amateurish writing, silly love plot- but once I started reading, the 15-year-old girl in me loved it! And she totally overrode the grown up, English major me.

Shan said...

Hahaha!!! Now you know why I was so obssessed and lost tons of sleep at the beginning of spring! Like you said, it's hard to believe that you can get hooked, but i sure did. Sounds like you're having a fabulous time! Love your pictures!

caitlin connolly said...

ha! gotcha! I knew you wouldn't last long.

preethi said...

Meesh. Seriously. If you're going to succumb to Twilight, at least do the literary world the courtesy of finishing HP. Just think - engulfingly engaging AND humorous AND spiritual (so not kidding) AND there's a love story AND it's well written. Ponder that.

Seriously, I understand the need to be stubborn and reject pop culture books, but you're doing yourself a disservice by not finishing them. :)