So, I’ve been developing a theory about non-teens and the Twilight books. I can admit I am way too old to love those books as much as I do. At the same time, I fully appreciate all of the arguments made by the people who can’t get through ten pages. After reading countless rants or raves about the Twilight series, I’ve begun developing a theory about why some people love the books and others don’t. It will probably offend some people, but oh well.
Twilight is about that fantastical kind of love that only exists in Disney (maybe not even then). I believe that the people who read Twilight and hate it have stopped believing in that kind of love. It isn’t realistic, even for fantasy. It takes the idea of “true love” to an incredible extreme. Many people, probably most people, as the mature, let go of the idea of that kind of love, the kind of love that waits 100 years to be realized. These people would rather read about a realistic kind of love, the kind of love that they can expect to find. What’s the point in hoping for something that can’t possibly happen?
I think those who get so wrapped up in this dream world, still believe that this kind of unreal love is possible. They still want to hope, to dream of something so unrealistic. They want to be loved like that, or to at least hope that it could possibly happen. Sure, it’s probably not a healthy way to go through life, always dreaming of something perfect, but in terms of reading, what’s the harm? The reason its such a teen sensation is because teens haven’t had the experience with relationships and heartbreak to realize that this kind of love isn’t normal. The ridiculous form of this true love is made somewhat more believable because both characters are severely flawed, but the love they experience still isn’t realistic.
For the sake of playing with the new poll application, what do you think? Do you believe in the love described in Twilight?