Good Monday morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend of reading and are ready to begin a new month of books and reviews. On the weekend the hubby and I try to get in a movie or two, usually our Netflix pick of the week and sometimes another from our limited home collection. This week I somehow conned him into watching Twilight. I told him I was in the mood for something cheesy and silly and he went for it to my surprise. This brings me to my question this week:
What stories have you outgrown?
While watching the teenage angst of a lackluster heroine and an overbearing possessive sparkly vampire deliver some pretty questionable dialog, I realized something. I did not enjoy this story as much as I did before and it saddened me. I had lost some part of me that used to be obsessed with this story and its characters. I LOVED Twilight. I used to read it every year and saw all the movies and then bought them once released to DVD. Now…eh, I will probably keep them, but I can see the validity of all the criticism that people used to dole out about the franchise. I should reread the books one more time to see if my opinion of them has changed as well. These books opened a door for me. I read them at the beginning of my current reading “hobby”. Oh sure, I have always been a reader, but these books made me an obsessive reader. I discovered that some stories could bring me such delight and help me escape that I became an addict looking for her next high. This blog and my love of paranormal romance all owed to these books. It makes me sad to think I don’t enjoy the story as much as I used to. I’ve changed. Of course this means I’ve grown and have found better stories and worlds to feed my reading need. Still, I think Twilight will hold a special place in my heart and my gratitude for introducing me to a genre that I love so dearly, even if the story makes me cringe a little when I read or watch it now.