November 18, 2009
The Twilight saga has gained a huge following among tweens, teens and even moms. But after drudging through the first book, half of the second book, and a press screening of Twilight (for a review, not pleasure), I can now officially proclaim that I am NOT a Twilight mom (ducking to avoid stones being thrown at me). Apparently, I am one of the few.
Recently (Nov. 15), an article was written in New York Magazine: “‘Twilight,’ Take Me Away!” (By Em & Lo). It discusses the obsession of countless moms that have become fans of the saga and mentions a fansite devoted to these moms - www.twilightmoms.com - with 34,000 registered members, or approximately the population of a small country or West Hollywood. These moms must have a lot of spare time on their hands. And if so, please tell me what your secret is.
The article states that TwilightMoms.com members have even suggested that the books “have strengthened their marriages.” And further explained that “more than a handful of those confided that Twilight had improved their sex lives.” Maybe it is just me, but I am not sure how the passion between a vampire and a human can improve one’s sex life. Role playing? Perhaps if they had healthy sex lives to begin with, they wouldn’t need to become obsessed with teen stars half their age.
This all struck me as quite interesting when I watched The Jay Leno Show a few nights ago with guest Taylor Lautner (who plays werewolf Jacob Black). Lautner spoke of one of his most shocking encounters with a fan, who happened to be a mom (of course). He explained that the mom was there with her daughter waiting for his autograph. She grabbed him by the wrist and said, “I’m wearing the Team Taylor panties right now. Is there anyway I can take them off for you and have you sign them quick?” Mind you, Lautner is only seventeen years old. Probably the age of her own daughter, I’m guessing. Thanks, Mom, for giving the rest of us moms a bad rap.
What is it about these moms that draw them to this film? Apparently, sexless marriages and perhaps experiences they themselves didn’t have when they were teens. Twilight Moms, did you miss the whole Corey Haim/Corey Feldman era? I get the basic themes: “Love is blind,” “You want what you can’t have,” “Vampires make great boyfriends” (I don’t get the latter, but thought I would throw it in anyway.) Who wouldn’t want to be Bella Swan, a human that falls in love with a vampire? Me, for one.
So, Twilight Moms, please do us non-Twilight moms a favor: chill out in public and stop swooning over adolescent stars. It gives us non-T moms a bad rap.