The healing powers of the 'Twilight' books and movies

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Regarding Monica Hesse's Nov. 19 front-page article, " 'Twilight,' the love that dare not speak its shame":

While reading Ms. Hesse's article, I laughed hysterically when I came to Jenny West's recollection of how she responded to the series -- initial skepticism, and then racing through the first book in one night and buying the sequel the following day. I kept yelling, "Exactly! She is exactly right!"

It was around Christmas last year when I became so deeply drawn into "Twilight" that I, too, bought "New Moon" before completing the first installment of the series because I wanted to dive right into the second installment when I was done. I did the same with "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn." I ended up reading all four books in two weeks. And just like Ms. West, I then picked up "Twilight" and began reading it again.

None of my friends could understand why I was into these "tween" vampire books, and, to be honest, I really didn't care. The year before the movie's release, I experienced a tragedy in which I lost loved ones and I was seriously injured. When the "Twilight" movie came out, I was still healing physically and emotionally. The movie transported me to a time and place where it was okay to make mistakes and to be a little clumsy, to love so hard and recklessly. It made me recall my first crush, the butterflies and flushed faces when we would pass each other in the school hallway.

Movies such as "Twilight" and "New Moon" can take someone who is experiencing a difficult time and catapult them to a place where what is deep and meaningful withstands everything that fights against it. It reminds us that though people may disappoint us or we may feel that we just can't catch a break, there is a way to persevere. Sometimes we all need to take a trip back in time and remember the butterflies.

Sophia N. Allen, Camp Springs

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