Forced Upon Me
Way back in the summer of 2008, I was at a party and two friends showed up wearing matching “Team Edward” t-shirts. I had no idea what that meant, and they told me all about these books about a girl, a werewolf, and a bunch of vampires. They were headed to B&N later that night for the midnight release of Breaking Dawn. It all sounded very silly to me. I didn’t know anything about YA at the time – my last experience was around twelve or thirteen when I was reading the Sweet Valley High books.
But one of these Twilight superfans wouldn’t let it go. She told me she’d forced many people to read the books, and they all loved it. She insisted I be the next to read it, and when she lent me her copy, I read it just to be polite. But a strange thing happened – I found myself really enjoying it. I immediately bought the next three books, and I read the whole series in about three days. I can’t tell you what it was that appealed to me. I’ve always liked vampire and werewolf stories – the scary kind, though. It might just be that re-discovering YA allowed me to connect with my inner teen.