I’m coming out of the coffin: I’m a Twilight mom. I haven’t joined the popular website (twilightmoms.com) yet but I’ve read the books twice and seen the first movie several times (I will not admit to how many). The story speaks to me. It cheers me up. It moves me. It reconciles me with the world. Edward’s love for Bella is magical and pure; her love for him is compelling and unconditional.
I’ve always been a sucker (pun intended) for a great love story. I devoured “The Notebook” and “The Thorn Birds”. I am a fan of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Alexandre Dumas. I even read “Gone with the Wind” when I was 14. The Civil War drama was rich and layered but the romance did not satisfy: Scarlett’s naïve adoration of Ashley did not touch me and the ending drove me crazy with frustration. Hundreds of pages to come full circle: one character loves, the other one doesn’t. May Margaret Mitchell –rest her soul- forgive me this sacrilege: my teen heart beats with Stephanie Meyer’s saga. Team Edward, team Jacob, or even team Bella, the characters hit a home run the second my reading glasses are settled on the tip of my nose.
I saw “New Moon” this weekend with my daughter, my nieces- and sister-in-law. We grieved with Bella when Edward left and we hurt with Jacob when Edward returned. The author has admitted to begging Edward not to go when he first revealed his plans. We’re grateful that she let him have his way. It brings the story home: Edward’s perfect love is imperfect after all. It rings of absence, longing, and wrong decisions. It’s real. It bleeds. Bella is mortal and flawed yet it is the power of her love that ultimately saves Edward’s life. Her scarred human heart brings him back to safety. No wonder he’s so reluctant to halt its soul saving rhythm.
The epic of love and suffering started long ago when man first discovered the depth of his own heart. ‘New Moon’ talks to each one of us lost in the labyrinth of our pain and desires and offers a way out: it encourages us to travel the many paths of love’s shortcomings while embracing the redeeming power held in the mystery of our immortal soul. The ‘Twilight’ saga is smash hit because, like all timeless stories, it reminds us of what love truly is: hesitant, insecure; glorious, exhilarating; raw, excruciating; true, forgiving. Eternal. Victorious. It is a source of unparallel joy and bitter disappointment. It makes us feel; it gives us life. Bella’s and Edward’s love conquers all, not because it is young and untried but because it’s imperfect and enduring. They travel the bumpy road so familiar to all human beings and they do not let us down; they come full circle, hand in hand, heart to heart.
This mother’s a Twilight mom forever.