The Twilight books came out when I was in high school and I've always been curious about them, even now. I remember seeing a few of my friends carrying them around and I'll admit that I was intrigued by their iconic covers, but never enough to buy them or beg my mother for them as I've done with several other books series, like the Harry Potter series. I was eleven when I began reading those books, so I literally grew up with them. When I think really hard about it, I'm pretty sure that Harry Potter is the reason I don't like Twilight. I understand how a series can be so impactful that it becomes a part of your life, a memory as precious as learning how to ride a bike. That's what Harry Potter was to me; it was excellently written with character development, suspense, humor, horror, hints of romance, actual romance, action, and magic -the kind of paranormal activity you hoped was real. Harry Potter made me want to be a writer. It gripped me from the beginning and didn't let go until the end. It blew up and I felt like it deserved to. That being said, I tried to read the first book of the Twilight series and I stopped trying at page 136. I had been hearing all this stuff from the media about it being the next Harry Potter, but the actual Twilight book was boring in comparison and it made me anxious. I was honestly waiting for the plot to happen and it upset me that I couldn't finish it, no matter how much I wanted to. It still bothers me to this day that in the year 2007 I couldn't get past page 136 in that book, but now I won't even bother trying. At this point, along with the Harry Potter-bias, comes the influence of the Hatedom targeted towards the series and even from the actors portraying the characters in the series◊. It all proved to be way too overwhelming. I never saw the movies, but I watched Vampires Suck, which I was told got the basic gist of the movies it was based on. I understand that Twilight is a guilty pleasure for most and I have some of those myself -in the form of those trashy novels Fabio used to pose for- but I honestly think it doesn't deserve to be as big as Potter. But that's just an opinion from someone who'll fondly remember R Pattz as that dead guy Voldemort stepped on.
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