For years I’ve had this pattern of liking something until it becomes the current “in” thing. For instance, I loved Dodge Durangos when they first came out. And then, circa 1999, they became all the rage in Olympia. So, I became bored with their popularity. Another was the color purple. I had a lot of purple in my house. Deep eggplant-y purple, amethyst, gray-ish shades of lavender. And what do you know? Not but two seasons later purple was all over the catwalk and all through out the stores! So I moved on.
This really has been how my life goes. I’m never into the current fad. My friends say they think of me as a trendsetter. I’m usually into something before it becomes cool and quickly over it before it reaches it’s heyday. Except this time, something weird happened.
I’ve avoided the Twilight Saga like the plague. I just never felt the initial urge to pick them up and read them. Probably because the hub-bub about them started soon after I saw the books in stores. It started as a hushed whisper that has reached roaring epic proportions as you know.
Then, Kitty read it at Christmas when my mother-in-law, romance writer and vampire lore lover, sent the first two books to my daughter. Within days, Kitty finished those and bought Eclipse, all before New Year’s. Kitty loved the saga so much she wrote her own 34 chapter teen vampire love story that I assume follows somewhat of the same lines of Twilight with a big splash of the life she fantasizes about.
Dawn, my best-est, closest friend of many, many years read it. She started about the same time as Kitty. She gushes about Twilight if I bring it up or if it somehow comes up in conversation.
And it’s been blogged about many times over. Of all the reviews I’ve read about the Twilight Saga, the one that intrigued me the most and led to my breaking down and buying the books is Stephanie’s. I’ve been lurking around her blogs since soon after she started writing her first one. I find her talented and admirable as we share some similar tastes outside my life with kids, dogs and horses. Stephanie refers to the books as not very well written.
So, I bought the books. All in hard cover because I like my series’ to match in format. And, for the last couple weeks I haven’t been able to decide if I’m excited or disgusted with myself for following a trend.
I started reading Twilight today. I’m officially 2 chapters in. I’ve figured out the draw of Twilight and I texted it to The Corporate Prince. The conversation went like this:
Me: I’m annoyed at the simplistic writing style of Twilight, yet it flows so smoothly that its hard to put down. Think of the smooth stylings of JK Rowling married to a simple, first person tween girl type romance and you have Stephanie Meyer. That’s the draw. It’s smooth and simple.
Him: Like a Sunset Delite (a tequila drink CP came up with last night- I’ll explain in a minute)
Me: Exactly! Disturbing that you like it, but addictive by how nicely it goes down. No wonder it’s following is almost cultish among teen girls and women! I’ve identified the draw so I should be immune to it’s voodoo like charms.
Now to elaborate.
I blogged earlier today about a drink called Caribbean Sunset from the Patron website. (Go here if you missed it). We’ve been drinking them for a couple days. Just a cocktail with dinner. They go quite nicely with Mexican food.
However, last night we were all out of orange juice. It was rather disappointing. I asked CP if he thought Sunny D would work. We’d joked about the idea of mixing tequila or vodka with Sunny D before because we seem to always have it around for Kitty.
Well we tried it last night. And it goes down so smooth. It’s rather addictive. More, it’s disturbing that adults should like or use SunnyD in an adult beverage, right? The Corporate Prince decided to call it a “Sunset Delite” after it’s ingredients.
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it:
1 shot of tequila
1/2 shot Triple Sec
6 oz SunnyD- the smooth variety
a splash of grenadine
Mix the tequila, triple sec and SunnyD together, pour over ice, add the grenadine on top, swirl and enjoy.