Twilight mom confession and how I met ‘Jacob’ (really!)

by melissa caddell on November 18, 2009 · 12 comments

in 'burbmania, hilarity--snicker...

Back when Taylor Lautner was 'Shark Boy' and not yet 'Jacob'

Back when Taylor Lautner was 'Shark Boy' and not yet 'Jacob'

Hi. My name is Melissa and I have read the Twilight saga. Multiple times. No, I’m not 14. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I’m a ‘Twilight mom’. You know, those grownup women who become addicted to the Twlight books after prying them out of the hands of their teenaged daughters. (Not that I have a teen daughter.)

I was a late fan and didn’t start the series until Breaking Dawn (the 4th book) came out. I (admittedly) rolled my eyes at the hysteria. I only read Twilight to write a book review for it, but by about 50 pages in, I was staying up until 2 am to finish it. And I was extremely grateful that a) the books were nice and long and b) that I had waited to start the series until 4 books were out. No having to wait for the next installment!

Now, I have never been to those fan websites. Well, aside from that one time when I got caught up in the buzz about how ‘Jacob’ (Taylor Lauter) had gained 30 pounds and totally got buffed out to stay in the series. I guess the director or a producer or someone was concerned that he wasn’t big enough (spoiler ALERT!) to look werewolfy. Well, being impressed with his determination, I went to a Twilight moms website. Looked like he pulled it off. And in the interest of research, I am posting this link for you. ‘Cause I’m nice like that.

I have taken one of those Facebook quizzes, and it turns out that I’m on Team Jacob, just for full disclosure. And I did meet him (back in the days that he was just Shark Boy) at a karate tournament my oldest daughter competed in, March 2007. Do you see how close I got to him?? Oh, and my kids got to meet him, too. Nice young man, considerate of his fans. Probably couldn’t get within a mile of him now.

And then, as a writer, read the series again to understand the crack-like nature of it. You know, from a purely professional perspective. What was so addictive about it? The characters? The writing? The theme? I loved how Stephanie Meyer just discarded known vampire lore when it didn’t work with her story. Creepy bloodsuckers? Make ‘em vegetarian! Turn to dust in sunlight? Nah—just make ‘em sparkly!

I own the Twlight movie and drug my amused husband to see it in theaters where I sat and whispered in his ear all the critical plot points he was missing by not having read the book. He liked the fight scene at the end enough that with the promise of werewolf and vampire fights in New Moon, he’s coming with me on Friday to see it (and only because I can’t find a sitter for the midnight showing).

So, bring on the bloodsuckers and dogs. This Twilight mom is ready! Whoop!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Casey Caddell November 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

The husbands point of view:
The redeeming factor to the twilight movies is that they have vampires and warewolves so I go.
Taylor Lautner seemed like a good kid way back when we met him and he was great with the kids.

2 Nicole aka Gidget November 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

okay, you may have actually convinced me to read them. for purely *professional* reasons of course. :)

3 Melissa Caddell November 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Update: happy the movie was good! Acting was improved (phew!) and my *close* *personal* *friend* Taylor totally rocked. :)

4 Susan November 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I’m a mom fan of Twilight too. I’m so excited to go see New Moon! I was very ho hum about the series until I was peer pressured by my best friend and sister in-law to read them. I reluctantly started reading and became hooked. It is a fun series and a nice escape. How fun that you got to meet “Jacob” before he was Jacob. So jealous…

5 melissa caddell November 24, 2009 at 12:29 am

Nicole–let me know how it’s going! :) You know, from a purely professional perspective. As a warning, the first movie was pretty bad, so brace yourself.

Susan! Welcome! So nice to see you here! :)

6 April December 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Team Jacob! I know, the Twilight series is to literature what Herseys is to chocolate. I don’t care, I still love it. New Moon (the movie) is totally worth seeing just for the eye candy. Just cause we’re middle age moms doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate … healthy children. ;-)

7 melissa caddell December 6, 2009 at 1:19 am

April, I don’t even know you and I like you so much! :)

8 Soumya February 8, 2010 at 3:17 am

I was just searching Taylor Lautner for the heck of it, I am a teenage girl after all. I found your twitter (if that’s what it’s called, I’m not really a twitter user, yet) and I liked it. Nice to see moms liking something their teenage daughters (not in your case, but yeah in general) like for a change. =)
By the way I like your writing style, it’s so friendly, I do not you but I like you already.
Go Team Jacob.

9 yarlin March 30, 2010 at 10:07 pm

hahaha very funny o’h my god i just cant belive shark boy is jacob ayayai

10 Wry Mouth June 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

A picture the kids’ll treasure for years, we hope.

11 Melissa June 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

Wry Mouth–well, I do. :)

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