So last night our ward book club discussed Twilight. I need to say that our book club is more of a small social gathering than a meeting of the minds and for the past while the group has been rather small, kind of floundering, though we do have a wide range of ages represented. There were three of us who had read the series and loved it. The other two ladies hadn't had their names come up in the library queue. One of them heard about it and had decided already that she wasn't going to read it because she doesn't like reading to escape, she likes reading to learn and couldn't see that she was going to get anything out of a vampire book.
So I start in and talk about how much I loved the book, right from the start, because to me it read so fast and the descriptions were so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. But then to explain the story of a young girl falling in love with a vampire, but he is a good vampire because he drinks animal blood instead of human blood, and then there is the werewolf in the next story... it starts to sound ridiculous. I wasn't trying to convince the non-reader to read the book, I just wanted to talk about the story and the characters but that didn't happen at all. The non-reader became even more repulsed by the story as we talked about it. It kind of started to feel like I was a missionary for the series and was about to get rejected and booted out the door.
Then a late-comer arrived (an hour late and we were actually going to leave because Sommer was starting to act ready for bed and I didn't want her to start fussing). The late-comer explained that she didn't want to read the book but decided to read it to support the group. She started it almost didn't pick it up the second day but did after all . And what do you know? She really enjoyed it and wants to read the entire series. This convinced the non-reader that she should give it a try after all. I just pushed her further away from reading, even though I did say that I wasn't so keen on reading it at first either. So non-reader is borrowing my copy of Twilight and late-comer has my Eclipse. I am expecting non-reader to return the book to me on Sunday with a laugh and shake of her head saying that she tried but just couldn't read it. And that is okay. But I still haven't really talked about the books and the characters and the relationships. Oh well. I just saw on the website that they have casted the actors for Bella and Edward for the movie and production starts in February. Won't that be fun?