I'm probably somewhat a rarity amongst readers of YA fiction in that I'm yet to read the Twilight series. In fact, I haven't even seen the films!
The question is why have I been putting it off? I've slowly introduced myself to vampire fiction and I've enjoyed what I've read so far (Evernight, Vampire Academy) so why have I shied away from Twilight? In this post I'll attempt to explain why I'm yet to jump on the Twilight bandwagon.
Secondly, I'll admit I've been judgemental. You hear bad things about a series and it does put you off. I never slag off Twilight, though. I don't believe in judging a book before you've read it, so I do my best to keep away from bashing Twilight, regardless of what I've heard about it. In the Harry Potter fandom there's a lot of anti-Twilight energy which I try and stay away from. I know there are plenty of people who have read and enjoyed both series! And I have respect for any book series that gets people reading - something I know a lot of people owe to Twlight. But I like to check reviews and average ratings of books before I read them on sites like Goodreads, and if it doesn't have a positive reaction then I take that into account when deciding what to read next. There are plenty of books I've looked up on Goodreads when considering adding them to my TBR, before reading the reviews and deciding it's probably not for me.
Despite trying to remain neutral on the subject of the Twilight series, some of the things I've read about do make me think it's maybe not for me. I don't like relationships in books that promote unhealthy behaviour, either from the guy or the girl. The amount that gets raised around the series worries me slightly. I've also seen down snippets of the writing which maybe thinks I'd have some niggles with it. (I blame Tumblr for that one). The problem with book series that gain so much hype is that it can either make you want to go out and grab it right away (like The Hunger Games) or it can put you off it based on the wealth of info provided by the media (50 shades...). I think with Twilight I've ended up going with the latter option.
As for why I haven't seen the films - I like to read the book first whenever possible. There's still a part of me that doesn't want to watch the films first, just because it feels like the wrong order to do things. If I do ever read Twilight then I'm sure I'd watch the films to compare the two. (The other reason is that I don't find either RPatz or Taylor Lautner attractive which seems to be a big draw!)
Nowadays it's become a sort of challenge to myself - how long can I avoid Twilight? It seems like it's a book that everyone has read or everyone has seen at least one of the films. So when people ask me if I've read it and I say no, I imagine they're thinking "how can you possibly have managed to avoid it?". I haven't ruled out reading Twilight indefinitely. My friend has offered to lend me the books, and I'm sure there will come a time where plain curiosity will get the better of me! It seems like a bit of a gap in my reading/blogging repertoire and I'm sure that will be something that starts to bother me eventually.The reason I decided to write this blog post was because I always feel like I need to explain the reasons I haven't read the series. I hope it doesn't make me come across as a bad person. At the end of the day, so far I have yet to be convinced that I'll really enjoy it, but then there are plenty of books I've read and not enjoyed so maybe it's time to put that excuse to bed.
I've had so many people suggest the Twilight series to me, from friends to hairdressers (the topic of books always comes up at the hairdressers...). So now I turn to you dear blog friends! Should I read Twilight?!