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What?! You have guilty pleasures too

When the Harry Potter books came out I managed to avoid reading them for a ridiculously long amount of time.  A bunch of my friends had already gobbled down the books and even Peter plowed through the first few.  Although, I enjoyed the movies and looked forward to each one, I still didn’t feel the burning need to get all involved in the books.

Which is odd in itself because I am a book maniac. I fly through a book at alarming speed, sometimes so engrossed I can barely get through the necessary deeds of the day so that I can have time to curl up with my book.  I love to read.

But these are kid’s book, ya’ll.

Then it happened.

The weekend the final book was released I picked up the “The Sorcerer’s Stone”.

It was all over for me.


I was a sad little addict, just trying to get my next Potter fix. Give me another book! One more! Just one more!!

It took me just a little over two weeks to devour all seven books, which probably makes it a good thing that I waited until they were all published.  I could no more set down one book before I HAD to pick up the next one.

I am a reading junkie, which is part of the reason blogs appeal to me because there is always new material to be read and, unlike a book, they rarely come to an end.

It’s happened again.

I’ve gotten swept into a book phenomenon that I really didn’t want to participate in.

Goodbye, common sense.  Hello, Twilight.

Yes, I am two books into the series and Edward (the hawtest vampire to hit pop culture since Angel) and Bella have stolen a little part of my heart with all their tortured I-love-you-but-I-should’t-but-I-can’t-help-it-and-I-love-you-anyways-and-oh-you-smell-so-good.
For teenagers.  This book is written for teenagers. So there’s nothing more than some overly amorous nuzzling and sniffing but it still manages to be full of angsty teenage passion.

Which, as an adult, is kind of creepy.  In fact, the whole book can be a little creepy.
For example, Edward is a century old vampire living forever in the body of a 17 year-old. Bella actually IS 17 years old.  What?? Are there no nice boys her age?

Then there’s the wonder why a guy who’s over a hundred years old would be interested in a naïve teenager anyway…the creepy factor grows.

The main vampire family lives as a mom and dad and five adopted siblings…however, the siblings are actually married, just giving the appearance of brothers and sisters for the whole world to see…again, EWWW.

But all creepiness aside, I have been yearning for a good supernatural vampire fix ever since Angel and Buffy (which Bella and Edward can really only dream of being) went off the air.  This will do.

Yet, I am still a little ashamed I spent too much time watching the new trailer for the Twilight movie coming out in November…which I will be ashamed to be standing in line for tickets to see…with a bunch of kids who can’t even buy beer yet….or maybe I’ll go to a late show…because won’t the vast majority of the prime audience have curfews?

And I am the boss of me and I can go whenever I want!

So ashamed.

But I have to go now because I need to ask my friend’s 14 year-old if she’ll loan me the third book.

26 Comments on “What?! You have guilty pleasures too”

  1. #1 chris
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 9:08 am

    My friends with teenage daughters have pulled all nighters “previewing” these books for their kids. They sheepishly admit how good they are. I just thought it was a Utah thing.

    You might have convinced me to give them a try…I still don’t know…

  2. #2 P.K.
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    OMG! I just read all of them in 4 days, spent a ridiculous amount of money so I could have all of them after I got sucked into the first one! Started with an innocent book club, which I laughed at when they suggested we read a “young adult” book…now I am ashamed, because I LOVE this series and am tempted to hunt Stephanie Meyer down to have it continue! I am in withdrawal, its a sad, sad day when you finish and have no more Edward and Bella…now I just twitch in anticipation for the movie…I will be right there with you, in line with all the other moms who read the book…by the way, love your website-your kids are beautiful, all of them…I have 3 boys and relate to you so well…I am also Korean-American (had the crazy mother with the ridiculous rules…), and thought you were too…so it was nice to read your blog to find out about your adoption…have you tried Korean food yet? Kimchee is in your blood…soooo gooooooodddddd, but stinky! Hubby loves it…NOT!

  3. #3 always home and uncool
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I have the same addiction to porn mags and cheap Scotch. Sorry, I meant to write Nintendo DS and Krispy Kreme.

    always home and uncools last blog post..Stressing about testing

  4. #4 Vic
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I’m so tempted to go and buy them – and I’m cheap and only ever get books from the library! lol

    Vics last blog post..The one where I make you all sick

  5. #5 Sarah Clapp
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I miss Buffy too! I love these little factoids about you. Makes me feel less creepy! tee hee.
    I want to read the Twilight series too.

    Sarah Clapps last blog post..Gracie’s Bed Part II

  6. #6 Awesome Mom
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Don’t feel ashamed you are not the only one to get sucked in. For some reason I am able to switch off my brain and not think of the creepiness (Bella is such a doormat) and get swept up in the whole story.

  7. #7 Sherri
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I just picked up “Twilght” last night. I can not wait to start reading it!

  8. #8 Natalie
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Don’t worry, Alannah’s got your back, er, book, I mean. I will grab it for you. Remind me to send you a picture of her all decked out in tramp vamp wear for the book release party….now that’s scary!
    Love ya!

    Natalies last blog post..The Dow is up, the ANC is down

  9. #9 Lori
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 11:06 am

    LOL! Welcome to the club!

    You know you’re in trouble when you buy your husband vampire teeth…well, I never have…I mean…..:)

    Loris last blog post..O.K. I’m going to complain…

  10. #10 Krystal
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Haven’t read the Twilight series but all I hear about on the radio is the movie. I really don’t get around to books much anymore because of the kids – used to be a huge book fiend though – now I stick to the movies – I am a Harry Potter movie junkie and it seems that this will be a new one to add.

    Krystals last blog post..To Sling or not to sling…

  11. #11 Janna
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Love me some Buffy…call me crazy, but I REALLY like Buffy and Spike!

    I love HP, too. I started reading the books after the third one came out, so I had to wait forEVER for the next installments.

    As for the Twilight books, I have avoided them thus far…because of things like laundry, and dishes, and kids, and cooking – you get the picture!

    Jannas last blog post..I am so proud…and such a doofus!

  12. #12 Desera
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Okay, I’m with you on this one! I’ve read the first two books also and am addicted! Ashton wanted the first one from her book order at school, so we got it and I told her I would have to read it first. After I read it (and loved it) I decided it wasn’t appropriate for an 11 year old, so I wouldn’t let her read it yet. I did go get the second in the series and it’s as good as Twillight. I’m having trouble finding the third one though. I will be right in line when it hits theaters too! Can’t wait! Thanks for letting me know that I’m not the only one!
    I’ll e-mail ya to update you on my issues.

  13. #13 Debbie
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Harry Potter – yeah, HUGE fan here!!!
    Twilight – my mom bought all of them, and I’m just waiting for her to finish. I can’t wait to read them! Kids books…who cares! If it’s a good story, I’ll read it!

  14. #14 Mrs. Kitty
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Hi! Just stopped over from Shamelessly Sassy’s place.

    I could have written this post WORD FOR WORD! I was totally against the whole Harry Potter phenomenon (back at book 3), because HELLO! These books are written for kids.

    But then I read one. And became a total crack addict, reading the books like the nerd boy in The Never Ending Story. I was IN.

    And then, my cousin in law hooked me in with Twilight. Then I became a dealer and told my sister in law. Will the madness never end?!?!

    I’ll see you in the back of the theater on Nov. 21. 🙂

    Mrs. Kittys last blog post..why don’t you kick me while I’m down

  15. #15 Rhonda
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    DITTOOOOO!!! HA! Aniisa-I just checked and I am exactly 200 pages from the end of the LAST book! I ready the first one in less than 10 hours-and before that I don’t think I’ve ever even held a 500+ page book-much less read one! It could be worse-it could be food we are addicted to! Oh-wait-I am addicted to that too! UGH!
    Anyways-I think they only get better-so you need to carve out some time to finish them!!

  16. #16 Heather
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Okay, you know we are Harry Potter fans! I am going to have to check out these Twilight books. You are the 2nd blog I’ve seen who has posted on them. You’ve got me curious . . . I think I’ll be heading to the bookstore in the morning. 🙂 I am always looking for a good read.

    Heathers last blog post..And the Winner Is . . .

  17. #17 Tracy
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Well at least with the Potter books you didn’t have to wait for every for the next one to come out. I kind of like that, to bad I never get to do that.

    If you have not tried the Earagon books stay away till the last one is written, or the Wheel of time books which who knows when book 12 will be out.

    I need to read the Twilight books, especially with the movie coming out soon.

  18. #18 Jennifer (KCC)
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I tried reading the first Potter book and didn’t get very far. I think I also fell asleep during one of the movies?

    I have a friend that insists I should read the Twilight books.

    *shrugs* I like to be the rebel.

    Jennifer (KCC)s last blog post..so there’s this boy

  19. #19 Melissa
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I avoided up the Harry Potter books too until my daughter said she wanted to read them. So I got the first one and she wasn’t that into it but I finished it and moved onto the next one. Luckily it was around the time the last book was published. I didn’t read them quite so fast as you – I think they took me 2 months – LOL.

    Melissas last blog post..Can’t blame it on the kids

  20. #20 Shannon HO!
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I read them ALL in 3 days- no kidding.
    Sad – but true.

  21. #21 Brittany
    on Oct 14th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Potter addict…guilty!

    I am trying SO HARD to avoid Twilight so I can still function daily, but it is getting so hard!

    Brittanys last blog post..Corner office, flying shrimp

  22. #22 Tracy P
    on Oct 15th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    My name is Tracy-I to am a “Twlight” addict-I blame it onmy teenage daughter (who loves books as much as I do if not more) she made me, I mean got me started last spring and I was hooked-we even bought the most recentin hardback becasue we could not wait. the newest-which was a little different but still very good just in a more dark creepy way-but hey we are talking vampires and werewolves-I think I read the last one in a day. Just can’t make the enjoyment last can we!
    So you are not alone-looks like there will be more than a few standing in line for the tickets next month (just take some teenagers with you and you will look cool!)

    Tracy Ps last blog post..Stepping back in Time for some Sunday Fun

  23. #23 Ann of the Incredible Gift
    on Oct 15th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I’m right with you on the Harry Potter books. When I learned that my nieces were reading them, I had to see what they were reading. After going through the first book lickety split, I went out and bought the next batch (2 and 3 were available), and went through them like grass through a goose. I’ve finished the books without seeing the movies.

    I have not gotten into Twilight… but that may be because I’m still waiting breathlessly for the next episode in the tale of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series of books… Oh, wait! Guilty Pleasures is the title of the first book in the Anita Blake series.

    In the meantime, I’m reading whatever comes out of my boxes of moved books that I don’t remember – like Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove. Harry is an alternate historian. And he writes well.

    Ann of the Incredible Gifts last blog post..A Little Logic

  24. #24 Mary
    on Oct 15th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    My 14 year old talked me into reading Twilight. We only go to 1 or 2 movies a year and she REALLY wanted to see the movie, so figured if she could get mom on board, I’d take her.
    BOY WAS SHE RIGHT! My hubby said no way no vampire movies, she will have nightmares (this is a kid who watches a haunting with me). I couldn’t figure out why, he dressed up several years as Dracula for Halloween as a kid. Turns out he was thinking of Interview with the Vampire. So we made him read the book.
    He finished it in 2 days, a record for him, watched the trailer, and asked if he could come too :).

  25. #25 Natalie
    on Oct 16th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Um hi .. yeah, finished all of them in a week and borrowed books 2-4 from my best friend’s 14 yr old. TOTALLY ADDICTING!! We can make it a fun ‘girls night’ at the movies when it comes out because I AM going to see it ….

    Natalies last blog post..Another year older ….

  26. #26 Juniper Quin
    on Sep 6th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    I kinda liked the books… I know they’re total crap, and have no plot, and vampire baseball is the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard of, but it’s not any worse than watching Clueless or something, right?