I hate hype. Whether it is a new movie, product, book, restaurant, band, store -- I can't stand things that are so talked about, so advertised, so blogged about and written about and reviewed and built up that before they even come out (or are released, or out for buying, whatever) you feel like you already know so much about them. That you're almost required to like them, just because they're so hyped. And I hate even more people that like something JUST because it's the hot or popular or trendy thing at the time (see: most iPhone users!). Get your own opinions, people!
But ... one exception: The Twilight Series of Books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and now Breaking Dawn). I was a late comer to the series ... I read the first 3 books after Eclipse had been out awhile already. I couldn't stand that everyone was talking, recommending, gushing on and on about these books about vampires (what?!) and werewolves (huh?!) and that it was a young adult book, but a love story, but still really really good. Did NOT sound appealing to me.
Yeah, until I stayed up all night reading and read Twilight in about 8 hours, and then New Moon and Eclipse both over the next 2 days, finishing out the trilogy in a long 3 day weekend. I was hooked. So good.
So I was excited this weekend when Breaking Dawn (the 4th and final book) was being released. I wasn't going-to-the-midnight-release-party-excited, but stop-at-Target-at-9am-excited. Even though I knew I wouldn't be able to read until Saturday night due to a family reunion all day long that day. But I did read that night. And read, and read, and read. We had pizza for dinner Sunday night because I was reading. And reading. And finally I finished it, just a few minutes ago. And it was good.
You won't find any spoilers here, especially because I know some of my good friends are still waiting on their pre-ordered books to come from Amazon.com, but I'll just say that I'm overall happy with the way it ended. Not just how Breaking Dawn ended, but how she tied up the series as a whole. Surprised, a little thrown off, but happy. A little was predictable, and it was a little fairy-tail-ish, but really what else did we expect? Who else is reading it? Has finished it? Liked it? Hated it? Go check in at the most recent post at the Oh! It Is Only a Novel! book blog and then in a few days we'll post a review by Darci and I and discuss it more then (with spoilers!).
So now I'm a gusher and a recommend-er and a hype-er about the Twilight books. I talk about them to everyone. I share a knowing look to the other girl in the check-out line that has Breaking Dawn in her cart. I've gotten a lot of people hooked on the books, and I'm proud of it. And now I'm going to go read Breaking Dawn again, from page 1, because it was just that good, and I feel like I rushed through it the first time just dying to know how it ended.