Dear Rachel, runner up to, but should have been winner of the “Be part of New Moon” contest,
Your video entry was heartbreakingly, breathtakingly…amazing. I got goosebumps and chills and tears sprang to my eyes- you should have won this contest.
Your video brought to mind my favorite parts, yet the most difficult lines in New Moon:
The waves of pain that had only lapped at me before now reared high up and washed over my head, pulling me under. I did not resurface.
Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. Even when each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.
Your video was a perfect representation of that searing pain of loss and grief- of the theme throughout New Moon. It makes me want to pick up the book for the third time and see what I emerge with this time around. The first read through New Moon is always difficult because all anyone desires is for Edward’s return. The second read for me was shockingly different. I hated it and loved it all at the same time.
I recognized myself in Bella- my own grief. The cycle that Bella went through was all too familiar- the emptiness, the suppression, the denial and, finally, time moving on.Yet going through the story with Bella was oddly comforting because of the companionship I found- I actually truly understood this fictional character! I’m so glad you had Bella with you through that time in your life.
You should have won this contest, but I understand why Summit chose a rapping teenage boy… It’s easier- it’s simpler.. but it’s less heartbreakingly beautiful. So today, you’re our hero- You’re a representative of the fans of the series who love it for more than it’s vampire/werewolf (almost) battles and for the all-too-perfect romance. Sure we all love it for those things too (although I could just take the romance without the (almost) battles), but to so many, this series is so much more. Your video embodied that, so you are OUR winner!!
UnintendedChoice for both of us
Oops- got a lil’ gushy on ya…Can’t see what video I’m talking about? Make sure to read the caption under the video
Does anyone know Rachel or how to contact her? We have a small gift, to thank her for her beautiful video!