#RIPTwilight – Your Stories & an anniversary

Blow one out for LTT

Dear LTTers,

Happy Anniversary! Yes, today is our FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Four years ago today we decided to start writing Letters to a little Book/Film series called Twilight and my how the days have (not) flown. We’ve been sharing pictures and photos all week from you guys and what the last four years and Twilight has meant to you. I bet you were expecting something grand today, no? Weeeellll you know how on those years your birthday lands in the middle of the week or on a day you have to work, so you decide to celebrate later? Well, we’re going to do that. On Monday we’ll post our letters and stand around a virtual campfire and sings “Friends” while the embers fade.

Until then we’ll let you take it away…

How LTT kept us from becoming the dreaded lame soccer mom.

#RIPtwilight: LTT better than botox

Snowwhitedrifted: Like a good time machine, or a sparkly Vampire, LTT made me younger. It made me 21… forever. Wait. Am I thinking about shopping again? Anyway. Reading LTT and the comments introduced me to many new terms I hadn’t been familiar
with: FanFiction, The Shocker, Vampgasms, VILF, DILF, folkster, angsty mumblish, and my favorite, Jorts. I joined Twitter, I starting blogging with my LTT twin, East Coast Stacey. I discovered music that I fell in love with. How had I not heard of Sia pre Twi? These were all things that my circle of friends, mostly “new moms” just didn’t chat about. You guys filled my, “but I still feel edgy and snarky, where’s my outlet? I don’t want to discuss Pottery Barn Kids!” need. Anyway. So now it’s all coming to a close and I fear I will return to my true age. Will #RIPTwilight mean I have to turn back into a 38 year old? Say it isn’t so. I don’t wanna give up my Dead Weather downloads and Modcloth purchases. I don’t want a mom bob and a Christmas sweater. Please, #thatsNormal, keep me out of Chicos and away from the mini vans.

EC Stacey: Oh LTT/Twilight…you saved me from the crippling new mommy syndrome. Instead of morphing into a pastels and pearl wearing future soccer mom, I felt the power to continue wearing band tee shirts and have my babies not only listen to Bombay Bicycle Club (thanks Eclipse Soundtrack) instead of The Wiggles, but listen to my daughter tell her daddy, “Mommy loves Edward.” I am sure you can imagine that awkward conversation. Through LTT, I met so many wonderful new friends like Team Seth, TJE, RobsFuture Mate, my cosmic twin Snowwhitedrifted…to name only a few.

Not too mention, how cool is to meet one of your now closest friends over at LTT? Snowwhitedrifted and I are so alike it’s scary. We really need to update Talk Supe. Hmm…
SWD: We do, we do. I just started watching Once Upon a Time… that’s supe-y isn’t it? #tangent

EC: Moon and UC…thank you for the laughs, the fun and helping me rediscover my love of writing. I will be forever grateful!

SWD: Yes, Moon and UC, I truly enjoyed this time and helping out with the LTT store. It’s been such a blast to see the snark on garments.

Slovenia Exists

I remember meeting JellyBeanRainbow for the first time & when I asked her to repeat where she said she was from she told me, “Slovenia exists. It’s a real country.” I’ll never forget that. And when I tell people I have a friend in Slovenia & they give me that “What are you talking about” look, I repeat JBR’s words “Slovenia Exists.” I’m so glad it does because it brought us a great friend- one that, despite living across the world, I actually see more often than my college roommates….

Dear LTT/LTR headquarters,

this is my fourth try. It doesn’t matter how I start my letter, it ends as a thanksgiving letter. Because I am so so so thankful for Twilight and you, UC and Moon. I’m so glad I get to meet you in real life and get to know you a little. You are two of the nicest, warmest, smartest people I ever met and even if I think of you as

friends, I’m still a little starstruck in your presence.

It was probably a coincidence that I found this particular blog when researching everything Twilight and everything Rob, but I’m so glad I did. You literally changed my life. Through you I met so many interesting people, in real life and in comments section. Through you I kept being in touch with popular culture, whether it’s JustinBieber or Hunger Games or ComiCon or GingerSnaps. Because of you I opened many social media accounts and entered the modern age. I might have discovered Twilight books and movies by myself, but our not so little community made them so much fun.

And last but not least, I made real life friendships that will last forever ( insert Twilight font here).

Love, JellyBeanRainbow

We got her

Dear LTT,

I found Twilight late in the summer of 2008 after it being practically forced upon me by a friend. Like everyone else here on LTT, I was immediately fell under its spell. Hard. After reading each book in record time, causing my husband to become a bit frightened and a tad bit mad that I was “ignoring” him and the kids, I scoured the interwebs for more information. With the excitement of Twilight coming into movie form and Stephenie updating her site somewhat regularly, I was sated with new information. But after a while it wasn’t enough and I realized many fans were, well, kinda (read: holy freaking) crazy and I only had one RL friend who really “got it”. I wanted to interact with others who were so inexplicably and irrevocably in love with this story, but the commenter’s on many of the sites quite frightened me.

I believe it was the post I read on newmoonmovie.org that you had done with them speculating Kristen’s alleged baby bump in the summer of 2009 that brought me to you (or at least it was this post that had me loyally checking your site on a daily basis thenceforth). There were women who are hilariously funny and aren’t over-crazed (in a non-Normal way) and too serious about their deep love of Twilight were they flip out on one another if you don’t have the same opinion or “Team”? I wanted to hug you!!

By February 2010 while I was going stir crazy being cooped up in my house, recovering from a really bad accident, I finally broke down and commented for the first time coming out of my lurkedom status (it was a big thing to me, I mean, come on, commenting on a Twilight site? The stigma). But everyone here was really welcoming, even when I came on too strong with my excitement of commenting after a month of daily solitude and/or my comments/joke/sarcasm didn’t make sense due to my injuries and I was so glad I had. By April I’d written my first letter to you which, admittedly, I got total fangirly excited when you told me you were going to post it. I’ve since frequented LTT’s comments and done the occasional “guest post” letter. But from the moment I first commented, LTT had become more than just site I liked to check. It became a place where I could forget the horrible stuff I was going through with recovery and just laugh with women (and unicorns) who know what it’s like to have this love of this story, (few of whom have become real online friends and a couple of whom I almost actually met) and remained there for me for the next few years while my struggle continued. Sure, my husband was/is phenomenal and my kids too with all this recovery, but their support was different… with you guys I could escape it all and just laugh and forget about all the crap that was hard to deal with. Twilight and LTT has been my much needed sanity break these past few years

There are many things I could mention that I loved about the site or LTTs infamous terms, posts or jokes. Or how without Twilight, LTT and/or the people who frequent the site I wouldn’t have done/experienced/thought/found/known (fill in the blank)…. but that would take forever and only Edward has that kind of time. :) Just know that even though this is THE END, there will still be times where I’ll smile or laugh to myself with my own little private joke I know no outsider would get; like when I get an iced coffee and notice I have a red straw and a clear cup and take a picture because it makes me laugh…

“Not Clear Rosalie”

when I go to the zoo and find the spider monkey exhibit hilarious…

“Hold on tight Spider Monkey!”

when I keep staring at the hostess at IHOP and it’s not because I want to be fake lesbians with her….

“Why am I covered in feathers?”

or when I giggle at and snap a picture a dog-lovers car bumper magnet…

“I wonder if this means they’re Team Jacob…?”

and I’ll think of you and know that you would smile or laugh too.

Thanks for all the much needed laughter and friendship,

Team Jacob Edward

 

Happy Anniversary Yall!
Moon & UC

PS Try to get that Friends song out of your head now… HAAHAHA!

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#RIPTwilight – Your Stories Day 5 – LTT friendships made

Post #4 (and the last post… we think) for the day!!! Follow along with the #RIPTwilight Tag so you don’t miss any of the stories!

Dear Twilight,

I blame it all on Wayne*. If he hadn’t taken his wife Narelle* out to dinner on Saturday, 27 April 2010 I wouldn’t have been babysitting Shiela* and Bruce* (*not their real names, Hale no!). I wouldn’t have watched Shiela’s Twilight DVD. I wouldn’t have thought “the acting, meh and meh, what do they see in RPatz? and good god! those wigs!! but the STORY…”

My Amazon account tells me I purchased 5 paperbacks, one hardback and a DVD on 30th April. Only one of these items didn’t have Stephenie Meyer’s name on it. And so my own brand of heroin began it’s addiction.

It was like being a teenager again – the bad side of it: uncertainty, mood swings, hiding in my room, obsession and feeling (even more) like the outsider.

I needed to talk but friends didn’t really understand and so I turned to the web but nothing seemed to fit. Such seriousness out there. And such hate. For a book about made up stuff. Then the Goddess let it be known she would be allowing subjects to attend her – Twilight Lexicon mentioned a transcript of the meeting on some Letters blog and thus I found my true Cullen home.

Letters To Twilight. LTT. It had to be. Even the initials are the same as mine. A matching Twilight obsession but t’is a true love: we see the quirks and faults, accept them, snark a little and still love.

Through Twilight and LTT I could escape RL for a little bit ‘cause being a grown up is HARD. You’re expected to be responsible and you need to support others. And sometimes not nice things happen in RL. At LTT I could at first watch and then dance amongst a worldwide crowd of intelligent, funny people who sympathised and shared, not just about the Twilight world.

Then, too too quickly time passed and suddenly BD2 was coming out and LTT would be ending and I needed to do something. So I went to LA. I went to Fan Camp. I saw the pretty people (and the actors). I got tipsy at the LTT party (yeah, ok, drunk). I got to make virtual friends real.

Twilight and LTT have given me a much needed reminder that it’s okay to not be grown up all the time. It’s okay to be sad and scared and, most importantly, that the opportunity to make new friends without judgement is one of the things that makes living so worthwhile.

RIP Twilight. And RIP Wayne, although you started it you didn’t get to see the end.
So let’s raise our Strawberry Loves and make a toast to moving onto the next fun thing in our lives.

‘Cause http://thats-normal.com

 

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#RIPTwilight- Your Stories Day 5 – We’re still not done…

Post #3 for the day!!! Follow along with the #RIPTwilight Tag so you don’t miss any of the stories!

Dear Twilight,

so this is it. You’re leaving. Fine. We all know how well that worked out last time! But just in case you’ll actually be able to stay away this time, let me tell you a little about what you mean to me, okay?

When you came into my life in 2009, I was in a slump. You energized me, made me remember what it was like to dream impossible dreams, what it was like to be in love. I sort of rediscovered who I was and who I wanted to be, and started making some changes in my life. You brought love, sex and sarcasm back into my life, in that order.

Because then I discovered LTT, and a bunch of fantastic women of various ages who shared one trait: they all knew how to love something passionately, to the point of nerdiness, without ever letting that stop them from fondly poking fun at it, and at themselves. It was like joining a religion where the followers make fun of their religious leaders and gods every day. And a religion with a sense of humor can never turn into a cult. It was also a community where people were generous with their love and support as well as their sarcasm, and where random comments made you think and important issues were raised and dissected tweed seriously. (Like how vampire erections really work.) It made me feel Normal, when not much else did. I will miss it – a lot.

This feels like graduating from college (if you had a good college experience). You know that you have to move on to someplace else, but you really hate leaving all those wonderful friends you’ve made behind. That’s how I feel now that LTT is shutting down, even though I still think our love is forever, Twilight. Not because you’re a bunch of sparkly vampires but because this kind of love IS forever. (And if I kill myself next year, jumping off a high cliff, I will still have had some really fun years with you, so it’s still worth it!)

A thousand hugs and kisses!
MariaCecilia

P.S. If you see Rob around, tell him he can come to my Halloween party dressed as Edward, anytime. I have Heineken and Hot Pockets. Seriously. Second turn to the left after the dumpster.

“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” -CS Lewis

Hi ladies,

That’s the quote that came to mind, when I saw your post “The Time has Come”. I knew that inevitably this would be happening, so here I am writing to you one last time. This is what I think of when I think about your blog. I’m not the only one. When I finished reading the Twilight series, back in February 2009, I was all by my lonesome. No one told me about the books or the movies, so it was serendipity that I found you guys. It is through you that I connected to Random Acts of Rob, and met some of my dearest friends there. I also found out about fan fiction, because of The Forum. Without fan fiction, I wouldn’t have been a part of RAoR’s fan fiction fridays. Now I’m a part of a book blog called Bookish Temptations. It’s the circle of life. *giggle*

Here are some of my fondest memories:

Your letter to Xavier Samuel. That’s the first letter I read here. I remember laughing out loud at work, with my head down on the counter. I was thrilled to realize that I was actually normal in my obsession, in the great scheme of things.

Thanksgiving 2009 post. The first time my name is featured on a post. I was so thankful for Edward and Chris Weitz that year.

All Things lead to Twilight. My own personal letter was posted on LTT. How cool is that?

My husband’s letter to Rob. Robert Thomas Pattinson. Seriously, how could I not talk about Rob. When my husband mentioned in passing that he wanted to thank Rob and Stephenie for that matter, I immediately wrote a letter to him, and again it got posted. That’s so normal.

Twilight soundtrack posts. I loved all of the posts about music. There is alot of really great music on my iPod because of you guys.

One day I would love to meet you guys in person, but would probably embarrass myself, being the fangirl that I am. If you are ever in Chicago, give me a head’s up, so we can meet. I’ll buy you a drink. It’s the least I can do, right?

Thanks you guys for bringing so much fun and joy into my life. I look forward to more laughs at That’s Normal too.

Huge crazy fan girl,

Katherine aka katiebird

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#RIPTwilight – Your Stories Day 5 – For all the Lurkers out there

Post #2 for the day!!!  For all you Lurkers out there: WHY ARE YOU LURKING??? We need you! We got this letter from thelurkingcricket this week & it about killed me. How many of you are lurking in the corners, creeping by the sidelines, laughing with us, considering yourself one of us and we don’t know you at ALL? This makes me sad! I want to know you! 

But seriously… lurkers are some of our favorites… because no matter when we hear from you (and we usually eventually do– except for you – yep I see you lurking there!) it’s like we’ve known you for years… wahhh

Dear LTT

After reading the letters from avid LTTers this past week I felt I should buck up and finally write to you. As far as the LTT gang is concerned I am a nobody…or as one LTTer so hilariously put it one of those “lurker/reader”.

Since 2009 I have been lurking and reading LTT and LTR. Like many it is the first site I visit every morning, followed by my bank and then gmail. So it would be rude of me to not let the number one site I visit know how grateful I have been for the hilarious, but still twilosophical insight into the world we all just can’t seem to get enough of. I never commented or wrote a letter, until now. I just checked the site religiously, giggling under my breath and many times covering my mouth to muffle the giggles turned laughter trying to avoid getting caught.

But caught I was…eventually I couldn’t hold in the LTT/LTR funny and my husband found out. Instead of all my sentences starting with “Today on NPR I heard this story….” (I have an hour commute) they began to start with “Today my blog wrote….”.* (Yes, I just referred to your blog as my blog even though I have had nothing to do with it other than lurking and reading. But it is the only blog I have ever read and therefore to me and my husband it is mine.) I was eventually found out by my boss as well and realizing it would be worse if I tried to deny or hide my obsession, because that would make it a weak spot and susceptible for torture, I proudly looked at him and declared my ever-lasting love to LTT and Twilight.

From that moment on, although I was still too scared to actually join LTT in any real way, I openly read, followed, and discussed LTT with any person that showed the slightest inclination for Twilight. This site has given me so many things over the years…a link to people who understand the need for more Twilight, but also understand the big picture; 15 minutes in the day where I can turn everything else off and just go to a happy place…that I feel I need to do more than just stare sadly at my computer on the final day. So instead of being sad when the time comes, I have decided I will eat a “last meal” to commemorate the fun I have had stalking my first and only blog – I consider That’s Normal to be an extension of this blog. I will eat mushroom ravioli, because that is fitting, and drink a bottle (or two) and think about the good reads and the smiles it always brought me.

Thank you UC, Moon, and all the contributors to LTT!

theLurkingCricket

*Light bulb: create audio versions of the archives and I can fill my hour commute with LTT/LTR rather than NPR which would be totally normal! I LIKE THIS IDEA -UC

Here are UC & Moon as the original Twilight lurkers

Next time invite me to your Twilight parties

Dear LTT,

I am writing to tell you about my beautiful experience with The Twilight Saga.

The Twilight Saga has definitely had a huge impact in my life. Starting with the books. I remember reading the first one and instantly falling in love in with the story and of course the one and only Edward Cullen. Next came the excitement of the movie!! I remember seeing the pictures of them filming and thinking “Whoa, what a hottie!” I knew they had selected the best Edward (which was the most important to me. I mean, I knew they couldn’t have selected the best Bella. Hello? I never received the call I had gotten the part!).

I have such wonderful memories from watching all 5 premieres online, actually waiting for ROB to make his appearance, to leaving work at 5pm and change into my Twilight gear and head to the movies to be first in line for the midnight premiere (then go home, get 2 hours of sleep and go right back to work. Hey, its Twilight! Its soooo worth it!), to the excitement of the DVD release, to even hosting my own Twilight Party!! It made a special bond for my sister, my cousin and I. We were all such Twilight Fanatics!

I have to give a special THANK YOU to my husband for putting up with me and my Twilight Addiction. Not only did he go to every single midnight release with me, not only did he buy me everything I wanted that was Twilight related, he never once looked at me like I was crazy and never called an intervention on me. The only think he says is he is SO grateful we got married before Breaking Dawn because he doesn’t think he could have handled paying for our wedding to be EXACTLY like Bella and Edward’s! So again, Thank you Sweetheart for putting up with me and my obsession! I love you! Xoxo

And of course, Thank you to LTT for all the laughs, the stories and the good times. I will definitely miss it all.

*sniff*
*sniff*

Kristie

PS. The pictures are from one of my Twilight Parties! I painted the wine glasses, made cupcakes with vampire fang markings, I made a CD of the best Twilight Songs from the soundtracks and tied it up with a fork that says “I Love Forks!”, I covered Twislers with a “Type A Blood” and the other photo is a close up of one of the glasses I painted!

 

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#RIPTwilight- Your Stories Day 5 – We should have done it….

Soooo we have SO many #RIPTwilight stories left to share and like zero days left (literally) so today will be slightly different. I know I know we ONLY post at 8 am unless something MAJOR happens. But we’re gonna switch it up today and post every few hours with the stories we have left… We think they are that important and you need a break from all the crying you’ll be doing, so we think you should eat ice cream between each reading. 

Kicking us off today is a letter suggesting we need a glossary (we have a little one in our FAQs) or a Dictionary. And we agree. We should have done that LONG ago..!

Sigh . . . This is hard stuff. Cue “There’s a Possibility” from New Moon to play in the background while I type this letter.

I found LTT while doing my daily check of SM’s site. It was just a regular sleepy eyed morning, I was off work for the summer and was excited to see a rare update, which was the not-random drawing of fan sites to meet with Steph. I checked out all the winning sites, but of course LTT was the only one that really GOT me. The only site that made me feel normal. Though I have to admit, for a while I felt not quite cool enough to be here. I was scared to comment for fear that I would sound too lame. Everybody was SOOO funny, SOOO intelligent and (gasp) from all over the world! I was just a Kentucky red neck (that’s a term of pride down here) that had never even read a blog before. Plus, you guys seemed to have your own secret language, full of inside jokes and slang terms that I wasn’t in on and didn’t understand. I was so clueless. I read the rest of the site and the old posts as quickly as possible. The FAQ’s were very helpful. Though I still felt a little intimidated, I commented occasionally, and laughed constantly. Soon, I was getting the inside jokes, and I feeling much cooler. I no longer felt like a weird grown ass woman that was obsessed with a teen saga. I was this cool chick that made my own inside jokes that nobody else got J I felt way cool as I taught the words “jorts”, “face palm” and “second hand embarrassed” to my three teenage daughters. It might sound creepy/crazy, but I now feel I have friends all over the world. I know we’d never recognize each other in person, and I admit I still confuse which one is Moon and which one is UC, but you guys have all been my friends these past few years and I will truly miss you all. Thanks for upping my coolness, thanks for the sense of normality, thanks for letting me live vicariously through you at all the premiers and interviews, thanks for extending my vocabulary (still waiting for the LTT dictionary, or the glossary in that book your going to write) and thanks for the memories! #RIPBobHopetoo

celestialchi

Maybe we don’t need a Dictionary since we have Team Seth

I finally met Charlie Bewley! After all these years. Of course I was wearing my Tweed Serious shirt at the time. Why would you ever doubt my coolness?Dear Letters to Twilight,

Usually I write LTT, but since this is the final letter, I wanted to make it formal.

As a language lover, I really want to thank you for the new dialect. Purple meaning cool and green meaning good. Buttcrack Santa, a figure as well-known as his little bottles, always being followed by a #RIP to be grammatically correct. Jortspack and to fursplode being the most accurate and PC way to describe the wolves (sorry, shapeshifters!) and their transformation. The suffix -ward added to any noun creating a complex noun having to do with an iteration of Edward’s character growth as a non-growing being or, alternatively, of Rob’s hijinx for the week. Normal being an adjective to describe a distinct type of person belonging to a specific group. The etymology of the phrase Breaking it down, Vanity Fair style harkening us back to the creation and founding nature of this dialect. Thinkers, debaters, and philosophers coming together over the terms tweed serious, put on my tweed, and Twilosophy. Unicorn no longer meaning a mythical creature, but rather a real, flesh-and-bone male human being. Spit my coffee out not meaning a caffeinated beverage is splattered (usually), rather that one laughed in his/her head really loudly; louder than a LOL conveys. Such is the dialect of LTT, and for it I’m am ever grateful.

Most people like Twilight because of the relationship between Bella and Edward. I suppose that is respectable, though it’s not my favorite fictional relationship by any means (cough, Bennett and Darcy, cough). I like Twilight because of the trees. Imagine for a moment having visited the Pacific Northwest. A fleeting pass-through on your road trip around North America: mostly interstates and a few craft beers, and then some whale watching in British Columbia. Your recent boyfriend meeting you in Vancouver and telling you about the Ewok Forest of Stanley Park. You go with him there, take in the quiet majesty of the ancient trees that tower over you. The deeper into this urban park you go, the less light that filters through. Water is everywhere in the form of moisture. Everything is wet and cold and green. So very green. Even the things that shouldn’t be green, like the rocks and the tree bark, are covered in a neon green moss. Now remove yourself from that place and put yourself in the humidity and heat of Orlando, Florida. Put yourself on the smoggy, overcrowded interstate commute home from your 7:30-5:00 job that you don’t mind, but don’t see a future in. The pine trees, where they even grow here, are short and stumpy. The hot weather is oppressive and unrelenting. The land is flat and littered with swamp and hot, murky lakes that you cannot go into without getting amoebas in your ears. It is almost hellish.

Do you have that image in your mind? Now turn on “Full Moon” by The Black Ghosts (I know you all own it. You don’t have to pretend, you’re safe here). What do you see? What do you feel? You see trees. You see “Twilight” fonted. You see a metal bridge over a river and a Forks police car driving. You see a Welcome to Forks sign. You see an open-bed semi hauling timber. You see green and wet and cold. You feel good. You feel excited. You feel alive.

This is where I went. I moved across the country without a job to the Pacific Northwest. Under the nearly constant cover of stratus cloud and drizzling rain, next to the spraying roar of Multnomah Falls, on the cliffside of US-101 overlooking Cannon Beach and the outstretched Pacific Ocean. That is where I found you, LTT. And you changed my life. Irrevocably so.

Thanks for all the laugh lines, ladies and unicorns. You’ve all really meant the world to me.

With the Kindest Regards,
Team Seth

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