#RIPTwilight – We swear this is the last one

Dear Twilight,

I sat down in front of my computer last night with the notes I’ve been jotting down the past week for my very last personal “Letter to Twilight” and I couldn’t do it. It was partially because I had two cats sleeping on my lap and I was uncomfortable. Partially because I had just written up something for That’s Normal and I really wanted to watch Revenge (then I realized IT WASN’T EVEN NEW. I CAN’T HANDLE THESE DAMN-WINTER FINALES), but it was a lot because this is really really really times 1 million bittersweet and I don’t feel ready yet to write down all the words that are in my head. Yes, I’m stalling. Yes, I’m sad about the end. Yes, I’m also excited for a “new chapter” in the online lives of UC & Moon and all the adventures to come, but I’m also really really sad that LTT is coming to a close. I know I’ll write about Twilight again on That’s Normal. I know that the LTT archives will be up here for YEARS to come, but this little community that we carved out in a big, scary fandom has meant the absolute world to me- YOU have meant the absolute world to me, and I’m just not ready to say good-bye.

So I’m not. Yes because I’m tired and it’s Sunday night as I type this and I haven’t talked to Moon all weekend & that’s pretty important when we’re writing a “HEY LTT SEE YA” letter together. But also because we got two other #RIPTwilight letters since Saturday & I think you should read them :) Plus in my search for reasons why I love LTT so much I found the world’s best post, which we will revisit- so read on!

4 year anniversary

Our 4 year anniversary Instagram pic I made Moon for Saturday x

We love our Canadians

The end? I can handle these words when it comes to the end of a movie or the end of a book. Maybe even the end of the Mayan Calendar — okay, who am I kidding, I can’t handle that end either — but what I really can’t handle is the end of this little corner of my world. I found LTT in early 2009 and like many of us I was struggling with what real life had to offer. Twilight came into my life at just the right time, offered me the escape I so badly needed and brought about an obsession I hadn’t felt since my Grade 9 crush on a senior boy named Luke (lucky for Luke, blogs didn’t exist back then). Anyhow, I had never before felt such a passion for a story and had never been involved in a fandom. I had no idea what to expect but immediately felt at home on LTT. Being a professional in my real life there was no one I could risk discussing peacoats, meadows or mushroom ravioli with while keeping  my street cred. I honestly felt that each LTT post was speaking right to me or could have possibly been written by me …if I was that creative or witty.
LTT very quickly became apart of my morning routine. I remember several mornings cursing myself when I managed to get my computer fired up & coffee brewed before the days post went live. I also remember many late nights putting off sleep for fear of missing a new “can’t miss” thread in the forum. Some might suggest I be ashamed of the day (or five) that I spent an entire work day looking at trashy pap photos or the day I was late picking my child up from school or the day I blew off a very important doctors appointment because shirtless photos of Rob Pattinson hit the interwebs — but I’m not. At all. That’s Normal!

LTT has not only brought many laughs over the years and an escape from real life pressures, it has also brought into my life some of the most fabulous women (and a couple of men) who I am grateful to call friends of mine. I will forever be thankful to UC, Moon and the entire LTT group.

Happy Anniversary!!

Mrskowski

We met on a Plane
One of my favorite LTT connections is with “Plane friend”- a friend I made in college (we met ON a plane traveling away from or to college!) who I reconnected with on LTT!

Dear LTT, Steph, and everything else Twilight,

I don’t really know how to say “good-bye”.

I’ve felt this way before. There are some books/TV shows that see us through times of transition and that it’s hard to accept are really over, even when they are. Friends ended the year I graduated college and I STILL hope they’ll do a reunion show one of these years. Gilmore Girls was the show that saw me through getting married and the beginning of my (short-lived) teaching career. Harry Potter was one of the YA series that bonded me with my students and introduced me to the concept of midnight movie releases and, even better, midnight bookstore releases. I still miss every one of those series, and they still bring back all sorts of nostalgia for me.

Twilight, though, will always trump every other series send off, because it means the most to me, to the point where I don’t even know how to acknowledge that it’s really over. Twilight saw me through the two hardest things I’ve ever experienced: infertility and becoming a mom. Sparkly vampires were a perfect escape from needles and disappointing test results (at first) and then the much more enjoyable (but still yucky) things like spit up and messy diapers once my dreams came true.

I know this is a more emotional (yes, I admit I’m crying while I type this) letter than we usually do here on LTT, but I still wanted to share. Because Twilight–and all the millions of laughs we had here on LTT–have meant so, so much to me through the last four years.

And no matter what you say about being done writing about Forks, Steph, I am holding out hope that there will be that sequel narrated by Nessie and Leah. Honestly, I think it would make a perfect transition for sending my only daughter off to kindergarten…or middle school..or even college.

Love and gratitude from
The Plane Friend

A story so precious to us.. years later

I hope you remember MidnightCyn– I still see her pop up in the comments every once in awhile & know she reads religiously! If you don’t remember or want a refresher, here is Cyn’s full story, but to recap, Cyn had an accident that caused a 50-first dates-type reaction where every day was like learning everything all over again.. and Twilight changed her life. 

You’ve been my lifeline since you first posted my original letter and I cannot, no matter how hard I try, find the words to Thank, UC/Moon and all my Twilight friends! You all pulled me out of the dark hole I was living in and surrounded me with love, understanding and patience. Suddenly, I had friends again! I couldn’t wait to wake up and jump onto LTT (where I still go everyday) and these once total strangers welcomed me into their world without question or judgement at my obvious difficulties! I found support, comfort and the kindest people I have ever “met”. Most importantly, it was a safe place to go and share my love for all things Twilight with those that not only understood but felt the same way! I finally had a reason to laugh again, (the spit out your morning coffee kind of laughter) and most of all I felt like I belonged there, which for someone like me, I never thought I would experience that again.

.. I will forever be grateful!

MidnightCyn

Mr. Choice’s last Letter

As much as I tried & hinted and promised all sort of leg hitches & special hugs, I couldn’t get my husband Mr. Choice to pen one last Letter to Twilight. However, just as he has shown me for FOUR years now, he cares. He knows how much LTT and you all have meant to me despite complaining about it and rolling his eyes more often than not. He knows what this has meant to me & has been nothing but supportive (supportive with a side of 2nd-hand embarrassed for his Twilight-obsessed wife) for all these years.

The other day I was in the middle of something important- probably looking up pictures of Joseph Gordon Levitt- and he told me to put down my computer to listen to something for 6 minutes. And for 6 long minutes we listened to his very first “Letter To Twilight” (which in fact was NOT really to Twilight and WAS a 6 minute “radio interview” with “Robert Paddleston”) Done years ago in 2009 long before we realized how embarrassing this would be, saved in the archives of the world wide web for all time, Mr. Choice spent the time ON HIS OWN to learn about my “hobby” that “boy” I crushed on and support it in the only way he knew how- making fun of it (I learned it from somewhere!)

And making me listen to it again, with my hands over my face and almost crying from 2nd-hand embarassment giggles is his one last Letter to Twilight.

Here is the original post from 2009. And you do NOT want to miss the audio below:

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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 – 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 4 (Is this thing trending yet?)

GUYS: There are so many stories & SO LITTLE TIME. I know we’re throwing a lot at you but there’s GOOD STUFF HERE. I hope you’re reading it and I won’t judge you if you cry. A lot. Did we ever tell you we have an email folder called “Read when you’re sad?” filled with lovely things we’ve received over the years that we read to cheer us up whenever we’re sad? Well we do, and all of these letters made it in there. We love you all x. Also please go read our Twitter Feed from last night & see the amazing tweets & pictures Moon sent from the Jackson/Nikki/Paul McDonald church basement tour.

She’s not Sad

Dear LTT, friends, Twilight, vampires, Jortspack:

I’m not sad. Here’s why.

I was wallowing in a strange “purgatory” phase of my life when I read the Twilight series in 2007. The books were a wonderful escape for a while, but then, I had another problem: I had no one to share this strange, wonderful, shocking, amazing obsession with. Until I found LTT.

We’re intelligent, successful, awesome people (yay!) who just happen to love Twilight. Somehow, we forged a great bond and had some amazing(ly silly) and serious conversations on here that were stimulating in more ways than one. Need I say how great it has been to meet everyone on LTT – both in person and virtually – over the past years? It has been such a rich experience. In the years after I read Twilight, my life has shifted and changed over and over again. But one thing has remained consistent: the little community I found here on LTT. Forgive the impending cheesiness of this statement, but like Bella said when she took Edward’s hand at their wedding “I was home” on LTT. Always.

On a personal note, I have always loved to write, and while wallowing in a mundane job a few years ago, LTT gave me a little creative outlet to look forward to every day: reading, laughing, commenting, bantering, philosophizing, etc. I still remember how excited I was to get a letter published on LTT. And thanks to some inspiration from LTT, I was inspired to start my own blog over a year ago, which I am still writing.

When I saw Breaking Dawn, I expected to be sad at the end. But a strange thing happened: I was happy. It felt so satisfying to see the end (and then gush about it with all of my LTT-turned-RL friends).

With the inevitable end of LTT, I feel the same. I could be sad, but am not, because this has been such a complete experience and I am better off because of it. That’s all I could ask for.

Of course, thank you to UC and Moon (even though you eventually revealed your real names I will forever think of you as Moon and UC) for your hard work, dedication, and normal brand of humor.

“Age is just a number, baby.” (I have no idea why I chose this quote, but it somehow seems appropriate here.)

Until the Renesmee/Jacob/Nahuel sequel,
Operarose aka. Amanda

She’d Follow us Anywhere

He said it first…. (but Julie said it better!)

So, UC and Moon. I owe you some thanks. Let me ‘splain.

First off, I want it known I’m not one who takes Twilight too seriously. (Clearly – I’m a fan of your site!) But I can say this, assuredly but yet with some shame, Twilight has changed my life.

I found Twilight in 2008, aka the worst year of my life. My father had a stroke, I went through two miscarriages (one pretty late in the game), lost my job, ended up having to move to a new city because my husband got a new job… A lot of change and a lot of crappy stuff.

So needless to say, I was pretty down. Some friends of mine were avid readers, and tried to convince me to read this silly young adult book series. I’m thinking… No. My work keeps me pretty busy so there’s not a lot of time for reading, and certainly not teen books. Then they explain it to me. I heard “Vampires who go to high school” and busted out laughing. (I still bust out laughing at that. As Edward would say “it’s utterly absurd.” And I agree, with chagrin, natch.)

But since I now had a 1.5hr (one way) commute to my new job in the new city (while waiting for our old house to sell), I decided I’d give in and get the audiobooks. It was my compromise.

And another Twilight cherry was popped. Another sane, educated, way-to-old-to-be-reading-let-alone-loving-these-books woman had lost her mind, Twilight style.

Then one day, while looking for movie spoilers, I believe, I came across your site. And I laughed. Hard. And A LOT. For the first time in a while. I heard about “that’s normal”, saw an Edward doll singing Bella’s Lullaby in a meadow, learned about how Sam Bradley left a snarky reply to you (that’s when you knew you’d hit it big, right??). I followed your journey through meeting The Creator, saw you get Rob-blocked by Newton and him make up for it later.

And not to get all sappy on you here, but I saw two women who were a lot like me, a lot like my friends, who were hilarious, witty, and who “got it”. They loved Twilight as much as me and realize and own how ridiculous that is! And I saw two women that had an equal hand in getting me through some hard times – as much as Twilight and my “real life” friends who nagged me to read it did.

So thanks, UC and Moon! You are “utterly absurd”, and I’ll see you over at That’s Normal – because “I’d follow you anywhere, woman(s)

-Julie

Um… that last line made me cry FYI

She made us a Twilight-Christian Mixed CD

Dear Twilight,

Thanks for all the fun. You came into my life at a time without much fun—newborn baby, husband working lots of hours, blah blah—and gave my brain a fun little corner to escape to and maintain my sanity. Thanks for LTT and the community here that gave me laughs to look forward to every morning at 8am… and then a happy surprise to find on random mornings as postings got less regular. Thanks for bringing dcTalk’s “I Don’t Want It” back into my life after years of forgetting its existence. Thanks for the Tweed and the cheese and all the giggles in between.

Irrevocably,
BeaDee

We met BeaDee for the first time IRL at our party last month. And she came bearing gifts: She made MOon & I a mixed CD of old school CCM songs (our favorite) and related them to something from Twilight

Like “Every Heartbeat” by Amy Grant “even though he couldn’t hear my thoughts, my pulse always gave me away.”
and “I don’t Want it” by DC Talk “You know that I’ve stolen, I’ve lied, I’ve coveted… my virtue is all I have left.”
It was amazing. XO

An all too familiar story 

Dear LTT,

My first memory of Twilight was as a senior in high school. Breaking Dawn had just come out, and my friend had the book pre-ordered. I told her repeatedly that I wasn’t going to read them. That they sounded dumb. (Whaaat?! Look at me now…writing this letter and everything.) Well the day finally came when she could go pick up her book, and I was with her. We get to BAM and all these people are dressed up. I had NO idea what I had just walked into. None of it made sense to me. I thought my friend was nutso, and had completely lost her mind.

Then, November of 2008 rolled around. And my life changed. A friend from college asked me to go see this movie with her- Twilight. I went with absolutely no expectations, and I walked away from that movie a fan of Twilight, and immediately called to apologize to friend number 1. Friend number 2 and I went to see Twilight 4 times within a week. It was so bad that it was SOOO good. Before the year ended I had read all 4 books including Midnight Sun, and watched countless hours of YouTube videos of Robert, Kristen, and the rest of the cast.

I knew I was done for when I watched the infamous Vanity Fair videos. I thought myself to be completely crazy to wonder where Robert Pattinson went in early 2009, and WHY he cut his hair. And worry because I didn’t know if it was okay that I actually cared. Why did I care? Do other people care? Is this normal behavior? (Yes, that’s normal.)
Over the Twilight years I kept up with the movies and the actors in them. Made fun of wigs. Made fun of Jacob’s voice when he says, “Well, it’s just a silly story, Bella.” It wasn’t until this past summer that I found Letters to Twilight. WHY? I will never know. My roommate and I were browsing the internet when it exploded over “Robsten.” I came across LTT, and felt like you had read my mind. It was genius. I even commented on the post, which is the only time I’ve ever commented. Then, I went and read all the older posts. Once I realized that you had started with the Vanity Fair videos, I finally felt “normal.” I feel sad that I came so late to the party. I feel like I missed all the fun in a lot of ways. Thank you for the snark, the normalness, and the laughs. I hope you don’t drift away into the dark hole of cyberspace so that I can read all of it one day. I will definitely be on That’s Normal. I think it might be the Jacob to my Edward of websites. Sometimes we just have to love what’s good for us.

Forever, bnewby

She made it to Mecca!

It was the summer (or fall or spring) after Twilight was released when my friend invited me to her house to watch Twilight. “I know it’s incredibly cheesy but we need a girls night. Wanna come?” Having never seen the movie nor read the books I agreed – who doesn’t enjoy laughing and wine with the girls?! After the movie was over, I said, “Okay, I can see why teenage girls are into this,” but didn’t think more of it. Then I read the book. And New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn in rather fast order. Somewhere along the way (not during New Moon though because I almost stopped reading it after Edward left) I looked at my sister. “I want to date a vampire.” I had found my new obsession! I double-dog dared my family to buy me a life-size Edward cut out. While I didn’t get that, I did get a poster-size hanging of Edward which I actually hung in my bedroom “for a laugh.” Yeah, it stayed there for about two years… Then fall of 2011 came around and my sister sent me one of those discount deal emails about a getaway in Twilight Mecca – Forks, WA! She wasn’t able to go, but I grabbed my friend who started it all for me. “You have to go with me!!!” So off we went to the land of vampires and werewolves! Oh yes, we did it all! Took a Twilight tour, ate at Bella and Charlie’s diner, went to Forks Outfitters, and got completely soaked from the rain! While my obsession has waned in the last couple years I still fully love the saga and watch the movies fairly often. I found your website after Eclipse and was thrilled to find that there are others like me! I only posted a couple comments under the “ItsJustMe” handle but I love seeing the relationship among fans. So a big “Thank you!” to Letters to Twilight for bringing us all together!

Cyndi

So… who is in for a reunion trip to Forks in 2013?? No.. I think I’m serious…..

 

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#RIPTwilight- Your Stories Day 2

Today we continue sharing YOUR Twilight stories. We’ve heard from many Unicorns over the years (with now real-life friend Jordan being the first, BobbyGee being our favorite Spanish-speaking soccer lover (confused visitor), a new guy named Tom who wrote for the first time last week), and our most recent active Unicorn sends his #RIPTwilight thoughts today. Plus we’re sharing one last letter to Cathy Hardi and a letter from a new Twilight fans. Why are people JUST NOW joining the fandom– we’ve been telling you about it for years guys! You missed all the fun! Hope you enjoy. Try not to try. x

Our Resident Unicorn

What the heck does a late 30’s married father of two do when he realizes that he likes Twilight waaay more than he ought to?  He can’t talk to anybody about it at work because all the Harry Potter and Star Wars nerds will make fun of him (irony?). He can’t talk about it at home because even though his wife introduced him to Twi – it’s just a book/movie series, he’s expected to get over it already (no, I won’t!!).

The late 30’s (now early 40’s) married father of two scours the internet for intelligent signs of life that enjoy Twilight, but that DO NOT TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. That was a quest of epic proportions. But it had and ending of epic satisfaction. A nirvana called “Letters to Twilight”. A magical place, filled with intelligent, witty, funny, passionate and sexy women – who love to LAUGH at Twilight as they LOVE it in massive doses.

The LTT woman. My fantasy now and forever. I’m ruined. They know who they are.

-KStewboy

One last letter to Cathy Hardi
Pour a big glass of The Ultimate Cougarita for this one

Dear Catherine Hardwicke,

The end is here Catherine, and it’s time to take stock and consider what we’d like to ask the Twilight directors. One question stands out for you, and you know what it is: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE AUDITION TAPE?!? Don’t look all innocent, you know the one we mean. When you lured the four ‘bachelors’ (potential Edwards) back to your pad for a make-out session. Sadly, it had to be with Beller not you. Three of them, meh, we couldn’t care less, but the fourth….

You’ve said that Twilight fans couldn’t handle the footage, but have you hidden some snippets in plain view? You’d want to keep ownership of course, have your name on it, so let’s consider one of the Twilight special features, “Catherine Hardwicke’s Bella’s Lullaby Remix“. It’s a nice little video, produced in black and white, and with some excerpts from the film. And…. something not in the film!

twilight audition tape

What’s this? Ron and Beller (yes I know I’m mixing my metaphors!) making out on a bed, but in unfamiliar clothing, a grey(?) T-shirt  for him, light camisole and shorts with black bra for her. Rehearsing? Orrr THE EPIC AUDITION?

What other evidence do we have?

Well, we know from the Twilight Commentree that Ron has a grey t-shirt, he mentioned that he was wearing it for the Biology Lab scene. And we know you’re a kooky creature, I bet you have black sheets on the bed, non? And we know the audition was filmed with a hand-held camera…. so come on Catherine, give it up! Is this from the EPIC AUDITION or not?

Enviously yours for being so close to Ron,
Snuggler

Wish she had more time

Dear LTT,
I really don’t want to talk about the end, it just makes me too sad. But inevitably we are there. For many of you, Twilight has been a big part of your lives for several years now, and well, that makes me kinda jealous.

I’m jealous because you’ve had years worth of book releases, book signings, movie premieres, movie marathons, DVD release parties, Comic Cons, Twi Cons, and all the joy that comes with those things. You’ve been on a Twi-high for a long time…much longer than I have.

“I’m not into vampires.”
“I don’t really read…ever.”
“Twilight, psh! That’s kid stuff.”

That was me just a year ago. (So hard to admit that!) Then my husband bought me a Kindle, which I then proceeded to say: “But I like the feel of a real book in my hands!” *Reminder, I “didn’t read…ever.” Oh, how things have changed.

Because of a suggestion from a friend, the first book I [reluctantly] bought on my Kindle was, you guessed it, Twilight. AND THEN I COULDN’T STOP. I read and I read and I read. Then I watched all of the movies up to BD1, which was still in the theaters, and then I re-read.

So, for me, it truly feels like it just began…and it’s already over. I got one fun midnight DVD release, one movie premiere, one theater movie marathon, and one Twi-Con. I wan’t more and I just can’t have it.

As sad as I am (and that’s, like, reaaallly sad) I am super thankful for one thing (besides my husband buying me a Kindle): Thanks to Stephenie Meyer for writing Twilight. It truly changed my life. I never much saw the value in reading, or maybe I was just caught up in whatever it was I was too busy doing when I was younger, but it started a trend in my life that I couldn’t be happier about – unless I got to read some Midnight Sun, eh?

I’ve read more books in the past year than I have in the combined 26 years before that – and it all started with Twilight. I’ve read books that I never would have picked up a year ago, and it makes me sad just thinking about what I would have been missing.

So, however late I may have been in hopping on this bandwagon, I’m SO glad I finally did. Not just because I now have hot Robward wallpapers for my iPhone or Pinterest boards full of things I never would have cared about if it wasn’t for Twilight. It’s because I now do something the 15 year old me would have thought crazy: read for fun.

Thanks Steph Meyer. Thanks Twilight. Thanks LTT.

Eternally,
Sara P.

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