why I like them both (long but nice story)
The first real book series I read was Harry Potter. I first read the first book when I was only 8 years old, after the movie came out (when I was 7). At first, it was to confusing for an 8 year old. I read the books in Portuguese, and never truly understood them. It took me years and when I would reread them, the books became easier and better to read. They were a part of my life since I was little and the books got me through rough patches of my life when I was lonely and sad. So, Harry Potter was my childhood book series love <3
Now, when Twilight — the movie— first came out, my friend dragged me to watch, though I was reluctant. I watched the whole movie, and came out in love. Nothing had touched my little teengirl heart that much in years, honestly. So as soon as I got home, I began reading the series. To say that I became obsessed would be an understatement of the century. I loved the books, the actors, the characters, just everything. Come on, I was 14 and I was lonely because I had no boyfriend and I had just moved to a state that I hated and I had no friends and Edward became the dream guy haha! I know my friends who had liked Twilight dwindled because they discovered it wasn’t very well written, hahaha. Yes, I agree the writing isn’t the best, Bella is sometimes boring and sometimes the series is the epitome of cheesyness. I joke about it all the time and I laugh when people make fun of it but despite all of that, I love still Twilight because I’m a huge sucker for romance and because it became part of my life when I was a teenager! It was the time I moved to a new state and the series kind of became my escape. Though many people would disagree with my reasons for liking Twilight, I will always stick by those thoughts. Many people like to hate on Stephenie Meyer, but I am never going to hate her. I respect her as a person and she did write The Host which is one of my favourite books! Twilight may not be/have been the best thing ever written, but honestly, I’ll always like the series. (Now the movies kind of sucked. Don’t let me get started on that…)
Okay, back to HP. So, as I moved to the US, I read the series now in English and it was another experience, really. When I read the first book again, I was captivated by the magic that seemed to flow off it’s printed pages. It was truly magical. And I continued to read a book, then watch it’s movie. Years later, after literally growing up with Harry Potter, I’m very proud to say that I stuck with him through the very end… and I’ll keep on by his side until the day I
force encourage my own children to read the series. Now, the magic that I loved on the books turned into many new friendships as I joined tumblr. I love that my love for Harry Potter grows every day (though it’s over :( although technically to potterheads, it won’t ever be over…) I will always love growing up with Harry Potter. It’s my childhood, present and future (because surely, I’m going to re-re-re-read the books someday) :)
So, I thank Stephenie and Jo both for making my childhood filled with magic and my teenage years filled with romance and filling my entire life with stories.
Dear goodness. If you actually read all this, you deserve a cookie