Another article about adult women loving Twilight! This time from Salon.com. Check out the great (and lengthy) article in its entirety here – it includes opinions and stories from a wonderful variety of women, including our very own admin Kirsten. Here’s a quick excerpt:
Last summer, it seemed as though every 30-something female I knew was reading “Twilight.” And these were not literary middlebrows who consider Dan Brown the Shakespeare of our time. A 33-year-old magazine editor and frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review lent me her copy. “You’ll read it in a night,” she said, plopping the massive 500-page tome in my hand. A 37-year-old Ph.D. candidate I know read the book after her dissertation chair recommended it. I saw it on the subway and on airplanes, on the bookshelves and desks of women my age, women just like me.
Part of this was mere cultural curiosity; who hasn’t wondered what the hell is going on with Team Jacob and Team Edward, with the “Twilight” action figures, sex toys and slash fiction? Adults’ diving into youth culture has little of its one-time stigma. In an essay for the Believer, Sam Lipsyte joked about the “the adult diapers of Harry Potter.” How many audience members at “Where the Wild Things Are” wore hoodies and Converse sneakers? (And does that suggest they were 13, or 41?) Today’s grown-ups are more comfortable than perhaps any previous generation holding on to the playthings of childhood. They own Wiis. They play Rock Band. They love Hello Kitty. There’s a name for this: Kidults.