I had put off reading Twilight initially.
Maybe it was out of loyalty to Anne Rice’s vampires.
Maybe because it looked like a teenage vampire story and I thought I couldn’t relate to the kids today.
Honestly, it was largely because I’m in the midst of writing my next book—still a spiritual adventure set in Sri Lanka, but a gothic and supernatural one--and I didn’t want to be influenced too much.
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But then I gave in. My mind needed data.
I’m so glad that I did! For one thing, it made me feel young! And apparently, I CAN relate to the kids today, since I know a few Tweens who are totally into the series, as well as several alleged-adults like myself. Youth is a state of mind.
Also - it reminded me that true creativity isn’t diminished by appreciating others’ creative work, instead, it breeds inspiration by feeding the imagination. Creation feeds creation—it’s the circle of life and of giving and receiving. And that’s all good stuff. Her praise for the band “Muse” * for inspiring her is a good example.