Love at First Bite
Before I was thirteen, you couldn’t pay me to step a foot into the library. I used to be content being one of those television watchers. For as long as I can remember, my mother would come into the room and say, “Brittany, get out of that T.V., and pick up a book!” Of course I never listened to her. I found reading to be extremely boring, and I much preferred to sit and watch my favorite shows for a few hours. Besides, the only time I read anything longer than a paragraph, it was required by the school. One day, that all changed.
One chilly morning in October, I walked into class with my fellow eighth graders. I was sitting down when one of my friends, Akayla, came in with a bright, whopper sized smile on her face. I was about to ask her what was going on when I had a book practically shoved up my nose.
“Oh, my God! Brittany, you have to read this,” she squealed in excitement. I took a peek at the book in her hands and rolled my eyes,
“Girl, I’m not about to read that big ole book! You better get that thing out of my face,” I said, pushing the book away from me. It smelled exactly like the musty school library.
She went on to explain how good the book was, and she begged me to read it. After she threatened to kill me, I gave in while I thought about getting a restraining order. The book she wanted me to read was Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I had heard people talking about it, but it didn’t sound like it was for me. Was I ever wrong!
I thought I would get bored and quit, but it turns out that I couldn’t put it down. It was a very different approach to vampires, and I loved it! They weren’t any disgusting demons of the night, only beings that sparkled and fell in love with someone beneath them on the food chain. It was a very refreshing approach to what a vampire was.
Not only did I like it because it was different, but I found that it actually made me want to read more. After that first...