Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Not much to report today…I worked some this weekend, did a very little housework, and got half of my grocery shopping done. Oh, and I read. Heh. There’s a story behind that…
When I mentioned that ED has been walking with us, I neglected to mention why. She made the decision because of her discussion with DH, of course, but I figured it would last maybe a day or two. She’s like me; she really, really doesn’t like exercise. 🙂
But B., my walking buddy, had a bit of a brainstorm. ED has been pestering me mercilessly to read this series of books that she adores. You may have heard of it, particularly if you have or know teenagers or, you know, see movie previews or read the news. It’s the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. It’s a series of “teen” novels about a girl, and vampires. Vampires. Yes. Really.
Now…I have resisted for a few reasons. First, I am really not into vampires or vampire fiction. It just doesn’t do it for me. I outgrew that fascination after my stint with Anne Rice. It was fun while it lasted, but I’ve moved on. (Actually, I lie…I never did read Rice’s vampire novels. Just the Mayfair Witches.)
Secondly, most teen fiction I have read is just bad. Just really, really bad. Badly written, trite, poorly plotted…and yes, there are exceptions, but honestly, most of it is painful to read. There are, typically, more adjectives and adverbs than all the other parts of speech combined. And the heroines are typically smart-assed obnoxious girls who are, despite their horrible attitudes, boy-magnets, though personally I just want to slap them.
Thirdly, I don’t read romance novels anymore. I’ve just lost my taste for them, around the same time I lost my taste for vampires. Boring, formulaic, and overwritten, typically. (I swear I’m not as much of a literary snob as I sound. I have my shameful addictions – can you say “Shopaholic”? – but these just are not among them.)
So. Lots of reasons not to read them, despite ED’s endless demands and the media hype. However, she started going on about them on her first walk with B. and I, and B. said, “Okay, so you want to join our Walking Book Club?” (We’ve been talking about this for a while, but we were planning to start with Deepak. Oh well.)
ED took to the idea like the proverbial duck to water. B. and I agreed to force ourselves to read the books (there are three, with the fourth coming out in August) so we could all discuss them while we walked. But the deal was, if ED stopped walking, we would stop reading.
Well. That was…three days ago? Four? ED has walked with us every night but last night (it rained and after our storm experience the night before, we elected to stay home). And B. and I are already on the third book.
Oh my God. I mean. Really. I simply cannot pinpoint what it is exactly about these books, but evidently if you mix all the above-mentioned elements together, you get something amazing. I guess it’s like beef, noodles, sour cream, and mushrooms…I’m not that crazy about any of them by themselves, but you throw them all together with a few other ingredients in beef stroganoff, and I’m hooked. The thing is, it’s well-written. I could dissect Meyer’s style but I won’t put you through that…I’ll just say that I, who am easily “taken out” of the story by poor writing style, remain engrossed till the final page. And beyond.
It’s a little embarrassing, but I have to admit it. I’m a Twilight junkie. Well, more accurately, I’m an Edward junkie. Sigh. Anyway. But fortunately, ED is enjoying having a captive audience to talk to them about. So she’s still walking, at least for the time being. 🙂
So that’s the secret. Rope your teenagers into exercise by tying it into something they love. If you have one that loves to read, like ED, try the Walking Book Club (or Biking Book Club, or Elliptical Book Club, or whatever). ED was actually put out last night when we couldn’t walk. So was I. But it did give me more time to read. 🙂 (Without having to stay up until after midnight, the way I did the two prior nights…though to be fair, one night it was because I had some sort of stomach attack. But I did read while I suffered.)
Have a wonderful Monday! And don’t try the books. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone neglecting their jobs/families/personal hygiene so that they can read. 🙂