Sunday, November 23, 2008


Just in case you've not been paying attention....or don't have a young adolescent girl in the family...Twilight is a book. Which became a series. Which became such a huge best-selling series that there have been many weeks when all four books in the series have been on the NY Times Top Ten list of bestsellers.

And now it is a movie. It premiered on Friday. And Daughter15 has been counting down the days for months! And her and her friends, being the smart little teens that they are, decided it would just be madness to try to attend the movie on opening day. Just too crowded. Sold out theaters. Why would anyone want to do that?!?!

So they waited. They waited all the way to the next day. They planned on seeing the movie on Saturday. Surely they would be able to get in then. After all, the local cinaplex was showing the movie on five different screens!

Well, not wanting to see the looks of disappointment on their faces as they were turned away, I went online ahead of time and purchased tickets for her and her friends to the 4:00 showing yesterday. And yes, they were a giggling bunch of thrilled-ness.

So off we go to drop her and her friends at the theater. However, since I purchased online, the folks in the theater want to see me and my credit card just to make sure the little piece of paper I printed at home matches. So I did have to park and go inside for a moment.

What a sight to behold! It was like walking into some odd tribal celebration. Packs of teen and pre-teen girls roaming the theater. Small groups of 3 or 4. Large groups of 8 0r 10. Small packs merging into larger packs. All there for one simple reason. To see Edward and Jacob and all the other characters as they struggle with their young romances and their vampireness. It was definitely an odd vision...and no place for a sane man to be! So I flashed my card and made a quick exit.

And when it was all over? I picked up my small pack of beaming, smiling, Twilight-thrilled girls. A good time was had by all.


VioletSky said...

Ooh, I'm first. and cannot think what to say. I guess I wasn't paying attention until this past week or two and then wondered "what on earth"??

Now. Good thing you only flashed your card!!!

May said...

Dads are always the best!

Redneck Mommy said...

I one-upped you. I actually braved the masses and went with my daughter and son.

Sure I stuck straws in my eyeballs from boredom,but at least I sat through it and kept my snarky comments to myself.

Anonymous said...

That was a good-Dad thing of you to do.

Twilight has bypassed this all-boy household.

Kati said...

*chuckle* Glad your daughter and friends had such a grand time. A coworker and her 20-something daughter and another friend were going to see it this evening after work. I told her to let me know what she thinks (she's got good taste in movies), as I'm not too terribly sold on the whole series myself. (I remember the vamp novels and movies from my teenagerhood, and the guy they picked for this one looks like a crack addict. Not terribly appealing to me.) BTW, my coworker said that by 6 pm every day, the tickets are sold out to this movie for all showings..... So she was smart and bought online as well, only to get over and pick up the tickets and find a mile-long line. *chuckle* Not for me. I wait till a movie is a couple of weeks old, before I subject myself to the lines.

Glad you survived, Em!

Kylie w Warszawie said...

Hasn't come out here yet, but I assure you, because of my lot in life, I will be the chauffeur for about 10 teenage girls when it happens.

Jazz said...

I suppose Anne Rice is responsible for vampires becoming so human and tortured and stuff. Personally I've come to find it annoying. Give me a good Dracula style vampire any day. The vampire as evil monster - which is as they should be. The only recent "good" vampire was the one in The Historian. Nice and evil...

And for the record, you're a lovely dad you are.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Awww, you're a great dad.

I miss those days now that my kids are grown, but I have never attended a Prince concert since.

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

What a cool dad you are! Somehow Twilight did not descend upon our house. Haven't heard a peep from my 12-yr-old son about it, and the 14-yr-old autistic one is all about Indiana Jones right now, until he moves on to the next obsession.

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