Today we have a very fun guest post from Missy(and her husband)from Missy’s Reads & Reviews
We all know how the Twilight phenomenon has completely taken over the world … for girls and women of all shapes and sizes. There’s really only two levels of Twilight fandom with girls: uber obsessive, or just in love with the series. Then, there are the special few who are neither in love nor obsessed with Twilight because they refuse to read it, all thanks to the hype — my godsister being one of the unfortunate few.
That’s all you hear about, though. The girls and Twilight. Sometimes, we forget that there is a whole other gender in the world that stands in the shadows and doesn’t say anything when it comes to the Twilight world. If guys do say anything about Twilight, it’s usually something typical like, “Twilight’s for girls!”, “I’m not a chick!”, or something along the lines to completely categorize Twilight as strictly for girls. But what about the guys that do actually like Twilight? Why don’t you hear anything about them? Like girls, I think they can also be categorized into three: 1) They do actually stand up and praise Twilight, but there are so few that you don’t hear anything from them. 2) They keep their comments to themselves and a select few so their manhood never comes into question. 3) They absolutely refuse to tell one single, solitary person that they have read and might actually like the series because it’s “a chick thing”.
No matter if they like and sing the praises of Twilight, or they secretly keep it to themselves … they ARE out there. In my honest opinion, I think you don’t hear from them because they don’t jump up on a table and declare their love passionately like girls do on most things. Why? Guys don’t like to talk about things for hours like girls do. They may make a sentence, and that’s it. I think that may be the reason there are so very few guy book review bloggers out there … they just don’t like to discuss a subject THAT much.
I’m not saying that girls talk too much. If you think about it, if it wasn’t for our passion, a lot of people wouldn’t know so much about books and other subjects that girls discuss openly. As a matter of fact, if it wasn’t for the passion that I had about Twilight, my sister-in-law wouldn’t have known about the series. If it wasn’t for our combined passion and enthusiasm, my husband would have never read the Twilight series and found that he actually liked something other than Harry Potter.
I digress. The main point to all of this jibber jabber that I am spouting out right now is that, as a whole, we don’t really know where guys stand with Twilight. What drew them in? What did they like? What didn’t they like? So, for my guest post, I have decided to actually interview my husband in order to get the guy’s perspective on the Twilight phenomenon. Obviously, my husband isn’t the spokesman for the entire male population … just one side of it. Enjoy!
Missy: Hi, Nick! Thanks for letting me interview you.
Nick: *rolls eyes* You’re a dork sometimes.
Missy: A dork that you absolutely love and adore! Do you mind if we start this thing?
Nick: No, go ahead.
Missy: Alright. Before we delve into all things Twilight, can you describe yourself a little for our reader audience?
Nick: Sure. My name is Nick. I’m 29 and married to my best friend, who also happens to be the most beautiful girl in the world.
Missy: Suck up.
Nick: I’m not done! I’m 5’9″ with blonde hair, gorgeous blue eyes [enter eye roll from Missy here], and an athletic build. Uh, I like video games … a lot. My favorite books are the Halo books based off of the video games and the Harry Potter series. I’m really into Sci Fi. What else? I’m an outdoors man and, uh, I’ll try ALMOST everything once – but I do have my limitations. Is that good enough?
Missy: Great! Now, would you say you’re a stereotypical guy?
Nick: Probably so, yes. I mean, I think I care about what people think and how they feel more than the stereotypical guy … but, I’m definitely very dominant like one.
Missy: I’d say. *grin* Okay, now let’s get serious and talk about Twilight! What first made you interested in the Twilight Saga?
Nick: Easy. My wife and my sister wouldn’t shut up about the books.
Missy: It was before book blogs for me, I needed someone to talk to!
Nick: Yeah, but it went on and on and on until I had to know what the heck you guys were going on about. That’s why I started reading them.
Missy: Fair enough. Once you started reading the books, what kept you hooked in them?
Nick: I think it was the abilities that the characters possessed – mainly the vampires, but also Bella and her ability to block them out, even if it wasn’t in her control at the time. Actually, I take that back. I think I liked the love story between Edward and Bella over the abilities.
Nick: *shrugs* What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic.
Missy: I can’t argue that. You really are. But back on topic! Did Stephenie Meyer’s writing affect your attraction to the books at all?
Nick: I liked how she wrote the series, but I don’t think that had anything to do with how much I liked them.
Missy: Would you have liked the story more if it was told from Edward’s point of view, kind of like Midnight Sun?
Nick: No, not really. Then again, I refuse to read Midnight Sun until it’s published.
Missy: Which is very … gentlemanly of you. *snickers* Going back to how Twilight was written, do you think that you got any insights into the inner workings of the female mind by reading the story from Bella’s point of view?
Nick: Not really. I read Twilight as it was, which is a fictional story. While some of Bella’s feelings and thoughts may have been influenced by Stephenie when she wrote it, I still think her feelings may have been misconstrued. I honestly think that Bella’s too clingy compared to most girls that I know.
Missy: *blink* Wow. I didn’t know you thought that much about it.
Nick: I don’t really, but you kind of have to think about stuff like this when you’re being interviewed … unless you want to look like a dumb ass. *laughs*
Missy: I guess you’re right. Speaking of Bella being clingy … a lot of people say that Bella and Edward’s relationship is unhealthy. Do you agree?
Nick: Absolutely not.
Missy: From a guy’s point of view, do you think Edward is controlling and/or possessive?
Nick: At the beginning I think he is. I mean, he even admits to it. But, I think he does have Bella’s best interests in mind when he does things that may seem controlling. He’s protecting his woman! *winks* He gets better through the story. He mellows out some.
Missy: Out of the four books in the series, which is your favorite and why?
Nick: [enter pregnant pause] Probably Breaking Dawn. *thinks* Yeah, definitely Breaking Dawn. Bella’s finally turned into a vampire, which is really cool and something I waited on through the whole series. More than that, I really like the camaraderie between the vampires and werewolves, and that includes the vampires that come from all over the world to help out the Cullens. Bonding is always a good thing.
Missy: Who’s your favorite character and why?
Nick: I guess it would be a tie between Edward and Emmett. Edward’s ability to read minds is pretty kick ass, but I also like how Emmett treats Bella like a little sister practically from the very beginning.
Missy: Did you think that all of the history and back stories included in the books helped you to understand the characters a little better?
Nick: Obviously! Especially when it came to Rosalie and Jasper, because you don’t really understand why they are the way they are without knowing their histories.
Missy: Alright, I can’t think of any more important questions to ask about the books, so let’s move to a few questions about the movies. First question: Did the movies that are out so far make you like the stories more?
Nick: I definitely liked the movies, but I don’t think they made me like the books better. I already liked them a lot.
Missy: How about the characters? Did the movies make you like them more?
Nick: Definitely Alice. Ashley Greene is hot … and I don’t think they could have cast a better Alice. I think the movies made me like Emmett more, too.
Missy: Anything you’d change about the movies?
Nick: Yes! That stupid spider-monkey line. *rolls eyes* That was so gay.
Missy: *laughs* It was a little corny, yes. Back on the subject of the characters in the movies … did they look like what you had imagined they looked like when you were reading the books?
Nick: Yes, for the most part. Except for Jasper. Honestly, a guy can have long hair without making it look like a girl’s! The Volturi didn’t looking anything like I had thought either. I imagined them much older and the skin didn’t look right to me. And they weren’t dark enough.
Missy: What team are you on?
Nick: I am definitely Team Edward. He was my favorite character. Plus, I don’t think Jacob is the right guy for Bella. He’s too young, even if he is built like a brick house.
Missy: Did reading Twilight get you interested in reading anything else?
Nick: I tried reading the House of Night series, but I really couldn’t stand the main character (Zoey Redbird) going from guy to guy. I don’t care what P.C. Cast says about her being seventeen and she’s not ready to settle down … she acts like a whore, going from guy to guy. *shakes head* See, I take things too seriously … so, I’ve retired from reading until the next Twilight book comes out.
Missy: *giggles* Okay, a few more semi-personal questions and we’ll be done.
Nick: Cool. I have a chocobo to feed.
Missy: *rolls eyes* Yeah, whatever. Mind admitting to our audience how many times you’ve read the Twilight series?
Nick: No problem. I’ve read all the books three times.
Missy: Do you feel any shame saying that out loud?
Nick: Not at all.
Missy: Do you think more guys like Twilight than what they actually admit to?
Nick: Definitely. Without a doubt in my mind.
Missy: Why do you think they’re so ashamed to admit it?
Nick: Easy. Twilight’s a girls’ book series. Guys don’t like admitting to actually liking chick stuff. It’s like saying we like to sit around and talk about our feelings while eating chocolate and watching romantic comedies. *laughs*
Missy: But you don’t like any of those things.
Nick: Nope. Wouldn’t be caught dead doing any of those things.
Missy: Yeah, I know. Alright, thank you Nick for doing this interview for me. You are free to leave and feed your chocobo.
Nick: No problem, babe. This was actually fun.
I love this post! And I agree with Nick about most things(spider monkey? C’mom!)Thanks so much Missy and Nick!! Go visit Missy at her blog, Missy’s Reads & Reviews