I know some of you are confused by the reaction that the female world seems to have to the Twilight series. But I'm not. Mostly because I've been seeing the same reaction from my fellow Korean females my whole life. You see, I firmly believe that Stephenie Meyer (the author of the Twilight series) has discovered the Korean Drama formula and is serving it up to the Western world.
Sorry if you haven't read the books, or watched the movies. (and if you plan to, please decide whether you want to know what happens before you read on. you've been warned.) But, think about it. It's a love story. Just like most K dramas are. There's a love triangle. Both men love the female lead UNCONDITIONALLY, UNSELFISHLY and AGONIZINGLY. They are also extremely protective of her. They show up whenever she's in trouble to save her. The central female character is also like the ones found in a good Korean drama. Good and humble at heart, but also a little clumsy and not that out of the ordinary. But for some reason, every single good looking and amazing guy in her vicinity that other women want, want her. Also, the story has multiple versions of the whole "I love you sooooooo much, I'll even leave you because I don't want to burden your life." and versions of "I love you sooooooo much, I will be happy as long as you can be by my side even if you don't love me back." And the only reason they can't fully be together is because he's dead. yes, in korean dramas is usually because one person is richer than the other, but hey, it's the American twist to the story.
So, although it seems weird that 30, 40 and even 50 year olds are swooning over Edward, if you think about it, ajummahs have been swooning over Bae YongJoon for a decade. They are just reacting to what they see as the completely perfect ideal of a man's love. It's why they get pulled into the books, buy the shirts and stand in huge lines for the movies. Although Stephenie Meyer's writing can't necessarily be considered smart or deep, the formula is what draws people in and keeps it going.
In essences, the Twilight crazies out there just can't help it. Just like I can't help watching anything Ryu ShiWon is in.
I wonder if Stephenie Meyer even knows her story has been told so many time before. Well, not the vampire baby imprinting thing, but that the rest of it isn't so new, just from the east. Falling into the story was like meeting an old friend for me. I love it.
-by jooliyah, who hasn't seen New Moon yet due to her current single parenting situation, but hopes to see it before it gets to netflix.