Hey, if you're the parent of a 13-year-old girl, you probably know that New Moon, the second cinematic installment of the Twilight teen vampire series, opens tonight.
(First show at Century 14 in downtown Walnut Creek is at 9:30 p.m. tonight!).
Hey, if you're the parent of an 11-year-old middle school boy, you probably know that as well. Because, a certain boy I know wants to see it, too. And, true confession, so do I.
Yes, I read all the Twilight books, because my son was into them. Not great literature, but, story-wise, they definitely--uh--sucked me in. They do present a fascinating case study of female longing, adolescent and otherwise. Also, there was a little controversy at my son's elementary school last year, after the librarian issued a warning to parents saying some of the subject matter might not be appropriate for kids fifth grade and under. I wrote about that mini-controversy back in April.
But now it's November 19, opening day for the hotly anticipated New Moon. And now, to the big question of the day. Forget the health care debate, Afghanistan, or whether Sarah Palin is the savior of the Republican Party or even of all of America!
The big question to Twilight fans--male, female, straight and gay) is whether you align yourself with Team Edward (the dreamy vampire played by Robert Pattinson) or Team Jacob (the very buff werewolf played by Taylor Lautner).
My son claims that lots of girls he knows will vote for Jacob. (And, a lot of those girls, he says, have giggle a lot.) He, himself, found the Jacob sections of the books to be annoying, because Jacob was doing "lots of whining." I tend to agree that I thought those sections, particularly from Jacob's point of view, lagged.
My son's vote: Team Carlisle.