I’m almost home! Have you missed me? Probably not, because I posted some pretty kick-ass fan letters this week. THIS ONE is not any different!
Allow me to introduce myself: I’m a thirty-something married mom. Middle class, suburbs, Midwesterner, blah blah blah. All I’m missing is the minivan and that’s only because that would cramp my style. But I digress. My purpose of writing is to discuss with you the urban myth of women hitting their sexual primes in their 30s. When I turned 30, my husband waited with baited breath but as I was 4 days away from going into labor with our 2nd child, there was no sexual awakening that night. The next year, same thing-hubs crossing the digits-but apparently taking care of a 3 year old and a 1 year old doesn’t make you frisky. Who knew?? Another year or two or four went by and the husband was like a kid who has found out Santa Claus doesn’t exist.
Then in April 2009, I picked up Twilight. I started reading it one night in bed while the hubs was snoring next to me, probably dreaming of Farrah Fawcett (holdover adolescent crush, RIP Jill Munroe). I read through a few chapters and was intrigued but not hooked. Yet. That next night, I had a naughty dream about Edward and woke up………IN LOVE.
Cue obsession with all things Robward.
Cue voracious reading of consecutive novels in “The Saga” and the first of MANY viewings of Twilight.
Cue husband’s disdain (jealousy?) of my obsession.
Cue my discovery of the “fade to black” blanks filled in via *speaks reverently* FAN FICTION.
See husband’s happy face as he finds out “Yes, Virginia, Santa DOES exist.”
Myth busted, Summit. With a little help from a fictional character from young adult novels, of course.
So why the hell am I writing to you, Summit execs and movie hair/makeup/wardrobe people, you ask? Because as a newly inducted member of the “Sexual Prime Club” who fantasizes about sharpening her claws, I find myself noticing young adult men in ways I never did. (That’s normal, right? And I did say “adult.”) Twilight allowed me to perv on a hot, hot, hot seventeen-year-old who is really a 108-year-old vampire but portrayed by a 23-year-old man! GENIUS! WIN for cougars everywhere. I can fantasize but it’s legal. I can lust but there’s no threat of jail time and ridicule from my peers. (Well, there’s always ridicule but no threat of “pedophile” spray-painted on my driveway.) I can perv without a visit from Chris Hansen.
The T shirt. That tight jaw. The bad-boy sheepish grin. The crazy driving. The stalking and voyeurism. It’s like someone read my 14-year-old self’s diary!
Then…..New Moon happened. (And some particularly angst-ridden FF. And some dreaded Christmas shopping. And flu season.)
Allow this chart to illustrate:
How Twilight/New Moon affected my sex life:
WTF, Summit? Where did that hot, hot, hot high school boy go? I don’t WANT to crush on my college Anthropology professor! I don’t WANT to fantasize about chalk dust on tweed. I don’t WANT to role-play getting an A for “extra credit.” (Wait-scratch that. That kinda sounds fun.) I don’t WANT Edward to be as grumpy as my grandpa discussing the Great Depression and how every “kid” under the age of 45 is on drugs.
I WANT my illicit (yet legal) thrills, Summit. I WANT high school Edward back. Now I know Eclipse will be out soon so this letter may be too late, but millions of thirty-something libidos (and the future happiness of their partners) are counting on you. Leather, NOT tweed. Sex hair, NOT old man hair. Tight, sexy jeans, NOT elastic-waist “slacks.” The Cullen crest cuff, NOT Grandpa’s pocket watch.
Keep the myth alive, Summit. (You can probably expect another letter before Breaking Dawn so you don’t go the “Dad” route on Edward with sneakers and bald spots. “Teenaged” dads can be HOT too.)
Why have we never discussed this before? Teenage Edward vs. Old Man Edward. MOON & UC FAIL! What do you think? Are you into OldManward? Or do you like the idea of the 17 year old who is really 108 but played by a 23 year old Teenagerward?
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