Too much of something is never okay. Whether it's food, sleep or even exercise, overdosing leads to problems. Apparently the same is true for movies. There are loads of folks out there who are diehard Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars fans, but, according to an LA Times article, it's an obsession with The Twilight Saga that's most troublesome. Twilight lovers are sacrificing their relationship for Stephenie Meyer's books and the film adaptations.
The general stereotype pegs teenage girls as being the main source of Twihards when, in fact, there's hoards of Twilight moms and even grandmas out there. One fan, 31-year-old Chrystal Johnson revealed, "My husband finally came to me and said, 'I think you love Twilight more than you love me.'" From there the couple separated and Johnson had to go through some major Twilight detox before being able to rebuild her relationship.
The article puts the blame on the Internet and the 24/7 Twilight access it offers, particularly communities of fans who can revel in the series together. One 50-year-old woman admitted, "I check the Internet all day long for Twilight news, from the minute I wake up until I go to bed at midnight." At one point, Nancy Baym, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas even likens the addiction to someone who participates in fantasy football. "If you take away Twilight and put in a football team, this doesn't look so much different from what guys have been doing for decades." She continued, "They stay up late at night looking at statistics and playing fantasy football. You could just as easily say they've lost touch with reality or that they're addicted."