“Eclipse,” the new Twilight movie, opens today in theaters across the country. The Twilight saga has claimed the hearts of women – and men – since the films and books first debuted. Some fans are now so addicted that it’s affecting their marriages and relationships – this Los Angeles Times article reports that Twilight fans, unlike fans of other entertainment franchises, have a tendency to become addicted almost to the level of needing a twelve-step program.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
“For the latest illustration of ‘Twilight’ mania, look no further than the hundreds of fans who pitched tents and slept outside for days in front of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles in hopes of catching a glimpse of one of the stars at Thursday’s red-carpet premiere for ‘Eclipse’… ‘This is the first time I’ve been this passionate about anything,’ says Kelli Chavez, a 39-year-old mom who drove in from Sylmar. ‘I’ve read each of the books at least eight or nine times and I’ve watched each of the movies over 300 times apiece.’…
“‘I check the Internet all day long for Twilight news, from the minute I wake up until I go to bed at midnight,’ says Joyce Swiokla, 50, a former engineer who runs the website CullenBoysAnonymous.com. ‘If there is a chemical that’s released when you’re falling in love, your brain has it when you’re reading or watching Twilight. You get that utopic feeling of first love and you want to experience it over and over again.’”
What do you think – is Twilight addiction a real phenomenon? Do you or anyone you know suffer from it? And what’s the best way to break it?