Remember When... is a weekly feature every (#Throwback)Thursday where we look back on a moment that changed the world of pop culture forever. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the reminder that you are getting SO OLD.
What Happened: In 2005, Stephenie Meyer released a novel about a teenage vampire named Edward Cullen who falls in love with a quirky, clumsy but still adorable high school student named Bella. He's drawn to her, addicted to her and he's super-hot and brooding so she falls in love with him, too. It was called Twilight. The world becomes obsessed with these two. Three more books are released. Five movies based on the books get made. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart become the on and off-screen couple that no one could get enough of. The books and films make a million, trillion dollars. Twilight and vampire craze officially takes over the planet.
What Else Was Happening: The penultimate book to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, is released, and HP fans generally looked down on Twilight fans. A serious rift is born. Tom Cruise jumped all over Oprah's couch; not because of Twilight fever but because he was so in love with Katie Holmes. Facebook became open to high school students so that teenagers across the country could make their statuses: "I love Edward Cullen 4EVER!!!"
How We Remember It:
Cinya Burton, Senior Editor: "I bought Twilight the same Friday the first EW cover (with RPatz and KStew) came out. I'm so ashamed to admit this now but I not only liked it, but I read the other two books (the fourth one wasn't out yet) that same weekend! Then to make matters worse, I went to work on Monday and insisted all my friends in the office read it. To be fair, they all LOVED it too! I really think it was some kind of temporary insanity moment for all of us (er, the world, really) because I tried to read it again last year and I kept thinking: How did I not notice that Bella faints, like, all the time!"
Jenna Mullins, E! Loves Editor: "There was a Borders (aw, remember Borders?) right by my office and I would go there almost every week to browse books. It was my first job out of college and spoiler alert: it was awful. So reading during lunch kept me sane.
This was probably a couple months before Breaking Dawn was supposed to be released, so the book store had a giant display of the first three books. I didn't know much about it, but I remember hearing about the frenzy surrounding it. I grabbed the first one and sat down to read it over my lunch break. 20 minutes later, I was really into so I just bought it to take home. I ordered the next two online when I finished reading Twilight, but Eclipse came to my house before New Moon, so I actually got spoiled on their engagement because I started reading the third book before the second one, like an idiot.
I also knew that Robert Pattinson had been cast as Edward, so he was always the Edward I pictured whilst reading. I didn't mind it one bit. I also distinctly remember throwing New Moon off my bed in anger when Edward left Bella right at the beginning of the book."
Kamala Kirk, Writer/Editor: "I remember that I asked for a copy of New Moon for my birthday because I was too embarrassed to go out and buy it for myself. The only reason I wanted that particular book out of the entire series was because it focused more on Bella's relationship with Jacob, who I was rooting for the entire time. Needless to say, I lost all faith in the Twilight franchise when Bella became pregnant with Edward's child. Then when Jacob imprinted on Bella's daughter, there was no going back and it had turned into an episode of Jerry Springer! Oh god, I sound like such a super fan. I promise I'm not."
Bruna Nessif, Writer: "I didn't actually get into the book series until I watched the first movie, but once I dived in, I was super into it. When I'd visit my boyfriend at the time, I'd tell him to leave me alone for a couple of hours and would put on headphones to listen to nature music as I read so I could really be in the story (I probably shouldn't have admit that part). Luckily, he didn't mind, because it meant more Counter Strike for him."
Rosemary Brennan, Supervising Editor: "The year was 2008. In the spring, a few of my friends started reading—no, devouring the Twilight books. Of course I was a book snob and looked down at such drivel, but I finally broke down and started the series. HOLY MOLY. My motto became 'Twilight IS my life now.' The books were so addicting, and I convinced just about all of my pals to read the books. Sure, Bella's a little whiny, but that's part of the fun. I was never Team Edward or Team Jacob, I was always Team NOT Bella or, if I had to pick, Team Jasper, because who doesn't love a Southern Gentleman?
Did you give in to the Twilight craze? And were you Team Jacob or Team Edward?