Granted, I’m a little slow during baseball season. I don’t notice anything or anyone unless it/he/she pertains to the Yankees in some way. But now that the season is over, I’ve emerged from my cave.
And lo and behold, there’s life beyond the pinstripes! The Senate started debating a health care bill. Sarah Palin went on a book tour. And Taylor Swift won the top prize at the American Music Awards without Kanye West interrupting her speech.
But the event in popular culture that really escaped me was the phenomenon that is the “Twilight” series. Obviously, I knew the books have sold well and that first movie in the series was a hit. But “New Moon,” the follow up, grossed $142 million this past weekend. That’s so huge I had to go online and watch the trailer.
So can someone please explain all this to me? No question Robert Pattinson is gorgeous, and I get that these stories have a forbidden love/Romeo and Juliet quality. But why are vampires so hot again? They’re all over “True Blood” on HBO, and there are other book series starring love-struck blood suckers.
All I know is that, given the choice, I would have passed up “New Moon” in favor of the premiere of the World Series DVD that was shown at the Ziefeld Theater tonight. Mariano Rivera can take a bite out of my neck any time he wants.