LA Times—When ‘Twilight’ fandom becomes Addiction

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Chrystal Johnson didn't think there was anything unhealthy about her all-consuming fixation with "The Twilight Saga" — until she discovered it was sucking the life out of her marriage.

"I found poems my husband had written in his journal about how I had fallen for a 'golden-eyed vampire,' " says Johnson, a 31-year-old accountant from Mesa, Ariz., who became so enthralled by the blockbuster series of young adult novels and movies that she found herself staying up all night, re-reading juicy chapters and chatting about casting news and the are-they-or-aren't-they romance between the stars of the films, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

" 'Twilight' was always on my mind, to the point where I couldn't function," Johnson says.

Anyone who has ever peeked inside a comic-book convention or gone to a late-night screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" knows that some pop-culture fans aren't exactly known for their moderation. But there are some key differences distinguishing "Twilight" groupies and their seemingly bottomless obsession from that of other entertainment junkies.

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Posted June 25, 2010 at 6:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Chris wrote:

I caught this movie on cable last night.  Boring….

June 25, 9:15 am | [comment link]
2. Katherine wrote:

According to a review I read, the philosophical framework of the Twilight books is not Christian; it is Mormon.  Even if this were a valuable series in and of itself, though, the obsession is unhealthy.

June 25, 1:28 pm | [comment link]
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