Since I'm nursing my son, I've had lots of time to read books. Growing up I read all the time. Then I went to college and didn't read anything besides textbooks. I've recently gotten back into it, and I've really missed it!
Anyway, the book I just finished is called Austenland by Shannon Hale. It's about a women who gets to go to a resort in England where women get to live in Jane Austen's stories for three weeks. They get to dress, eat, and speak just like early 1800's. The women who go are obsessed with that time period and the perfect men from the books. They parade around acting as someone they're not and having romances with these actors because they're unhappy with their own lives. Now I love Jane Austen's stories just as much as the next girl. I loved talking with girls about which male character we liked best. I love the fashions of that time period, they are flattering on any figure! I used to wish for a man like Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightly (until I met my husband, of course).
When the Twilight books came out, I read the first two. They weren't very interesting for me, so I stopped. Unfortunately, I wasn't very tactful in the way I talked/wrote about it. I'm sure I offended people with my strong opinions. I won't get into the details of my opinions except that I was surprised at how obsessed women got over it.
When I finished the book Austenland, I was talking with my sister about how I enjoyed it and liked the ending. We did find it was sickening to read about the attitudes of the women in the book. They all acted out characters at the resort because they were so caught up in that fantasy. They were SO obsessed over finding a "Mr. Darcy" and having a romantic time. I then realized that as much as Twilight fanatics bothered me, it is exactly the same with Jane Austen fanatics. Women can get obsessed about anything. It is fun to get excited about something with your girlfriends, but I hope women don't get obsessed because they aren't happy with life. I do love Jane Austen's romances, but I wouldn't say I am obsessed. I need to be careful of what I get caught up in thought, so I make sure my priorities are straight. I need to remember what truly makes me happy. Life is hard, but that's what makes us enjoy the great moments.
I hope my train of thought wasn't too hard to follow and that it made you stop and think. What are we as women spending our time on? Hopefully it's what makes you happy because we all deserve to be happy!