Oh, what can I say? Until May 2009, I lived in a Twilight-free universe. I had never heard of the author, the characters, or anything else. One Wednesay afternoon, exhausted after having written a film review, a book critique, two research papers, and a final exam for my Ph.D. programme, I plopped down on the sofa, put my feet on the table, lifted the remote control with the little strength I had left, and searched the On Demand offerings for a bit of diversion. I found the first Twilight film...I thought it was a bit cheesy (ducks and covers with her dog and parrot behind said sofa), but I nonetheless visited my university's book store the next day and bought a copy of the book. Within three days I had read all the books (it's not difficult reading, and I more or less browsed), and was left unfulfilled and troubled. Alright, that honeymoon scene description left me very unfulfilled, while the birth scene and the child's name (Reneesme? How the hell do you even pronounce that?) bothered me tremendously -- as did the underlying themes of sexism, psychological manipulation, gender roles, Mormon ideology and so on. I thought it was a crying shame, because the material could have been turned into a really entertaining and thoughtful story. Of course, that requires an author who can actually write and won't just fill hundreds of pages with tripe. My salvation came in the form of well-written and well-thought-out fan fiction.
Things I like: literature and poetry, music, irony/sarcasm, alliterations, mythology, history, philosophy (from Plato to Thomas Aquinas to Feuerbach and Nietsche -- yes, I know Aquinas is a Catholic saint whereas Feuerbach and Nietsche criticised religion, but it all aims to explain human nature), dancing (ballet, ballroom, modern, tap and everything in between), good beer, romance and animals (except for creepy critters with long legs and wings).
Things I dislike: people who lack a sense of humour and the ability to think for themselves, stupidity, creepy-crawly critters that are invariably attracted to me, migraine headaches, and body odour. Gah! Don't ask! I've had some awful experiences being stuck in the underground with smelly people in the heat of summer w/out AC! Torture!!