Obsessions


Twilight
I discovered Twilight during the summer of 2008. I was shopping online for books and stumbled upon it. It was cheap, only 135 EEK, so I thought why not get it. It arrived in the middle of August. I started reading it and was hooked just like that. I couldn't put the book down. I don't remember how long it took me to finish it, but it was definitely a short time. I went online again and ordered New Moon and Eclipse as well. Breaking Dawn wasn't available on that site yet at that time. Anyway, I ordered them, but couldn't wait until they arrived, so I searched online and found the audio books, which I downloaded immediately. For the next couple of days I walked around attached to my mp3 player. I was absolutely in love with the books. I kept listening to my favorite parts again and again. When the books finally arrived I marked all of my favorite places with these little colorful post-its. After that I searched online again to see if there were any more books in the series (at that time I didn't know about BD yet). I found out that there was a fourth book as well. I was thrilled and couldn't wait to read it. I searched for it online thinking maybe it was available and saw this little 5MB file on Pirate Bay. The audio books had been large files, so I didn't really think this was the real deal, but decided to download it anyway. I cannot describe the joy I felt when I opened the file and it turned out to be an e-book. It was over 800 pages long, much longer than the first three books had been, so it took me longer to read. I couldn't spend all my time in front of the computer screen reading, although I wanted to. My mom thought I'd gone insane, each time she came to my room she saw me reading this long text. I just told her to leave me alone :)
After I finished I felt this void, there were no more books coming. But then I discovered this little thing called fanfiction. I really hadn't heard of it before, but I started reading and got so into it that everything else took a backseat. I was reading fanfiction constantly, every free moment I had I spent in front of the computer screen re-living the magic that is Edward and Bella. I have read very few stories where they weren't the main couple. At first I only read the original stories, the ones where Edward was a vampire, and Bella was a human (or had already been turned into a vampire). I outright refused to even look at the story when I noticed the letters AH. But all that changed after I read one of those (it was called Wide Awake, and came highly recommended from other Twilight fans). It just opened up so many new possibilities for the characters. Although I'm not that into fanfiction anymore, I still read the occasional story that sounds interesting. I've discovered some brilliant stories in the years since. 
Sometime in October of 2008 I ordered Breaking Dawn and marked all my favorite spots. I now own multiples copies of all four books, plus other related books and merchandise.
Many people have asked me why I like the books. I've tried to explain it to them, I had an especially long conversation with my grandmother, but I can't seem to find the right words to describe the appeal of the books. I've never been good at expressing my emotions, and when asked why I like something, I find it really hard to come up with an answer. But I'll tell you this - I am completely in love with Edward and Bella's love story.

Collecting Things
I am definitely a person who likes to have lots of stuff :) And I like the things I have to be neatly organized, with everything having it's place. I collect a lot of different things, most of which can be divided into different fandoms I follow. But I also love buying stuff like jewelry, and make-up, even though I don't wear much of either.
For example, if you read the paragraph above, then you know I'm bat shit crazy about Twilight. So over the years I've collected a lot of different things related to it. I have all the books in the series, all of the movies on DVD, and numerous magazine articles I've cut out. All of the clippings I have are put into transparent sheet protectors and then into binders. Everything in the binders is organized by different categories, whether they're posters, A4 articles, or smaller clippings glued onto white A4 papers.
I collect magazine clippings for a range of different subjects, some are book/movie/TV series I like, others are just celebrities I've been a fan of for years (e.g. Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez).
I also like collecting books. If I buy one book in a series, I have to buy them all. I'm an avid reader and most books I've bought I have read or am planning to read. But I am also guilty of buying books that I have absolutely no plan of reading. An example of this would be my Charmed novels. I am a huge fan of the TV show and after getting the first book a couple years ago, I've just been dying to get more. So now I've managed to collect about a third of the books, and I'm hoping to get the remaing ones in the next couple of years, before they become too hard to get a hold of.
But don't think because I collect so many different things that I have a room full of clutter. I am very organized, and once or twice a year I go through all of my things, and pick out stuff that I now longer need or want. All those items go into a box, from which my little cousins can have their pick when they come to visit. I like to keep a lot of stuff from when I was younger, but if the item doesn't have a special meaning and I don't like it anymore, it goes on to a person who wants it.
Other items you can find loads of in my room are greeting cards, office supplies, jewelry, and porcelain statues. The last ones I was a big fan of when I was younger, and people got me those as presents a lot. Now I don't like having them on my shelves anymore, so they're mostly packed away in boxes. I do keep some more significant ones out, though. I haven't gone to school for years now, but I still like to keep all of my leftover office supplies. I also like buying new stuff, like post-its, and binders. Those always come in handy. Greeting cards I mainly buy because I'm one of those people who always gives a card with a present. Not many people I know do that nowadays, but I like giving them. Whenever someone in my family needs a card or an envelope, they come to me, because they now I always have loads.

Books
I've always been a lover of books, I used to read a lot when I was younger, and even though there was a period in my teenage years that I didn't read recreationally, I still bought books, admittedly not as often as I do now. I rediscovered my love for reading because of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. After finishing that series, I started reading other books and I've been reading on average at least 40 books each year since then. It also gave new life to my love for collecting books. A big majority of my wages is spent on books. I don't know how many I own at the moment, but I've bought around 200 over a span of 9 months. And I'm not stopping now. Luckily I still have space in my room... for now.