Monday, January 23, 2012

Go sit down and look pale.

I find the intense abhorrence of all things Twilight amusing if not perplexing.  I mean, people are literally slamming the teen vamp trilogy as if it sucked as bad as the Carter presidential administration.  Really!

And then, on the flipside, people that so are infatuated with the story that they cry, scream and worship the characters; much like the teenagers of the 60's with their adoration of Beatles.

Complete devotion . . . concentrated loathing.  How can one story be so very polarizing?  It’s quite compelling and, frankly, I don’t get it.

Curiosity beset me.  I had to find out what all the hubbub and hullabaloo was about.  I read the books.  Nay, I devoured them.  I thought they were well written and fun.  While the characters were not entirely believable the storyline was fascinating.  And besides, who cares, its fiction.  It was entertaining and that's what it's all about.  Anybody who takes this kind of storyline seriously has bigger problems

That being said . . .  I like the books but I wouldn't . . . say . . . go out and get a tattoo of Edward and Bella in the throes of a passionate moment.  
Admittedly these vampires aren’t at sexual as Anne Rice's or as vicious as Larry Correia’s or as singularly evil as Bram Stoker’s.  But give them a break, they’re just kids.

Here’s the gist . . . the books are suspenseful and romantic with a little blood letting thrown in.  Oh, and because they are geared towards teenagers there is no swearing or explicit sexuality.

So, if romance isn’t your thing or horror isn’t your thing or you just can’t read a book without someone cursing . . . cursing not curses, there are plenty of those . . . or folks getting laid every five seconds then this is not for you so stop bitching.  No one is forcing anyone to read it.

Let the fans enjoy themselves and allow Stephenie Meyer have her moment sparkly in the sun.

Ranch Pork Chops

1 Packet (1 Ounce) Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
6 Pork Loin Rib Chops About 1-Inch Thick
Dash Of Paprika (Optional)

Preheat the oven to 450ºF.

In a small bowl, add the Seasoning mix, together with the salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well. Liberally sprinkle the pork chops on both sides with the seasoning mixture.

Arrange the chops on a baking sheet or try with a rack. Bake the pork chops for 20 minutes, turning once until browned or an internal temperature of 160ºF is reached. Serve immediately.

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