I've Caught Vampire Fever

By Sara, age 25, Pennsylvania

Vampire fever has hit, and it has hit hard. It started with Twilight, then spread to movies, TV, and more books. I'll admit, I was hesitant at first, refusing to buy into all the Twilight hype. Then I made the mistake of watching the first movie and got hooked. We're talking "read all four books in a week, buy a t-shirt (team Edward, in case you were wondering), wait longingly for the next movie to come out" hooked.

I can't help but wonder how vampires have gone from creepy, old Dracula shuffling around a spider web infested castle to sexy Edward Cullen sitting next to you in biology and sparkling in the sun. Was this just thanks to Stephenie Myers' unique imagination? Or was there more to it? Just like Bella, I went to my computer to do some vampire research.

Turns out it was Stephenie Myers' unique imagination. In fact, she didn't do any research on vampires for fear of finding something that contradicted her vision. Not that I'm complaining - actually I think we should all be thanking Stephenie Myers. Because of a vivid dream she had about a handsome vampire and an ordinary teen girl falling in love in a meadow, the image of vampires has been transformed from bats and coffins to hotties and romance. I don't know about you, but I'd take one of the Cullens over Dracula any day, or even one of the not-so-nice but super cute stars of True Blood.

Those of you who are team Jacob will be happy to learn the Quileute stories Jacob tells Bella are all true Quileute legends, with the exception of the myth about the cold ones which was added for the sake of the plot. The Quileute are a real tribe with a real reservation close to the town of Forks. They have a mystical history that does include stories of being decedents of werewolves. How cool is that!? Edward Cullen may have been completely made up, but a Jacob Black could be out there somewhere just waiting to imprint on you.

I also discovered that Stephenie Myers was writing a version of Twilight from Edward's point of view. The book was going to be called Midnight Sun. Unfortunately, the book was put on hold indefinitely because a partial draft was illegally posted on the internet. I know this is probably old news to some of you twihards out there, but I hadn't heard, and I'm super bummed. That would have been an awesome book! Stephenie Myers has posted the incomplete draft on her website since it was leaked. However, she discourages fans from reading it. Don't get too depressed, twihards, because Breaking Dawn, part one hits theaters November 18th. Is it too early to start camping out so I can be first in line for the premiere?

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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