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S1E1: Twilight & Fifty Shades: How these YA and NA fandoms changed our adult lives

Sparkly vampires. Sadist billionaires. Let’s get REAL about Twilight and Fifty Shades!

Being part of the Twilight and Fifty Shades fandoms has literally changed my life. And I mean that in both forms of “literal”—these stories influenced both what I read and the people I have connected with. 

In this first episode of the shiny, new, rebooted Infatuated Podcast—previously called the GraveTells Romance Podcast—I dish with two of my girlfriends about the books, the trips, and the friendships that came out of our mutual love for these two fandoms. 

S1E1 of the #InfatuatedPodcast is for you Twilight or Fifty Shades fans out there. And for anyone wondering why the heck grown women flock to these angsty young stories.

Inside this podcast

While it’s not a full-on transcript, here’s a quick overview of some of the things we chat about in this episode:

  • How we made lifelong friends through these fandoms
  • What Twilight teams we are (Sheryl’s might shock you)
  • Our Twilight Mascot, Cardboard Edward (click to say hi on Facebook!)
  • Why sparkly vampires are totally where it’s at
  • My playlists for best of Fifty and Twilight on Google Play
  • Fangirling about the beautiful end of Breaking Dawn Pt 2
  • Will there be a Jacob-Renesmee book?
  • Midnight Sun madness (and sadness)
  • Sheryl’s movie-wine-smuggling shenanigans
  • The scenes we loved most about the movies (Twilight and Fifty) and what was different from the books
  • New Adult angst—it’s a thing!
  • How inclusive and friendly the Twilight and Fifty fandoms are
  • How I accidentally won a Twilight costume contest (as Victoria)
  • Losing our shit at the Breaking Dawn 2 movie premier
  • Twilight & Fifty trivia for hardcore fans!
  • Plot holes in the movie regarding Bella’s shield ability
  • Monique’s & my visits to Forks (blog links below, but probably really outdated info!), meeting Stephanie Meyer, getting engaged in the magical meadow (pics below!)

Note: You’ll need a Google Music subscription to listen to the full songs, but you can check out the samples and selections without one. 

Fiending for your fix? Want to check out the hype? 

These are some of the books and movies we chat about in the podcast. Click the image roll below for a better selection with some fun new items, like a Twilight piano songbook & the most excellent Fifty Freed soundtrack!

The books

The movies

Meet my guests!

About Monique Messman

Monique is a project manager by day and an avid book lover/aspiring novelist by night. She has been a fan of The Twilight Saga since 2009 when her husband suggested they watch the first Twilight movie. The next day she picked up the first book and hasn’t stopped reading them since!

Twilight has brought Monique several amazing friendships, once in a lifetime experiences and a passion for reading. Her fondest memory is attending a bonfire celebration on First Beach in La Push with Stephenie Meyer sharing her Twilight stories and experiences.

Aside from her love of Twilight, Monique enjoys a variety of science fiction novels, scrapbooking, yoga, and spending time with her two chihuahuas.

About Sheryl Sharma

Book boyfriend addict. Makeup connoisseur. Wine enthusiast. Expert at making everything sound dirty.

Sheryl Sharma is a frequent co-host on the Infatuated Podcast. She loves chatting with fellow romance readers and makeup lovers, so don’t be afraid to stalk… er, look her up on social media!

Join the discussion

Are you a Twilight or Fifty fanatic? Or maybe you just don’t understand why it’s so popular. Where ever you are on the love-it-or-leave-it, spectrum, leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

Romance book addict. Storysmith. Photographer. Jeweler. Wine lover. Serially chasing brilliance.
About the Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance influencer and the primary review voice for the Infatuated Podcast and GraveTells Romance. She has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging & reviewing awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a seasoned, comprehensive editor who is on fire about educating and empowering romance authors. After leaving her work as the acquisitions editor for two traditionally published lines of category romance, Sue now works one-on-one with authors to bring out the absolute best in their stories. Check out her current openings and offerings at SueBrownMoore.com

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