Before Twilight, I didn't hardly care about reading at all. I had read Harry Potter and loved them, but I didn't have the desire to go searching for more books like that. I was content with staying in Harry's world. My school library was so devoid of good books that I didn't know what great books were really out there.
Not until I saw that my friend, Travis, was reading Twilight (and LONG before the book was thought about for a movie) did I want to know what was so good that he had read over 100 pages in one night. I promptly asked to borrow them when he was done and rushed through them.
It was the first real series post-Potter that actually captivated me. I would read late, LATE into the night knowing I had to wake up for school the next morning. I would recommend it to my other friends who would give me weird looks. Not until my senior year, when the first movie came out, did my other friends see why they had captivated me.
Even to this day, I thank them for showing me the light.
Without Harry Potter, we wouldn't have the array of Young Adult fiction we have today, but without Twilight, I wouldn't be where I am today. Without Twilight, I wouldn't be a part of the community of readers that I am today. Without Twilight, I don't want to know where my life would've taken me. My life has changed drastically since I became a reader. And for that, I thank Stephanie Meyer.
I have grown more in the past two years than in my first eighteen. Words change lives. They sure as hell changed mine.