Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Twilight and Bandwagons

I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I resisted the bandwagon of the books until the 4th one came out. I was either a freshman or sophomore in high school, and I finally decided to try the first book while I was babysitting for my younger cousins. I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in less than 24 hours.

Several weeks ago Carter (my husband) was listening to his extensive music library on iTunes when "Fireflies" by Owl City came on. I rarely, if ever, listen to secular radio (I prefer our local Christian station, or, if I'm in Carter's car, listening to his iPod), so I wasn't familiar with the song. I liked it, and Carter said he thought he got it as a free download from iTunes one Tuesday. About a week later, I found myself listening to one of my favorite stations from college, a pop station out of Johnson City, Tenn. On the top 9 and 9 (or top 8 at 9, or whatever) I heard "Fireflies" again. I created an Owl City Pandora station and have been happily listening and classifying myself as a fan ever since.

One of Carter's bandmates prides himself on not following the crowd: being innovative in his musical tastes and favorites. This past weekend, he tweeted about how much he liked Owl City. His friends (and I encouraged this) then started tweeting about how much they loved Owl City, too. Today, this guy tweeted that he hated himself for joining the Owl City bandwagon, and was officially jumping off.

Funny how other people's opinions can shape our own so heavily (whether to join them or rebel against them).

My own example of bandwagon rebellion? Twilight. But it's not easy for me to resist such a bandwagon, especially when this was delivered to my office today:

That's my co-worker, Dani, posing alongside her new life-size cut-out of Edward Cullen.

What bandwagons are you on? Have you ever jumped off a bandwagon because it got too crowded? Have you ever avoided a bandwagon out of rebellion?


Brown Eyed Belle said...

I am ashamed to say that I jumped ON the Twilight bandwagon- it was Dr. Chamberlain's fault! I have completed the series and am now impatiently awaiting the next movie :)

Ashley said...

Did you know the next movie is premiering here in Knoxville? Apparently Belle and Jacob will be here for it. Should be a big deal. This adds to the excitement in my office.