Jeez, this thread is making me glad I don’t read many books anymore. I know a 50ish year old woman who loves Twilight. Honestly I think she’s a teenage girl in a 50ish year old woman’s body because she pretty much fangirls out constantly about tons of random things. Of course her ridiculous level of passionate fandom (while also actually being quite good at organizing things) makes her the perfect leader for our Tolkien Society group.
The only series I can think of to mention is The Chronicles of Narnia, which I wouldn’t have even thought of if someone else hadn’t mentioned it. I always figured they were meant to be children’s books. At least that’s how my dad treated them when he read them to me as a kid. I actually really liked them going into them… and then we got to the end, and I was like, “Wait… What? Everyone is dead and they’re all in heaven and Aslan is God? That doesn’t make any sense…” It was interesting later to end up finding out that Tolkien and Lewis were actually best friends, and while the former had converted the latter to Christian he didn’t like Chronicles of Narnia either because it turned into such a blunt, tactless allegory. I imagine he thought it would likely have the same effect it had on me. Tolkien notoriously hated blunt allegories. That said, I actually really liked the Chronicles of Narnia, (publishing order) and only disliked the ending as it felt like a giant lazy cop out and insulting to my intelligence… ironically it probably was part of what lead to me becoming an atheist. Hm wait, was Susan an allegory for a strawman atheist? Hoo boy… According to the Chronicles of Narnia Wikia Lewis was going to write a novel about her, but he died. I don’t even feel like I would have liked it, but it would have been interesting just to see what he would have done.
I’ve never read of seen Twilight as I’ve heard so many horrible things about them, and heard nothing good about them, even from people who love them. They just say they love them. This makes me wonder if they love them for reasons they’re ashamed to admit.