|Internet made and broke me.....|
I am learning how to tattoo, I can handle a sword like a pro, I know the names of demons of several
different religions, I am 6,3 feet a 100 kilo and have years of experience in martial arts… and only after that I am confident enough to say… I read twilight and watched the movies. Even scarier I didn’t hate them. No literary brilliance and no Oscar material, I’ll give you that, but it has little pretentions other than pleasing the fanbase and that’s a good thing. Ypu can bash the actors, you can bash the books. I am sure you have because doing anything else online immediately banishes you to the corner of the internet where Rebecca Black and Justin Bieber live.
Here there be spoilers….
On the contrary to popular believes and statements of bashers all around, among who there are few who actually read the books or seen the movies without predetermination not to like a single second of it, once you let yourself be drawn into the world of Bella and Edward it’s really somewhat addictive. The storyline is simple and nothing exceptionally new and it all connects seamlessly to the fantasy world of those who have just outgrown the fairytale realm. And that’s where it scores, without Shamalyinian plots or the obsessive need to kill main characters to increase drama Hollywood seems to love so much lately, neither is there the explicit need to go for any sort of bad ending, but it still manages to tell a tale of a somewhat dramatic love affair. It’s the rollercoaster ride of a teenage girl growing into a woman, a mother… and a vampire eventually. It has a simple but very appealing style, where the atmosphere of first love and learning how to cope with your parents not being flawless, the impact of love and how to suck blood without killing, flavored with a friendly sort of humor based more on amusing situations than actual jokes invite you to turn page after page.
But the ultimate strength lies in the characters surrounding Bella and Edward. From native American werewolves, a protective Sherriff for a father to superpsychic vampire friends, they all add to the mix that little extra that makes Twilight appealing enough to challenge Harry Potter in sales. Also Twilight never backs away from breaking with vampire tradition, though this always poses a risk, especially considering Anne Rice fanatics seeing Rice’s Lestat novels as the ultimate law on all things vampire. Most things Stephany Meijer came up with aren’t bad and make for an interesting mythical vampire going well beyond Hollywood cliché. The whole thing has only one serious fuck-up, the sparkling vampires. Though the idea is actually quite smart, the perfect predator with statuesque perfection being created to attract and draw in, the ultimate effect, especially on screen is just plain silly. Anne Rice gave the vampire genre a mild homo-erotic theme, sparkling Edward… well...
Now if you have spend any time on the internet the last few years it should be obvious that this text could be considered digital suicide. It’s not only wrong to even remotely like Twilight, you must be going full retard when choosing not to directly bash it. It’s a shame that so many people follow this trend blindly and how everybody seems to know what’s wrong with the whole phenomenon. Especially considering how good it sells. I am wondering how much actors like Steward and Pattinson will have to suffer during their career for being part in one of the best selling franchises this decade.
Ever played tetris for way too long? Than you probably understand the phenomenon of wanting to fit everything together afterwards, trying to puzzle together cars in your mind or even subconsciously tetris-ing the content of your cupboards. I have that… a lot and not just with tetris either. When I Assassins Creed or Prince of Persia I can’t help but look around and find routes for roof climbing and free-running, for instance. And now, while I am knee-deep in Skyrim I can’t help but wanting to collect stuff like flowers and small animals to combine into potions. But even worse I am actually trying to manage my life according to skills and perks. I need to do some grinding and gain some gold and I really have to do some sidequests to gain experience so I can get away form the main quest for a while…
Oh and the whole twilight thing, might be considered breaking Skyrim law. Though even Skyrim has vampires, but they don’t sparkle….much.