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On Twilight

On Twilight

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Published by: rbatson on Jan 17, 2011
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As a teenage male it should be my unwritten duty to show passionate disdain for anything Stephanie Mayer would dare submit to her publisher but I write, in veiled bias,on her defense. In recent years, a multi-million dollar franchise has enveloped teenagerswith a saga of vampires, werewolves, and romance (oh my!). It dragged with it fivemovie deals, three acting careers, spin-offs, knock-offs, parodies, a celibacy controversy,a division of character and fan allegiances, and gratuitous tv-spots. Something thatseemed to slip the masses minds was that it was, at one point, a novel series. Somewherein saga’s timeline the name changed from “The Twilight Saga” to “The TwilightPhenomenom”. We, as consumers and critics, have forgotten the “ink on paper” aspect of Twilight, as we do so often with popular media. It’s warped most recently into a debateon teenage sexuality. Its title stirs matured hatred in the company of Harry Potter fans (aculture guilty of the same degree). We associate so many elements that stray very far from the series with the series itself. Popular culture accomplished this earlier this decadewith
The Da Vinci Code
, a fictional murder mystery which gained international attention by its reader’s actions and responses. What the series has become is an extraordinary popular delusion, similar to the “science” of Alchemy in the earlier centuries or “Beatlemania” in the 1960s. Consumers need to separate the impact of any media fromthe media itself. It was only after I was able to accomplish this with Twilight was I ableto stop challenging Edwards sexuality. If we step away from the “Twilight Phenomenon”and examine the series as it should be we begin to understand the Twilight saga incontext. What Stephanie Meyer has done is revive the classic Gothic romance. She writesthrough a young, impressionable female protagonist who encounters a mysterious, brooding male love interest. I just described the plot of 
 Rebecca, Dracula, Jane Eyre,
and

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