Twilight's First Official Photo and Why I'm Passing
I'm sure today feels like Christmas for many a teenage girl, since we now have the first official photo of the cast for author Stephenie Meyer's upcoming adaptation, Twilight. Isn't it simply dripping with adolescent enchantment and tension? Okay, maybe that's a little gruff. But since first writing about the film's progress and the overabundance of the term "sensation" and J.K. Rowling references that seem to follow Meyers and her books, I'm still not converted. In fact, I can safely say now that I'm really not into it at all. I can just hear the clank of earrings being taken off as the throngs gear up for a fight. Take a breath and hear me out.
I'm certainly not saying Meyers work is bad. As I mentioned before, I haven't actually read the series since it's flown under my twenty-something guy radar. But as the movie's exposure ramps up and with the incessant coverage from MTV, coupled with the film's supposed extreme loyalty to the source material, I'm becoming more attuned to how far outside my interests Twilight actually sits. Sure, the whole vampire undercurrent certainly makes pretty, battling high-schoolers a bit more interesting, but the central love story is just too damn sweet - a dark chocolate kind of sweet, but still too much for me. Angelic Robert Pattinson even wrote the tune, "Bella's Lullaby," himself. I'm sorry, but there goes my lunch. Plus, I have a feeling I'd just be rooting for the wicked Nomads anyway, which would surely leave me disappointed. Again, I haven't read the book, but I'm pretty sure the bad guys don't win in this story.
And here's the photo, courtesy of Cinematical, for you to feast your lovely eyes upon.
If the content weren't enough, there's borderline mob mentality when it comes to the material. MTV started Twilight Tuesdays to feed the ravenous masses. There's a site dedicated to Twilight moms. And I dare you to count the followers on all of the various MySpace and Facebook identities. The list of fandom goes on from there. I feel like I'm slowly being suffocated my Meyer's minions in what is becoming a real Twilight Zone. (Sorry, it was just too easy!)
Of course, I'll definitely check out the teaser trailer as it's slated to appear before the upcoming Speed Racer. But I have a feeling it won't entice me any further to see the actual film come December 12th. But for the sake of conversation, let's hear from GUYS who like the material and why? And no, don't you girls you just type in a dude's name in the comment box!