Yesterday on assignment I took a picture of a girl who was probably 14 or 15 whose T-shirt read “Forget princess - I want to be a vampire!”
Shocked? You shouldn’t be. Millions of girls (and women) worldwide have been bitten by the vampire fever spawned by Twilight - the young adult vampire romance film and book series that has taken our nation by storm.
Seems you can’t surf the net, flip through your TV channels or walk down the street without seeing or hearing about Edward, Jacob and Bella (or their actor counterparts). The fictional love triangle has girls of all ages strictly divided into two categories: Team Jacob and Team Edward.Which will Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) choose; the reformed vampire with a tortured soul (Edward, played by Robert Pattinson) or her best friend and hunky werewolf (Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner)? This is, frankly, not the most suspenseful of questions, but it has spawned a serious cultural phenomenon.
On June 30, the series’ new film Eclipse continues to chronicle the troubles of young Bella’s involvement with these supernatural entities.
Watch the trailer (via YouTube):
From this comes a slew of merchandise; from the aforementioned T-shirts to posters, jewelry (I have a friend who wears an “I HEART <3 Werewolves” pendant around her neck), candy - you name it, there is a Twilight-themed version.
Girls of all ages have transformed their looks to fit the aesthetic as well as their bedrooms [via People.com ]:
Emily Low, 15, a Lincoln, Neb., resident is decidedly on Team Edward – check out her T-shirt! – but she's not as convinced as Bella just yet. "[He] sounds like the perfect guy," Post told PEOPLE, "minus the vampire factor."
But, like everything, it can get to be a bit much.
Here is Katy resident Linda Moore, a 56 (Yes, fifty-six.) year old fan who has turned her guest room into a Twilight shrine:
“After her husband refused to let her decorate their bedroom, Moore transformed the guest bedroom of her Katy, Texas, home into a "Twilight fantasy." ‘One of my best friends says she wants to spend her birthday in there!’ she told PEOPLE. ‘Everyone who has seen my Twilight room either loves it or thinks I'm crazy.’”
One of the better things to come out of the Twilight “saga” is its impact on the musical taste of its fans through the movie soundtracks.
Alexandra Pastavas, the brilliant (and Grammy Award winning) music coordinator on shows like The O.C., Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy has put together all three of the seres’ soundtracks. Her compilation for Eclipse was released this week.
The Eclipse soundtrack gathers an impressive array of talented artists who are both respected (Muse, Cee Lo Green UNKLE, The Black Keys, The Bravery, Beck, Vampire Weekend) and fairly-unknown newcomers to keep an eye on (Metric, Florence and the Machine, Sia, Fanfarlo, Band of Horses.) Standout tracks from the album include Florence and The Machine’s epically beautiful “Heavy In Your Arms”; Metric’s album opener and theme written with composer Howard Shore, “Eclipse (I’m Yours)”; Cee Lo Green’s peppy and triumphant closer, “What Part of Forever”; The Black Keys’ dirty and sexy track, “Chop and Change”; Sia’s dreamy ballad, “My Love”; and the album’s first single “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” by Muse.
The songs fit poetically with the passionate emotion - which may not be totally apparent to casual movie goers - that has enraptured millions of people. It is a stellar album that should be in any music lover’s collection.
The Twilight Saga is hard to be ignored - however hard you may try. I suggest that the only attention it deserves, outside from being of pertinent pop-culture relevance, are the soundtracks which are composed of entirely fantastic artists and songs.
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