Bittersweet Twilight Glitter: Why You Loathe, Why I Like

Source: IMDb

Love it or hate it, the Twilight saga will go down in history as the flicks that skyrocketed teen blood pressures and grossed more than $2.5 billion dollars worldwide collectively – but wait! There’s more. The series’ final installment, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, which debuted yesterday, November 16, 2012, will, according to the NY Times, “break box office records, with as much as $150 million in projected sales this weekend“!

In 2008, I was a freshman in college. It was the same year the first Twilight movie came out. I started watching it with a group of friends, but never stayed ’til the end or engaged in the hype about Twilight’s two, three, and four. Five years later, literally this past week, I watched them all in one swoop!

My reasoning? I have been relying on the media and other people to tell me how good or bad – mostly bad – the acting was. It was only fair to watch them and judge for myself.

Guess what? Not as bad as they say.

[PAUSE: As a movie-lover/undercover critic/PR professional…:)…I should not be labeled as having “bad taste” in movies. There is a method to what seems like madness….]

Main Reasons Why I Like The Movies:

  • It captures the tug between having something you want (Team Edward) versus sticking with what you need (Team Jacob). I don’t know about you, but I have never been in love with two people at the same time. However, I believe it is possible to feel that way. Some people would say that the movie is slow. But in reality, when you are having conflicted feelings, you swing like a pendulum, constantly looking for a balance. This is what Bella was doing…majority of the time.
  • My boyfriend claims that Jacob got “crapped” – not for the lack of a better word, mainly to be polite – on a lot. What other people think may be “right” for you, may not be. Bella said to Edward, “I love him…but I love you more” admitting it was a tough choice, but she made a definite decision. Yes Jacob was warmblooded and good looking, but if Bella had chose him because it was the “right” thing to do, they would’ve lived an unhappy life together.
  • The sappy lovey-dovey-ness. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl. Maybe it’s because I believe that true love does exist. I’m a fan of fairy tales, what can I say.
  • Families are shown as strong entities. There is a lot of faith and trust in each other; more families should have this.
  • They had some decent fight scenes.

Main Reasons Why I Think People Hate It:

  • The glittery bodies
  • The fact that these vampires stray from the common myths we’re used to hearing (which are not necessarily true. For all we know, vampires could’ve glittered instead of burned in the sunlight! Who. Knows.)
  • The pace is slow
  • If fairy dust had a sound it would be the background music of every romantic scene.
  • The graphics?
  • They didn’t use real wolves
  • etc etc

From a public relations p.o.v., I have to commend the Twilight PR team because they took their targeted audience and RAN with it; business is business and it’s an even exchange. I’m in awe and look forward to watching the last movie.

P.S. What do you think will be the next teen movie obsession? Our generation was lucky to have Harry Potter and Twilight – the pressure’s on! By the way, have you seen the trailer for Warm Bodies, a movie about a human and zombie who fall in love? It’ll be out February 1, 2013. Move over wolves and vampires, zombies want a turn at teen romance.

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