Thursday, June 18, 2009

Officially the Queen of Twatlight.

Good Evening Womanizers, BJ-C here with some fun ranting, raving, and clarification.

Today I went to the mall (in desperate search of a pink cocktail dress-if you find one to fit my chest I'll love you forever) when I happened to stop inside Hot Topic in search of a black rose necklace. Hanging above the girls selection of T-Shirts was a sign that said "DO YOU LOVE TWILIGHT?" with a marker below it so that shoppers could write their opinion. Amongst the starred "OMG YES!"es and the I LOVE EDWARD CULLEN! in bold letters and hearts, was a block lettered message of hope. BOO TWATLIGHT! with a link to yours truly written underneath, and circled. Let me tell you that seeing that written in a public area once again was the equivalent to when I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels.

I came home to an e-mail from BFF B-Sol with two links. The first link was to the super cool Scott Weinberg of Horror Squad. It seems he loves the fact that I rip on Twatlight and did a dandy job at plugging my blog as well. I read the comments on the entry and it looked as though I had pissed off a couple people with it. Not because they love Twilight, but because I consider it horror and the fact that I apologized for my 1990s generation for this shit. That leads me to the second post about my Vlog. Peter Hall of Horror's Not Dead is also pretty peeved at yours truly for the comments I made in in my excessive (and not-so-eloquent) rant.

I am taking these posts as critiques, not criticisms, and want to clear up some of the things that bothered these writers. I will say that all of my Vlogs are unscripted so yes, I should have elaborated just a bit more. Which is exactly what I'm doing now...

1) I am not saying that the people of the 1990s generation are to blame for the production of Twilight. I AM blaming us for embracing it, and for the cult following that has come along with it. Whether someone personally is a fan, the people born in the 1990s as a whole are the ones buying the DVDs, countless idiotic pieces of memorobilia, selling out movie theaters, obsessing over Robert Pattison, and awarding this pile of crap 5 MTV Movie Awards. By this happening, we are telling the movie industry that YES! WE LOVE THESE FILMS! KEEP BRINGING US SPARKLING FUCKING VAMPIRES WITH RED LIPSTICK! That, we are fully and 100% responsible for. That is what embarrasses me. Not to mention, amongst the "Best Villain" category at the MTV movie awards...we included the killer from the Prom Night remake...Dear Lord.

2) I do lump Twilight in with the horror genre. Although I personally think that it's crap it is lumped amongst the films I obsess over and hold dearly to my heart. Look at the horror sites. Shock Til You Drop, Bloody-Disgusting, and even Dread Central all have done posts pertaining to the Twilight Series. Whether they were promoting the film or bashing it is irrelevant. The facts are that these big sites are STILL giving this film consideration to be talked about within the horror community. I am not alone in this matter of Twatlight bashing or in grouping it within the horror genre.

3) I stand corrected on considering it the 1990s generation. We have not brought any substantial films to the table. I was born in the year 1990. Anyone born after that is barely even legal. None of us can even drink yet (legally) let alone create a feature film. I will say however, we are the ones putting out most of the box office money, and thus supporting the films. They may have been directed by people born in the '50s, but how many people born in the '50s are sporting TEAM EDWARD t-shirts?

I have full faith that "my" generation is going to create something wonderful. Who knows, 10 years from now we could be cranking out the greatest horror films ever made. As for now, these same people who will be creating the possible "future of horror" films are amongst the same people shelling out dough to support Twatlight. Myself however, will continue to support the classics, and look forward to the future.

16 comment(s):

B-Sol said...

Well said, Britt. I think that clarified the issue quite nicely. If we can't blame the post-1990 generation for supporting Twilight, than who can we blame??

Peter said...

Just to be clear, I'm pretty much the only person who was bothered by it. My only sticking point, and this was really only an implied accusation, is that TWILIGHT is a product of the '90s generation, which would have been depressing as all fuck if true.

I still don't think anyone with the right number of chromosomes considers TWILIGHT a horror movie, whether Bloody-Disgusting covers its shiny ass or not. The phenomenon of it is incredibly lame, no arguing that, but I don't think its success has any more impact on the horror industry than HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL does.

Now the success of bile like PROM NIGHT, on the other hand...

BJ-C said...

Im just saying that individually we don't have to put it amongst the ranks of Dracula or anything, but look at the 101 people who have compared it to Let the Right One In...

B-Sol said...

Ugh, blasphemy!

Peter said...

I hate to keep looking like a huge prat on here, but you did just make up the 101 people thing, right? There isn't a list somewhere of 101 people who have compared it to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, is there?

BJ-C said...

If you read my blog or have talked to me personally, you would know that I use large numbers to explain a pretty decent amount of people. Google Twilight Vs. Let The Right One In. The entire front page is of different reviews/opinions etc. etc. So NO I didn't literally mean 101 people. Next time I'll be sure to say the 93487293573q4 or Umpteen-billion to further my exagerrations.

MonsterScholar said...

I agree with the lumping of Twilight into the horror category because where else are you going to put a film that has supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves? That said, Twilight is more a romantic pastiche than hardcore horror and is at the wee end of the spectrum when compared to films like Let the Right One In or Drag Me to Hell.

The Warfreak said...

While I agree that the 1990s weren't the best decade for horror, I would still say that there are some really brilliant that came out in said decade. I've done a top ten of the 1990s list, here:

http://olympicartichoke.blogspot.com/2009/05/top-ten-horror-movies-of-1990s.html

Unforunately, a lot of the films of the nineties followed the formula set up by films from eighties and franchised themselves until there was nothing left in the tank.

Ms Harker said...

There have been some comparison's to LTROI and Twilight, but usually to highlight how rubbish Twilight is!
Well articulated BJ-C, the merchandising machine will keep Twilight around for longer yet, and it is well supported by the kids! You also make an interesting point about the larger Horror sites supporting the films via coverage, even if it is in a negative light. Its still publicity, if the horror community is so outraged at its inclusion in the genre why cover it continuously?

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B-Sol said...

Sadly, I think we know why it gets so much coverage. Twilight=traffic.

Kayleigh said...

Those who think Twilight is a horror film haven't watched the film. I love horror movies, they're my favourite genre. I also love Twilight (i read the books then watched the film) but the two never cross paths. Horror blogs and such feature Twilight as a horror film purely because it features horror mythology such as Vampires and Werewolves. Although they build up a feeling of 'threat' in the film from the 'bad' vampires, the film doesn't use any horror film techniques or cliches. There's no jumpy bits, no twists, no gore, no super dramatic music. It's a romantic drama with vampires. Simple as. It doesn't follow a single horror movie rule, therefore is not a horror movie.

and how is it a product of the 90's generation when it was invented by a 30 something year old housewife? and when most of the fans of it i know were born in the 80's?

BJ-C said...

*yawns* i thought we are over this already...lord have mercy.

Kayleigh said...

I agree with most of your opinions on this blog, but because i chose to disagree with one point i deserve some twatty, childish reply? If you don't want people replying to your posts then don't post them. If you're 'over this' then why do you keep mentioning Twilight all the friggin time? I mean seriously, even i'm finding it boring and i fucking like it. Have some respect for your readers.

BJ-C said...

@Kayleigh

I wasn't being childish or twatty, I really don't think you read this post to comment that way. I commented that way because I posted this entry in the middle of June and you didn't comment until July.

I cleared up my part about it being the product of the 90's generation. Do you consider John Hughes films to be products of the 80's generation? You know, "Ferris Bueller, 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club?" His films defined an era but by your logic, they should be considered products of the 50's as that was the year he was born.

I fully expect people to comment my blogs, and I will defend my opinions in any way I can. However, If I feel that a commenter's opinion will not change no matter what I say, then yes...I leave a leading comment, because I'd rather not waste my time.

HOWEVER. You have set me off. I mention Twatlight all the time because it has become one of my trademarks. I coined the phrase and other blogs and horror magazines have taken notice that a 19 year old girl hates the franchise and is very vocal about it. Which is something you don't see very often, not to say it doesn't exist...but 9 times out of 10 a girl will rant about R-Patz rather than discuss its terrible quality of a film.

I do respect my readers. Most of my readers hate Twilight too, so I'm going to give what the majority wants, rather than feed to one angsty reader who doesn't like what I have to say.

Anonymous said...

dear god if you really think that twilight is supposed to be a horror movie then your a IDIOT!!! its a love story you crazy people! ya know modern romeo and juliet. i'm pretty sure you would've gotten that if you read the books and i don't know followed the story line. the movie and the books are the trials of forbidden love. exactly what was wrong with the film? better question, did you even READ the books to follow what was going on in the film or was that to complicated? most of you morons who haven't read the books to go with the movie have no idea why you are even complaining. so until you actually take the time to fully review the novels and the books you are nothing more than whiney babies to me... and honestly quite sad.

BJ-C said...

Dear Anonymous,

Next time, please use your name and not be such a coward. Second of all, I have read all of the books. They're absolute literary garbage and Bella's character has pushed the feminine movement back 100 years. I'm so glad that your "forbidden love" story contains a female character that is portrayed as only useful or complete when she has her precious Edward around. If you actually read other articles on my blog you'll know that I have a very strict policy on "not knocking til I've tried it". So yes, I HAVE read all those terrible books. If you're going to bash me, at least be able to back it up...the way I CAN with Twatlight.

Good day.

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