TWILIGHT Ages Poorly

I don’t write about TWILIGHT too much on this site, or on any other site for that matter. There’s a couple of reasons for that. For one thing, this site is called and thus TWILIGHT really doesn’t have anything to do with our subject, since it has no vampires in it. Secondarily, I got in trouble a few years back for being too hard on the Twi-hards. Thus, to do as the Apostle Paul instructed and avoid temptation, I just avoid the subject (because I’d be too tempted to be snarky). But if something newsworthy happens, I will begrudgingly cover it. And if someone *else* lambasts TWILIGHT, well, you can’ blame me for that, right? And it’s news. So I report on it.

The opinion of the author of this linked article, “I rewatched ‘Twilight’ for the first time since 2008. Here are 8 things that haven’t aged well”, does not necessarily reflect my own. (I mean, it does, but folks shouldn’t just assume that.) What are a few of those things that didn’t age well? Since you asked, here are the top contenders: “Edward gaslights Bella when he stops a car from hitting her.” “The age difference between Edward and Bella was always weird.” (If by “weird” you mean pedophilic, then yes, it was.) “…the fact that Edward would sneak into Bella’s room to watch her sleep.” (Yep. Stalker city.) “The thinly veiled purity culture metaphor that runs throughout the series…” Those are the big ones, but if we’re being honest, weren’t they problematic even when TWILIGHT was considered novel and cool?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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