Vampire Baseball or Quidditch?
With New Moon at every turn, I can’t help but think of some of my favorite and not so favorites aspects of the first film Twilight. Although I love just about every scene in that movie, I wasn’t too impressed with the vampire baseball scene. I do like the joke about how it’s the American pastime and the Cullens can only play with rolling thunder behind them but other than that, it doesn’t have much appeal to me. And it got me to thinking the first time I saw Harry Potter play his first Quidditch match. Then I wasn’t knocked off my chair either but it was fun to watch and to read. So as much as every fiber in my being fights against saying anything bad about Twilight, I think I need to give this Twilight vs. Harry Potter match to the wizards.
The one thing Quidditch has against vampire baseball is that it’s completely unique. Yes, it’s said to be like Muggle football in the books but with the number of balls flying through the air, and let’s not forget the fact that the players are all on brooms batting and whizzing around, it’s really a game that J.K. Rowling came up with all on her own. Vampire baseball, on the other hand, is simply a game that anyone can play with the word ‘vampire’ thrown in front of it. And the only rule that seems to be in effect for vampire baseball, other than the traditional rules of baseball, is that they need to play during thunderstorms only. It’s cool to see the Cullens in their superhuman-strength form but it really seems like Stephanie Meyer got stuck on this one and plunged ahead with what little idea she had.
Then again, vampire baseball has the “Cullen” factor. So, doesn’t that really trump just about anything?