Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Someone Had to Do It

With us talking about Buffy the Vampire during class, I felt it was necessary to compare that series to the currently popular Twilight movies. With over 10 million views racked up, you can surely tell the movies as well as the books have quite a fan following.

Although I'm ashamed to say I have watched both Twilight and New Moon, I'll tell you that I only watched it for pure comedic entertainment. I mean, some of the lines the actors say are ridiculous. Also, what kind of vampire glitters in the sunlight or jumps around at super high speeds? Yet, I understand how the movies appeal to teenage girls as a result of the actors Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson being shirtless half the time and the plot of a teenage girl falling in love with a vampire because (I'm sure so many girls in the world identify with that).

However, what's more interesting is the violent aspect of the film. Like Buffy, the Twilight series gets increasingly darker as the movies progress. The violence just looks way too silly and computer generated. It's an interesting contrast to the Buffy episodes and violence that is depicted there, even though it's on television.


  1. I think the violence in both movies, although being very different, is still laughable. both have done terrible jobs trying to be realistic, however, Buffy is a tv show which means they cant really spend that much money on fight scenes. What I find interesting about vampire movies is that vampires have changed from being scary to sexy. What is up with that? why are girls now so attracted to pasty white guys who drink blood. Where is the appeal?......seriously, where?

  2. You're correct in your observation that the Twilight series gets darker as it progresses. The next one is going to be R-rated because *SPOILER ALERT* Bella and Edward finally take the next step. Stefanie Meyer wants it to be portrayed realistically (probably for the benefit of the older fans), so the last film will definitely have more mature themes.
    I don't think the series should be judged on its violent content. It's essentially a fantastical love story targeted at teenage girls, with arbitrary violent scenes just functioning as a plot device to keep Edward and Bella apart. All these random vampire/ werewolf skirmishes just serve as building blocks for the foundation of their relationship-- the real focus of the series.

  3. I really do not understand the allure of the Twilight series. I guess teenage girls are attracted to Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, but I can't understand why a single male human being would ever watch these films. The plot sucks, the acting is pretty bad, and the story is totally unrealistic. These films could be decent if only the vampires were realistic stereotypical "vampires," but alas that is too much to ask for.


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