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THE TWILIGHTIZATION OF THE VAMPIRE

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“Twilight” was a bad movie. Everyone knows it. Even people who like the movie acknowledge that it’s a bad movie. In my experience, the defense of its merits fits into one of two categories. The first is that “Twilight,” like many a guilty pleasure before it, pours on the sap so thick that you can’t help but sit back and enjoy as your heart melts. The second is that Robert Pattinson is sexy.

The figure of the vampire in cinema is no stranger to permutation. The savage, bloodthirsty beasts in Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” are definitely a far cry from Bela Lugosi’s classic rendition of Dracula. At the very least, however, they maintained a core set of values that defined the vampire by a set of recognizable characteristics. Vampires are seductive, passionate, bloodthirsty, vicious psychopaths. Contrary to Catherine Hardwicke’s vision of Edward Cullen in “Twilight,” they are not pusillanimous, whiny high school nudniks (The CW take note). That, Ms. Hardwicke, is a dealbreaker. Furthermore, you have to stop.

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Yes, vampires have changed depending on who is writing about them. But I wouldn’t go as far as to say Twilight is a bad movie. I liked it, not to say it’s the best movie ever, but it isn’t THAT bad either.

What do you think? Do you agree with the author of this article?

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