How would you like to earn college credit for studying Twilight? If you attend Ohio State University, you could do just that in an honors fiction course.  The course takes an in-depth look into the Stephenie Meyer book along with other gothic literature classics like Shelley’s Frankenstein and Stoker’s Dracula.  Read more from the course description in the OSU course catalog:

In this course, we will identify some of literary fiction’s defining characteristics, including its uses of narrative voices to tell stories, its manipulation of time to depict its subjects, and its emphasis on characters’ familial, sociopolitical, and erotic relationships. While we read and discuss some important, influential narratives about the supernatural – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight as well a few minor works – we will also explore how these texts, like much other fiction, try to create particular reading experiences, as they push us to consider the nature and importance of literary imagination and the way fiction’s seductiveness is tied to other potentially dangerous attractions. We will also cover some of English fiction’s history, which will allow us to consider the relationship between fiction and other imaginative forms, including poetry, television, and film, and fiction’s transformation from (around 1800) a low and somewhat marginal literary form to (today) our culture’s dominant literary mode. Finally, we will define some principles and strategies for writing critically about fiction.


Tickets to the 2011 Comic Con went on sale yesterday morning and fans looking to buy tickets found themselves staring at an error message instead when the ticketing site apparently crashed.  Some may cast blame on the website, but others are blaming “Twilight” fans for their zeal in taking part in anything and everything involving members of the cast and highlights on the films.  Gather reports:

Those same angry comic geeks took to Twitter this morning to vent their frustrations over the problems with the TicketLeap site, sending the hash-tag #SDCC soaring to the top of the trending chart. Aside from general anger and pointing of fingers some went as far as to blame “Twilight” fans for the ticket debacle since the “Twilight” cast is rumored to be attending Comic Con this year.


There has been relatively no news from the uber-secure set of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” in Baton Rouge.  A few photos of cast members walking outside have hit the web, but things have been really quiet for the past few months.  If you happen to ever wonder what the cast members do during the downtime between takes on the set, it turns out that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have been spotted riding bikes around the parking lot around the set.  Several months ago, someone reported seeing Rob buying a bike in a local bicycle shop and it appears that he is using it on set. 



Kellan Lutz was supposed to be one of the celebrity players in the Direct TV bowl game yesterday, but ended up having to miss it due to a scheduling change in the filming schedule for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”.  He sent the following tweet to fans yesterday:


Would you be interested in the honors lit course at Ohio State?  I have to say that I would love to take that class.  While you may not believe that Twilight is a great piece of writing, there is definitely something there worth studying or Stephenie Meyer wouldn’t be sitting on a mountain of money.  Edward Cullen is not the only thing selling her books.  The course looks into the narrative and Twilight being told from Bella’s point of view is a huge part of what has made these books the phenomenon that they’ve become because  every female (young or old) can identify with feeling plain, ordinary, and unworthy at some point in her life.  Reading about first love evokes fond memories for older readers and stirs wishful thoughts for the younger ones.  

Fans of Comic Con – do you feel that “Twilight” should or should not have a place at the convention?  Is anyone surprised by the news of the servers crashing yesterday or the speculation that it was due to overzealous “Twilight” fans?

I’m torn on the topic of no real news from the “Breaking Dawn” set.  I’d love to see more pictures just because I want to see photos of Rob, but I don’t want any spoilers.  It’s nice to see that Rob and Kristen are doing something good for them in between their time on the set.  Maybe they’ve given up smoking and this is taking the place of that for them? 

What do you think of today’s Twilight news?  Join us in the forum and share your thoughts.  We’d love to hear from you!