In honor of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 DVD release, we decided to have a down-and-dirty TwiHard vs. Anti-Twilighter debate. Luckily, two of Blockbuster’s own are very passionate about their respective Twilight views. Heather and Sarah will face off in a no-holds-barred steel cage match. Two opinionated ladies enter, one opinionated lady leaves! Let us know in the comments whose side you’re on.
Question: Did you read The Twilight Saga?
Heather: My life is too short and my “to be read” list too long to read these books. I have, however, read around them. Meaning reviews and media critiques, including the scathing opinion of Mr. George Takei.
Sarah: Don’t you mean, “How many times did you read The Twilight Saga?” And my answer is two. As you may have guessed, I read every book before any of the movies came out. Then I re-read each book the week leading up to its specific movie release. I guess this means I will have read Breaking Dawn Part 1 three times when Part 2 hits the theaters. I should probably also mention that I own all four books in hardcover.
Question: Are the vampires and werewolves “accurately” depicted?
Heather: VAMPIRES. DO. NOT. SPARKLE. I think the Cullen clan may actually be very confused elves.
Sarah: Yes. I’ll use Jacob Black as an example. Before Jacob’s first transformation as a “shape-shifter,” he has long hair, a medium-build and wears normal, everyday clothing. In New Moon, he undergoes a change that enables him to morph into a wolf. Along with this come several other changes to his human form that convince us of his werewolf authenticity: he cuts his hair, wears less clothing and bulks up. No other fictional werewolves exhibit such alterations to their human forms. This is as real as it gets, people.
Question: Why has Twilight become such a phenomenon?
Heather: Because Stephanie Meyer has made a deal with the devil? Snark aside, the immature, romantic 13-year-old in me can see the appeal of Bella as a cipher with two powerful, hot guys hopelessly devoted to her. But the slightly jaded adult in me finds an immortal, controlling stalker as a romantic ideal boyfriend downright creepy as hell.
Sarah: This saga works because author Stephanie Meyer resurrected the already awesome theme of vampire folklore and added romance, teen angst, engaging characters, suspense and good-looking guys. The books are easy and fun to read — the perfect vacation companions. The films kicked the obsession up to a whole new level. The actors are all very attractive and trendy, and of course it doesn’t hurt that Robert Pattinson sings on the soundtrack.
Question: Do your friends like Twilight?
Heather: My friends are Buffy fans who wonder why she hasn’t staked Edward already.
Sarah: Of course! Most of my girlfriends read the books, and we have discussed them all in depth. Three of us have a standing date to see each movie on opening day. We often reference the characters in casual conversation and even have Twilight paraphernalia.
Question: Do you own any of the Twilight movies?
Heather: Oh no, but that’s why you rent them! You can have all the fun of giving them the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment without shelling out the cash or annoying tween girls and their mothers at the theater!
Sarah: I have Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse on DVD and plan to buy Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2. My favorite is the original, which I’ve probably seen ten times. I haven’t watched them back-to-back, but it’s not out of the question!