Gothic literature expert praises Twilight for its vegetarian vampires and explains why the saga was a success | tomatoes

It’s been 10 years since the last movie was released in theaters. twilight – 48%that controversial but successful vampire saga that captivated thousands of people, first through the novels of stephenie meyer , and then for the film saga. As often happens with works of this type, time makes them appreciated in a different way, and that is what seems to be happening. Already in 2018 the journalist Anne Cohen I had written an article asking to vindicate the first film for its feminism and inclusion, and now an expert in gothic literature has positive words towards the vampires of the franchise.

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The doctor Laura Westerngardanalyzed several vampire movies to Vanity Fair, and surprisingly praised what was seen on the Twilight tapes. He first said that the interesting thing is that in the family of Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinsonthey are rich but they are also very measured, since they are vegetarian vampires, and for that reason they had a remarkable cultural impact:

Twilight is an interesting phenomenon. Edward doesn’t come across as a seductive outsider to be avoided. Rather, he and his family represent what we should aspire to. They have wealth, they have cars, perfect beauty, they have strength. And perhaps most importantly, they have moderation. Because they’re vegetarian vampires, and this struck a chord. They became a cultural phenomenon.

He also noted that even though the vampires in Twilight are indebted to previous portrayals of that bloodsucking monster, they’re different enough to be something special:

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Twilight vampires align with many of the portrayals we’ve seen over the centuries. In other ways, they diverge. When we get to Twilight, vampires can technically go out into the sun. It does not weaken them, but exposes them in their true nature. Their diamond skin, however, plays into the very idea that they represent the pinnacle of status, beauty.

Vampire cinema has very famous exponents. The novel draculafrom Bram Stoker , has had a huge number of film and television adaptations, and each one brings or gives a different interpretation of the vampire. Other unforgettable approaches to the vampire are those of Nosferatu – 97% Y Interview with the Vampire – 61%. According to Westerngard, Twilight blends the best of the vampire’s wealth and elegance into draculawith the youth of the lost boys:

They bring class and wealth together [Drácula] of Bela Lugosi with the flashy youth culture of Los Muchachos Perdidos and create this new monster that everyone wants to be or that everyone wants to be with. They are the pinnacle of 21st century capitalist aspirations.

American capitalism, especially since the 1980s, has fostered hyper-individualism and, through Hollywood, has sold the idea of american way as the greatest aspiration one can have. Twilight’s vampires may have resonated because they had the wealth and beauty associated with high status.

The protagonists of Twilight, Robert Pattinson Y Kristen Stewart, they managed to overcome those roles and dabble in both blockbusters and independent cinema, and both have been recognized by critics. Pattinson appeared this year on Batman- 85%reboot of the famous DC Comics superhero, and Stewart has participated in projects such as Charlie’s Angels – 31%, Spencer- 85% Y Crimes of the future – 53%.

We don’t know if there will be more movies of Twilight in the future, but no one can deny that they marked an era. The last years of the first decade of the 2000s and the first years of the second decade were marked by this vampire saga for teenagers, and it had a great influence on subsequent productions.

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Gothic literature expert praises Twilight for its vegetarian vampires and explains why the saga was a success | tomatoes