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 by the film saga. As is often the case with works of this type, time makes them be 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 calling for the first film to be vindicated for its feminism and inclusion, and now an expert on gothic literature has positive words for the vampires in the franchise.

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The doctor Laura Westgardanalyzed several vampire movies to Vanity Fair, and surprisingly praised what was seen in 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 notable cultural impact:

Twilight is an interesting phenomenon. Edward doesn’t come across as a seductive outsider to be avoided. But 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 pointed out that, although the vampires of Twilight are indebted to the previous representations of that bloodsucking monster, they are 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 in 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.

The vampire cinema has very famous exponents. The novel draculaof bram stoker , has had a huge number of film and television adaptations, and each one provides 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 fuses the best of the vampire’s richness and elegance into draculawith the youth of the lost boys:

They bring together the class and wealth of [Drácula] by Bela Lugosi with the striking youth culture of Los Muchachos Perdidos and create this new monster that everyone wants to be or 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 ​​the American Way as the greatest aspiration that can be had. Twilight vampires may have resonated because they had the wealth and beauty associated with high status.

The protagonists of Twilight, Robert Pattinson Y Kristen Stewart, managed to overcome those roles and venture into both blockbusters and independent cinema, and both have been recognized by critics. Pattinson appeared this year in 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 later productions.

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