If one wants to know what a girl’s idea of romance is, one need look no further than Twilight, based on a book by Stephenie Meyer. As a great article by Caitlin Flanagan suggests, Twilight awakens a secret female longing long buried by contemporary pop culture. That secret female longing? True love. What was it buried by? Shopping and sex.
Think about it: what’s been king (or queen, rather) as far as female entertainment goes? Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. As for upcoming releases, Bride Wars features two women fighting over a wedding day neither consulted with their fiancés, and Confessions of a Shopaholic features a heroine hammering into a block of ice to get a credit card. This fare taps into the desires of womankind, but ignores the main one: the love of a man. The themes are similar: men come and go, but friends and shoes are forever.
Little / Brown Books for Young Readers
Twilight throws all that out the window to create the ideal romance, one in which the male must show as much, if not more, restraint than the girl. After all, he has to keep himself from devouring her. And watching that struggle on screen is harrowing. One sees what a woman must go through when faced with undeniable attraction, but must hold back for fear of losing herself and her reputation.
Even the supposed weaknesses in the film weren’t all that bad for a reason I’ll get into in a little bit. The vampire baseball scene was odd, but not entirely lame.
Okay, I will now get into what surprised me most about the flick: it was funny. The trailer painted the movie as a thriller/horror/romance, but, not unlike M. Night Shyamalan’s films, the comedy is hidden from the populace until one gets in the seat and the lights go out. The Awakening was hilarious, for example.
So if you’re expecting heavy-handed drama, you’ll get that, but you’ll also laugh a bit more at vampires than you normally would.
Jason Stürmer is a Staff Writer @ (RR).