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watch it: “Why Twilight Is Popular”


Hello, men! I’d like to point out that, despite what this video states, there are gals everywhere — not just guys everywhere — who are dumbfounded by Twilight and don’t understand why it’s so damn popular. That is, not all gals everywhere have been totally brainwashed by Twilight.

What’s more, men, I’d like to point out that no, not every female who has been through puberty is able to identify with Bella. And that no, Edward does not represent everything that “women” have ever wanted, because not all women want the same thing.

What’s that, men? You don’t like me assuming that all men think the same way?

Good. Now you know how I angry I am right now.

Attention, “the guys over at epipheostudios.com”: You could have made the exact same valuable critiques of Twilight that you made here without the erroneous gender-based assumptions. Give it a try — it’s refreshing.



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  • Martin

    I’m also intrigued that there’s a mention of ‘sisters, mothers, girldfriends and grandmas’ but not friends.

    Of course, girls are icky unless they are related to you or are willing to give you intimate physical contact.

  • The most offensive thing about that video is that it takes the brilliant comic strips found at TheOatmeal.com and turns them into a horribly narrated video trying real hard to sound like the Red Letter Media guy who does the 90-minute Star Wars reviews.

    The Twilight one isn’t one of his best, but taken within the context of his work, it makes more sense.

    Here’s a classic about printers: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/printers

  • Claudia

    So true! If these books were a lot less popular, something on the margin of pop culture,I would feel more comfortable about my opinion that everyone who loves Twilight needs a shrink, but as it is, doesn’t the whole phenomenon say something about, I don’t know, a significant part of at least the adolescent female population? Something we need to accept perhaps.

  • Barbana

    Actually, generalizations aside I found that to be rather funny.

    And I’m sorry but I went to the movies last night, to see something else entirely, and the place was simply EXPLODING with the ladies waiting to see a special screening of the new Twilight flick. Of all ages too. So while you or I may not get it and plenty of other women may not, lots and lots of women do and I’d wager for some of the very reasons listed in that video.

    I also read in an article, naturally I forget where *blast!*, that part of the appeal of these books was not the Vampire-ness of Edward but the whole Fidelity thing he and that other dude have going on. No one in those books, from what I understand, ever wants anyone but Bella. I can see how that could be attractive to a lot of people. Young girls who are perhaps insecure or longing for that kind of thing and older ladies who perhaps have been in less than faithful relationships?

    I’m just guessing here…I haven’t read these books. I picked up the first book and kind of gagged midway through the first chapter and just couldn’t make it any further.

  • surreyhill

    If Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson wrote this story, they would title it “Abs and Abstinence”.

  • @surreyhill: Pitch it to them! I dare ya! Oh, please

  • anon

    “not every female who has been through puberty is able to identify with Bella.” True. But I kind of took from it not Bella as a person, just being insecure/confused/disliking where one’s life is. And if you didn’t feel that way at least once as a teen, or as an adult, than you’ve had a much better go of things than anyone I know.

  • MaSch

    surreyhill: ‘Twas Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.

    However, “Abs and Abstinence” is pure genius :-)))

  • Offtopic:

    Red Letter Media guy who does the 90-minute Star Wars reviews

    He also has other reviews. Personally, while his reviews are not unfunny, i can’t really stand his review-voice long.

  • MaryAnn

    “not every female who has been through puberty is able to identify with Bella.” True. But I kind of took from it not Bella as a person, just being insecure/confused/disliking where one’s life is.

    But that’s not how the makers of this video are taking it. If they were, then they would have said that anyone — that is, anyone either male or female — can identify with Bella. But then that would undercut their thesis that all women love *Twilight* and all men hate it.

    And that’s what I was responding to.

    And if you didn’t feel that way at least once as a teen, or as an adult, than you’ve had a much better go of things than anyone I know.

    This is the first time I’ve heard anyone defend *Twilight* in this way. And I don’t think it works as a defense. Of course I’ve been insecure, confused, and disliking my life — hell, I’ve had all those things today. But I still don’t identify with Bella.

  • DaveTM

    I just wonder if this will be something that alot of the people who are “way” into outgrow in a few years or if it’s something that will be around forever. I loved Knight Rider as a young teen but can’t watch an episode of it today. However put me in front of Star Wars and I’m still happy.

    Also saw an article that the author is having troubles writing her next book from Edwards point of view saying she’s burned out on vampires. The discussion I saw of it wondered if it was because she took every interesting part out of being a vampire (to the point that I still can’t consider them vampires) or because now she’s no longer writing from the point of view of a Bella who they consider to be her stand in for the books.

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