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the real threat of the twilight series
idiots with an air of authority
by katherine l (aka clevertitania) (@CleverTitania)
pop culture

As a lover of the Harry Potter series from early on (not to mention countless other geeky past times over the years), I've gotten used to having people dismiss things I enjoy out of hand, because they presume they know all about me based on my tastes. It's an unfortunate reality that even a geek will make fun of another geek, if they are into a piece of fantasy fiction they don't find worthwhile.

But never have I been so sick and tired of having morons, who think they have sociology and/or psychology degrees, telling me (and millions of others) that they have unrealistic fantasies and lack the ability to enjoy fiction without wallowing in the hope that a gorgeous vampire with blond hair will show up to love them for eternity. But thus plays out the real-life Twilight saga.

Since Twilight first started developing the worldwide fandom it currently has, there have been countless articles talking about the negative effects of being a Twilight fan, and talking about the presumed psychosis the series causes. Next you'll tell me that JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter to induct kids into witchcraft.

Fantasy fiction (and one could argue that ALL fiction is fantasy fiction) has existed for centuries, and never have I seen so many people claimed to know so much about it's fans. But, as is so often the case with 'idiots with an air of authority,' they are talking out their ass. Fantasy fans are among some of the most intelligent and free-thinking people in the world, because they choose to see beyond the world we live in, to something more interesting and dramatic. But with a few exceptions, most of them are quite aware of the difference between that fantasy and reality. And this applies as much to new fans as seasoned ones.

But here's some words you've never heard arm-chair critics put in the mouths of fans of old.

I just can't seem to find a girlfriend who conveys the air of haughty authority I want, would lead a rebel team to rescue me from a gelatinous mobster, and that are up for wearing a gold bikini.

I try to make friends, but none of them are adorable flying aliens that are so devoted to me they get deathly ill if I catch a cold (and consequently so does a little daisy in a plotted pant). And my life just won't be the same until I have a friend who needs me to rescue him from a well-meaning government quarantine and return him to his spacship.

You know, if I can't find a man who will tell me he doesn't "give a damn", then carry me up a huge set of antebellum stairs in a giant hoop skirt, then what is the point of living?

Elizabethan Girl 1: Lysander is so much hotter than Demetrius.
Elizabethan Girl 2: Yeah, but Lysander is so bad ass. Demetrius was such a pussy.
Elizabethan Girl 1: Lysander had better hair!
Elizabethan Girl 2: Have you seen Demetrius' washboard abs?!

Because the Twilight saga involves romance as a big part of the story line (though once again the Idiots presume it's the only part of the story without even reading/watching), they presume girls/women aren't able to separate fantasy from reality, or they are overindulging in the fantasy. Know what I have to say to that?

Screw you!

I was a teenage girl, not all that many years ago. I grew up reading Stephen King, Johanna Lindsey, Christopher Pike, Terry Brooks, etc. In fact, 90% of what I read could be qualified as fantasy and/or romance. And while (like any other avid love of fiction), I might've fantasized about being in on the road to the King's Dark Tower, and even identified with Susannah (the one main female character in the series), no idiot ever accused me of having developed an unrealistic fantasy about living the mother of all road trips.

The world is full of people who have at least one geeky fascination (in some cases more than one). And 95% of these fans know the difference between fantasy and reality. They enjoy the fantasy, and escaping into a world full of endless possibilities, but certainly don't bemoan their life because it doesn't match what fiction portrays. And do you know what the presumption otherwise is? It's insulting as hell.

So here's a little tip for the authoritative idiots: grow up and get over yourselves. Just because you see a woman carrying a copy of a Twilight book doesn't mean she's stupid enough to be pining her romantic hopes on a brooding vampire or a hunky werewolf showing up to sweep her off her feet. Just like Star Wars fans aren't judging their life based their lack of light saber or ability to use 'the force.'

But of course, I'm a girl, and therefore my point is subject to my delusions, right? Well here's some points from one of the worlds biggest (and I don't mean that literally) male geeks; Kevin Smith. And in case anyone doesn't know, his wife (the remarkable Jennifer Schwalbach), is a former USAToday reporter and staunch feminist. She's a woman who has earned her air of authority, and her right to wear a Team Edward t-shirt, if she so desires.

SDCC09 - Kevin Smith talks about Twilight


When I grow up, I want to be; whoever Joss Whedon wants to be, when he grows up. I am a writer because it's the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning; aside from eating and using the lavatory of course. My work includes screenplays, short stories, film/TV/music reviews and socio-political commentary. The last one is a fancy way of saying I like to shoot my mouth off on many topics. I excel at using $1.50 words. They gone up, thanks to inflation. Isn't our economy awesome?

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