I couldn't call myself a Twilight fan, but the universal and gleeful mud-slinging doesn't really do much for me, either. (And I've actually read the first book.)
This just in:
George Takei releases a video with a tongue-in-cheek plea for Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans to drop their dukes and all agree to hate on Twilight instead.
Gone is any sense of heroism, camaraderie or epic battles. In its place, we have vampires that sparkle, moan and go to high school. Now, I'm not above mixing in a little sex appeal to spice up the fantasy, but sci-fi fans be warned, there are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be found in Twilight. Nooo… In Twilight, the only message that rings through loud and clear is: 'Does my boyfriend like me?'
I'd love to agree and giggle, but unfortunately, the first thing that popped into my head was, "Um, I worry whether or not boys like me on a daily basis. I really can't recall the last time I worried about whether my heroic comrades were going to triumph or fall in tomorrow's epic battle. Although maybe I would if I supported a sports team, I guess."
What fun to call the most agonizing question in almost any adolescent's existence -- Am I viable? Attractive? Normal? Wanted? -- unworthy of an epic story. You know, you can hate Twilight all you want, but if you really want it to go away, don't whine. Just write a better damn story that catches the priorities of its fanbase as successfully.
I'd like to hope that the stereotypical male fantasy of being a figure in a tale of great 'heroism, camaraderie or epic battles' and the stereotypical female epic romance fantasy can someday be a) not particularly assigned to one sex or another, and b) accorded the same level of respect.
Which of course would actually mean the same degree of contempt. Given a choice, our culture still regards the subjects of fantasy and tales, whether dragons, wormholes, or true love, as somewhat warped fetishes. Rather than seeing the habit of storytelling and imagining as a necessity (and even a highlight) of the human experience, our culture trivializes and sneers.
I would like to expect better behavior from Star Wars and Star Trek fans.
(Well, Trek at least. I don't know about those SW people...)