I apologize for all the Twilight posts recently, but I am finding the fans around the film far more interesting than I ever could have imagined. Even if the film turns out to be a dud, it has at least brought me something to chew on. Oh, and before I go on I would like to give a big dose of credit to HijiNKS Ensue for the above web comic, check out their site here.
At the bottom of this post is a video of Robert Pattinson's most recent appearance in front of thousands of screaming Twilight fans in Orland Park, Illinois where he admits it doesn't matter what he says, "I could be mumbling to myself - it doesn't make a difference." The Chicago news station asked John Ardizzone of the Northwestern Family Institute about the obsession and he said it wasn't an unhealthy phenomenon for teen girls, but he does add one caveat:
I think the unhealthy part of that could be if a parent gets caught up in the same drama.
Uh oh, TwilightMOMS, is he talking about you?
I have also been surprised by a couple of the comments made by the two stars of the film as Pattinson recently came to realize the "Twilight" series "was [like] a book that wasn't supposed to be published... ['Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer]'s completely mad and she's in love with her own fictional creation."
Kristen Stewart took it up a notch in an interview with MSN when asked about obsessed fans near the set while they were filming in Portland, Oregon:
"I just didn't pay attention," Stewart recalls. "I was like, 'You guys are celebrating something that has not come true yet. So,
you are really retardedand have nothing to do with this creative process and I really don't want to hear you celebrate in front of me. Get out of here!It's my responsibility!'"
"You can go online and it's very intangible. I mean, who knows how many of these girls there are? It's probably just the same five girls going on every message board and gabbing on about it," Stewart says. "But to have literally, like, a room of over 5,000 people screaming at you makes you want to cry. It's not like, 'Oh, this is so great.' I think it's literally like an instinct. To have that sort of energy forced at you? You start to wither."
I saw Stewart at the Twilight panel for this year's Comic Con and she was visibly put-off by the situation as a room of 6,000 screaming girls couldn't care less about a word that was said and only seemed to care they were finally seeing the people that were going to bring their fantasy favorites to life.
The MSN article does bring up one scary scenario when they ask Stewart if she has been confronted by a hometown stalker. Luckily nothing has happened on that front yet, but let's say fans don't take to her portrayal of Bella - it could really get scary if that were the case. If I were Stewart's handler I would tell her to talk nice about the masses so as to not make any unnecessary waves.
Twilight hits theaters on November 21.