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Take shelter, for the sparkling is at hand

I keep thinking I should stop paying attention to the Sparkle!Crack and its wacky, wacky fandom. I mean, y'know, to the extent that it's possible with massive billboards and fast-food tie-ins and such. Because, really, all fandom has its wacky, right?

Then cleolinda posts stuff like this, and I am right back to LMAO:

Clearly, Summit feared civil unrest and/or cannibalism the same as I did, because they sent Burger King (and, if I am reading this correctly, THE Burger King. I still want a commercial where the King wakes up to find a cardboard Edward watching him sleep and begins to sob) to hand out sustenance to the people.

Mind you, the ignoring is also pretty difficult when you're in a show with a number of Very Young Colleagues, a couple of whom have talked of very little else when not chasing each other through the imaginary woods outside Athens...

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phantomminuet
Jun. 24th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that the movie theater clip has some pretty spectacular effects in it. Not enough to inspire me to pay for a ticket, but I give credit where credit is due.
wiliqueen
Jun. 24th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'm in pretty much the same boat. It looks kind of cool, but it's still about the same inescapably laughable characters, so.
djarum99
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
The Twi!Crack and sporking just keep sucking me in, which makes it difficult to press my argument that the series is the most mindless and potentially-destructive-to-adolescent-minds bit of twaddlespeak ever written without redeeming value. Sorry. I've had more than one teenage girl tell me that she can't dump her abusive boyfriend because "really, he's just acting like Edward, and it's so romantic, and if he's gone I'll try to kill myself, just like Bella, and..."

Yeah. But oh, the Crack! No other cultural phenomenon has ever inspired such sparkly goodness.
wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I've had more than one teenage girl tell me that she can't dump her abusive boyfriend

OH MY GOD. I mean, I knew they existed (and that, realistically, there's plenty for them to imprint on if it weren't that), but I have thankfully not encountered any of them personally. Possibly because all the teenagers I know (outside of fandom) are theatre kids? I'm sure there's a reason that makes a difference. But in any case, anyone I know who's into them is like "I know it's awful, but..."

My oft-repeated theory that you either were (or are) That Teenage Girl or you weren't. If you were, it's absolute irresistible crack, because something about it pings that experience just dead-on. But if you weren't, you're just sort of reduced to scratching your head and going "...Huh."

My teenage experience included the cheerleaders ganging up on and scaring the crap out of an abusive boyfriend. On behalf of someone I would have considered the least likely of us to get involved with such a person. So, definitely in the "...Huh" camp.

Edited at 2010-06-25 02:20 am (UTC)
djarum99
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
I encounter teenage girls professionally, girls who are confused and lonely and in pain; I certainly can't and don't blame Twilight completely for the "bwuh" and distorted thinking - but the books in particular glorify it, to the level of cultish. They give that mythos power, the one about drowning in love, being in love with love, losing yourself in love. For some girls, the ones who haven't been given what they need, who don't feel loved in the first place (for very good reasons), that can be a truly toxic influence. As if they don't have enough poisoning their lives. I'd love to see a book or film series that depicts teenage girls navigating the romance-and-defining-selfhood-maze with strength and self-awareness, that achieves the same degree of success as Twitlight.

I do feel rather strongly on the subject :-)

My teenage experience included the cheerleaders ganging up on and scaring the crap out of an abusive boyfriend. On behalf of someone I would have considered the least likely of us to get involved with such a person.

Girrrrlll power! And that's the thing, some abusers are so very, very good at charm and manipulation. There really isn't a "type" of female who isn't at risk of falling prey to one. If you grow up with healthy relationships, the warning bells are likely to go off a whole lot sooner, though. And films, books - they have agency, the power to provide insight. Insight that is not Stephanie Meyer's.
wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I'd love to see a book or film series that depicts teenage girls navigating the romance-and-defining-selfhood-maze with strength and self-awareness, that achieves the same degree of success as Twitlight.

You and an awful lot of us. The frustrating part is that there are worthy candidates, but they're not the one that exploded. :-/

There really isn't a "type" of female who isn't at risk of falling prey to one.

Indeed. That wouldn't have been my first choice of how to learn it at 15 -- three hours of what was supposed to be practice became an emergency support session instead one day, and this was a girl who took shit from NOBODY, or so we thought -- but I'm not sure there's a better one.
djarum99
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
The frustrating part is that there are worthy candidates, but they're not the one that exploded. :-/

Which, unfortunately, speaks volumes about the mindset of too many 21st century teenage girls. And about media as a surrogate for socialization and parenting. And other social ills, too numerous to mention :-)

studiesinlight
Jun. 25th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
>"I'd love to see a book or film series that depicts teenage girls navigating the romance-and-defining-selfhood-maze with strength and self-awareness, that achieves the same degree of success as Twitlight."

Amen.
studiesinlight
Jun. 25th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
>"My oft-repeated theory that you either were (or are) That Teenage Girl or you weren't."

I was Robin McKinley's Harry and Tamora Pierce's Alanna, when I wasn't Illyana and Dani and Jean and Wanda. I was never, ever equipped to be Bella. :-)
wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
I count that as a blessing.
brightknightie
Jun. 25th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
You, wiliqueen, and djarum99 have just given me a disturbing insight into something I've run into recently that I have been scratching my head over: FK fans who like Twilight and are UFers.

I haven't actually read more than three or four pages of the first book -- I was shown an excerpt of the sparkling; the prose was so purple that it dethroned Baroness Orczy as queen of fulsome adverbial overreach -- so I assumed that it was a basic "true love conquers all" train wreck with undertones from the author's cultural upbringing. I thought, you know, a shade of N&Ner, right? Then I heard about the new edition of Wuthering Heights released with "Edward and Bella's favorite book!" stamped on the cover, and I sniffed; there people go again, I thought, mistaking that grand, terrifying novel about abuse for a story about romance...

...but perhaps they're not quite entirely mistaking it this time. If the relationship in the books/movies (which I have managed to avoid) is abusive, then of course WH is the right match... and so, perhaps, would be the UF?

But of course this is all very bad! Emily Bronte knew that you weren't supposed to celebrate the abuse in her WH (even if Hollywood never figured that out).
wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
If the relationship in the books/movies (which I have managed to avoid) is abusive, then of course WH is the right match

It's arguably so, and inarguably stalkery on Edward's side and really unhealthy on both.

The problem mostly arises from its being applied as a model for real life, where the troubled bad boy sending you mixed signals is far, far less likely to be Nobly (And Mostly Successfully) Striving With His Predatory Nature Blah Blah Blah.

Edward on his own, while angsty to an absurd degree relative to his actual challenges, isn't hugely problematic for me. Put him together with an obsessive, hormonal 17-year-old who does mistake WH for romance, and you have a problem.

In amongst all the hilarity of her recaps, cleolinda picks out the troubling things very clearly, including that point about WH.
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wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
*snicker* I made a deal with a coworker (who is in her early 20s and very much aware of the ridiculousness, but who was also That Teenage Girl in the way that it hits all her buttons) that I would read them if she read andpuff's Vicki Nelson series. She devoured five books in two weeks, and has yet to bring me New Moon and hold me to my end of the bargain. I count her as the winner in the arrangement. ;->

So I've read the first book and seen the first movie. The latter was to see if it was improved by the lack of chapter upon chapter upon chapter of Bella's internal "STUPID BRAIN WHY AM I OBSESSING OKAY LET'S OBSESS SOME MORE" in excruciating detail. The final verdict on that was, I think, "somewhat." Beyond that, I'm contenting myself with cleolinda's recaps, which are pretty much guaranteed to be more entertaining.
havocthecat
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Mind you, the ignoring is also pretty difficult when you're in a show with a number of Very Young Colleagues, a couple of whom have talked of very little else when not chasing each other through the imaginary woods outside Athens...

I spent a very awkward ten minutes or so last night Not Saying Anything about the Sparkle!Crack, because, well. Yes. As did our poor understudy for Bottom. Though once someone started talking about Harry Potter, I did blurt out, "Hey, I've actually read those books!"
wiliqueen
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Though once someone started talking about Harry Potter, I did blurt out, "Hey, I've actually read those books!"

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. And poor Marky. :: pets him :: (Oh, wait, I do enough of that in the show...)
havocthecat
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
He just looked so miserable, poor guy.
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