[Warning: Everything in this video and post is SPOILER-Y!]
As VH1′s resident Senior Twilight Reporter/Critic, I filmed a review of the Breaking Dawn: Part 2 just an hour after seeing it back in October. That video, in which I appear giddy, flustered and without makeup, is above for your viewing enjoyment. It is seven minutes – about six minutes and thirty seconds too long, so apologies in advance for the word vomit. But I has feels!
Dear Twilight fans,
Well, this is it, guys. Twilight as we know it is ending. On Friday, the final movie will be out, the cast will be done promoting the films, and we’ll all be crying into our popcorn buckets wondering where the last five years have gone. I thought I was totally coping with all of this, but then I started listening to “Possibilities” by Lykke Li and my body began to tremble. All the anticipation, the excitement, the endless conversation and speculation and frantic, passionate LOVE…where does it go now that Twilight is over?! I don’t know the answer to this yet, so I’m detailing the 10 Things I Will Miss Most About Twilight in this here post as I try to process all these goddamn feels. And oh, how many feels there are!
Twilight is nothing if not a love story — not just between Bella and Edward but between the fans and the franchise. I am a fan. This is my love letter.
Because some things just aren’t forever.
Sunday marked the third time I’ve visited a Twilight tent city, and it was once again filled with wonderful interactions with fans. I am confident of one thing: the fans that camp out for days waiting to score a coveted spot along the premiere red carpet get a bad rap. Sure, they’ve got obsessive tent decorations and flair-filled outfits, but so what? Tent City is the Twilight fandom’s Mardi Gras, and it’s a safe space to let your Twi-freak flag fly.
“This is the only place I’d ever dare wear this t-shirt,” one fan told me, pointing at the picture of Robert Cullen (um, that’s a typo – obviously – but I’m keeping it in!) that spread across her torso. It’s not like the bulk of the fans camped out this weekend head to their office jobs in their “Imprint Me, Jacob” hoodies and curl up to sleep in Twilight sheets each night. But they let it all hang out at Tent City, and enjoy every second of it (and I totally enjoyed the two hours I spent there). It’s a weekend of friendship, bonding, celebration and good ol’ fashion dorking out over a thing you really love. And I am INTO it.
I spoke with a bunch of the fans and asked them five final questions about their Twilight experience:
- What’s the best part about being a Twilight fan?
- What’s the worst part about being a Twilight fan?
- What’s the biggest misconception about Twilight fans?
- What part of the Twilight fan stereotype is actually true?
- What will you miss most about Twilight?
Their answers are below. These are women from around the world (Australia, Mexico, Colombia, Canada and the US) with jobs, lives, families, friends…and a fandom. It was a honor to meet them and sit in their camping chairs. Until next time.
[Full disclosure before I start this post: I know the authors of Beautiful Bastard, I like them very much and I'm pumped to read this book.]
Yes, another Twilight fan fiction story will be making the leap from the web to the shelves of your local independent book seller (and, sigh, Barnes & Noble) on February 12, 2013. But don’t dismiss Beautiful Bastard as the next 50 Shades of Grey just yet. The original erotic fanfic, titled The Office, penned by Christina Hobbs in 2009, preceded E.L. James‘ red room of inner goddess-ness. According to University of Utah professor Anne Jamison, the story was revolutionary in the world of Twilight fanfic writing. She told The Hollywood Reporter that it “paved the way for Fifty Shades and a thousand other imitators. It turned fanfiction’s “porn without plot” into porn as plot, peopling Twilight‘s basic plot structure with sexually voracious, assertive and snarky adults.”
(Side note: A professor who lectures about fanfic? Sign me up for that class.)
In our sit-down with Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon, he told us that Kristen Stewart was “nervous to show the maternal side because it’s something that hasn’t happened for her yet. But it got turned on immediately when Mackenzie Foy showed up.”
He compared the bond the actresses shared to that of Kristen and her Panic Room co-star, Jodie Foster, and said, “The idea that she was seeing this daughter, in a way, go through this experience of making a movie for the first time, made her incredibly connected to Mackenzie.”
Awww! Bill also called Kristen, “an incredible warrior goddess” in the film, and said her “real achievement” was shifting between vampire and human Bella, as the two films were shot simultaneously. Kristen returned the praise, telling us that Bill totally gets the Twilight fandom, and that he, “had his finger on what keeps this thing going. He didn’t shy away from the romantic elements of it, without making them…sentimental boring BS.”
Here’s how I am spending my election day: staring at people’s Instagram photos of their “I Voted!” stickers, shoveling peanut butter into my mouth with a spoon, and obsessively checking Nate Silver‘s website. Don’t know who Nate Silver is? Wait – LOL, why would I even ask that – EVERYONE knows who Nate Silver is: baseball statistician-turned political poll guru-turned most popular guy on the internet (most of the time).
In the past month it’s been impossible to scroll through Twitter or one’s RSS feed without happening upon some sort of mention of Silver, whether it be positive (Keep Calm and Trust Nate Silver), negative or just really weird-mazing. And because the world can’t stop thinking about him, I’ve channeled all my election anxiety into finding five of the sexiest photos of the pollster for this here post. Because the world loves Nate Silver forever and always (until he’s wrong).
1. Being all Nate-dorable on The Colbert Report this week.
2. Showin’ off his smarts at a TED talk.
Bill Condon says that the vampire sex in Breaking Dawn Part 2 was “easier” to figure out than the vampire-human sex in Breaking Dawn Part 1 (yes, I’m bring you all the hard-hitting news in this post). “All we know about vampire sex is that it’s really, really good in a way we can’t even imagine. So it was more abstract.”
The director – who is an absolute delight to chat with – credits Rob Pattinson for coming up with the vampire sex scene’s most pivotal lovemaking move. “Rob had the absolute best idea for it,” he says. “He was like, ‘you know what her real erogenous zone is that I really want to start with? It’s right here on her neck, because that’s the classic place where a vampire bites somebody, so it’s the one place he’s never been able to kiss her before, because he can’t trust himself. So now that he’s a vampire he can finally attack that neck.’”
Bill adds, “It was a great way to get started.”
Um, yeah it was. Now, as Bill was telling me this, my pervy fangirl brain was buzzing between how hot it is that Rob was basically directing where on his girlfriend he wanted to kiss first in the sex scene and how sad I was that he chose Kristen Stewart‘s neck over her arm pit. But you know, beggars can’t be chosers, right?
We’ve seen the vampire sex and are dying to talk with you all about it. Let’s discuss on November 16th, shall we?
Kristen Stewart plays a mom in Breaking Dawn 2, which IMHO, is even more fierce than being a vampire (but I’m a mom, so I’m probably biased). She totally nails the ferocious, feral mother thing in the film, and told me that it was the ”one thing in the story that I took to.”
Says Kristen, “I’ve always thought that I was going to be a mom, but so so so far down the line. I’m not the type of person that’s like, “Oh, I can’t wait!” And I’m not hugely into babies, I don’t melt over the baby thing. But there’s something about protecting your own that is just absolutely ingrained me. I know that I’m gonna probably be a mom.”
As for that instinctive protective mom vibe, she says, “I definitely felt that. It was one of my favorite thing about playing this part, how animal she gets.”
In true Kristen fashion, she responded to my compliment about her onscreen mothering skills with “Cool! That’s f*cking awesome.”
Kristen also said she currently feels like a mom to her two dogs Bear and Bernie.
More clips from my interview with the Breaking Dawn cast will be up Monday, including Robert Pattinson talking about his alleged golf habit and director Bill Condon on Rob’s vampire sex moves. Thanks for watching, guys!
Having seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 (you guys!!!) I was particularly touched by the scenes between Bella and her daughter Renesmee (played by Mackenzie Foy). She’s protective to the point where she’d sacrifice herself for he daughter’s safety, and Kristen Stewart plays the maternal vampire with raw, realistic emotion. When we sat down to talk at the press junket yesterday, we discussed the she feels maternal about in her own life.
“I do have two dogs,” says Kristen. “I adopted Bernie when she was a bit older so I feel like she’s kind of a roommate. And Bear is my child. I raised him. He was handed to me through a car window with one hand, on this movie actually.”
Cute, huh? Bernie seems to be a new addition to Kristen’s dog family. And a girl, too! (I assumed Bernie would be a dude, but I guess it’s short for Bernice?) On Monday we’ll post the second part of Kristen’s answer to our maternal question, in which she gets serious talking about her mothering instinct and her tangible desire for kids. Stay tuned!
As someone who had to stop watching The Walking Dead because I was having weekly zombie nightmares, I have no idea how I managed to last through an entire season of American Horror Story. Every time the credits would roll and I’d see those awful baby faces, my stomach would churn. And yet I lasted right down to the bitter, bloddy end, and tonight I am back for more. The second season is a complete departure from the first, which is weird but also…cool? It’s titled “Asylum,” which should tell you everything you need to know about the setting and all the horrifying things we’re about to bear witness too. Just in case you need ‘em, we’ve got five other reasons to tune in tonight (just be sure to have a blanket to hide under when things get creepy).
1. Jessica Lange plays a nun. A crazy, ranting nun with a Boston-ish accent — aka something just about every kid who grew up in Massachusetts has experienced firsthand.
2. Evan Peters is back as Tate and still killing people, which is how we like our Evan Peters. The only way I’d like him more is if his character somehow gets together with the Asylum version of Taissa Farmiga‘s Violet. Sure they were a doomed couple, but I’m holding out for their HEA anyway.
3. There is a serial killer named Bloody Face, which is the most obvious and cliched name for a serial killer, but also the most awesome and terrifying.
4. Dylan McDermott is set to return this season, per a tweet from Ryan Murphy today. If Murphy knows what he’s doing, this should most definitely mean a return of Dylan’s bare butt checks too.
5. “Adam Levine‘s on a payphoneee trying to call home, as a serial killer tries to murder him with an ax.” Yes, the Maroon Five lead singer is a star on AHS this season, alongside Jenna Dewan, Chloe Sevigny and Mark Consuelos. Even better — Zachary Quinto and his furrowed brow is back on the show, too.
[Photo: 20th Century Fox]