[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.”
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?
If you’re like us, you’ve been following this election nonstop for a while — and if you’re like us, you mean the presidential election as much as the Twi-Fight going on over on MTV. Now we’re on pins and needles waiting to see if Kate or Jasper could possibly pull off an upset against Bella and Edward. But we also think it was kind of sadistic to pit the Cullens against any of the other vampires in the franchise. That’s why we decided to make our own little contest here this week — and to make the criteria a little bit simpler: we’re asking you to judge Volturi, Denalis, Amazonians and James’ crew all alike, purely based on their hotness. This is also tough, considering the fact that in Stephenie Meyer‘s mythology, all vampires are hot. But your blood might sing for some more than others. We managed to narrow this down to 20 vamps in all, now it’s your turn! Peruse the pics and vote. Poll closes Monday at 8 a.m.
[Photos: Summit Entertainment]
While Kristen Stewart went edgy and black-and-white in Balenciaga for On The Road this weekend, yesterday saw her getting edgy and colorful in Peter Pilotto for Jay Leno. The actress was promotion The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and chose the kaleidoscopic, digital-print ‘Damask’ Resort 2013 mini-dress you see above. She paired it with Christian Louboutin ‘Decollette’ black pumps and a Cartier ‘Juste Un Clou’ bracelet and we think the whole ensemble is pretty ace on her. And she was in quite a jovial mood through the segment. When Leno asked her, “What are you going to miss the most about playing Bella? Are you going to miss any of it?” she jokingly replied, “No, especially not these guys like ever, ever” while pointing to the audience. The conversation then skims over everything from those masks she wore for Halloween with Robert Pattinson, which she got from Tokyo. Which leads to an interesting, but hilarious, little bit about … sex toys. See for yourself!
Speaking of Rob, he was on Jimmy Kimmel the same night so it was a bit of a Twilight takeover! He also partook of the funny sauce as he was saying things like, “I don’t understand, my lip is literally like a vacuum,” when talking about his kissing scenes in the film.
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!
We’ve been digging Nikki Reed‘s wardrobe so much recently. Her stylist — Jessica Paster — gets it right almost every time. Off the top of our heads, in the recent past, we’ve seen Nikki shake things up at events like the Teen Vogue party (in a natty pantsuit) and at Vogue‘s Fashion Night out where she slayed it in a molten Michael Kors gold sheath. Gold really is her color because she looked beautiful in the same metallic shade at the MTV Movie Awards as well. So, where’s Nikki, consider our sartorial senses piqued. Which is why her run at various The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 events in the U.K. over the last two days have been such a disappointment. We expected something offbeat, yet totally on point from her and what we got was … beige. A whole lot of beige. Three looks in three different cities, and they were all massively underwhelming, except for her shoes, which, thankfully, are always on the awesome side of the fence.
We’ll start with the photo on the left, which was her first promotional stop in Dublin, Ireland on Friday. It’s actually our favorite from the triad of ensembles, even though it’s super casual. She wore a nude tee-shirt by A.L.C paired with J Brand leather leggings and fabulous cut-out booties by Camilla Skovgaard. What pulls this look together is the jewelry which had some pieces by Mattlin Era. Top marks for the tumbling ombre tresses and the fresh makeup. And that’s when it went downhill. We just can’t get on board with the outfit in the middle (barring the shoes again), worn at the Glasgow photo call. It’s a frumpy Dolce & Gabbana drop-waist dress and we don’t like the fit on her, or that tweet bow at the neckline. Even Kellan Lutz‘s presence hasn’t distracted us, so we know we really don’t dig it. But we do love those Rupert Sanderson ‘Flamente’ sandals. Lastly, the picture on the right is at the London event and she looks like she has a black nightshirt on. But, we’d go to despicable lenghts to own those heels. We’re hoping this is just a slow start and Nikki will bring it at the rest of the Breaking Dawn do’s.
[Photos: Getty Images]