Feeback from our readers
Our Twilight issue inspired two passionate conversations. One was a boisterous free-for-all about the hit novels and the relative hotness of our cover. The other concerned race relations on the silver screen. Enjoy the debates. We certainly did.
I want to thank EW for such articulate and accurate coverage of this series. I’ve read a lot of press on these books, and other articles sound condescending or don’t convey what the books are about and why they are so popular.
Apple Valley, Minn.
This is one fan who thinks Robert Pattinson definitely embodies the beauty and danger of Edward. I’m also ready to see Bella end up with Edward in Breaking Dawn, and I will bring out the fangs and pitchforks if she doesn’t!
I was so excited to hear that Twilight was going to be on the cover! Then I saw it. How could you get the characters so wrong? Robert Pattinson’s Donald Trump hair is painful, and he’s wearing more makeup than Kristen Stewart!
Oh, EW, why must you torture me by giving your cover a Harlequin-romance makeover? The romance in these novels is vastly more intelligent and natural than all that. But the photos accompanying the articles were breathtaking.
I’ve scheduled Dec. 12 as a vacation day so I can see the Twilight movie. While Stephenie Meyer’s books have made abstinence sexy, I was already having trouble finding Mr. Right…now I compare all men to Edward Cullen!
The editors respond: Ooh, tricky. While Edward is definitely a fine specimen of chivalric sexiness, we’d like you to find someone warm-blooded, less bloodthirsty, and preferably alive.
I hope my daughters will skip these books and turn to Jane Austen when the need for a good romance arises. Austen created intelligent heroines seeking partners who empowered them.
You devoted 63 pages to Sex and the City, and you couldn’t even devote 10 measly pages to the most anticipated series since Harry Potter?! What gives?
Not only was the cover stirring and your stories about the books and upcoming movie exciting, but you also performed a great public service by mentioning the Twilight Moms fan base. Now that you’ve hooked me up with people my age, I’m looking forward to reading Breaking Dawn as well as watching the movie and being able to share amazing stories with others.
Please don’t be so anxious to name the next Harry Potter series. Harry Potter emphasizes the importance of loyalty to your friends and family. Twilight emphasizes the importance of slavish devotion to a controlling boyfriend and detachment from humanity. The fact that so many female readers are latching on to this as a romantic ideal leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Who’s Better for Bella?
The werewolf never stood a chance. When asked ”Team Edward or Team Jacob?” 2,262 out of 2,973 PopWatch posters picked the vamp as Bella’s soul mate.
Found! Male ‘Twilight’ Fans
Think the series is pure chick lit? Well, meet Kaleb Nation, 19, founder of twilightguy.com.
Have other guy fans outed themselves to you?
I’ve gotten hundreds of messages from guys. Some, like me, were curious about the books; some were boyfriends and husbands who found themselves suddenly single anytime a new book was in the house; and others read in secret (one guy glued a car magazine cover on the front).
Have you now become a fan of other vampire romances?
Actually, Twilight was my first vampire book, and my first romance novel. Stephenie’s vampires are pretty awesome, though, so I might try another vampire book sometime.
Have you been in touch with Stephenie?
We e-mail. We’re both writers, so she’s a good friend beyond Twilight.
What have you learned from reading Twilight? One of the things I learned is that Edward Cullen isn’t loved only because he’s a vampire with model-like good looks; it’s because his actions are truly unselfish. That means there’s still hope for us nonvampire guys out there.
The Racial Divide
In News & Notes, Margeaux Watson wondered why black leading ladies have been largely M.I.A. in big-screen blockbusters. Readers weigh in:
Bravo on again addressing the paucity of color in Hollywood. This piece gives me hope that at least the subject is still on the radar. I’ve long thought Angela Bassett, relegated to mommy roles of late, should have the same career path as her contemporary Jodie Foster. She has as much verve, mettle, and intellect but nowhere near the exposure.
Virginia Beach, Va.
The comment that black actors should only be paired with black actresses is insulting. One of the things I liked about Hancock was that it seemed to be color-blind; no one made a big deal about the color of Will Smith’s skin. However, this article suggests that we take one big step backward.
I couldn’t agree more with Watson. I’d love to see Khandi Alexander or Vivica A. Fox get a role that goes to Meryl Streep. And for all the unknown young white actresses who land parts every year, we hardly see any new black actresses. Studios need to wake up and create better roles for these talented women.