USA Today: Hollywood Brings Out a New Breed of Brawn

Eclipse trailer Jacob abd BellaUSA Today covers a variety of reasons why actors who have been around and were not really well known, to total newcomers are going to be making a splash this year as the latest predicted Hollywood heartthrobs. These types are coming in two categories and Twilight, they claim, is part of the reason:

“The ‘Twilight’ factor

The reason for the double standard?

“It’s the two archetypes you see in Twilight,” Dergarabedian suggests. In one corner is brooding vampire Edward and, in the other, burly werewolf Jacob. “It’s probably an attempt to make sure women see these films.”

Not a bad guess. Yes, the target audience of such geek-squad fare remains men 18 to 25, who can almost always be counted on to show up for at least the opening weekend of a comic-book adventure. But as the cost for special-effects and possible 3-D treatment escalates, it isn’t a bad idea to reach beyond the core crowd and add some eye candy for the ladies as well.

Consider that the first three romantic Gothic thrillers based on the hugely popular book series have collected nearly $1.8 billion total in worldwide ticket sales by targeting female ticket buyers.

Meanwhile, barely known actors Robert Pattinson, 24, and Taylor Lautner, 19, turned into overnight sensations. Besides, it is normal for the definition of a movie hunk to go in cycles, says Jeanine Basinger, head of film studies at Wesleyan University.”

See more on USA Today. So ladies which do you prefer, the brooding or the brawn?

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Theyre both gorgeous in their own way. Its hard to choose. Team Jedward! :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    Agree w/Anonymous! They are both good looking guys who can have great careers. It looks like Rob is gonna go more the indie route while Taylor the action route, which works for of them.

  3. The brooding, of course! =)

  4. definitely agree with Jennifer! people that say when twilight is over that these actors (Rob, Taylor, Kristen… etc.) will be forgotten but thats obviously not true! Every single one of these actors have wonderful talent and i see them being very well known after twilight

  5. In the literal context of the series, Edward and Jake are vampire and wolf, but at the archetypal level, they represent two halves of the “ideal” and perfect mate, hence fans’ passionate debate about which is better – Team Edward or Team Jacob?

    The truth is they collectively represent the perfect man as one WHOLE (Jake is warm, Edward is cool; Jake is humble, Edward is confident; Jake is the good-guy hero archetype, Edward is the bad-boy anti-hero archetype; Jake gives homemade gifts, Edward gives priceless heirlooms; etc., etc. — what’s not to love on BOTH lists?)

    The debate over which single character is more ideal skips over the reality that Jake represents the heart, and Edward represents the mind — neither is “perfect” in a vacuum, and both are necessary for a healthy and happy relationship.
    So Team Edward and Team Jacob are BOTH right — half right — both characters are supremely desirable with many positive traits and qualities, but put TOGETHER, Steph Meyer has truly created the template for the perfect man!!

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