Twilight Ranks 3 In Vulture’s Top 25 Fanbases

Here’s how the New York’s Vulture described Twilight Fans.

 

DEVOTIONAL PROFILE: Every so often, Hollywood gets a reminder that young men aren’t the only ones who go to the movies in droves. It happened in 1997, when Titanic became a cross-demographic blockbuster that nonetheless earned most of its cash thanks to repeat business from young women. Still, the lesson didn’t truly sink in until 2008, when the first Twilight film earned a staggering $192 million from an audience that was almost exclusively female. The first film was well timed, arriving at the feverish peak of popularity for Meyer’s book series, and it made superstars of its three leads; the next three sequels would do even better, earning around $300 million each. Studios that had formerly been on the hunt for the next Harry Potter franchise now modified their search: Maybe, if they tracked the avid reading habits of young women, they could find the next book-to-film phenomenon in its infancy.

 

What was it about the Twilight series that fans sparked to? Partly, it’s the way the series flirts with sex (the bloody transition from human to vamp is a metaphor for the loss of virginity) while still remaining chaste enough that younger fans can be drawn in … at least until Edward and Bella have their honeymoon night. But Meyer was smart to stoke her fans’ passions with the central love triangle between Bella and her beaus Edward and Jacob; when battle lines were drawn online between those who were Team Edward and those on Team Jacob, it only increased the bond between the reader (or viewer) and Meyer’s story. Twilight fans are so ardent, in fact, that geek mecca Comic-Con had to start slotting its Twilight panels earlier in the convention to suit the Twi-hards, who regularly queue up days in advance for the film franchise’s panels, swamping the less devoted fans of Marvel movies and other comic-book blockbusters. Those boy-heavy fan bases bristled at the intrusion, but they’d better get used to it: The record-breaking success of Twilight on the best seller list, at the box office, and on home video is only the beginning of a femme-dominated genre force, not an anomaly.

Comments

  1. Well, I don’t fit the “young woman” category anymore (I’m 52) but I am still a huge fan of the Twilight books and films. Other than Twilight fan sites, the other media sites just don’t get that this series draws in all ages of women and even some men folk. Oh well. By the way, my sister is Team Jasper and I’m Team Emmett though we do love us some Edward and Jacob too.

    • Agreed, I’m 53. why on earth do they do that? Have not the fans proven they are from every age group? I have also been in the Harry fan base since the beginning! Greatness is simply greatness…I could not find a link to the whole list of 25 but I imagine also that The Lord of the Rings is on that list, you can also add me to that, I am a granny nerd I suppose, and proud to say I enjoy such wonderful writing. Sad to see this one end, as I was sad over Harry. Hopefully these wonderful authors will re-visit these fabulous characters someday in the future…:)

      • I too am a Potterphile. And you can add LOTR, Hunger Games, Insurgent series, Mortal Instrument series, Percy Jackson series, Fablehaven series, and so many more to my list. And I also hope the authors will some day re-visit these characters. For now I have to get my fix with Twilight fan fiction, some of which are really good. In fact some are so good, Stephenie Meyer could incorporate them into her books. My favorite site is: http://www.twilightarchives.com but if anyone has any others they like, please pass them on.

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