Equal-Opportunity Escapism
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Question: What do Twilight and World of Warcraft have in common?

Answer: You mean besides the fact that both tend to suck the life out of their fans?

Simple. They both appeal almost exclusively to one sex. Summit Entertainment, which produced the three Twilight films to date, reports that women accounted for nearly eighty percent of its audience for New Moon, the previous installment of the blockbuster series. While the studio has placed a great deal more emphasis on luring men into its fan base this time around, the turnout for Eclipse--which premiered at the end of June--still seems to be overwhelmingly female.

So why the obsession among the fairer sex?

Speak to just about any die-hard Twilight fan, and you’ll get the same answer. “If there is a chemical that's released when you're falling in love, your brain has it when you're reading or watching Twilight.” said one fifty-year-old (yes, you read that right) fan interviewed for an article in Yahoo! Movie Talk. “You get that utopic feeling of first love and you want to experience it over and over again.”

Words like these may inspire a snicker, but this is no laughing matter. Stephanie Meyer’s novels and their film adaptations have enjoyed such astonishing popularity among gals for precisely the same reason video games have always captivated legions of guys: they offer fans an escape to an imaginary world where all of their unfulfilled longings come to life.

“[T]he core elements of female fantasy is [sic] the idea of shirking responsibility, throwing caution to the wind, and living out all of your selfish desires without major consequences.” explains Scott Mandelson of the Huffington Post. “Comparatively, the male escapist fantasy involves immature boys who man up just a little bit, take responsibility, and use their talents to save lives, make a difference, and win the girl without having to make any true concessions to their character and personality.”

In 2008, researchers at Stanford University released a study which demonstrated through brain scans how violent and competitive video games activated portions of the male brain associated with rewarding feelings and addiction. Not surprisingly, the same study showed little if any response in the female brain to the same stimuli.

In pandemically-popular novels and movies like Twilight, we may have at last discovered the female equivalent of video games. And if the droves of men who have fallen prey to life-consuming titles like World of Warcraft and Halo are any indication, women, too, may soon find themselves spending more time in their vampire-infested fantasy worlds than in the real one.


Comments:

This one looked to fun not to resurrect:

Anne of Green Gables: Don't EVER call girls "carrots".

Casablanca: It is somehow hard for a woman to make up her mind between a glamorous handsome war hero she is already married to anyway, and a down and out nightclub owner.

The Caine Mutiny: Don't take the Captain's strawberries!

Arabian Nights: A psychopathic tyrant gets the best girl available.

Tales of a Wayside Inn: You get to become a legend just for having a name that rhymes with "listen my children and you shall hear"

Ivanhoe: Everyone with a French name that is not "Richard" is EVIL.

Three Musketeers: Being a privileged wastrel is jolly good fun as long as you don't get skewered in the process.
Winds of War/War and Remembrance : A group of family and friends travels the world to watch people killing each other.

Kim: A bratty street kid who wants to be a spy becomes friends with a traveling mystic.

Beowulf: A swamp monster gets it's arm pulled off.

Njals Saga: Vikings take turns killing each other and suing each other.

Vinland Saga: Vikings discover America and don't know what to do about it.

Herodatus: Greeks and Persians kill each other . The story is the inspiration for a cartoon about guys without shirts killing Persians, throwing Persians into wells, and giving geographic information WITH GREAT EMPHASIS.

Horatio Hornblower Series: An Englishman proves how good he is at math by killing lots of Frenchmen.
Dracula meets the Twilight guys---sues them for st
There's a new show on Bravo -Work of ARt-The Next Great ARtist..where 14 visual artists seek to produce an artwork at each session "challenge" and try to win ..a lot of cash...

So where does Dracula vs the Stepanie Meyer Y2K vampires come in...
Hold on...a little more background!

Anyway, these artists (on Bravo's Next Great Artist) were asked (in one recent challenge) to do a book cover illustration.

one guy created the BEST illustration for the classic novel DRACULA. He incorporated lots of black ink in a Twilight style cover---and a photograph of a young guy who could pass for a teen hearthrob Vampire guy!

Wow. Maybe that's the good think about current stories, books derived from some great earlier now-classik book...The usually inferior today'sbooks on Vampires (Twilight style) may lead you back to the grand daddy Vampire - Dracula...(Ps the artist first read the book...and was IMPRESSED!)

(PS I saw an actual edition of Pride & Prejudice - also done in the black cover - Twilight series style. Yet another original---at my local Target.)
SBK, you might try:
Metamorphosis: Even when you're the perfect family member, your relatives may *still* insist that you bug them.
Good one, Steve. :-)
Kafka's The Castle: One man's dream is another man's nightmare.

(I'm sorry, this was my least favorite read ever... but I'm still willing to give Kafka another go)
You had to write a term paper on "The Hunt for Red October", Jason? Wow.

Moby Dick: Ship captain won't learn the lesson "You shouldn't chase anything bigger than you."

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: It declined. It fell. Next!

Much Ado About Nothing: Exactly.


I'm sorry, but was someone trying to discuss why "Twilight" and "WoW" are silly? Yet another serious Point discussion pre-empted by too much fun. They're silly because they share the same plotlines as great works of literature, but they contribute nothing new to that body of literature. And as someone... oh, yeah, it was *Shane* ;-) - said, rather than producing a serious commentary on life, they offer a mental escape from it. They can be read with your brain in neutral, similar to the way college students will reach for the Cliff Notes rather than actually wrestle with the themes brought up in a justifiably famous novel or myth.

The Brothers Karamazov: If you kill your own father it will really mess up your family, and things won't ever be right again even if everyone keeps adopting new nicknames.

Oops, sorry; that last one just slipped out.
Hunt for Red October: A naval officer murders a bureaucrat, steals a submarine, and gives it to his country's enemies. This makes him a hero.
Robinson Crusoe:
A friendless college dropout who talks to himself too much and can't stick with one religion for longer than it takes him to sneeze gets shipwrecked on an island inhabited solely by ruminants and spends the next three decades re-establishing slavery, writing shopping lists and perfecting umbrella craft.
Lawrence of Arabia: A conceited English staff flunky becomes convinced he is the messiah and kills a lot of Turks. While he does this lots of Arabs bicker a lot.
Oh, I can provide that.

A Tale of Two Cities: French people are crazy.

(Not my own -- I swiped it from Dave Barry.)
Great debate, guys!
Keep it up. I can't wait to hear the Dickens teasers!
JA-son!!!!...
...you weren't supposed to announce our "Cliff Notes for Cynics" project until the first volume was ready to publish!! As it is now, all I have are the other "teaser" samples:

Hamlet: Spoiled rich boy discovers that his stepdad offed his biological dad to marry his ditzy-but-trophy-wife mom. Loser tries to kill his stepdad, but ends up also killing his girlfriend and her dad, his mom, and himself. Think "hitman with an automatic weapon but lousy aim."

Dante's Inferno: Writer goes to Hell and finds politicians there. Duh.

And of course, we're wisely holding off on the Dickens entries until we're already wildly successful.

;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)

We now return you to the ongoing ideological argument. Or lack thereof. Dumb jokes to return as needed.
To be fair we don't say that about Homer. Even though the plot is "Three absurdly vain but beautiful goddesses bestow a beautiful woman on a perverted little coward causing a flock of barbarians to go on a rampage."
Thanks, but I'm serious. :-) To say that it's silly raises the question of why it's silly, and then you get into all the ideological reasons why it's silly.
Ha-Ha Gina.
Wouldn't that be an ideological interpretation, Jason?
And why does everything have to have an ideological interpretation? Why not just say the writer thinks some forms of entertainment are silly?
I'd say that about sums it up.
So basically girls love stories about irresponsible infatuation and boys love stories about irresponsible sex and violence?




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