South Park "The Ungroundable": Twilight in Review
I just wanted to give a short reasoning behind why I completely agreed with what this episode had to say about vampire kids, Twilight, and Hot Topic. Lately I think the boys from South Park have been stalking my sister and finding out what she loves most in life, so that they can make fun of it. She loves Twilight, she loves High School Musical, she loves Guitar Hero, she loves Hot Topic. I think it's funny, personally, when the show she's loved for years has turned on her and started destroying everything she loves in life. It's not quite that dramatic, but it's still pretty funny.
The funny thing about an episode like this is that it's making fun of people who follow these trends while at the same time realizing that most things are a trend and there's no stopping that. We just seem to be living during a particularly stupid and annoying trend. My favorite quote from the episode was probably where they said that anyone who believes he or she is actually a real vampire is an idiot, something like that. And then the one Goth kid flips everyone off.
I've been saying for months (two posts, but who's counting?) that Twilight is light but trashy, heavy on the sappy love, syrupy sweet, and mostly annoying. I'm glad this view has come to light through one of my favorite shows. Let me clarify though, of course I'm happy that kids are reading, but why can't they read something better? If a 12 year old is introduced to Twilight and the book series ends, what does she go on to read? Romance novels, most likely, Nora Roberts and Linda Howard and Jo Beverley and Cassie Edwards. Or even worse, vampire romance: see Christine Feehan. (Don't judge me, I used to work in a book store, I know what romance is popular.) Then where will this girl be? She'll be knee-deep in trashy non-literature, not knowing who Jane Austen is or what people mean by feminism. She'll just be dreaming of her very own Edward, who will sweep her off her feet into a teen marriage and teen pregnancy, name her child the stupidest thing she can think of, and only really live when faux-Edward is around to berate her for being a human. It's the future that every little girl dreams of, really.
I've said so much on the topic of this series that I almost feel bad even mentioning it again. I know I'll review it once again when I read the last book next summer (oh goody) and when I see the movie with my sister. And of course I have friends who read the books and that's totally cool with me, as long as they understand the difference between reality and trashy fiction and don't expect a real man to abuse them in the way Edward does to Bella. Oh, and I hope they realize also that being whiny and annoying like Bella will not get you anywhere in life and a relationship is not the most important thing to have in life. Just because you are 15 doesn't mean you need a boyfriend. Just because you just broke up with a guy doesn't mean you have to hook up with several more in order to feel good about yourself. You don't need a romantic partner in order to be a real person. That shouldn't be the thing that gives you self-confidence.
I apologize for going off on several random tangents, I just have a lot to say about a lot of different things, none of which are that interesting. I might return to this topic again someday. I'm not looking forward to it.