Too much of something is never okay. Whether it's food, sleep or even exercise, overdosing leads to problems. Apparently the same is true for movies. There are loads of folks out there who are diehard Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star Wars fans, but, according to an LA Times article, it's an obsession with The Twilight Saga that's most troublesome. Twilight lovers are sacrificing their relationship for Stephenie Meyer's books and the film adaptations.
The general stereotype pegs teenage girls as being the main source of Twihards when, in fact, there's hoards of Twilight moms and even grandmas out there. One fan, 31-year-old Chrystal Johnson revealed, "My husband finally came to me and said, 'I think you love Twilight more than you love me.'" From there the couple separated and Johnson had to go through some major Twilight detox before being able to rebuild her relationship.
The article puts the blame on the Internet and the 24/7 Twilight access it offers, particularly communities of fans who can revel in the series together. One 50-year-old woman admitted, "I check the Internet all day long for Twilight news, from the minute I wake up until I go to bed at midnight." At one point, Nancy Baym, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas even likens the addiction to someone who participates in fantasy football. "If you take away Twilight and put in a football team, this doesn't look so much different from what guys have been doing for decades." She continued, "They stay up late at night looking at statistics and playing fantasy football. You could just as easily say they've lost touch with reality or that they're addicted."
The arguments proposed here do make sense, but I still don't see a glaring difference between love for Twilight and love for something else like fantasy football, a particular celebrity, a TV show, a hobby or anything for that matter. The issue isn't Twilight, it's the concept of being obsessed with something. Obsessions can lead a person to do strange things whether it's to camp out outside the Nokia Theatre in LA for the Eclipse premiere, to drop loads of cash on a concert ticket to see a beloved singer or even to wake up at an ungodly hour because your favorite soccer team is playing in the World Cup.
The problems arise when your devotion is hurting someone else or yourself. Back in college I was really into the Broadway show Wicked, so much so that I saw the production at least 5 times. Do I look back on those days and think it was a bit much? Of course. But did the intense interest do anything but put a dent in my wallet? No, so no harm done.
Want to get a glimpse of addictions that create some trouble? Check out some episodes of MTV's True Life. Remember that one about the father and son who go to the Star Wars convention? The dad is as into it as you can get while his son looked at the whole thing as a joke. However, in the end, dad sensibly explains his passion to sonny boy and both end up suiting up to hit the convention floor and the father is thrilled - even though they dress up as characters on different sides of the force.
The key word here is "sensible." Sure, some may think it's weird to don a robe and wield a plastic light saber, but as long as that person doesn't actually believe he or she is a Jedi Knight, what's the harm? This is where I think the real Twilight problem is; people are so desperate for this fantastical world to be their reality. Some may dream of the day when they can sparkle like the Cullens while others can be suffering from lovesickness wondering why their relationship isn't just like Edward and Bella's. It's like a kid's complex; back in the day playing make believe was cool, but as you grow up you've got to drop the fiction for reality and, let's face it, the real world just isn't as glamorous or exciting.
I see a lot of Twihard mocking out there, but I'm in no way ridiculing those who made the franchise a focal point in their lives. There's nothing wrong with being devoted to something, but there is a problem when it comes to being obsessive and Twilight fans are put at a major disadvantage when having to draw the line. There is no escaping The Twilight Saga; it's on the Internet, on billboards, in theaters, in the tabloids and on the tip of millions of people's tongues. But, you know what? It's a fad. Eventually the second Breaking Dawn, the final film of The Twilight Saga, will have come and gone and our society will be onto a new obsession. We're just passionate people and the movie industry knows it.
Want to see an example of a fan getting carried away? Check out the video below. Who let this girl on the red carpet?