James Franco Reviews Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Did you think you were just about set with Breaking Dawn reviews? Well, you aren’t, because you haven’t yet read James Franco‘s take on things, published in the Paris Review. Without further ado, an excerpt:

“Death comes pretty simply in the latest installment of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, too: the conceit allows the filmmakers to get away with murder, literally. Meyers has set her vampire story in adolescence (never mind that Edward is more than a hundred years old and could probably be Bella’s great-great-grandfather), and the constraints and abilities of the vampires become a metaphor for the emotional chaos of high school. In the first “Twilight” installment, Edward can’t kiss Bella because he is afraid that he will get so excited he’ll loose control of himself and suck her blood; for them, sex is tantamount to death. Not that this sense of decorum prevents Edward from killing evil vampires, or nearly murdering a group of young men whose rape-fixated thoughts he can psychically overhear. Edward has murdered, and in Breaking Dawn we learn that he has murdered lots.”

Dun dun DUN… Essentially, this reads like a pretty good tenth grade English paper. Discussions of what metaphors mean and semi-colons abound! Or maybe this is super-meta and is supposed to read like a tenth grade English paper, so better to criticize the Twilight world.

(via The Paris Review)

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