It seems that marketing teams, interviewers, and the press ALWAYS seem to stereotype your fans (and Twilight fans by default) as being crazy teeny boppers or married older Twimoms* who love Edward but what about the rest of US?! What about that huge cross section of 20/30 somethings who are hot (ahem), young, professionals who just happen to love you and on occasion that silly thing called Twilight? Does it make for a better story or perhaps the EASIER story if it’s just some teenagers “going through a phase” or bored housewives who are enamored with the idea of Edward and Bella? Is it too complicated or perhaps “weird” for people who don’t fit into the Disney kids demographic and are “old enough to know better” but like you and something (Twilight) that the media thinks should be marketed to teens?
Yes, in fact it IS complicated because we’re not JUST teen girls or their moms… we’re women who have degrees and jobs and maybe used to have a few coherent thoughts pass through our brains before we lost our minds to this phenomenon, secretly of course because that’s the other thing: a lot of us DON’T talk about being a fan. We’re also way more likely to have discretionary income that we used to spend on shoes and now just spend it on trips to see friends we’ve met because of Rob/Twilight, tickets to see your movies, copies of any and all magazines that mention or feature you… and well, shoes… we still like the shoes. So when will marketing teams and studios recognize that? New Moon didn’t have one of the best opening weekend box offices without US! I’m pretty sure Sally teenager wasn’t able to convince her parents to give her a loan on her allowance to let her see the movie multiple times opening weekend or that Tammy Twimom could convince her husband that spending 100 dollars in movie tickets was a wise investment over their kids college funds. But we sure didn’t have a problem with it.
Where am I going with this post? See if I can figure it out after the cut!
And of course there’s more to it than just Twilight, we also go to see your other flicks, Rob. I went to the Burbank film festival just to see How to Be AND saw your VERY adult turn as Salvidor Dali in Little Ashes, 2 times in little art house theaters. And I’ve even gotten into a test screening for your upcoming flick Remember Me. So it can’t just be young girls or Twilight freaks who are your fans! We don’t just like you because your Edward. Sure, we love Edward but we love the character of Edward not just because YOU happen to play him. We also don’t like Twilight just because of Rob we actually like the story! Imagine that!
I wait for the day when a news outlet or press member actually acknowledges our demographic as a viable story line instead of lumping all fans into the crazy teeny bopper stereotype… until then I’ll be trying to vain to convince people I’m not crazy (ahem) and that all fans aren’t just teenagers or moms. Maybe I should give up now…
Crazy psycho teenybopper Rob fan,
So lemme know your thoughts, do you feel underrepresented in the marketing or press surrounding Rob and/or Twilight? Do you care? Are you all the time having to justify your fandom? Is Vanity Fair the gift that keeps on giving?
*and of course when we use the term “twimom” we’re not referencing every mom who likes Twilight, we’re using it as a general term for a certain section of mom-twilight fans who love Edward and Bella and are psychotic about it and don’t joke about ANYTHING. ever.*